Water Damage and the Mitigation Process

damage-equipmentRestoration companies like Water Damage Zone & Restoration Inc using high quality drying equipment from the best water damage manufactures such as My tee, Phoenix’s, Dryez, Flir and more.  Restoration companies use dry out equipment in every water damage job in order to start the mitigation process right away and to avoid secondary damages.infared

The first step in beginning water damage remediation services starts with detecting where the wet area and the source of the water damage are coming from. Water damage companies will use Infra-Red Cameras to detect the wet area and according to its report, we will know where the affected wet areas are and the water damage dry out process can begin. Before Water Damage Zone is able to use dry out equipment, our technicians will start to extract the water and remove all affected building material. Water Damage zone will use dehumidifiers to control moisture. In case the water damage is considered as category 1 or category 2, Water Damage Zone technicians will add air movers in order to enhance air flow and seek equilibrium faster.DSCF2092

In cases where water damage category 3 is in place such as: sewage damage and toilet over flow, air movers will not be used instead air scrubbers will be added in their place due to the contaminants and bacteria in the environment that you do not want spread throughout your property. The entire Water damage dry out process usually takes between 3 to 5 days depending how big the loss is.
If you have a restoration service need; do not hesitate to call us now! The longer you wait to remediate the problem will result in even further more extensive damages to your property and the more costly it will end up becoming.

Do you need a professional water damage company to handle your water damage mitigation?

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.

We specialize in the following services:

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

Water Damage Can be Costly and Inconvenient

Water damage can be caused by a broken pipe, toilet over flow, sewer backup, flood, or a leaky roof. We cannot control water damage from happening. We, however can be at your property within 45 minutes in order to get your home or business dried and disinfected as fast as possible. If you have water damage that has not been taken care of it remains at a perfect environment for mold to grow.

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If your property has been affected by water damage, call Water Damage Zone. We will fully assess the water damage situation and restore your property to its pre loss condition. The most effective way to avoid secondary damage is to respond quickly and to have your property dried, ventilated, and disinfected. Un-treated water damage can cause swelling of building materials and will weaken the structure.96340794

Water Damage Zone & Restoration Inc. offers 24/7 emergency restoration and flood damage restoration services. Water Damage Zone offers Free Mold Inspection during business hours. Our certified water damage technicians have been helping residential and commercial customers in your area by providing water damage restoration services and flood restoration services for over two decades. By using a professional restoration company such as Water Damage Zone & Restoration Inc. you will save money and time and you will buy peace of mind.

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Most home owners do not have the right drying equipment to use in water damage situations. Using fans and open windows might help but will not dry or clean up the mess. However, your property still remains at risk for secondary damage such as mold.

It is extremely important to take care of water damage properly. If the water damage is not properly restored, moisture will remain in the property and moisture is the perfect environment for mold to grow inside building materials. Some individuals are highly allergic to mold and can develop many health related issues ranging from allergies to bleeding lungs and or death. Please feel free to visit our sister company for further information and a list of our complete restoration services at Best American Builders

 

Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. today (877) 520.1923– your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips.

We specialize in the following services:

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

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Pay attention to moldy foods while grocery shopping. Consuming moldy foods can make you sick and cause respiratory problems. Your safest bet is to discard any food product with mold growth on it. If you have salami or dry cured ham it is normal to have surface mold just scrub it off. Check all jarred items for mold before use. Certain cheeses the mold can be cut off no less than an inch back from where the mold started. Mold spreads quickly in fruits and vegetables so it’s important that you thoroughly clean the areas where moldy food was kept.

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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.

We specialize in the following services:

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

Water Damage can Happen at Anytime

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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.

We specialize in the following services:

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

Keeping your Sauna Mold Free

Saunas are a great piece of luxury that if you are lucky enough to have one in your home, you should always take full advantage of it.  However, if you choose to indulge yourself with a sauna, make sure that you are well versed in how to care for the sauna to prevent mold and mildew.  These can make you not want to use your sauna very quickly if left unchecked.

 

The first thing that you want to address with a sauna is that the ventilation of the room is enough to handle the use of the sauna.  To prevent mold, the sauna room must be properly sealed, waterproofed and well ventilated.  If you choose to use the sauna regularly, then you run the risk of having the development of mold and mildew begin early and become worse with each subsequent use.

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Remember that the benefits of the sauna come from the ability to make you warm and sweat.  As a result, there is plenty of moisture and warm temperatures for the sauna to use to create mildew.  Mildew and mold prefer these conditions, and if you compound the issue by not cleaning the sauna well, then mold can grow and grow quickly.   If the sauna is along an exterior wall of the home, then venting the moisture and heat is simple as it goes directly outside.  However, if the sauna is in an interior room, then special precautions must be taken to ensure that the sauna is properly sealed for moisture and the venting works into the duct work similar to the bathroom venting.

