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Chemical proportioning system floods building

April 13, 2010
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DERBY, CT — The first floor and the basement of Derby City Hall recently became partially flooded after a chemical proportioning system malfunctioned, according to the New Haven Register.
According to the story, the proportioning system located on the wall in the custodial closet broke down sometime overnight Wednesday.
A professional cleaning company was hired to perform the necessary cleanup, which included setting up fans and dehumidifiers to expedite the drying process, the story stated.
Administrative Assistant Phil Robertson said: "At the juncture of where the water goes into the machine is where we had a break. It obviously broke some time in the night hours. The following morning there was an accumulation of water in the hallway between the Building Inspector''s office and the Town Clerk/Tax Collector''s office. Some water did make it down to the basement with minimal damage. The professionals got here quickly to rid the building of any standing water and begin the drying process. Everything is in control."
Though the damage to the building was minimal, repairs to walls will be necessary and some ceiling tiles will need to be replaced, the story noted.
According to the article, the city of Derby has a $10,000 insurance deductible, meaning the first $10,000 of any necessary repairs will be paid for by the city.
Though no mold was found and is not expected to grow, a company will be brought in to test the quality of the indoor air once the cleanup and drying efforts are completed, which is expected by Friday, the story added.
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