Black Mold in Rotting Wood

Most homeowners have encountered dry rot and know about its structural implications, but many do not know that it is a home for all types of mold including one of the most deadly, black mold. Mold causes dry rot to spread extremely fast and can cost you thousands of dollars in reconstruction costs. This doesn’t include the impact that mold has on the health of the home’s inhabitants.

Black Mold and Dry Rot is Often Unnoticed

Many don’t even become aware of the presence of dry rot and black mold in the home until it is renovated. When walls and fixtures are removed it allows you to look inside of the home where mold is allowed to grow undisturbed for extended periods of time. Anything can cause mold to grow in the walls including leaking pipes, high humidity, or mold spores spreading from another source.

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Dry Rot and Black Mold Needs THIS to Grow

Black mold and dry rot can occur on wood in the home anywhere that is dark. It needs the following four things in order to establish itself on the wood of your home:

Oxygen
Moisture
Temperatures between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit
Food Source (in this case it is the cellulose in wood)

By eliminating access to these, mold will eventually wither and die. Unfortunately, when it is growing on wood, it has constant access to a food source and is hard to remove. For tricky situations like this it is best to call professionals.

Removing Dry Rot

Getting rid of dry rot is tricky and time consuming. It often requires chemicals, replacing whole parts of the structure of the home, and heavy detailing when cleaning. In order to ensure that this process is completely correctly, it is best to hire a home restoration company like Water Damage Zone, to inspect and repair the damage. By incorrectly repairing dry rot and black mold, you risk causing further damage to your home and the health of its inhabitants.

 

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Corporate Office
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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Deadly Indoor Air Pollution in Your Own Home

Did you know that indoor air quality is ranked by the EPA as being one of the biggest environmental risks to your health? If that’s right it means that some of the worst pollutants you encounter on a daily basis are in your own home. Most of the exposure that we receive to pollution comes from air we breathe indoors. This air can be up to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air and it’s because of products and materials that we use in our homes and on our property.

Be Aware of the Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

If the air quality is poor in your home you may notice some of the following symptoms: mold or mildew, poor air ventilation, stale air, odors, humidity, dirty ventilation equipment, and smoke or smoke residue. By hiring a home repair company like Water Damage Zone, you will have professionals come into your home to assess these symptoms of poor air quality and suggest repairs and renovations that will resolve your air quality problems.

Health Complications from Poor Air Quality

It is important to note that poor indoor air can lead to health complications such as asthma and other respiratory conditions. Pollution has also been linked to lung cancer and lung infections in individuals who have been exposed. It has even been shown to cause symptoms such as stroke and depression. Don’t wait to get started on improving the air quality in your home, your health depends on it.

Improve the Air Quality of Your Home

You can improve the air quality of your home on your own by ensuring that your home is clean and ventilated. You may need to purchase fans or fix ones that aren’t working in order to promote the circulation of air through your home. Replace dirty air filters so that they work more efficiently to clean the air. Dust and vacuum your home regularly. Use air conditioning in order to keep the level of humidity down in your home so mold isn’t allowed to grow. By cleaning and keeping air ventilation systems up and running the way that they are supposed to, you will be able to raise the quality of the air in your home.

Woman in shower.

 

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Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

Kitchen Sponges a Home for Mold?

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Sponges are great for cleaning your dishes, but they’re also the perfect material for mold to grow in. Dirty sponges can even lead to food poisoning if they have leftover pathogens from food inside of them. The best way to avoid this situation is to keep your sponges clean and dry when you’re not using them.

Cleaning Your Sponges

There are many ways to clean your sponges but sometimes the best thing to do is just replace them. If your sponges just need a little clean up, follow one of these tips:

  • Soak your sponges in a mixture of bleach and water for about a minute

  • Run them through the dishwasher for a full cycle including a heated dry

  • Heat your sponges in the microwave for a minute

Don’t Use Sponges for This

 

Sponges are good for cleaning up plenty of messes however there are certain types that should be avoided. By using them on certain spills you can cause mold to grow inside of your sponge. Sometimes, sponges aren’t the best option. The following messes should be cleaned with paper towels or another method where you can throw out your cleaning materials:

  • Cleaning up meat juices after preparing meals

  • Washing and disinfecting counter tops

  • Scrubbing walls or the inside of the refrigerator

Keep Sponges in a Dry Spot

After you wring out your sponge, it is important to put it somewhere that it will stay dry. By allowing your sponge to stay wet, you encourage the growth of mold and other bacteria that can endanger your health. Don’t ever put sponges under the sink or in a container that is closed. Always let them dry out in a bright, well-ventilated area.

