DRS of Erie Fixing Disasters
On the morning of November 1, 2010, John Sushereba arrived home to the sight of his house up in flames. Several fire crews battled the blaze, but there was nothing they could do.
"The more they worked, and they really worked hard, the worse it got. Until it all came down," said Sushereba.
His home, in the family for decades, was all but destroyed. He decided to hire DRS to save it.
"I don't know how to start the process here, I need their help. I was very willing to trust them and I'm certainly glad I did," he said.
DRS of Erie is a disaster restoration company. They're given the task of fixing a home or business after tragedy strikes.
"Bad things happen to good people and we take care of it for them the best we can," said DRS president Carl Good.
Their 15 full time employees, along with subcontractors, service anywhere from 10 to 50 properties a month.
But this one needed a lot of work.
"The entire roof system was laying in on all his stuff, so it was a mess," said project manager Robert Shearer.
So they got to work, first removing everything from inside.
Once those items are removed from the customer's house or business they bring them to the DRS warehouse in Erie. It's here they're cleaned and basically restored to brand new once again.
Everything from couches and sculptures, down to every last dish is scrubbed, wrapped up and kept safe, while the property is being rebuilt.
Eight months later, John Sushereba arrived back to a nearly new home.
"Now it's literally a new home. They made a promise that first day, John you won't believe how it will be when we're done. And that's been true straight, start to finish," said Sushereba.
Not a single brick misplaced on the outside. The inside is completely restored. New carpet, new walls and new appliances. But the setup is the exact same as before.
"It's amazing. I meet these people in their worst possible time. This gentleman here, the day I met him, was shaking. He didn't even know where he was going to live. Each day he came back and each day he seen progress, the trauma left, the excitement came to what it's going to look like in the future and it's an amazing feeling. That is the best part of my job," said Good.