A Message from LADWP about the Heat on First Day of Summer

With near record heat expected to hit Los Angeles this coming Sunday and Monday, June 19-20, LADWP urges all customers to be especially vigilant at reducing electricity use where possible while not putting your health or the health of your pets at risk. This is especially important on Monday, when temperatures and electricity use are expected to be highest. Doing simple things such as turning up your thermostat to 78 degrees and turning off lights will save electricity use and reduce the risk of outages.

The likelihood of a power outage during a heat wave this summer is heightened because of the gas leak that occurred at the Southern California Gas Company’s Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility and resulting moratorium on new gas injections at that facility. LADWP and other electric utilities serving the greater Los Angeles area depend upon this facility to maintain power reliability when energy use spikes during hot weather. Gas is used not only in homes and businesses, but is also primary fuel for gas-fired electric power plants. Aliso Canyon is the only gas storage facility that can immediately respond to rapid changes in gas supply for 17 gas-fired generating plants, including four generating stations operated by LADWP in the Los Angeles basin. Because of the potential for gas curtailments, the possibility of energy shortages and related outages this summer has never been higher.

You can help by reducing your use. The most effective time to save electricity is between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. when its use is highest. LADWP recommends the following conservation measures:

  • Adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher.
  • Be smart about lighting. Turn off unnecessary lights.
  • Adjust your water heater down to 120 degrees.
  • Use major appliances like washing machines and dishwashers late in the evening or early in the morning.
  • Turn off your pool pumps.

LADWP also offers rebates and programs that can help residential and commercial customers reduce their energy use this summer. For example, LADWP offers rebates of up to $1,000 for a variable speed pool pump, up to $120 per ton for an efficient heating or air conditioning system, and $50 per unit for an efficient room air conditioner. We also offer a $50 rebate and free pick-up and recycling for qualifying residential customers’ old, inefficient refrigerators. For more residential energy-saving tips, visitResidential Savings Tips. For more commercial energy-saving tips, visit Commercial Savings Tips. For more information on residential energy efficiency programs, please visit Residential Rebates & Programs. For more information on commercial energy efficiency programs, please visit Commercial Rebates & Programs.

How to Prepare for a Power Outage
Following are ways that you can prepare for possible power outages:

  • Store flashlights and batteries in easy-to-reach places around the home. Make a mental note to know where they all are.
  • Keep a battery-operated radio nearby for updates on power outages
  • Ventilate your home in the evening by opening doors and windows to clear out heat and circulate air.
  • Always have a phone charger in the car. Having a fully charged phone to communicate with family and friends during an outage can be both comforting and informative.
  • Keep non-perishable food handy. If food in the refrigerator does spoil, you want to be sure to have plenty of alternatives nearby.
  • Keep a cooler nearby to transfer food, using whatever ice you have before the outage.
  • If you are medically dependent on critical equipment, consider purchasing a gasoline-powered backup generator.

Additionally, LADWP urges customers to pay careful attention and follow instructions when Flex Alerts are issued during peak energy use periods. You can sign up for Flex Alerts by visiting www.flexalert.org. For the latest information regarding power outages in Los Angeles, follow LADWP on Twitter @LADWP. Customers may also sign up for LADWP email notifications at www.ladwpnews.com.

Thank you from our entire team at LADWP.

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Mold Testing Before Buying a Home

 

It is important to know that when you are thinking about buying a new home, it could be contaminated with mold. Mold grows in many different areas including inside of walls, under carpet and tiling, and in the ventilation ducts of the house. By having a mold test performed you can rest assured that your new home won’t be harboring mold.

 

Require Testing from the Seller

Make sure that the seller gives any important information in terms of any mold issues that the home has ever had. Request that the seller pay for testing to be performed on the home prior to your purchase. This will ensure that any problems related to mold will be disclosed to the buyer before they purchase the home.

The damp is attacking the wall at a window

Get Information on Water Damage

Make sure that the company performing the home inspection also releases any information to you about possible water damage in the home. This will allow you to know possible areas that will allow mold to grow in them. Knowing where water damage has occurred in the home can also tip you off to what is causing it.

