What to Do When Your Basement Floods

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Imagine opening up the door to your basement to find it flooded with water the day after it rains. What’s the first thing you do? Before you assess the situation you need to make sure that the electricity is shut off to the basement so that you can enter it safely. Once this is done you can begin trying to save your most valuable items from water damage.

Protect Yourself

Diseases could be in the water in your basement depending on where it came from. Things such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Hepatitis linger in standing water. Wear a mask and goggles if necessary in order to protect yourself from coming into contact with these contaminants.

Find the Cause

Discover what created the flood in your home in the first place. It may be a backed up drain or a broken pipe. You may need to turn the water off in your home if it is a broken pipe. Perform any necessary plumbing to remove a backup in a drain so that it can begin to flow normally. This should be done swiftly as not to leave water standing in your home for a long period of time.

Ventilate Your Home

It is now most important to make sure that the windows and fans are on in your home to allow it to dry out. Moisture is your enemy when it comes to mold and water damage. Eliminate any remaining water in the home by draining it yourself by hand. If there is an excessive amount of water contact professionals like Water Damage Zone, who specialize in this kind of water removal.

Contact Professionals

It is always a good idea to call professionals to inspect water damage in your home. They are certain to pick up on details that you are not because of their training. Specialists can easily identify structural damage as well as problem areas where mold may begin to form. By inspecting the property immediately after the disaster, they can recommend the best course of action to ensure that the home does not sustain further damage.

 

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

Bleach Doesn’t Work on Mold

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Many labels state that bleach is only effective on hard, non-porous surfaces. This is because it doesn’t soak into porous surfaces and leaves the root of the mold intact. This allows the mold to regrow again and again. The roots are how mold is able to regrow and stay alive for long periods of time.

Bleach Only Removes Mold Stains

Bleach may appear to work on mold because it completely removes all of the discoloration from the surface it’s on. However, the mold is still present in the roots and will continue growing deeper inside of porous material. Bleach also becomes less and less effective on mold over time. This means that the more you use bleach on the same spot, the less mold it will remove.

Find Mold Cleaner

Buy a special detergent that is designed to kill mold at the roots and spray this on the affected areas. Allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes so it can completely remove all of the mold from the area. After the area has been cleaned of mold, you can buy products to apply on top of the area to protect it from growing mold again. Research your products and see what others are saying about them. If you can identify the specific types of mold that you are dealing with you can find specific products that work better to remove those kinds of mold.

Forget the Bleach

Unless you’re using it to whiten counter tops or clothing, bleach is often not the best cleaning option. It is better to use other cleaners and only use bleach for the things that it works best at, whitening and stain removal. By researching homeopathic cleaning solutions, you can also work to make your home more Eco-friendly by using less chemicals.

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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. 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

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Pack Outs and Why We Do Them

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When disasters happen to your home or business it can be hard to fix the damage. In order to prevent any more damage to the objects in the home, they should be carefully removed and stored at an off-location site. The process of moving these belongings out of the home is known as a pack out.

Damage to Your Home and Belongings

Many different types of disasters cause damage to our homes and belongings when they strike. Whether it’s a fire, flood, hurricane, or other natural disaster, chances are that if your home was hit, so were some of your personal belongings. When disaster strikes your damaged belongings need to be repaired as well as your home. We take all these items to another location where we can assess and restore them.

Water Damage Zone

Our company has a commitment to restore your home to the best quality possible. This means that we go through all of your damaged items and work to restore them to their original quality. Many other services are needed that we provide such as water extraction and drying, mold remediation, smoke damage removal, and more. Trusting professionals such as Water Damage Zone will ensure that your property is treated with the utmost care and responsibility when it is being restored.

Personal Belongings We Pack Out

During a pack out we will take all affected personal belongings and put them in a safe, off-site location where they can be restored. We are experienced at dealing with all types of personal belongings including:

Electronics
Jewelry
Furniture
Artwork
Clothing
Curtains
Children’s Toys
Linens

 

 

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

Your Carpet and Mold

 

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Carpet in our homes provide us with something comfortable to walk on and can help to bring a room together. However, when carpets are left uncleaned and neglected for long periods of time, they begin to develop mold. Carpet mold is a complicated and difficult to resolve issue that can cost you countless hours and dollars spent on cleaning products that don’t work.

