Fire Damage Preparation Steps

In the United States, nearly 3,000 people die and 13,000 are injured in home fires every year.  The costs of the homes and items lost are estimated to be $7.3 billion each year.  The amazing piece of this information is that people need not worry about home fires if they prepare the right way.  You can prevent losing a loved one or cherished possessions if you prepare for fire in the home the same way.Water Damage Los Angeles

In the time before a fire, it is best to be proactive.  Learn where the local Fire Department is in relation to your home.  In many cases, Fire Department officials will perform a walk through of your home in order to see where the risks might be, and they will give solutions on how to better prepare in the event of a fire.

Preparation

It is easy to prepare your home.  Work with your family and discover the best routes to exit the home, or fire escapes in the home.  You should have a minimum of two ways to get out of each room.  Make sure windows are not stuck, and they can be opened or removed quickly and easily.  It is important to teach children that firefighters in full gear are not to be feared, but they should be approached in the event of a fire.

Smoke alarms are also crucial in home preparation.  Dual smoke alarms are best as they detect both ionization and photoelectric smoke.  Test the batteries monthly, and place them on every level of the home, especially in sleeping areas.  Never disable a smoke alarm as this places your home and loved ones in jeopardy.

Removal

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Furthermore, the removal of combustibles and securing of fuel sources can be vital in the event of a fire.  Try to prevent the fire from gaining fuel and intensity.  Keeping these items away from flames will make the fire more manageable and lessen the damage.  As a fire moves through your home, close doors and windows in order to prevent fire access to oxygen.  As a fire burns it will exhaust all available oxygen in a room and smother itself.  Closing doors and windows keeps oxygen from getting to the fire.  One way to do this most effectively is to use a water and smoke sealant to create a barrier.  Many water barriers are fire resistant for four hours which during a fire can be the entire lifespan of the blaze.  Water barriers can help limit the spread of fires in the home and add to the smothering process.

Get out

The best thing that you can do in a fire is simply get out of the building as fast and calmly as you can.  Keep calm in the event of a fire, and find a cloth to cover your nose and mouth.  This helps to filter the air and keeps smoke/soot out of your lungs.  The key to surviving is to know your exits through consistent practice.  Get low to the ground, under the smoke and crawl your way to the exit.  Once you are out of the building, go to your meeting area and call for help.

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Ways to Conserve Water

As more and more people inhabit the earth and climate changes result in more severe drought conditions in the future, it is essential that we learn how to conserve water resources.  There are many things that you can do to help prevent the waste of water, and many of these are easy.  Just the simple adjustments in the way we live.  If these are done, a person can save thousands of gallons of water over their lifetime.Water Remediation water damage zone

In the home, there are many ways that water can be conserved.  First, make sure you check for leaky faucets and pipes.  It might not seem like a drip will have a major impact, but a single drip can cause 20 gallons of water a day to be wasted.  In addition, all household faucets should be fitted with aerators which are cheap ways to conserve water through creating a non-splashing stream of water and air.

Your bathroom toilets can be significant sources of lost water.  For example, do not flush the toilet every time you place a Kleenex in the bowl.  There are five to seven gallons of water that is necessary to flush this item away.   That is a major waste for such a small item.  Also, be sure to check your toilets for leaks.  One of the best ways to do this is to put a dye in the toilet tank.  If the water in the bowl begins to change color, there is a leak that should be repaired immediately.  This can be done cheaply and easily.  Another way to save water in the toilet is to weight a soda bottle with sand or pebbles and place it in the toilet tank.  By placing this in the tank, the tank doesn’t require as much water to fill.  It can save over ten gallons of water a day, just make sure that the tank can still fill with three gallons of water necessary to flush.  If you don’t want to put one of these in your tank, consider remodeling your bathroom with low flush toilets that use half the water of a normal toilet.

In the shower, try taking shorter showers.  If you find that you take a certain amount of time, try to shower in three minutes or less.  This simple adjustment can save over 20 gallons of water.  If you need extra time, as you are applying shampoo and other cleaners, turn the water off until you are ready to rinse.   This can also save a lot of water.  In the shower, try installing water efficient shower heads that will reduce the amount of water used per minute by two and a half gallons.20150319_131523

In the bathroom sink, make sure that all pipes and faucets are not leaking.  When brushing your teeth, rinse the toothbrush and turn off.  Brush without the water running, and rinse when you spit in the basin.  When you have to shave, place some warm water in the basin, and turn the water off.  Use the basin to rinse your razor.  This will save gallons of water.

In the kitchen, only run your dishwasher when the appliance is full.  Do not operate if the dishwasher is only partly full.  The use of a dishwasher can waste gallons of water in the pre-rinse stage alone.  By only running full loads, it maximizes the effort of the appliance and the water used.  If you wash by hand, do not let the tap run while you are scrubbing your dishes.  This wastes a tremendous amount of water, and don’t let the water run while you rinse your food.

