Sewer Water Backup

Whether you own your home or you rent, there are few things that can occur in your home that are more traumatic and quite frankly horrible than a sewer water backup.  These not only possess the stress of water damage, but they also have added rankness of waste water that makes it a true double whammy.

 

So how does the sewer water backup occur?  They happen for many reasons.  You can have tree roots in your lines, an aging sewer system, combined and blocked pipes.  Whatever the cause, when it occurs, it is tough to deal with. How do tress affect the pipelines?  As your home ages and depending on the age of the home, the home can settle placing stress on the pipes.  These stresses can create cracks which seep water.  As trees and shrubs seek water sources, they can find their roots can find ways into the roots creating blockages.  As more and more roots enter the pipes, there is nowhere for the water to go, so you have a water backup.

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Aging sewer systems also play a role in sewer water backups.  With the sewer systems in the United States being on average over 35 years old, this means that there are sewer lines that are potentially upwards of 50-60 years old.  This leads to clogs and simple breakdowns from time resulting in waste and sewer water backup. Combined pipes become an issue when the pipes are responsible for removing both sewer and rainwater.  The lines might become overloaded and backup as a result.  It is always best to stay away from combined pipes if you are able.

 

Where does sewer water backup?  The short answer is that it backs up in the lowest point in the house.  This is usually the basement, and from experience, it can be a difficult and messy cleanup. How do you keep the drains open?  One of the best ways to keep the lines open is to have an annual inspection of the lines by a company that can assess the quality of the lines and clear blockages if necessary.  This will keep your lines running smoothly, cleanly and most importantly quickly into the municipal water system.

 

Most importantly, be careful what you are putting down your drains and toilets.  Remember that just because it goes down the kitchen drain or goes down the toilet that it is magically out of your life.  Items and sludge can accumulate in the drain and pipes which over time will create back ups.  Be smart with what goes down the pipes.

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Tips how to Choose Water Damage Restoration Company

Unfortunately, this industry isn’t regulated, and there are people out there who pose as professionals or overstate their qualifications.Therefore, homeowners should be mindful of who they hire, as an untrained technician may do more harm than good or delay repairs, resulting in a higher degree of destruction.


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Problems with Hard Water

What is hard water?  This is water that has a high content of minerals such as calcium and magnesium.  It is measured in degrees of 1 to 10 in the number of grains per gallon of water, and we notice it mostly through the spotting on dishes, the results on our hair and physical appearance.

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There are many issues that can be created by hard water.  First off, hard water can contribute to clogging pipes and reducing the flow of water.  If you have noticed a white-ish buildup around your showerhead and less water or lower pressure then hard water is working in the pipes.  This can lead to a buildup of film on bathroom surfaces which over time can be difficult to clean off. In the shower, hard water leaves your skin feeling as if there is a soapy film and residue that cannot come off.  It results in the skin feeling dry.  Hair cannot be rinsed properly resulting in shampoo residue leaving your hair looking dull.

 

For the appliances in the home, hard water can be difficult for any appliance using water to process.  It can shorten the life of refrigerators that offer water and ice cubes by accumulating in tubes and pipes.  More importantly, hard water can negatively impact your water heater through clogging pipes, but also by needing more heat for water as hard water is a poor conductor of heat.  This results in higher water and energy bills. Finally, the quality of your food can be affected by hard water.  When cleaned, glasses will retain a spotting and film on them that is difficult to remove and can influence the taste of the beverage.  Clothes also suffer hard water damage as they can be worn down by the presence of the extra minerals in the wash cycle.

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What can you do?  One of the best things that you can do to combat hard water in your home is to install a water softener.  A water softener adds salts into the water through the process of ion exchange.  When hard water is filtered through the water softener filled with negative charged resin, the calcium and magnesium in hard water, which carries a positive charge, attaches to the beads which leaves the sodium in the water.  Sodium is exchanged for the calcium and magnesium turning hard water soft. When dealing with your water softener, make sure that you are constantly adding salt to the basin of the water softener.  This will ensure that the filtration process is always able to occur as it should.

 

If you choose to live with your hard water, then you should look into reducing the heat in the water heater to save on the life of the appliance.  Preventative flushing of the unit can also help its longevity and performance.  Use vinegar to remove white spots and on tiles, glass in the bathroom to remove mineral deposits.  Look for laundry soap and shampoo that are designed for hard water.

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Removing Smoke Smell from your Home

If an apartment or home has either had a fire or an occupant who smoked indoors, the smell of the smoke can linger in the area for years after.  In order to remove the smells, it is important to understand what smoke is and how it can linger in your home.Smoke in the most basic form is an abundance of particles in the air from the burning of a substance in the area.  Whether it is from burning incense or a fire that gutting the building, the smoke created it from the chemical reaction that occurs when the fire moves through the materials being burned.  As such, it is very similar to an odorous dust that can accumulate from the quality of the fire or duration of exposure.  This smoke can get into your clothes, various fabrics of the house, carpets etc.  They are very difficult to wash out, and this is why even after doing laundry, the smell can linger in your clothes.

