Mold Removal on Clothing and Shoes

 

Mold doesn’t just grow on materials in your home, it also grows on your clothing and shoes. This is one way that mold travels from one location to another. If you’re wondering how mold got into your home it is possible that you carried it inside on your own clothing. Mold is a fungus that thrives in places that are warm and moist so once it has been brought into such an area, it will thrive.

Removing Mold From Clothing

When looking at clothing that hasn‘t been used in a while keeping in mind that it is possible that mold can be removed. It is a smart idea to check any other clothing stored in the same area for mold growth because the spores can travel. Some of the following steps can be taken to remove the mold completely:
Place the moldy clothing in the washing machine and add ¾ of a cup of white vinegar. Repeat this as many times as necessary to completely remove the mold.
Take the mold clothes outside and brush the mold off before letting them sit in the sun. After a few hours, or the clothing has dried, take it inside and soak it in cold water. Afterward, wash it in hot water in the washing machine with detergent. Afterward, dry them all in the sun.
Buy mold remover or fungus remover and spray them onto the clothing in order to kill off the mold. It is also possible to buy a fogging product that you can use to fog the whole area where the moldy clothes were found. This will kill and prevent mold growth on your other clothing.

Removing Mold From Shoes

Shoes, especially leather ones, will allow mold to grow inside of them. One of the main causes is that people’s feet sweat and this sweat accumulates inside of shoes, allowing mold to begin to grow. Once you notice a foul smell or a sign of mold growth, it is time to begin treating your shoes for mold. The following methods have been found effective in removing mold from shoes:
Use a brush to remove any mold from the shoe. The brush will help to loosen and break up the mold by detaching it from the fabric of the shoe.
For shoes that can withstand this solution, mix one part water and one part alcohol. By wiping this onto your shoes with a cloth it will slowly start to destroy and eat away at the mold until it is all gone.
Always allow your shoes to fully dry after wearing them by placing them outside or somewhere that has decent airflow. You can also purchase products such as powders and silica gel packets that will prevent moisture from building up.

Checking the Area for Mold

When you discover mold on anything in your home it is important to check the area that those objects are located for mold growth. If you find mold growing on or inside your walls, in areas that you can’t reach, or in a large area that is impossible to treat on your own, then it is time to consult with the professionals. Water Damage Zone employs trained and experienced professionals that know how to eradicate mold growth quickly and at its root. Don’t hesitate to call when your mold problem has become too much for you to handle on your own. We can be there quickly to give you an affordable quote for your unique needs.

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

Sewage Water Backup

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Whether you own your home or you rent, there are few things that can occur in your home that are more traumatic and quite frankly horrible than a sewer water backup.  These not only possess the stress of water damage, but they also have added rankness of waste water that makes it a true double whammy.

So how does the sewer water backup occur?  They happen for many reasons.  You can have tree roots in your lines, an aging sewer system, combined and blocked pipes.  Whatever the cause, when it occurs, it is tough to deal with. How do tress affect the pipelines?  As your home ages and depending on the age of the home, the home can settle placing stress on the pipes.  These stresses can create cracks which seep water.  As trees and shrubs seek water sources, they can find their roots can find ways into the roots creating blockages.  As more and more roots enter the pipes, there is nowhere for the water to go, so you have a water backup.

Aging sewer systems also play a role in sewer water backups.  With the sewer systems in the United States being on average over 35 years old, this means that there are sewer lines that are potentially upwards of 50-60 years old.  This leads to clogs and simple breakdowns from time resulting in waste and sewer water backup. Combined pipes become an issue when the pipes are responsible for removing both sewer and rainwater.  The lines might become overloaded and backup as a result.  It is always best to stay away from combined pipes if you are able.

Where does sewer water backup?  The short answer is that it backs up in the lowest point in the house.  This is usually the basement, and from experience, it can be a difficult and messy cleanup. How do you keep the drains open?  One of the best ways to keep the lines open is to have an annual inspection of the lines by a company that can assess the quality of the lines and clear blockages if necessary.  This will keep your lines running smoothly, cleanly and most importantly quickly into the municipal water system.

Most importantly, be careful what you are putting down your drains and toilets.  Remember that just because it goes down the kitchen drain or goes down the toilet that it is magically out of your life.  Items and sludge can accumulate in the drain and pipes which over time will create back ups.  Be smart with what goes down the pipes.

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

 

DIY Mold Removal Isn’t The Best Idea

Mold shock.jpgPeople have definitely cleaned up their own mold infestations successfully, but at what cost? Cleaning up mold can not only be overwhelming but also dangerous and problematic. Removing mold from certain surfaces can be next to impossible and homeowners who attempt to do this put their own health at risk and their property. If you encounter any of the following situations it is best to just call a professional.