These are simple suggestions in what you can do to lessen the amount of water used inside your home.  Remember that water conservation can be practiced in your yard as well.  Only through a combined effort will we take a proactive step to being better stewards of the earth and conserving our precious resources.

 

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Types of Mold

 

If you are told that mold is present in your home, you might think that there is only a single kind present.  In actuality, your home could be the home a wide variety of mold.  Each mold has a preference on where they grow and they will affect you different ways.Visual Mold Damage

Apergillus is a kind of mold that is frequently found inside homes all around the world.  It is most commonly seen as a collection of greenish circles.  There are several complications that can arise from this kind of mold.  There are minor symptoms in adults, but it can have serious allergic effects on the elderly and children.  In the most serious cases, this mold can induce bleeding in the lungs, sinus infections and sepsis.

Alternaria is a mold that is commonly found outside, but it can also grow in the damp places inside your home.  It tends to be found in showers and under sinks.  If your home has experienced water damage, this mold can also be found here.  Alternaria can spread very easily in the home.  It can cause allergic reactions and asthma.

Chaetomium is a mold that tends to grow in drywall that has been damaged by water.  You can tell that Chaetomium is present by a distinct musty odor that accompanies the growth of the mold.  This mold can also be found in soil, air and plant debris.  These molds tend to be brown like an olive and covered in hairs for a distinct look.IMG_20150514_111857

Cladosporium is a kind of mold that is present in many homes.  The unique aspect of cladosporium is that it prefers cool parts of the home such as a basement.  It can grow on fabric and wood surfaces.  This kind of mold can cause infections to the skin and toenails in addition to sinusitis and infections of the pulmonary system.  If airborne, it can be the source of allergens affecting people with respiratory diseases.

Fusarium is another mold that can grow at lower temperatures.  It prefers to grow in water damaged areas, and it can contribute to allergic reactions, asthma and respiratory issues.  This particular mold can severely affect the production of barley in the country with a major impact on the brewing industry.  Fusarium can create infections in the nails of people and in the cornea.  There is also potential for blood infections to occur.  Fusarium is so serious that during World War II, it was used as a biological weapon.  Treat immediately if you suspect fusarium is present.

Mucor is a very common mold found in soil, plant surfaces, rotten vegetable matter and in digestive systems.  This mold appears white to beige, and they can be very fast growing.  Over time, these molds turn brown.  In most cases, this mold does not affect humans due to an inability to grow in warm temperatures.20141014_101853

Penicillium is a kind of mold that grows on water damaged materials.  Carpet, wallpaper, insulation can all provide a great environment for this kind of mold to grow.  It can spread very easily around the home.  This mold can also be used as a antibiotic killing other forms of bacteria in the body.  Other forms of the mold can be used in the making of cheese.

Stachybotrys is the most serious kind of mold that is present in the home.  Also known as Black Mold, this mold looks slimy and black.  It can produce toxic compounds known as mycotoxins which have a serious health impact on people.  This mold can cause breathing problems, asthma, allergic reactions, chronic fatigue, and depression.  If found in your home, do not try to remove yourself, but have a certified and trained company remove.

 

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Benefits to a Clean Air Duct

In the home, one of the best things to keep clean is one thing that you do not think about.  It is something that acts as the circulatory system of the home, and it is vital during the coldest winter months and the hottest summer months.  It is the duct system of your home.

The ducts of the home act as the air superhighway for the home.  It carries warm air from the furnace to all areas of the home and cool air from the air conditioner.  It can make life pleasant, but it can also make life difficult if they are allowed to get dirty.

Everyday contaminants are accumulating in your ducts.  These include dust mites, tobacco smoke, mold, chemicals, allergens, bacteria and animal dander.  As these are able to accumulate and grow, it creates situations where the overall health of a family can be compromised.  As a homeowner, there are many benefits to maintaining a clean duct system.

One of the simplest benefits is that clean ducts reduce the amount of dusting that you have to do.  As the duct system moves air through the home, the air is moved through filters that remove harmful allergens.  This simple process can reduce coughing, wheezing, and other respiratory conditions associated with dirty ducts.IMG_20140612_105122538

Clean ducts will also improve the air quality in your home.  Indoor air can be up to 50 times more polluted than the air outside.  Clean ducts can remove the allergens in the air in order to present a cleaner environment for you and your family.

Clean ducts will allow your furnace and HVAC system in your home to last longer and run more efficiently saving you money.  The issue with many different HVAC units is that they become clogged with dirt and debris if they are not cleaned regularly.  In order to drop your utility costs every month, take a moment and clean the parts of the ducts such as the fans and filters on a regular basis.  Your HVAC system will thank you by saving you money and giving you better quality air.

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Hot Water Heater Leaking?

