Should I Use Bleach on Mold?

This is a question that mold experts get asked frequently and the answer changes based on who you ask. What you need to know is that yes, bleach will kill mold, but not on all surfaces. Other cleaners work a lot better than bleach does when it comes to killing mold, you just have to know what to look for when you’re shopping at your local home improvement store.

Bleach Kills Mold Sometimes

The fact of the matter is, bleach will sometimes kill mold, not all the time. Because of this, you should really not rely on bleach to kill off mold spores in your home. Bleach is great for tiles, glass, bathtubs, or counter tops but it really fails at getting mold out of things like wood, grout, drywall, and other porous materials. Bleach won’t penetrate deeply enough into these materials to efficiently kill off all of the mold. It will return time and time again until it is properly removed at the root.

Bleach is Toxic

Remember that even when using bleach it can be extremely dangerous to inhale. If you decide to try and use bleach you must open up all the windows in the room and have a fan going to blow the toxic air from the bleach out of the room. If you do this it will at least lower the damage you will cause to yourself from breathing in the fumes.

Using Bleach and Calling Professionals

We recommend that instead of using bleach you try a mold killer and mold protector that you can buy from your local home improvement store. This two things will kill off the mold and prevent it from returning. If these two products fail to keep the mold away, then it is time to call a professional company like Water Damage Zone. Companies like ours will go above and beyond at inspecting your residence for any mold infestation and completely treating it from beginning to end so that it does not return.

 

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:

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

Important: How to Dry Your Home Fast After a Flood

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Flooding is a common scenario that most homeowners encounter from time to time. It is important to remember that you need to act fast when a home begins to flood so that the situation doesn’t get out of hand. This means to clear any drains and gutters so that water can flow where it’s supposed to go instead of in your home.

Air Circulation

The first most important thing to do after a flood is open all the windows in the home. Open all doors, closets, and drawers and allow things to dry out. If the electricity has been safely restored to the home, you can use fans to circulate the air in and out of the home. By using a dehumidifier, you can also speed up the drying process if it’s too humid outside to open the windows.

Sump Pump

You can rent a sump pump or buy one to have in your home all the time. What the sump pump does is stay below the water level in your basement and works to constantly push water out of your home. This will help you to quickly remove excess water from your home. A shop vacuum that can handle wet and dry materials should be used to suck water out of any carpeting.

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You can buy certain products that will help to remove moisture from rooms and objects in your home. Some of these are: clay, silica gel, and calcium oxide. These will work to remove any moisture out of the air. Place them inside of closets or drawers to remove the moisture. You can also place them inside of airtight containers with your wet items to suck the moisture out of them.

Call Us

Remember to call a professional like Water Damage Zone if you ever have water damage occur to your home. We have all of the equipment and professionals, stay open 24/7, and are certified in properly repairing water damaged homes. If you feel like the situation is out of your control give us a call and we’ll save the day for you.

 

 

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

6 Signs It’s Time to Repair Your Home

It’s easy to let things go in your home over time. Allowing them to gradually deteriorate and lose their functionality. The important key here is that these problems can cost thousands of dollars in repairs. These include rebuilding parts of the home that have become so damaged that there is no other option.

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1. Roof Damage

Your roof is the first place that water will enter your home if it is damaged. By regularly checking your roof, you can ensure that no leaks are forming and that your roof remains strong. Look for cracks or missing shingles, both of these signs will indicate that your roof is in need of some serious repairs.

2. Mold in Your Home

Check your home for moisture and monitor the level of humidity in all of the rooms. If it is too high in a certain room, purchase a dehumidifier to lower the level. Mold begins to form in areas where moisture has been allowed to build up for extended periods of time. The faster you get rid of mold, the less of a threat it poses to your health and home.

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Make sure that all of your gutters are properly connected and draining properly. You may have to unclog some of your gutters and drains to ensure that the whole system is working effectively to remove water from your home. Always ensure that you are using an appropriate ladder and safety equipment when performing repairs on your gutters.

4. Pest Infestation

Rotting wood and soil will attract pests such as ants and termites, who feed on these materials and use it to build their homes. These can be prevented by keeping landscaping away from the home’s foundation. That way pests can’t find their way inside the home. Once the structure of the home has been breached by pests the best thing a homeowner can do is call a pest control company to eliminate the bugs before they cause serious damage.

