Cousino Harris Disaster Kleenup: Ready for Disaster

The team at Cousino Harris Disaster Kleenup (CHD) understands that there’s never a minute to waste once disaster strikes; the company has built itself on a strong foundation of customer service, quality craftsmanship, as well as care and concern for CHD employees. CHD has over 40 years of experience in the insurance restoration industry, and the team has always emphasized the importance of conducting business with extreme honesty and a passion to ensure every job is approached with the best interests of the client and the community in mind.

“We have always considered it a privilege to be invited into someone’s home or place of business and we respect it as though we are guests,” says Forrest Cousino, chairman and founder of CHD. “It’s the way we run our business because we feel it deserves that level of respect and we act appropriately.”

Cousino Harris is a Proud Participant in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

DKI Member Company, Cousino Harris Disaster Kleenup, headquartered in Perrysburg, Ohio is a proud participant in the popular ABC Series, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, surprising the Rhodes Family of Columbus, Ohio with the home of their dreams.

The tight-knit, hard-working, loving, joyous Rhodes family has lived in their neighborhood for over 5 generations – and they have always put family first. Their bond is unbreakable -- so when Grandpa James and Grandma Jackie’s (also known as the neighborhood’s beloved “Big Momma”) adult daughter Makia was diagnosed with a potentially deadly brain tumor making her unable to work and needing daily care, they did not hesitate to take Makia and her kids into their 941 square foot home.

Now there are 7 people living in this small dilapidated home and although Makia has made progress, she’s still experiencing mental delays and difficulties – so she relies on her parents’ support on a daily basis.

Despite the incredibly cramped quarters and almost uninhabitable living conditions, the Rhodes family still manages to exude joy, laughter and love. They’re an inspiring example of family devotion and sacrifice.

The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team had just seven days to build a home that’s larger, safe and whose beauty reflects that of the family living within it. The Rhodes family was whisked away on a dream vacation to the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, while Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team leader

Ty Pennington, designers Michael Maloney, Sabrina Soto, Tracy Hutson and local builders P&D Builders,LTD., Cousino Harris Disaster Kleenup, as well as community volunteers, built the structure.

Cousino Harris Disaster Kleenup assisted by providing drying services, including dehumidification and round-the-clock monitoring and labor, to expedite the drying of the drywall, primer, and paint in the interior and exterior of the home. The project was completed the week of August 7, 2011 and will air this Friday, December 16, 2011 at 8pm ET on ABC.

Cousino Harris Disaster Kleenup has provided insurance restoration in the Ohio marketplace since 1970, and has been a DKI Member since 1996. DKI is the exclusive dry down vendor for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Founded in 1974, DKI assists insurance carriers, commercial and residential clients with restoring properties damaged by fire, water, wind and mold.

The Emmy award winning reality program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, is now in its 9th season.

Photos From The Episode

The Rhodes' episode aired on December 16, 2011.  You can watch the episode here.

For more information about DKI's involvement with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition click here.

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