Carpet Mold

Carpets are one of the many things that make our homes enjoyable. When carpets aren’t cared for correctly they can become more than an eyesore, they become a source for mold to spread. When moisture begins to accumulate in the carpet and it is allowed to sit, it allows for the perfect conditions for mold growth. If you use rugs in your bathroom these will need to be frequently aired out and allowed to completely dry to prevent mold.

Cleaning Moldy Carpet

Carpets are full of small holes that allow mold to penetrate deep into their fibers. Once mold has grown in these tiny holes it is usually impossible to completely eradicate it. All the mold spores need is moisture and a warmer room temperature to begin growing again. If mold has penetrated deep into your carpet you will need to have it replaced. If you are removing it yourself, you will need to wear protective gear to prevent yourself from coming in contact with the mold.

Removing and Replacing

Replacing moldy carpet can be dangerous to your health if not done correctly. You can also spread the spores into other areas of your home that will now become contaminated with mold. The padding and floorboards underneath the carpet will need to be examined as well. All of these things may need to be replaced depending on the level of mold contamination. Some rooms may need to have carpet replaced with tiles that are easier to keep dry and remove mold from.

Professional Help

If you find mold covering a large surface area in your home, it is highly recommended that you call a mold remediation professional. In these cases, the mold can be toxic to your health and it is not advisable to fix the problem on your own. Professionals will make sure the mold is completely removed and that everything affected is properly replaced and functioning. Mold can create or make worse of the symptoms of respiratory problems, immune disorders, or allergies.

 

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How to Prepare for Winter

After spring and summer have begun to fade away and the beautiful shades of the autumn leaves are beginning to make their appearance, a dangerous turn is lurking just around the corner. Even though winter is filled with fun things like Christmas and building snowmen, it can also bring about a dangerous factor as well.

The low temperatures that typically come along with winter can easily damage things around the home and it is important that we all prepare for the dangerous days ahead. By planning ahead, you will know that you will not be caught off guard when inclement weather begins to appear.

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Outside your home

There are many things that you should do on the outside of your home to protect it from the effects of winter. You should first bring all your garden hoses and sprinklers inside your garage or shed so that you can store them safely. Covering your spigots with a Styrofoam cover is also an important step. You can also wrap them in newspaper and use electric tape to help ward off frozen and damaged spigots.

If there are any exposed pipes, you will need to wrap them with some sort of protective layer; cloth, paper or foam wrap; in order to prevent the pipes from freezing. Your trees should also receive a protective layer around the base of them as well. Mulch is perfect to help them retain their heat.

In the case that ice is a possibility, make sure that you have purchased cat litter, sand and bagged salt so that you can pour it on walkways, stairs and driveways that may become iced-over during a storm. This will help prevent falls and will give your vehicle traction in the case of an ice storm.

 

Inside your Home

In order to prepare for the winter, you should purchase additional flashlights, batteries and radios so that you will be prepared if the electric were to fail. These items should be easily accessible and you should be able to find them in the dark.

You should also stock up on items that are nonperishable in case you are snowed in and unable to reach the grocery store for more supplies. Make sure that you also have a working manual can opener on hand as well.

Finally, you should check all the weather stripping around your windows and doors and test your furnace. It is also best to have a back-up source of heat so that you will be able to stay warm if the power does fail. For those with a wood burning stove, stocking up on chopped wood is also an important step.

 

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Conclusion

There are many things that you can do in order to prepare for the winter months before they happen. By preparing ahead, you will have a better chance of staying safe throughout the winter and remaining comfortable if a winter storm does cause damage to your area. You will then be able to relax and stay warm while the damage is repaired.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Recent Water Damage Leads to Mold

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When our homes become filled with water, whether through flooding or broken pipes, it becomes a breeding ground for mold. Besides causing mold to grow in your carpets and walls, it can also begin to grow in your belongings as well. Acting swiftly and drying out your home can save you and your possessions from mold infestation.

