Mold Allergy Season is Coming

 

The beginning of summer has the perfect climate conditions for mold to grow. The spring is wet and rainy with the summer bringing heat and humidity. This allows mold to grow quickly in moist and humid areas. If you suffer from mold allergies you can expect them to begin to worsen as we get closer to the beginning of summer.

Global Warming Means More Mold

The warmer our climate is, the friendlier it will be to the growth of mold. With the climate rapidly changing you can expect mold to be a more frequent problem. Heat causes more plants to grow and sooner than they usually would in the season. This adds additional allergens to the air and promotes the conditions for mold growth. Mold thrives in warm and moist environments; this is the kind of climate that we are seeing more now that global warming has been proven to have an effect on our world.

Mold Spreads When It’s Hot and Dry

Even without the moisture, mold still spreads on hot days. The sunny and dry summer days allow spores to dry and flake off so they can be blown into the air. Once these spores are in the air they travel until they find a surface to rest on. Once this surface becomes wet again the mold will begin to grow and spread. Don’t discount the ability of the heat to help the mold spores to spread throughout your family’s home.

Protecting Your Home

Keeping your home clean and dry are the best tips that anyone can give you for preventing the spread of mold. This means cleaning up any moist areas in the house when you find them and possibly buying a dehumidifier for excessively humid rooms. Keeping bathrooms and kitchens clean of dirt and food debris by cleaning areas with disinfectants and cleaners. Frequently changing your garbage and not leaving food lying around the house will greatly reduce your chances of mold. Also, vacuuming carpets frequently and keeping them dry will prevent mold from taking hold in their porous material. Air your home out often by leaving the windows open and allowing air to circulate throughout your home.

Serious Mold Problems

If you are facing a serious mold problem don’t hesitate to call Water Damage Zone. We will be there for a Free On-Site Inspection where we will find any unseen mold and create a plan to eradicate all of the mold from your home. Mold remediation companies have equipment that allow them to remove mold better than you can on your own. By allowing a professional to handle the problem you can rest assured that the mold will not return to your home. Mold can be dangerous to your health and should always be taken seriously.

 

Call Water Damage Zone 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.

We specialize in the following services:

  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
  • Water Cleanup, Water Dry outs, Visual Mold Inspections, Sewage Damage Cleanup
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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Hot Water Heater Leaking?

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In the course of owning your home, things are going to break or begin leaking.  It is simply a matter of time and inevitability.  Something is going to happen.  One of the most costly things that can happen is when your hot water heater begins to leak.

Normally located in the basement or a service room of the home, the water heater s not noticed as long as the water for dishes stays boiling hot and your showers are not replaced by ice cubes.  However, once the heater begins to leak, it becomes a necessary fix that needs your immediate attention.

In looking at the water heater, one of the first things you’re going to notice is that there is going to be a lot of water coming from the unit.  Remember that these heaters are always full, so there is a lot of water present in the machine once a leak begins.  Next, you will need to identify the origin of the leak.  In the case of Hot water heaters, there is a lot of water and the leak doesn’t stop.  This means that the potential for long-term damage to the home increases the longer the hot water heater is allowed to be given access.  If you think that you have a leak, remember that leaks do not simply start and stop, but they will be fairly consistent.

One of the best ways to find a leak in a hot water heater is to first clean up a puddle.  Once this is done, then take some paper towels and place them in the area of the leak.  It is also necessary to wipe the unit and internal mechanisms down as thoroughly as possible.  This is done to show the origins of the leak.

Once the source of the leak has been discovered, then it is critical to begin the repair.  First, you are going to turn off the water to the appliance.  If the appliance is leaking, why should there be a steady stream of water.  The closing of the water will accommodate this decision.  Don’t forget too to shut off all water to the unit.  Sometimes people forget to turn off the cold water supply.  This can lead to significance and potentially major damage.

Once the water has been shut off from the unit, then it would be time to check all the hoses attached to the unit.  If you find a hose that has some leaking or excessive condensation, then congrats, you have an easy to fix project.  Sometimes it is not this easy. Check the hoses and their connections.  Make sure that these are not the reasons for the leak.  If you are still having a difficult time finding or repairing the leak, call a licensed plumber as soon as possible.

