Well, I lived away from campus so after fixing up her dormroom with a fresh coat of paint, I headed back to my place to pack for summer vacation. As I returned to the house where I was staying, I opened up the rear door of my truck and the quart of white latex paint fell from the seat and landed onto the concrete driveway. I was renting the home with some friends who I played baseball with so I didn’t want to get us in trouble so I did the first thing that came to mind… I took out the garden hose and rinsed down the driveway so that the paint didn’t leave a stain. BIG MISTAKE!
I thought all was fine and dandy as I headed out to celebrate the passing of another school year with my girlfriend. Later that night when I returned back to the house where I washed the spilt paint I returned to a scene of three of the biggest spill containment trucks I had ever seen in my life. I believe the company was Ocean Blue, who was contracted by the city to contain/remove hazardous spills. It was about midnight and they were controlling the place like it was a murder scene…
Long story short, that girlfriend later became my wife even though she saw me in tears that night. I was fined $5600.00 for washing about a quart of latex paint down a storm drain and my loving father paid the fine as I headed home looking for ways to pay him back. Needless to say, summer vacation didn’t start as anticipated but so goes life.
But I do thank God for that day because it was the incident which led to the inspiration for KC Power Clean. That summer I wanted to pay off my debt to my father and it was about 2 months later when I was working with him in Northern California (he owns First Rate Building Maintenance) that I was washing some windows when it dawned on me that I could try putting out some fliers in the neighborhood and try cleaning windows for myself! What started as a way to earn some summer spending cash one day developed into a Senior Project at Biola University. To this day, that incident serves as a reminder about the strict laws against dumping hazardous waste down storm drains (regardless if one is ignorant of the laws or not). That incident has inspired a lot of growth in myself and my company which started from extremely humble beginnings with a truck, bucket and squeegee to what is now a multi-rig 24 hour property maintenance service.