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So, how do you get rid of the smell?  First off, when smoke is present, you need to create positive pressure to get it out as soon as possible.  This means that instead of opening a window and placing a fan pointing out, you need to think in the opposite.  Creating positive pressure would be closing all the windows in the home, opening a door with a large fan pointing inside towards the smoke.  On the other end of the room, open a window.  As fresh air is moved into the room, it accumulates creating positive pressure and pushing the smoke through the open window.  As you finish in a room, be sure to close a door in order to prevent smoke from undoing your work.Once the rooms have been properly aired out, then it is time to remove blinds and drapes for a thorough cleaning.  Try to place outside for drying to give a better chance for smoke to dissipate.

 

You will want to make sure that all surfaces are cleaned.  Use a solution of one gallon water, a tsp of dish soap and a half cup of white vinegar.  Use a clean rag, and make sure to rinse the rag regularly.  Be sure to wipe down all surfaces with this solution for best results.  Wash all window screens with this solution.When cleaning carpets, you will want to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter that will prevent the smoke particles from blowing right back into the room.  Remove as much of the debris as possible.  Be complete and detailed in your vacuuming.  There are no prizes for going too fast.  Take your time, and make sure you do a good job.Flood Damage Los Angeles

 

Make sure that light fixtures, cabinets are cleaned with the solution, but also be sure to repeatedly mop non-carpeted areas of the floor.The thing to remember is that you will not get this done in one cleaning, particularly as it takes time for the smoke debris to settle.  Several cleanings will be needed until the smell is completely out of the home.Is the smoke bad for you?  Exposure to this is never good.  Like secondhand smoke, lingering smoke particles can increase risk of cardiovascular issues, but also contribute to breathing and respiratory complications, particularly among the elderly and young.  It is always a good thing to do your best and have the particles removed thoroughly and cleanly.

 

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How to Mitigate Water Damage

Water Damage Zone and Restoration Inc is SERVING ALL Los Angeles County. Orange County and Ventura County within 45 min or less. we are a Family owned and operated, We strive to provide each customer with the highest level of customer satisfaction and care, that we would show our own family. We maintain a reputation for getting the job done in a timely and efficient manner. Our technicians are certified and trained with the IICRC* in the fields of water damage, fire/smoke damage, mold remediation, mold removal, sewage cleanup, restoration and repairs. We also work directly with the insurance companies so you do not have to. We offer free inspections, 24/7 Emergency Services. Call today to schedule your free in home inspection. (877) 520-1923 our operators are standing by to assist you. For all your water damage needs call Water Damage Zone Inc.

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Mold in Gyms

When you are working out, it is in an attempt to re-shape your body.  In this process, it is natural to break a sweat as the body begins the change that routine exercise can provide. However, there is something that also wants you to exert sweat because your sweat is as good for it as the exercise is for you.  That something is mold, and the gym, whether it is the local gym or the one in your home is a perfect breeding ground for mold.

Let’s begin by stating that mold and mold spores are everywhere.  They travel on air currents looking for a suitable place to land and begin to grow.  In most cases, molds prefer areas with access to moisture, humidity and consistently warm temperatures for optimum growth. The gym is the perfect environment for mold, because all of the conditions that mold seek are present there.  The temperatures are constantly in a warmer range promoting mold growth.  There is moisture in the air from the heating and cooling systems, but also from the sweat being exerted in addition to the basic moisture in the exhaling of people working out.  This moisture can create a base humidity that mold can thrive in.

Closeup of nice wet legs on whiteWhere would mold grow in a gym?  First off, it can grow anywhere.  With people working out, it can grow on the machines that are being used, particularly if these are not being wiped down or disinfected regularly.  There is a possibility that you could be using a machine that has mold growing on and in it.Also, the showers and sauna rooms of gyms can be prime breeding grounds for mold.  With the constant moisture that is in and splashed outside of the areas, mold can take hold anywhere.  These areas should be consistently and regularly disinfected along mold cleaning standards to limit the growth of mildew and mold. Since many gyms are large open structures similar to warehouses, sometimes leaks can occur in the plumbing and in areas that are not regularly examined.  Building checks should be conducted on a regular basis to prevent the development and growth of mold.

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Will the mold make you sick?  There is potential for that, but it depends on the mold.  In many cases, mold can trigger respiratory ailments such as wheezing, shortness of breath and asthma.  While not always fatal, the presence of mold can severely limit your ability to achieve fitness, particularly if you are looking to improve your cardio.  In other cases, molds can trigger severe reactions that will require medical assistance and hospitalization, but these are usually dependent on extreme cases and issues with the respiratory system.Mold is present in every aspect of our lives, and in most cases we have learned to live with it.  In the gym, mold has the potential to grow rapidly.  Make sure that if you use the gym to wipe the machines down after you use them and wear slippers into and out of the shower/sauna rooms to limit the affect of mold on your body.

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Mold Remediation Process

Water Damage Zone Los Angeles is here to help with any mold removal. Attempting to clean up the mold may spread the mold spores, causing greater property damage or health problems. Mold can be dangerous to your health; therefore it is important that mold testing and mold remediation to be conducted by professionals as soon as mold is detected.

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