A plumber would be able to quickly diagnose the issue and repair in a timely manner.  Don’t allow yourself to fall into the expensive trap of having to call multiple contractors to fix the heater.  Get it right the first time and enjoy your home as you intended to be.

Call Water Damage Zone 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.

We specialize in the following services:

  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
  • Water Cleanup, Water Dry outs, Visual Mold Inspections, Sewage Damage Cleanup
  • Sterilizing & Odor Removal, Licensed & Bonded #963976, Reputable Los Angeles based company
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Water Damage Zone, Inc.
Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

How to Prepare for Winter

After spring and summer have begun to fade away and the beautiful shades of the autumn leaves are beginning to make their appearance, a dangerous turn is lurking just around the corner. Even though winter is filled with fun things like Christmas and building snowmen, it can also bring about a dangerous factor as well.

The low temperatures that typically come along with winter can easily damage things around the home and it is important that we all prepare for the dangerous days ahead. By planning ahead, you will know that you will not be caught off guard when inclement weather begins to appear.

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Outside your home

There are many things that you should do on the outside of your home to protect it from the effects of winter. You should first bring all your garden hoses and sprinklers inside your garage or shed so that you can store them safely. Covering your spigots with a Styrofoam cover is also an important step. You can also wrap them in newspaper and use electric tape to help ward off frozen and damaged spigots.

If there are any exposed pipes, you will need to wrap them with some sort of protective layer; cloth, paper or foam wrap; in order to prevent the pipes from freezing. Your trees should also receive a protective layer around the base of them as well. Mulch is perfect to help them retain their heat.

In the case that ice is a possibility, make sure that you have purchased cat litter, sand and bagged salt so that you can pour it on walkways, stairs and driveways that may become iced-over during a storm. This will help prevent falls and will give your vehicle traction in the case of an ice storm.

 

Inside your Home

In order to prepare for the winter, you should purchase additional flashlights, batteries and radios so that you will be prepared if the electric were to fail. These items should be easily accessible and you should be able to find them in the dark.

You should also stock up on items that are nonperishable in case you are snowed in and unable to reach the grocery store for more supplies. Make sure that you also have a working manual can opener on hand as well.

Finally, you should check all the weather stripping around your windows and doors and test your furnace. It is also best to have a back-up source of heat so that you will be able to stay warm if the power does fail. For those with a wood burning stove, stocking up on chopped wood is also an important step.

 

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Conclusion

There are many things that you can do in order to prepare for the winter months before they happen. By preparing ahead, you will have a better chance of staying safe throughout the winter and remaining comfortable if a winter storm does cause damage to your area. You will then be able to relax and stay warm while the damage is repaired.

 

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Call Water Damage Zone 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.

We specialize in the following services:

  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
  • Water Cleanup, Water Dry outs, Visual Mold Inspections, Sewage Damage Cleanup
  • Sterilizing & Odor Removal, Licensed & Bonded #963976, Reputable Los Angeles based company
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Water Damage Zone, Inc.
Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

Hazardous Sewage Cleanup

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Sewers overflowing is a cause of dangerous health threats to humans and animals. Sewage backups can occur indoors or outdoors and should be cleaned up as quickly as possible to avoid any health risks. Sewage not only contains harmful substances, but it also is a liquid so it dissolves things as well as soaking into them, making it hard to completely remove.

Deadly Water

Sewage is deadly water that can travel back up through your toilets or sinks. This water houses millions of germs and bacteria that will wreak havoc on your immune system. In the event of this happening you will need to act quickly and remove yourself and anyone else from being exposed to these dangerous contaminants. The water can seep into carpets as well as vents and drywall in your home. It is important that you seek help for this situation as soon as possible to return your home to a normal, safe state.

Dangers of Sewage

Sewage is not only disgusting but it contains many foul substances. Amongst these is fecal matter that will float around in your home carrying all sorts of bacteria and parasites that you won’t want to encounter. Other things you may encounter are objects that shouldn’t have ended up in the sewer in the first place. Things like hair, grease, garbage, or even wet wipes. Sewers can back up due to many reasons: plant roots growing through pipes, obstructions from foreign objects, or even structural damage to the pipes that has occurred over time.