Large Areas Are Too Unmanageable
Areas larger than 10 square feet should not be handled alone and without training. Most likely, mold in this quantity has damaged far more than you can see. The best thing to do if you discover this much mold in your home is to call professionals to come to your home as soon as possible. The more quickly they begin working on the problem the less of a chance it has to cause more damage to the home.

Mold Grows Behind Drywall
Mold can grow behind the drywall in your home and requires special equipment and trained professionals in order to detect and remove. Specialists will be able to detect where hidden mold is in your home so that it can all be removed. If any mold gets left behind it will reinfest the home again and possibly create an even worse problem than you started with.

Structural Repairs
If mold has grown into and damaged the structure of the home it will be necessary to make repairs. These repairs can require lots of manual labor and time as well as knowledge in proper building restoration procedures. It is best to leave these specialized jobs in the hands of trained professionals. Doing structural repair work is risky and can cause more damage to the home as well as being dangerous.

Mold Causes Many Health Problems
If mold cleanup is attempted on your own you will be putting your own health at risk. Mold is sometimes the result of other issues such as the flooding of contaminated water in the home. This water can contain chemicals, bacteria, and parasites. Attempting to clean up a situation such as this can leave someone in the hospital or even worse dead. Don’t hesitate to call professionals like Water Damage Zone if you have a mold problem and are fearful for your own health.

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
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Water Damage Zone, Inc.

Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

Top 4 Myths About Mold

mold.jpgChances are that if you’re human you will see mold at some point in your lifetime, probably several. For something that’s been around for so long, it is interesting how many misconceptions people have about what mold is and how to get rid of it. We tackle the top 4 myths about mold in this article.

Bleach Kills Mold
Actually, it sort of does, but not completely. If you are looking for full eradication of the mold you cannot rely solely on bleach. Bleach will kill all live mold however, it will leave the mold spores so they can continue growing at a later time. The best thing to use to clean mold in these situations is a household detergent mixed with some water.

Mold is Always Toxic
There are many kinds of mold that are actually not toxic to humans and some can even be beneficial. Mold is found in our environment because it is essential in breaking down organic materials so that other organisms can grow. Some molds are also used to make cheese or medicine.

My Home Shouldn’t Have Any Mold
Mold is actually present everywhere because the spores travel all over. The main thing that you should be concerned with is how much mold is in your home. If you notice even a small spot of mold in your home it could indicate a problem. By honing in and finding mold when it starts you can prevent it from quickly spreading to the rest of your home.

People Should Take Care of Mold Themselves
People can take care of small areas that mold has infested if they are persistent and know what they are doing. Any area that is smaller than 10 square feet can be taken care of by a skilled individual. However, if the infestation is larger than this or if you don’t know how to remove mold correctly, it is best to leave it to the professionals. Mold problems can become even worse if not handled correctly and end up costing homeowners even more money. Trust certified professionals like Water Damage Zone who will eliminate your mold problem quickly and efficiently.

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

Water Damage Zone, Inc.

Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

Effect of Black Mold on Pregnancy

 

Black mold is often found in buildings that have issues with getting rid of moisture. It will grow on any material containing cellulose and also appears as a greenish-black color. It frequently grows outside as well on wood, dried up leaves, or other decaying materials. Black mold can grow on the following surfaces:

Natural carpet
Insulation
Wood
Wallpaper
Cotton
Ceiling Tiles
Paper
Drywall

Black Mold Exposure

This mold is a tricky one because it mostly begins releasing its spores after it becomes dried out. Once the wet slime that is the mold begins drying out the spores can begin to break away from the mass. They become released into the air and then are inhaled by the occupants of the building.

How Does it Affect Pregnancy?

There is no distinct evidence that proves that black mold causes pregnancy loss, but it is believed by many to be a causative factor. There are many reports that do support the idea that pregnancy loss in humans is possible due to mold exposure. Animal studies with mice have shown that mold toxins disrupt fetal development. Many of the mice in this study weren’t able to produce as large or healthy litters as they would have normally. If you are pregnant the best thing you can do is to make sure that your environment is as clean and mold-free as possible.

Testing for Black Mold

If you find mold make sure to have someone first put on protective gear including a face mask, gloves, and safety goggles. This will ensure that they don’t accidentally ingest the mold while inspecting it.

1. Get a few inches of scotch tape.
2. Hold the tape with the sticky side against the mold and gently press down.
3. Don’t fold the tape and stick it into a sandwich bag.
4. Write locations on each of the bags to keep track if there are differences in the mold.
5. Put all the baggies into a mailable envelope or bag.
6. Send the sample to a mold testing laboratory that you find online.

Wherever you send the mold will take some time to inspect it and then will call you with the results. If you find that you do have mold on your hands it is time to call professionals like Water Damage Zone to come in and completely remove the mold from your home. Risking your pregnancy by living in moldy conditions isn’t a smart thing to do. Make sure that you check all of your surrounding and limit your time in areas that may have mold in them.

