Preventing Summer Mold While Away From Home

 

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During the summer, some of us are lucky enough to take extended trips and get out of town for a couple of weeks.  While this gives us time to recharge and create new memories, there is the presence of mold in your home that continues to be an issue that needs to be monitored and controlled.

While your home may sit vacant, the mold present in the home will continue to grow as long as conditions are present that facilitate the growth.  Take steps prior to your leaving to ensure that mold doesn’t get an adequate foothold in the home while you are away.

The first thing to consider when preventing summer mold is that mold growth in these months is dependent on the relative humidity indoors.  Remember that mold grows by having enough moisture present to feed the spore growth.  The key is to remove the moisture present to deprive the mold of an essential building block.

Use of a programmable thermostat is critical to the success of the mold prevention.  You want to run your air conditioner at roughly 72 degrees for several hours in the morning before sunrise.  The remainder of the time, the thermostat should be set for 88 degrees in order to remove any moisture in the air, creating a dry heat in the home.  This takes moisture from the air during periods of the day when the relative humidity is at its highest, but this also gets other appliances, such as the AC unit to run more effectively.

Another set of appliances to consider is a portable dehumidifier.  These units help to take the moisture out of the air, but you need to exercise extreme caution when using these systems.  If you are going to be out of your home for extended periods, it would be wise to hire someone to empty the moisture catches in the dehumidifier as these run the risk of filling too quickly due to the amount of water in the catches.  You do not want the dehumidifier to overflow from not being emptied.  This exchanges one issue for another.  If you can’t have someone empty the catch for you, try to have the drain tube of the dehumidifier empty into a nearby drain.

During the summer months, it is always good to get out of town for extended periods.  It is a great way to create long-lasting memories with your family.  Protect your home with some simple prep, and you will come home to a clean home from your time away.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Health Issues With Mold

Mold is something that people live with on a daily basis.  It can be found in many different environments, and it is very pervasive.  The effects on mold can be different for many people as it can be a minor irritance to something more serious.  It is important to know your molds to see if there needs to be a rapid response and cleanup.

Dramatic fungal landscape on a rotting lemon. Penicillium species.

The first question to ask is, “What is mold?”  They are fungi, and there can be up to half a million different varieties.  They grow in warm, damp and humid conditions.  Molds can also grow where there is detrious materials that can feed mold growth.  Mold reproduction is done through creation of spores which can be carried on the wind or circulated air in a house.  Molds can be very hardy as they can survive dry periods and then grow once the conditions are optimal.

Some of the most common molds are Cladosporium, which is olive green, brown or black in color.  There is also Penicillium which can be used as an antibiotic, but also in the creation of cheeses.  Alternaria is a third kind of fungi which tends to be represented through allergies such as hayfever. Finally, Aspergillus is a mold that can contaminate starchy foods such as breads and potatoes.  While these are four examples, there are thousands of possible molds that can be present in your home.

We live with mold on a daily basis.  However, sometimes people can develop allergic reactions to their presence.  For sensitive people, symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing and forms of skin irritation can occur.  These can be simple, and they can be dealt with using antihistamines.  Sometimes there is a more serious reaction that can occur.  These severe reactions can be seen in hay fever and shortness of breath.  In extreme cases, mold infections can occur in the lungs.

This potential for serious infection presents the potential of indoor molds for being responsible for respiratory tract symptoms, cough, wheezing, but also asthma in sensitive people.  Sometimes molds can create pneumonia in people with extreme sensitivity.  The risks in children and the elderly can be very susceptible to these effects.

Mold is something that we live with on a daily basis, and it affects each of us differently.  If you find that you have a potential mold issue in your home, you would be well served to contact a certified mold repudiation service for a home assessment.  If mold issues are addressed, then you can begin to enjoy 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:

  • 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

 

Mold in Gyms

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When you are working out, it is in an attempt to re-shape your body.  In this process, it is natural to break a sweat as the body begins the change that routine exercise can provide. However, there is something that also wants you to exert sweat because your sweat is as good for it as the exercise is for you.  That something is mold, and the gym, whether it is the local gym or the one in your home is a perfect breeding ground for mold.