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Because of the dangerous nature of sewage waste, it should never be handled on your own. You should always call professionals who have the proper equipment and knowledge to deal with the situation. This will prevent you or anyone else from coming into contact with harmful substances that are present in the water. Besides this, they will also utilize deep cleaning that will thoroughly remove all of the bacteria and germs from every area of your home. Companies like Water Damage Zone have a lot of experience solving problems such as this, so you can trust us to get the job done right the first time.

Call Water Damage Zone 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.

We specialize in the following services:

  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
  • Water Cleanup, Water Dry outs, Visual Mold Inspections, Sewage Damage Cleanup
  • Sterilizing & Odor Removal, Licensed & Bonded #963976, Reputable Los Angeles based company
  • Image from depositphotos, ID 15892692
  • Shutterstock Sequence Number: US-041C159DA-1

Water Damage Zone, Inc.

Corporate Office

15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411

5 Ways to Discover Hidden Leaks in Your Bathroom

 

Most of us aren’t new to the concept of a water leak in the bathroom. They happen all the time and sometimes when it’s really inconvenient for us. If you see any of these 5 signs, it may be time to call a professional to make some repairs.

 1. Appearance of Mold or Mildew

If you see mold or mildew in your bathroom it could mean that you have a hidden leak somewhere. Mold loves moist, dark areas to grow in and in order to find a starting point it will need a source of water. This is where your hidden bathroom leak comes in. Start looking at where the mold is forming and follow it to its area of highest concentration. You should be able to find a source of water at this point and need to now figure out how to repair it. Keep in mind that the longer you let this one go, the more mold you will have on your hands.

2. Warped or Stained Walls

You will notice walls that are warping or stained in the bathroom, this most likely means that you have a hidden leak on your hands. When drywall becomes too moist it will begin to bubble and warp. Over time it will continue to break apart until it falls apart into pieces. You may even notice your ceiling sagging and leaking with some of the water that built up in the area. In this case, professionals must remove all of the drywall and replace it.

3. Blistering Paint

If the paint in your bathroom appears to be blistering up from the wall, it is a telltale sign that water has leaked between the wall and the paint. This will separate the two from one another and cause the paint to rise up and fall off of the wall into pieces. The same thing will happen with wallpaper and you will need to replace the adhesive that you used to stick the paper to the wall.

4. Ruined Flooring

The flooring in your bathroom will buckle or crack. This shows you that the leak has been going on for long enough to soak into the floor. This can be particularly dangerous and must be repaired quickly before more damage is caused or someone gets hurt. You may notice that the floor feels soft like a sponge when you walk on it. This is because the water has soaked in and caused it to become unstable. Tiles will also become loose and you may notice staining on the floor as well. You will definitely need to call a professional to repair this issue.

5. Stained Ceilings

You may notice that the ceilings on the floor beneath your bathroom are becoming stained or damaged. Check in the room below the suspected bathroom leak to see if it is traveling down to the bottom floor. If you see a brown, copper, or other dark colored stain, it is a sign that you have a dangerous water leak in your ceiling. The ceiling may also begin to sag. Don’t wait to fix this! The moment you notice something like this you need to call professionals in to come and inspect the situation before it ends up causing more destruction and costing you more out of pocket.

Trust the Professionals

The certified professionals at Water Damage Zone understand that a water leak can be a dangerous and costly situation. That is why we are open 24/7 to respond to any type of water leak or water damage situation. Don’t hesitate to give us a call, our team will work quickly and around the clock to restore your home back to its original condition. We will fix your home the right way the first time, so you don’t have to waste any of your own precious time or risk injuring yourself.

 

Call Water Damage Zone 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.

We specialize in the following services:

  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
  • Water Cleanup, Water Dry outs, Visual Mold Inspections, Sewage Damage Cleanup
  • Sterilizing & Odor Removal, Licensed & Bonded #963976, Reputable Los Angeles based company
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Water Damage Zone, Inc.