 

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

5 Ways to Discover Hidden Leaks in Your Bathroom

 

Most of us aren’t new to the concept of a water leak in the bathroom. They happen all the time and sometimes when it’s really inconvenient for us. If you see any of these 5 signs, it may be time to call a professional to make some repairs.

 1. Appearance of Mold or Mildew

If you see mold or mildew in your bathroom it could mean that you have a hidden leak somewhere. Mold loves moist, dark areas to grow in and in order to find a starting point it will need a source of water. This is where your hidden bathroom leak comes in. Start looking at where the mold is forming and follow it to its area of highest concentration. You should be able to find a source of water at this point and need to now figure out how to repair it. Keep in mind that the longer you let this one go, the more mold you will have on your hands.

2. Warped or Stained Walls

You will notice walls that are warping or stained in the bathroom, this most likely means that you have a hidden leak on your hands. When drywall becomes too moist it will begin to bubble and warp. Over time it will continue to break apart until it falls apart into pieces. You may even notice your ceiling sagging and leaking with some of the water that built up in the area. In this case, professionals must remove all of the drywall and replace it.

3. Blistering Paint

If the paint in your bathroom appears to be blistering up from the wall, it is a telltale sign that water has leaked between the wall and the paint. This will separate the two from one another and cause the paint to rise up and fall off of the wall into pieces. The same thing will happen with wallpaper and you will need to replace the adhesive that you used to stick the paper to the wall.

4. Ruined Flooring

The flooring in your bathroom will buckle or crack. This shows you that the leak has been going on for long enough to soak into the floor. This can be particularly dangerous and must be repaired quickly before more damage is caused or someone gets hurt. You may notice that the floor feels soft like a sponge when you walk on it. This is because the water has soaked in and caused it to become unstable. Tiles will also become loose and you may notice staining on the floor as well. You will definitely need to call a professional to repair this issue.

5. Stained Ceilings

You may notice that the ceilings on the floor beneath your bathroom are becoming stained or damaged. Check in the room below the suspected bathroom leak to see if it is traveling down to the bottom floor. If you see a brown, copper, or other dark colored stain, it is a sign that you have a dangerous water leak in your ceiling. The ceiling may also begin to sag. Don’t wait to fix this! The moment you notice something like this you need to call professionals in to come and inspect the situation before it ends up causing more destruction and costing you more out of pocket.

Trust the Professionals

The certified professionals at Water Damage Zone understand that a water leak can be a dangerous and costly situation. That is why we are open 24/7 to respond to any type of water leak or water damage situation. Don’t hesitate to give us a call, our team will work quickly and around the clock to restore your home back to its original condition. We will fix your home the right way the first time, so you don’t have to waste any of your own precious time or risk injuring yourself.

 

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

How to Keep Your Home Well-Ventilated

Keeping a well-ventilated home should be on top of everyone’s priority list when it comes to household maintenance. Professional equipment comes in handy when helping to ventilate homes but the home also needs to have a flow of air going through it to carry debris and air pollution out of the home. In order to achieve proper air flow, there are several strategies we will go over in this article.

Old Homes Weren’t Ventilated

Many people note that older homes don’t contain proper ventilation that could move air in and out of the home. Older homes, lacking the insulation and proper sealing of newer homes, allowed air to more easily move in and out of the home. The building materials were also more porous, allowing air to even move through them. This didn’t solve all of the issues that a proper ventilation system would have but it certainly made it more tolerable than it is to live in a modern building without ventilation.

Not Having Ventilation is Bad

Not having a ventilation system is one of the worst things that you can do to yourself when it comes to a home. Think about it, all of the air in the home is stale and lingering. Any particles of debris, pollution, and even mold spores are lingering in the same space for months. When it hits the spring and summer months it becomes particularly difficult for air to move in and out of the house, creating worsened problems from mold and humidity.

Balanced Ventilation

A ventilation system that involves a balanced system is the best case scenario. This is because different fans bring air in and out of the home. By doing this it allows for the control of an entry point and exit point for the air entering and exiting the home. This is important because certain areas of the home will need more air than others. Having air delivered to the areas that are most used is important and also have air sucked out of rooms where moisture or other debris builds up. This will ensure a healthier quality of life and will prevent mold and other bacteria from getting out of control in your home.

Heat Recovery

Heat recovery is the best possible option to have when installing a ventilation system. What this does is it reduces the amount of humidity blown into the house. The way that it ensures this is that it changes the temperature of the air as it enters to match the air inside of the home. By doing this the heat recovery system will prevent moisture from building up in the home that will further exacerbate these issues.

Ventilate Your Home!

Home ventilation is one of the best things that you can invest in. It will enhance your quality of life and prevent your home from degrading because of moisture and mold. If you are unsure of where to begin, call the professionals at Water Damage Zone. We will be able to schedule a time to inspect your home and discuss the best possible options for where to install a ventilation system. We will help to ensure that you never have to deal with issues from mold and moisture in your home.

 

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