The Growth of Mold in Cars

Mold. It grows in your basement, kitchen, and bathroom; you may not expect it to also grow in your car. When it begins to grow in your car it can cause all of the same problems for your health that it does when it grows in your home. If you believe that mold is growing in your car, then there are several things that you can do to figure out where it is coming from.

Look for Moisture

Whenever there is mold, there is moisture. By figuring out where the moisture is coming from you can begin to diagnose the mold problem in your car. Moisture can find its way into cars in many different ways. When you find any wetness, dry it immediately so that it won’t create further problems. Use cleaners to remove any mold from the car and also fix any broken parts that are allowing moisture into the care.

Cleaning Your Car

When you clean your car it is important to make sure that it gets dried completely when you’re done. Make sure to leave windows cracked to allow moisture to leave the car. If it’s warm outside, then making sure that the moisture is gone is even more important. The heat and moisture will cause humidity inside of the car that allows mold to grow even more quickly than it normally would.

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Transporting Moldy Materials

It is important to note that you risk getting mold in your car whenever you transport plants, wood, or other outdoor materials. Cleaning your car regularly will prevent these spores from beginning to grow and spread inside. If you know that you’re going to be transporting mold contaminated objects, then it is best to cover the interior of your car with plastic sheets to prevent its spread.

Mold in Air Conditioners

Many have experienced a musty smell coming from the vents in their car. Air conditioners are one of the top sources for mold in cars. It starts by growing in the vents when moisture becomes trapped inside of the ventilation system. The air coming from outside of the car is loaded with mold spores, dust and other pathogens. These become trapped inside of the car and create the necessary conditions for mold growth.

Removing Car Mold

The first thing you need to do in any mold case in a car is to find the cause of the mold and repair it. By doing this you will ensure that moisture doesn’t continue to find its way into your car. Use a HEPA vacuum to clean out your car and also disinfect it with cleaners to completely remove any traces of mold. If this doesn’t work, take your car to a mold removal specialist that has access to the special tools they need in order to completely remove it so that it doesn’t grow back.

 

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Summer Humidity Brings More Mold

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In order for mold to grow it needs moisture. The summer heat causes our homes to become humid and then they can allow mold to start growing. Once the humidity reaches a certain level it is inevitable that mold spores will start to cling to surfaces and begin to grow. These are some ways to keep the humidity level down in your home.

Know Where Wet Areas Form

Study your home to assess and figure out where the wet spots are forming in your home. It is important to know these areas and how you can keep them as dry as possible. Keeping dry towels near areas where condensation forms and wiping them down also helps. Never leave any wet objects lying around in the house. By keeping wetness to a minimum you will help prevent mold growth.

Properly Ventilate Your Home

Make sure that your home has ventilation in every room so that moisture can escape. This is even more important in rooms such as basements and bathrooms. Use an air conditioner and dehumidifier in rooms that need better humidity control. This will ensure that the moisture is never allowed to produce the perfect conditions for mold growth.

Properly Route Drainage Systems

Make sure that any water drainage systems are carrying water away from the house and not towards it. This will prevent water from resting against the house and leaking inside. This also means you have to repair any gutters and drains that may not be working properly. Make sure that water always has an exit so that it won’t linger around your home.

Design Air Flow in Your Home

By using exhaust fans, setting up oscillating fans, and opening windows, you can create air flow in your home. This is important in keeping your home dry and free of mold spores. Try to allow the air to flow through your home as much as possible. By keeping your home airy and dry, you’ll make sure that mold won’t be able to grow inside.

Aggressive Mold Growth

For mold situations that are extreme and out of hand, don’t attempt to fix it yourself. Call professionals like Water Damage Zone, we are trained and have the proper tools to get the job done. Give us a call and we will have one of our Mold Specialists come to your home for a free inspection.

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Mold is Dangerous to Your Pets

Most of us already know the health problems that mold causes in humans so you can imagine the impact it has on our pets. They spend most of their time in the home as well as already having a better sense of smell and taste. Knowing the symptoms of mold exposure in yourself as well as your pets will help you in determining whether your home is infested with mold.

Mold Exposure Symptoms in Pets

Pets suffer from an array of symptoms that are the same as those experienced by humans. Many of these symptoms can be misdiagnosed by veterinarians as allergies instead of mold. You may see any of the following symptoms of mold exposure in your pets:

Sneezing
Anxiety
Scaly Patches
Ear Infections
Runny Nose

Preventing Mold Exposure to Your Pets

Buy only animal beds, cages, toys, and other accessories that can be washed with hot water. By doing this regularly, you can prevent the buildup of mold on your pet’s belongings. Having a HEPA air filtration system in your home will also help in preventing mold spores from recirculating through the air in your home. If you definitely have a mold infestation in your home, the only way to deal with it is to have it eliminated by a professional team like Water Damage Zone.

Respiratory Problems

The most common symptom that your pet will exhibit is a respiratory problem. Hearing your pet constantly cough, sneeze, or hack indicates that they have a respiratory issue. Take them to your vet and explain the situation. Tell them that you are concerned that you may have mold in your home. The vet should be able to guide you through the proper steps to rehabilitate your pet. Animals can suffer more damage than humans from mold and it is important to have them treated as early as possible. Mold can cause death in pets especially if it is a toxic mold.

 

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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.

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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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Black Mold in Your Pool!

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Did you know that black mold can also begin to grow in your pool if it isn’t cleaned properly? Keeping a pool in pristine condition is important in ensuring that mold doesn’t begin to grow. Remember that anything with mold on it that goes inside of the pool can be a cause for mold to start growing. This means pool toys, vents, filters, and other accessories. Make sure that you are aware of everything that is inside of the pool. The following steps will help you to curb and control a black mold problem in your pool.

1. Assess the Damage

Check all areas of the pool and its systems completely to make sure that you are aware of everything that has mold growing on it. Remove all accessories from the pool so that they can be cleaned and sanitized separately. Black mold spreads quickly so it should be easy to identify the source and begin to remove it from the pool by using the proper cleaning agents.

2. Sanitize Filters

Any filters in the pool will need to be cleaned because of mold spores’ ability to begin growing on the inside. If the filters are not cleaned properly or replaced, black mold will easily return to your pool after you clean it. All mold spores must be completely removed in order for the problem to be eradicated.

3. Eliminate Mold

Once the pool pump is disabled you can begin to scrub the mold off of the sides of your pool with a brush. Clean away particles before using algaecide in order to prevent it from growing back. By allowing the algaecide to sit for 24 hours and scrubbing the spots again you will ensure that all mold is completely removed. You can finish the process by using a HEPA vacuum to completely remove any invisible mold spores.

4. Remove Stains

Even after you remove mold from the pool, you will most likely be left with stains. In order to clean these stains, you can use a trick involving a chlorine tablet, an old sock, and a few rocks. Place all of these objects into the sock and then place it on top of the spots where there are stains. Leave it for as long as necessary until you are able to scrub away the stains. Note that this process only works to remove stains and will not kill the mold spores without following the prior steps.

5. Test Your Pool

Turn your pool back on again and test the water to make sure that the pH level is appropriate and that the chlorine is at the proper amount. Maintaining this balance properly is essential to ensuring that mold will not return to your pool.

 

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