 

Another aspect of the sauna to remember is that the sauna door should open out, not in.  The area that the sauna opens out on should be properly ventilated as well along the lines of the sauna itself.  Just because this area is not directly in the sauna, mold and mildew can grow here quickly too.

 

The final aspect of the sauna is to look at if it is a wet sauna or a dry sauna.  Both produce humidity, but the wet works by pouring water over hot rocks to produce steam.  In both cases, you will want to make sure that the steam is properly kept in the sauna, but when time is right for venting, the steam goes where it should in the ductwork for proper removal.

 

Saunas are great additions for the home.  They are great for relaxation after a hard day, but be vigilant with the way you sauna works in removing the heat and humidity.  Remember that mold can move and grow quickly in the home if the conditions are right.  The sauna offers the perfect conditions, and an unclean sauna is one no one wants to use.  Make sure that you are constantly cleanly and maintaining your sauna to keep it running great.

 

 

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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.

We specialize in the following services:

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

Protect your Documents from Water Damage

Living in a world that is more dependent on a paper trail for our lives and verification more than ever before, it is essential that people understand how to best protect their documents from water damage.  People need to be assured that if they are faced with an issue such as flooding or other forms of water damage that their documents will be safe for review by insurance agents to get their lives back on track.

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One of the easiest things that people can do is seal their documents through lamination.  A reliable laminator can be purchased at any office supply store for a reasonable price.  Why is laminating a solid option?  Laminating protects by completely encasing your document in a plastic sleeve.  If the seal is solid, then there is almost a zero chance that when faced with water damage that your document will be affected.

 

A second option is the use of waterproof sprays.  While these are not as good as a laminated copy, these sprays can provide a level of security that will protect your papers and documents.  Spraying is best done in layers with the optimum being three to four layers.  Spray once, allow to dry completely, and then spray on the next layer.  This application process will give you a better form of protection.

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A third option is a product similar to Aquaseal.  These product the paper with a clear coating, and the benefit to these products is that the papers can be folded, unfolded in order to use the material.  This is a tremendous advantage over lamination, yet aquasealants need the material to be a laser or professionally printed material for best results.  If you use your home printer, which will probably be an inkjet, then the ink will run and smear ruining the document.

Another suggestion would be to use waterproof paper, which can be used with inkjet and laserjet printing.  Waterproof paper can also be used for handwritten documents, so it has a wide variety of uses.  These are great for camping or any excursion out into nature.

 

Documents are very important to our well-being.  It is necessary to seal and protect everything from insurance papers, driver’s licenses, medical cards, etc. should be protected for the eventuality when they are needed most.  Don’t wait until the incident has come, but be proactive and protect your documents today.

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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.

We specialize in the following services:

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

Water Damage in Commercial Buildings

While focusing on water damage and prevention tends to favor the home, it is necessary to be vigilant about the position of commercial buildings as well.  In many cases, commercial buildings have the same risks as private homes.  If left unchecked, water damage in commercial buildings can lead to structural damage and mold.  All of these can contribute to damaging the structure and creating very expensive repairs.

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When dealing with large commercial buildings such as warehouses and hotels, it is necessary to continuously inspect the property.  While some would suggest a monthly rotation, it would be most beneficial to inspect the property on a weekly basis.  This could be the job of a department manager.  Inspect the parts of the building that would be most susceptible for moisture buildup.  This would include areas with extensive piping or ceilings.  It is essential to look for drips or other evidence of pooling.   HVAC systems are also areas where inspectors will want to focus their efforts. If there are low-lying areas of the property, such as underground storage or garages, it is essential to make sure that these areas have effective methods of drainage to prevent accumulation of water.  In order to accomplish this, it is necessary to outfit these sections with pumps in case of periods of heavy rain when water may accumulate.

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When dealing with water in commercial settings it is essential to develop and adhere to a plan for employees to follow if water damage is found.   A basic plan should be written down and available in a variety of locations for the use of management and employees.  The plans should include training measures so that employees know where to look for common areas of water damage, and if necessary, employees should be knowledgeable of the location and proper procedure for shutting off the water to the building. With all the plans for the guidelines, contact information should be made available for access for maintenance, plumbers, electricians, water clean-up services in order to facilitate the repair of water damage.   The information of the water company and insurance should also be present to make sure that water is cut off and that all damages are assessed for payment if necessary.

 

The guidelines for response should be kept in a safe location that puts it above the water damage.  The guidelines should also have plans for the relocation of records off-site for their preservation, but also for the temporary halting of operations until the site can be restored.  Once the water damage is repaired, then the commercial building can be opened once more. Maintaining a commercial building can be a tricky endeavor with water damage.  If one remains vigilant in maintaining sight on leaks and sources of water damage, then perhaps large problems can be averted before they become large problems.

Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. today (877) 520.1923– your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips.

We specialize in the following services:

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