Let’s begin by stating that mold and mold spores are everywhere.  They travel on air currents looking for a suitable place to land and begin to grow.  In most cases, molds prefer areas with access to moisture, humidity and consistently warm temperatures for optimum growth. The gym is the perfect environment for mold, because all of the conditions that mold seek are present there.  The temperatures are constantly in a warmer range promoting mold growth.  There is moisture in the air from the heating and cooling systems, but also from the sweat being exerted in addition to the basic moisture in the exhaling of people working out.  This moisture can create a base humidity that mold can thrive in.

Where would mold grow in a gym?  First off, it can grow anywhere.  With people working out, it can grow on the machines that are being used, particularly if these are not being wiped down or disinfected regularly.  There is a possibility that you could be using a machine that has mold growing on and in it. Also, the showers and sauna rooms of gyms can be prime breeding grounds for mold.  With the constant moisture that is in and splashed outside of the areas, mold can take hold anywhere.  These areas should be consistently and regularly disinfected along mold cleaning standards to limit the growth of mildew and mold. Since many gyms are large open structures similar to warehouses, sometimes leaks can occur in the plumbing and in areas that are not regularly examined.  Building checks should be conducted on a regular basis to prevent the development and growth of mold.

Will the mold make you sick?  There is potential for that, but it depends on the mold.  In many cases, mold can trigger respiratory ailments such as wheezing, shortness of breath and asthma.  While not always fatal, the presence of mold can severely limit your ability to achieve fitness, particularly if you are looking to improve your cardio.  In other cases, molds can trigger severe reactions that will require medical assistance and hospitalization, but these are usually dependent on extreme cases and issues with the respiratory system.Mold is present in every aspect of our lives, and in most cases we have learned to live with it.  In the gym, mold has the potential to grow rapidly.  Make sure that if you use the gym to wipe the machines down after you use them and wear slippers into and out of the shower/sauna rooms to limit the affect of mold on your body.

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.

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15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

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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
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Water Damage Zone, Inc.

Corporate Office

15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411

Certified Water Damage Repair

Dealing with water damage in your home can be a very frustrating and expensive event.  It is one where you have to take great care in order to have the job done right the first time so you limit the amount of damage that occurs.  To do the best job possible, it is important to hire a water damage specialist that has been fully certified.  This certified company will allow you to focus on the other important points of recovering from water damage without have to stress over the quality of the work to be done.

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Why is it important to hire a certified water damage specialist?  Water damage is never straight forward.  Water can enter the home and create areas of moisture that can hide for periods and create long-term damage.  The longer that moisture is present in your home, the longer your home will suffer the effects of deterioration from water damage.  These areas of moisture will cause odors, warping, cracking, peeling in the structure of the home.  In many cases, these areas of moisture can only be found using detection meters, but by this time you would be looking at costly and time-consuming repairs.

Certified water damage specialists go beyond the removal of water.  With experience in handling water cleanups, these specialists can further prevent the moisture that is so dangerous to the conditions in the home.  In many cases, these water damage specialists can return the home to the conditions before the water damage occurred.  In order to make sure that your specialist is certified, look to see if they are a part of Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.  You need to see if their issues were made common knowledge.

Certified water damage specialists can protect the home against the growth of mold.  With the their experience and tools, water damage specialists can find areas of mold and sanitize these areas before any negative health effects affect you or your family.  Remember that if you allow water to remain in your home, then mold will grow.  By hiring a water damage specialist you can limit the impact of mold.

Certified water damage specialists understand that when you need help, you need it as soon as you can arrive.  Immediate work on clearing up water damage is key to saving the home and limit high costs in remediation and remodeling.  The longer you wait to have the water damage cleaned up, the higher your bill will be.  If you contact a certified water damage specialist, you can expect that your request will be handled quickly and professionally.

Recover your home from the effects of water damage.  If you experience water damage, hire a certified water damage specialist, and let them help restore your home to its status before the damage occurred.

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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  • Shutterstock Sequence Number: US-041C159DA-1

Water Damage Zone, Inc.

Corporate Office

15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

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.

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

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
  • Image from depositphotos, ID 15892692
  • Shutterstock Sequence Number: US-041C159DA-1

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