Allergens

Many types of mold produce allergens that can cause severe reactions in those who are living in the home. By inhaling or touching mold, you are exposing yourself to its negative side effects. Symptoms of mold exposure include:

Itchy eyes
Sneezing
Runny Nose
Red Eyes
Skin Rash
Asthma Attack

Carpet is a High Risk Material for Mold Growth

Carpet is one of the easiest materials for mold to grow in. Carpeting readily houses all the key elements that mold needs to grow: moisture, organic material, oxygen, and a porous surface. Carpets should be vacuumed often and steam cleaned at regular intervals to ensure that mold is not allowed to grow. Many times you will not see mold on your carpet at all, this is because it is growing underneath of it.

Removing Mold from Carpet

Unfortunately, by the time you have discovered mold growth in your carpet this usually means that it is beyond the point of repair. If a large area of the carpet has been affected by mold growth, then it will need to be replaced. If you are dealing with a large amount of mold, it is best to call a company like Water Damage Zone with professional tools and staff who will inspect every inch of your carpet to determine the best way to restore your home to its original condition.

Don’t Hesitate to Call Professionals

Calling Water Damage Zone will ensure that the right measures are taken to protect the health of you and your family. Cleaning up mold is something that we specialize in and make sure to take extra care so that your home is completely restored and enjoyable again. By using commercial-grade cleaning equipment we make sure your home is completely free of any spores before we replace the carpet. This way you can be sure that mold will not start to grow on your fresh carpeting.

 

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

Mold Recall: Nu Skin Epoch Mist Diffuser

 

The company Nu Skin recently had to recall its line of Epoch mist diffusers due to the possibility that they could become contaminated with mold. If you recently purchased one of these products, you will be pleased to know that Nu Skin has provided a way to easily contact them. The recalled models are: PZ11351, PZ17051, PZ21551, PZ03151 and PZ03451. You will be able to find this number on the white plastic underneath the product.

Product May Harbor Mold

These products have been found to have the ability to harbor mold and this poses a threat to those with weakened immune systems. Anyone suffering from allergies may also notice them worsening while they inhabit the contaminated area. It is important to remove these products as quickly as possible and report them to the manufacturer so that you can be given a refund or an exchange.

Contact Nu Skin

Call Nu Skin at 800-487-1000 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.nuskin.com, select United States, click the Contact link at the bottom of the page and then click on Recall for more information.

Dog Itchy Patches and Ear Infections Caused by Mold

 

Humans are commonly affected by mold in their homes, so it stands to reason that their canine companions would be affected too. Dogs are not impacted in the same way that humans are. Their reactions tend to show up on their skin and in their ears. These allergies affect many dogs and are an indication that your home is infested with mold.

Itchiness Exhibited by Your Dog

Chewing or biting of the fur all over the body shows that the dog’s skin is aggravated. Dogs may also rub against furniture and other objects to relieve itchiness. The more a dog scratches and bites, the more likely their skin is to become inflamed and infected. Don’t wait a long time to take your dog to the veterinarian if you see them exhibiting these symptoms. First, treat your dog and then consider the possible mold problem in your home.

Ear Infections in Dogs

Most dog owners have experienced their pet at one time or another suffering from an ear infection. Many don’t know that ear infections in dogs can be caused by mold. The dog may even appear to be sick, showing symptoms such as wheezing, watery eyes, and sneezing. It is important to not diagnose the dog’s symptoms by yourself, take them to a trusted veterinarian who can run tests to determine what is going on with your pet.

Ventilate Your Home

Even after mold is removed from your home by professionals, you will need to keep it ventilated. Your dog needs a dry environment that isn’t too hot so that their skin can breathe and remain free from allergies. By keeping the conditions of your home dry and on the cooler side, you will prevent your family and pets from suffering the symptoms of a mold infestation.

Water Damage Zone’s Mold Policy

Water Damage Zone has a zero tolerance policy for mold. If you hire us for the job, we will see to it that every spore of mold is removed from your home completely and permanently. Water Damage Zone employs professional equipment and certified professionals to get the job done. We’ve been keeping Los Angeles homes and businesses mold free for years.

 

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