Corporate Office

15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

 

Moisture in your home

If you’ve ever noticed moisture in your home, it is a sign that water has either seeped in or leaked from a pipe or other source. You may notice a damp spot on your basement wall or floor or perhaps a pool of water on the floor. Water damage may exist in various forms. The presence of water in your home can attract bugs, create mold and mildew, destroy furniture, ruin laminated finishes, rot wood, rust metal, and possibly damage your home’s foundation itself. If water reaches other items, such as precious and irreplaceable photographs, for example, it can cause devastating damage and loss.The side effects of water damage can also be harmful to your health and can lead to serious and long-term health problems. Mold and mildew can lead to respiratory issues, increase asthma symptoms, and cause allergic reactions. Additionally, the water in your home may be contaminated with pathogens and bacteria that can cause disease as well as infection.  Many of these issues arise if water damage inside the home is left unaddressed for a long period of time and is not mitigated.

The effects of water damage can be hazardous to the health of you and your family.  They can also lead to serious structural damage of your property.  Therefore time is of the essence when you are faced with water damage in your home or business.  If it is treated quickly and correctly, you can minimize the deterioration, reduce restoration costs and prevent the growth of mold and other contaminants.

 

Call Water Damage Zone 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.

We specialize in the following services:

  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
  • Water Cleanup, Water Dry outs, Visual Mold Inspections, Sewage Damage Cleanup
  • Sterilizing & Odor Removal, Licensed & Bonded #963976, Reputable Los Angeles based company
  • Image from depositphotos, ID 15892692
  • Shutterstock Sequence Number: US-041C159DA-1

Water Damage Zone, Inc.

Corporate Office

15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411

6 Common Holiday Fire Hazards to Watch For This Season

For most, the holidays are a time meant for spending time with friends and family. With, annual Christmas parties, office parties and whatever, else you might do for the holiday. Its supposed to be a cheerful time, meant to be spent with the one’s you love. It is a time where our family and friends surround most of us. It is the season for cheer, lavish decorations, parties, holiday cooking, gratitude and gift giving.

Unfortunately, it also happens to be the season for house fires.

Where the once cheerful holiday magic and laughter, that’s now replaced with grim memories; destroyed by fire and layered with ash and soot.

There are many holiday fire hazards out there; do you know what to do in order to prevent your family from becoming a grim memory? Below, we have pointed out the six (6) most common and dangerous Holiday Fire Hazards.

  1. Unmonitored candles –Candles tend to smell great, but you have to keep an eye on them as they burn. Don’t ever leave a burning candle alone in a room. Otherwise, a stray wick may end up causing a fire. Either keep a close eye on candles, or opt for battery-operated options instead.
  2. Dry Christmas trees – A major reason for the push to use faux trees during the holiday season is because dried pine needles can be a major fire hazard when combined with candles, fireplaces, or other similar Christmas-y goodies.
  3. Too many lights holiday lights in one single socket The beautiful part about electricity is that it lets us hang up a slew of different Christmas lights. When people have only one socket they can dedicate to their light displays, it’s common for them to come up with MacGuyver-esque solutions to this issue, which incidentally can overload the socket and cause a fire. Surge protectors are great things, people!
  4. Frayed Christmas light wires Even though we only use Christmas lights once a year, frayed wires do happen. An errant spark is all that needs to happen for those wires to turn into an electrical fire. Check your Christmas light wires before you plug them in, and discard any lights that have shoddy wiring.
  5. Drunken anticsThis may seem out of the blue for some, but the truth is that alcohol and fire simply do not mix. One drink too many has convinced plenty of people that a new cooking style, new fire trick, or new way to celebrate was apropos. There are a good number of those ideas that were later put out by their local fire department. In other words, partying responsibly will reduce the chance of you lighting your own home on fire.
  6. Unattended or sloppy cooking Some holiday dishes do require a lot of time on the stove, and when one follows the recipe correctly, this is never an issue. The issues arise when people forget to turn down the heat, allow pots to boil over, or simply flambé their dishes a little too enthusiastically. Make sure that you are careful when cooking your holiday dinners – especially if you choose to deep fry a turkey!

Facts About Home Holiday Fires

  • One of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.
  • Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home structure fires.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every six of Christmas tree fires.
  • More than half (56%) of home candle fires occur when something that can catch on fire is too close to the candle.
  • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 11% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.
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Source: National Fire Protection Association