Replace Often

Sponges should be replaced often. Don’t keep a sponge for longer than a week or two if you use it regularly. It is important to let your sponges dry out between uses and clean them if they have been used on a lot of dirty dishes. By staying on top of the cleanliness of your sponges, you will prevent health problems for you and your family.

 

Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. today (877) 520.1923– your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips. You can also visit our sister company for further information on restoration services at Best American Builders.

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Water Damage Zone, Inc.
Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

Breast Implants Turned Deadly

Breast implants are commonly performed as a plastic surgery procedure where a woman enlarges her breasts by having silicone or saline filled implants placed inside her body. While inside of the body, the implant begins to grow mold on it and thus remains undetected by the affected person. The mold continues to grow and cause health complications in the person as it spreads.

Symptoms of Moldy Breast Implants

If you have implants and begin experiencing any of the following symptoms you should see a medical doctor right away:

Weight Gain
Loss of Vision
Short-Term Memory Loss
Burning Sensation
Chronic Pain
Change in Breast Size
Sores
Fatigue
Loss of Voice
Removing Breast Implants Could Save Your Life

If you’re a woman who is suffering from moldy breast implants, you can solve the problem by having them removed and beginning a detox for your body from the mold. Go to a surgeon who can correctly identify if there is mold on the breast implants and remove them. After that you need to see a nutritionist or certified homeopathic medicine practitioner who can set you up with a detox to cleanse your body from any mold exposure.

Detoxification from Mold

If you have had mold growing inside of your body it will be important to listen to your doctor’s advice about cleansing all of the bio-toxins out of your system. Most likely they will apply medication to the area as well as give you some to take home with you. Make sure that you follow the directions on the medication. In addition to this, following a homeopathic detox program will ensure that all traces of the bio-toxins are flushed out from your body. The detox will also allow your immune system to rebuild itself again so it can continue protecting your body from harmful toxins.

10,000 Homes Evacuated in Santa Clarita Area

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Corporate Office
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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Asbestos and Your Health

Asbestos is commonly found in the insulation of homes and can be inhaled if damaged. It was commonly used because of its resistance to fire in addition to being able to adequately insulate a home. Older homes constructed between the 1940’s and 1970’s could possibly contain asbestos. This should be removed and replaced with another insulator that is less harmful to your health.

Man installing fiberglass insulation

Where is Asbestos Found?

Asbestos is found in many different building materials including some types of:

Vinyl flooring
Glue
Linoleum
Window caulking and glazing
Roofing
HVAC duct insulation
Siding
Plaster
Paint

When is Asbestos Harmful?

Whenever a material containing asbestos becomes damaged, it is dangerous to your health. The fibers if left unharmed will not hurt you. However, if the material becomes damaged it is even possible for asbestos fibers to become released into the air where they can be inhaled. If you see any materials with asbestos that are damaged, do not go near them. Call a professional to come and assess the situation to determine the proper course of action.

Asbestosis

When some experiences prolonged exposure to asbestos they can develop a condition called asbestosis. Knowing if you’ve been exposed directly to asbestos will help in determining if this is the cause of your medical condition. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms following asbestos exposure, you may have asbestosis:

Constant dry cough
Tightness in the chest
Loss of appetite
Swollen fingers and toes
Chest pain
Weight loss
Shortness of breath
Dry, crackling noise in lungs
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should see a doctor and talk to them about your asbestos exposure.

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Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. today (877) 520.1923– your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips. You can also visit our sister company for further information on restoration services at Best American Builders.

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Water Damage Zone, Inc.
Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

Sewage Spill in Los Angeles

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Water Damage Zone, Inc.
Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411