 

Request Mold Remediation Before Buying a Home

After you purchase a new home you can no longer require the seller to pay for any of the necessary repairs. This is why having the home inspected for mold before you purchase it is important. If the property is found to have mold, make sure that you request for a professional mold remediation company like Water Damage Zone to eliminate and restore any damage caused from the mold.

 

 

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Woman Blames Mold and Landlord for Severe Health Issues

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Airborne Mold is More Common Than You Think

 

Most people cringe when they hear the word mold and immediately picture disgusting scenes in bathrooms and basements. Mold has long been known to produce uncomfortable symptoms in people who become exposed to it. They may begin to cough and wheeze, have itchy eyes, sore throat, headaches, nausea, or fatigue. You should be aware that mold spores are easily airborne and probably one of the allergens that are causing your allergy symptoms already.

Personal Protective Equipment

Airborne Mold

Mold that becomes airborne can create a variety of adverse health effects that vary in intensity from mild to deadly. The EPA and FEMA both have guidelines and restrictions for the level of mold spores that are present in indoor areas. Airborne mold can be just as deadly as mold you find growing in walls and that is why it must be treated with the same caution. If you are in the vicinity of visible mold, then chances are that you’re also inhaling it.

Mold and How It Spreads

Mold must become airborne in order to spread and reproduce. This is why when you see a mold colony you can already assume that spores are being created and flying off into the air to look for other surfaces to begin growing on. They grow best on damp surfaces with organic matter on them to feed on. Mold feeds on dead and decaying materials in nature. This is why it grows best in bathrooms where there is usually organic material laying on counters and floors.

Mycotoxins

The most dangerous substances found in mold spores are mycotoxins. These mycotoxins are dangerous and can be found in mold growing on food as well as in the environment. This is why it is important to be aware of mold in your surroundings and eliminate it as quickly possibly. Certain molds are more dangerous than others.

Keeping Areas Ventilated and Dehumidified

All rooms in your home should be ventilated so that air can easily enter and exit them. This will allow the mold spores to flow out of your rooms. Make sure that the air is also dry and not humid. Purchasing a dehumidifier will help to prevent humidity from lingering in your home. You can also purchase an air filter that will suck the air through it and absorb mold spores and other allergens so that they won’t bother you.

 

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Sinkholes: Causes and Effects

Situation Degraded

Sinkholes happen when you least expect them and are hard to predict. They will most likely occur when limestone, gypsum, salt beds, or other carbonate rock is dissolved underneath of the earth. Water eats away at this rock until it starts to form an empty pit. Eventually the ground will no longer be able to support the sediment layer on top and it will fall into the pit.

Sinkholes in My Yard

If a sinkhole happens in your yard it is important to remember that it’s your responsibility to repair it. Your insurance company might pay for an evaluation and repair if the sinkhole is a result of nature and not your own doing. Sinkholes can form from anything that you’ve done yourself as a homeowner including collapsing sewer pipes, broken septic tanks, buried trash, or soil that hasn’t been compacted. Knowing if you live in an area with soluble rock will help you by determining whether you should check the ground frequently for holes that are beginning to form.

Protecting Yourself

If you see a sinkhole forming under your house or another structure, leave as soon as possible. Call emergency workers in addition to a building inspector to let them know that an inspection is necessary before reentering the building. If the sinkhole isn’t near a building or in a road, you can most likely fill it back in yourself. It is important to remember to use the right materials when doing this. By watching the hole over time you can see if it gets bigger and if it does then it needs to be dealt with by professionals.

What to Fill a Sinkhole With

If the sinkhole is a manageable size, then you should fill it back in. Start by using dry-mix concrete in the bottom of the hole. This gives it a sturdy base to support it. Now, add some clayey sand to form a barrier that prevents water from getting into the hole. When finished add some sand and soil to match the terrain of the area you are in. It is important to make sure that all of these are compacted and that the proper materials are used. If for some reason this process is not done correctly the sinkhole can reform and cause more problems.

 

 

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