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.  20150301_113652

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.Water Damage Zone of Sherman Oaks

 

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.

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Proper use and cleaning of a Humidifier

There are many benefits to using a humidifier in your home.  They can help relieve sinus infections, helps to recover from colds and flus faster.  Humidifiers can help keep the air from being too dry resulting in nose bleeds.  It can help alleviate snoring and it keeps your skin looking great.

With all the benefits of using a humidifier, would you know how to keep your humidifier running and clean?  It is very important to make sure that your humidifier is running at its best in order to prevent it from actually harming your home.

With the water inside a humidifier, it can grow bacteria and mold like any water source.  If this water is allowed to sit in the humidifier for extended periods, then next time you use your humidifier, you might not only be spreading beneficial moisture around the home, but harmful bacteria and mold as well.  These bacterium and molds can result in allergies and sickness.  Just what the humidifier is trying to help you overcome.Water Damage Photo

In order to prevent this from happening to your humidifier, there are some simple steps to follow.  The first step is to clean the filter of the humidifier.  Unplug the humidifier and remove the filter.  Hold under a faucet and rinse to wash away any grime that might be present.  Leave the filter to dry.  Now you can clean the rest of the unit.  It is important to remember, don’t use cleaning solutions on the filter as these can damage the filter.  Most humidifiers require you to change the filter.  Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the frequency for change.

The next step to clean the unit is to clean the water tank.  Remove the tank from the unit, and pour out all the old water.  Next, fill the tank with 2 cups of vinegar, and swish this around.  Make sure that it covers all points of the inside of the tank.  Vinegar acts as a solvent, and it loosens the grime in the water tank.  Rinse the tank thoroughly when you are done.  You may want to use a scrub brush to get the tough points of grime.  Stick with the vinegar as any other cleaning agent can stick to the tank, and it can be pumped into the air when the unit is in use.

Finally, use a damp sponge with a vinegar and water mixture to wipe out the rest of the humidifier.  This simple step will prohibit dust from entering the tank.  If you keep the dust out of the humidifier, then mold and bacteria have nothing to ‘feed’ upon to help grow.

There are many ways to clean out a humidifier, but this step is simple, and it is good for the environment.  If you take care of your humidifier, then your humidifier will take care of you.  Clean it regularly, and it will become one of your most trusted appliances.

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Advantages of Natural Cleaning Solutions

In the 21st Century, it is a common belief among many people that it is the responsibility of people to be more careful in terms of their impact on the planet.  With over 7 billion people currently on Earth, it is believed that, as a species, we are rapidly approaching conditions where the planet is under immense stress.  As a result, the green cleaning industry is taking off.Water Damage Clean Up

In addition to the idea of responsibility, green cleaning solutions truly offer better and safer ways to keep your home clean.  One of the first benefits of the green solutions is that it is not as hard on the planet.  Pollution is limited in the home by two to five times less than compared to levels outside of the home.  This creates an environment that is more serene and conducive for your lifestyle.  One issue with cleaners is that people tend to dispose of cleaners down a drain.  These cleaners have the potential to end up in the water supply.  Rivers and lakes can be polluted to the point of polluting the drinking water.  Green products are not harsh as the chemicals leading to lesser pollution in the water table and a healthier environment of plant and animal life.

Finally, the use of these green solutions does not require petroleum to be used.  Petroleum is a common resource that we do not understand how pervasive it is in our lives.  When we mention petroleum, we think mainly of gas for our cars and homes and maybe petroleum jelly.  However, petroleum is common in our lives as it is fundamental in the creation of various plastics, medications, toothpaste, nylon, adhesives, detergents, trash bags.  The list that contains petroleum is quite extensive, and it is important to remember that this is a finite resource.

Plus, the health of the user is not as impacted as using the harsh chemicals in the past.   Green cleaning products can significantly reduce the number of eye and skin irritation.  Allergic reactions are also minimized by using these products.  This benefit is mainly seen through the limitation of the chemicals entering the lungs and then entering the bloodstream.Water Mitigation by Water Damage Zone Inc

One of the best incentives for using green solutions is that the cost for using these green solutions is cheaper than the cleaning products that were produced with chemicals.  The chemicals have to go through a multiple refining process in order to make them suitable for a particular product.  Green solutions are easier in that they do not have the levels of refining to create a finished product.  This results in manufacturers producing more green solutions bringing the prices down for the consumer leading to more being sold in the marketplace.

Finally, the use of green solutions are better for people than constantly using antibacterials.  Some bacteria is good for people, and through the overuse of antibacterials, good bacteria are eliminated, but there is also a fear that stronger bacteria are being created that withstand the antibacterial nature of soap.  It might be healthier to use green solutions here.

As more and more people come to live on Earth, it becomes our duty to take better care of the world around.  Through using green products and solutions, we take an immediate step in our homes to make the environment better and lead better lives overall.
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