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5. Siding is Rotting or Deformed

When you notice that your siding is beginning to fall off, or that it has cracks, it is time to consider replacing the siding on your home. Siding is pretty cheap and easy to replace so you should take care of this problem right away before it becomes any more expensive. If your siding is damaged, you may also notice that your heating or cooling bill is much higher than usual. This is typical and should return to normal after you resolve this issue.

6. Cracks in Your Foundation

Walk around the home with a number 2 pencil and look at the foundation. Find all of the cracks and stick the pencil in starting with the lead tip. If the pencil goes all the way in, up to the yellow paint, then it is a sign that you need to call professionals to repair your foundation. Keep in mind that companies like Water Damage Zone are open 24/7 and able to assist you with problems such as these at any time. Don’t wait to fix issues like this until the last minute!

 

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

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

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.

 

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

Dry Rot Tips and Prevention

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It is likely that you have encountered wood outside that has been the victim of dry rot. Dry rot is the result of wood that has been infected with a fungus. It starts by digesting things in the wood that give it structure and support. The wood tends to be drier and you will notice it is lighter if you pick it up.

Causes of Dry Rot

One of the first things that happens in the development of dry rot is that the wood comes into contact with moisture. While the wood is wet the fungus will begin to grow inside of it. Dry rot fungus will continue to eat away at wood until it disintegrates.

Appearance

Many people confuse the appearance of dry rot with that of carpenter ant or termite damage. The major difference here is that ants and termites will remove the wood to specifically form areas where they live. If you definitely have termites, you will notice that your wood has termites inside of it and eggs or termite droppings outside of holes in the wood.

 

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Prevention

One of the best ways you can stop dry rot from happening in your home is by stopping excess moisture. You can do this in many ways such as fixing leaky plumbing or a hole that is allowing water to contact the wood in your home. If the wood is contacting soil it has an increased chance of becoming wet and growing the fungus.

Treating Wood

Many times it is inevitable that water will come into contact with wood. These wooden areas should be treated so that fungus cannot grow in them. Borate is a commonly used fungicide that will help prevent dry rot in the wood on your home. It can also be used to prevent insects from infesting the wood. Wood can be treated whenever you like and should be done regularly to increase its effectiveness.

Wood Restoration

If dry rot has gotten the best of your home and you can’t simply treat the wood to solve the problem, you will need to replace the damaged areas. Damaged wood can be replaced by companies like Water Damage Zone who are experienced at restoring homes from water damage. Wooden areas commonly need to be replaced after excessive damage has occurred. Professionals will help you restore your home if you are dealing with large amounts of dry rot.

 

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

How to Stop an Overflowing Toilet

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Seeing a toilet begin to overflow is often like watching a car crash. You know it’s coming, but there’s not much you can do to stop it. Toilet overflows can be stopped if you act quickly and follow these steps:

1. Switch the water supply off to the toilet as quickly as possible. It is a metal valve that is usually located near the bottom side of the bowl. Turn it counterclockwise to shut it off. This will prevent the toilet from having the water that it needs to keep overflowing.

2. Take the top off from the tank on the back of the toilet. Lift the float ball high so that the water stops running. Now all the water should be off so that you can begin to figure out what you need to do to fix your toilet.

3. Grab a plunger and apply it to the hole inside of the toilet bowl. It should be covering the entire hole completely. Continue to pump the toilet, increasing in power as you work. This should dislodge difficult clogs and allow water to pass through your pipes.

4. Also, if the issue is with the float mechanism in the tank of the toilet, it can be adjusted to be lower in the tank. This will prevent the tank of your toilet from overflowing. Check to make sure that the chain on the float mechanism isn’t caught on anything.

5. If this problem persists or becomes unmanageable, call a plumber or water damage professionals like Water Damage Zone to fix your overflowing toilet.

By catching a toilet overflow early and fixing it, you can prevent yourself from dealing with worse problems in the future. If your pipes become heavily clogged, it can often be impossible to clear all of the debris from them. Professionals have the expertise needed to effectively and completely restore your toilet to its original condition.

 

 

 

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