First Things First

Disconnect the power to the home and unplug any electronics that you can access without going into the water yourself. If you’re scared to do this, the best option is to leave the premises and call a mold remediation company to inspect the property for you. They have the proper training and equipment to ensure that injury does not occur.

Drain the Water

You need to eliminate the water from your home as quickly as possible. Using buckets and mops can work but is not nearly as effective as the equipment that a local water damage company will have. Be careful if you decide to use a wet/dry vacuum because the electrical cords can become dangerous if they come into contact with the water.

Completely Dry the Area

After all the water has been mopped up, fans and a dehumidifier must be used in order to completely dry out the area. Open up windows if it’s no longer humid and damp outside so that the moisture can leave the home. Baseboards will likely have to be removed as well as any drywall that has crumbled or buckled. After the area is completely dry it will need to be disinfected using a heavy-duty disinfectant that you can purchase at a local hardware store. After disinfecting, you can purchase a chemical called Concrobium that can be sprayed over the area to prevent mold from growing.

Call Us!

Remember that the easiest and best way to eliminate mold and water damage from your home is by calling professionals who deal with it on a daily basis. Water Damage Zone has the training and expertise to deal with all of you mold remediation needs. We are available 24/7 and offer free inspections. Don’t hesitate to call now.

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Help! My Water Heater is Leaking! What Should I Do?

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If your water heater is leaking at all then it needs to be repaired. Water that leaks over time causes damage to the structure of the home as well as the water heater itself. You’re going to need to start dealing with this problem by shutting off the valve that supplies water to your water heater. The next step is to evaluate the damage to the water heater to determine the best course of action.

My Tank is Leaking

If the tank of the water heater is leaking, then it is most likely due to corrosion of the tank itself. In order to replace it you will need to call the proper home repair specialists, such as Water Damage Zone, to remove the old water heater and install the new one. It is important to carefully install the new water tank so that no leaks form, this is why we suggest contacting professionals for help.

My Water Heater Gasket is Leaking

Gaskets coming out from the water heater itself may allow leaks to occur. In this case it is important to turn off the water heater and drain it before attempting to replace the gasket. Once the gasket has been carefully replaced you can restore the water supply to the heater by running water in a sink simultaneously. This will ensure that the air pressure doesn’t destroy the water heater. Once the tank is refilled with water you can turn it back on again.

Puddles Around Water Heaters Aren’t Always from a Leak

Don’t make the mistake of assuming that because water is pooling beneath your water heater, that you have a leak. Sometimes this water can be caused by factors such as condensation that has accumulated on the water heater and is dripping off the sides of the tank. In this scenario you should wipe up all of the moisture in the area, being careful not to burn yourself on the water heater. Once this is done check to see if any drips occur from a leak. This will help you to determine if you have an actual leak or not.

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How Heaters can cause Mold In Winter

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Winter is a time where it is cold and dry outside for most people. What many don’t realize is that heaters inside of homes provide the optimal conditions for mold growth during the winter season. Mold needs a source of water and a source of food, organic materials, in order to live. Mold likes to grow on any surface where water may sit for a long period of time. Homes get mold because of leaks, floods, clogged pipes, bad air circulation, and high humidity.

Prevention of Mold

Heaters in the home can be managed so that they don’t create situations where mold gets out of control. Making sure that these systems are operating correctly ensures that these scenarios don’t occur in your home. If you see water accumulating on your walls, then you should look into getting a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier will ensure that your home stays dry in areas where mold loves to grow.

Ensuring Proper Air Circulation

By opening up windows during the day and turning fans on around the house, you can make sure that all of the home receives fresh air. This will prevent mold spores from building up in certain locations and beginning to grow. Make sure that the air is dry though, rainy weather can add moisture to the air that will make it more humid.

Keep Track of Your Home’s Humidity

You can easily keep track of the humidity inside of your home by buying a moisture meter at a local hardware store. The EPA recommends that you keep the humidity in your home between 30% and 60%. You will be able to determine the likeliness of mold growth in a room by measuring the humidity. If it is above 60%, the chances of mold growing go up significantly. Also look for the accumulation of moisture in areas that have pipes or windows.

 

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  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
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15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

How to Prevent Mudslide Damage

 

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Mudslides occur frequently in Southern California because vegetation in the region often gets destroyed by brush fires. Without the vegetation, the areas become prone to flash flooding that carries down soil, rocks, trees and brush. Once these things gain momentum they can easily cause damage to your home.

Direct Debris Away from Your Home

By using sandbags and lumber you can create a wall to direct the flow of debris in the case of a mudslide. This is an important step to take because without anything directing the flow of water, your home will easily become flooded. If you can control the flow of water, a mudslide will likely follow the same path and be diverted away from your home.

Board Your Windows

If you know that flash flooding or mudslides are possible, board up your windows that are at ground level. Debris will quickly enter the structure through the windows of the home. By boarding up the windows you will be adding extra support to them and prevent debris from getting into the home.

Protect Your Home

Protecting your home is the most important thing to do in the event of a mudslide. Other parts of your property such as pools, gardens, sheds, and other areas may require too much effort to save. By sticking to a plan that will protect your home, you will save yourself valuable time and energy in the event of a mudslide. You have to accept the reality that if a mudslide occurs, your property will endure some damage. The most important thing to protect is your own home.

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Contact Professionals

If a mudslide causes damage to your home don’t hesitate to call professionals like Water Damage Zone to inspect your property. We will assess the damage to your home and come up with a restoration plan to restore it to its former condition. We have specialists that are trained in dealing with the damage from flash floods and mudslides. If these conditions are not dealt with effectively and immediately they will most likely lead to more damage in your property over time. Trust the experts when it comes to the restoration of your home.

What are some precautions that you take against mudslides? Let us know in the comments.

 

Call Water Damage Zone 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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  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
  • Water Cleanup, Water Dry outs, Visual Mold Inspections, Sewage Damage Cleanup
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15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

How to Fix Moldy Caulk

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The bathroom is easily one of the most humid rooms in the home, with steam lingering long after hot showers. The accumulation of moisture is one of the easiest ways for mold to start growing and one of the first places it likes to grow is caulking. Eliminating mold at first sight is the best way to prevent it from spreading and damaging your home. We will go over how to properly clean mold and also how to replace caulking in more serious cases.

Properly Cleaning Mold Off Caulk

1. Find a bathroom cleaner that is effective against mold and pour some in a bucket with hot water.

2. Using a soft cloth, rub the mold off of the caulk with this solution.

3. Clean the caulk with fresh water from the sink.

4. Pour or spray undiluted bleach onto the caulk and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. This will allow it to remove any extra mold spores and also help by lightening the caulk itself.

5. Brush the caulking with a soft bristled brush by making circular motions.

6. Rinse the caulk again with fresh water.

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Replacing Damaged or Old Caulking

Over time caulk will take damage from mold and it will age. Eventually, the caulking will need to be replaced and if you’re facing a situation with a lot of mold its absolutely necessary. In order to get rid of large mold infestations in shower areas, it needs to be removed at the root. By replacing the caulking you will ensure that mold doesn’t return to your shower after it has been cleaned.

1. Use a utility knife to cut the top edge of the caulk and then cut the bottom edge. After this you should be able to pull the caulking off.

2. Cut any remaining caulk out.

3. Clean where the caulk was removed with isopropyl alcohol. This helps get rid of remaining caulk and any mold spores still in the area.

4. Make sure that the area is allowed to dry completely.

5. Read and carefully follow the caulk instructions on your specific product to prepare it for application.

6. Apply a small line of caulk to any area it was cut from.

7. Wet your index finger and push the caulking into the cracks.

8. Wait the amount of time that is stated on the packaging for the caulk to dry before using the area again.

Call Water Damage Zone 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:

  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
  • Water Cleanup, Water Dry outs, Visual Mold Inspections, Sewage Damage Cleanup
  • Sterilizing & Odor Removal, Licensed & Bonded #963976, Reputable Los Angeles based company
  • Image from depositphotos, ID 15892692
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Water Damage Zone, Inc.
Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411