Mold from Your Gym Could Be Making You Sick

With summer approaching many of us are hitting the gym even more in order to prepare our bodies for the beach. However, what many don’t think about is the danger of mold at the site of their gym. Mold can cause many health problems and you may be completely unaware that it is affecting you.

Mold in the Shower

Gym showers are a hotbed for bacteria and fungi to spread. Always wear flip flops when you are in the gym showers or by the pool area. You can catch plantar warts and fungi by failing to properly protect your feet. Besides this there can be mold growing in the dark corners of the showers. Since the showers are constantly being used, this allows for the humidity to stay at high levels. Mold will begin to grow under these conditions and can cause you to have sinus congestion, asthma, eye irritation, skin rash, cough, headache, or throat irritation.

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Filthy Air Ducts and Vents

When air ducts and vents in gyms go uncleaned for long periods of time they become sources for indoor and outdoor pollution. They can continuously circulate mold spores that people will inhale throughout the gym. These vents are also responsible for respiratory viruses and other problems in people with weak immune systems. Don’t work out directly in front of a vent and talk to your gym manager to make sure that the vents are being cleaned properly.

Does Your Gym Have Carpeting?

Some gyms actually have carpeting on their floors. Besides the materials of the carpeting usually being of poor quality, they also house mold spores. When your sweat, hair, or grooming products fall into the carpeting they provide the perfect organic material for mold to feed on. Any mold spores will cling to this material and begin to grow in the porous material of the carpet. Mold in carpet is just as dangerous as mold in the shower and causes the same types of health problems.

Picking a Mold-Free Gym

When you’re looking to join a gym, finding one that’s mold-free doesn’t have to be hard. There are plenty of gyms that have high cleaning standards and live to please their clients. Talk with the gym managers before joining and ask them questions about how they prevent mold from growing in their gym. Also, be sure to ask for a tour where you can look at the shower room and other areas where mold usually grows. If you find mold anywhere, it’s best to say that it’s not the right gym for you.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Preventing Carpet Mold After Water Damage

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Finding mold in your carpet isn’t a pleasant experience and it may return even after you remove it. Carpet is one of the hardest things to get mold out of because of the porousness of the material. One of the main ways that mold begins to form in carpet is after it becomes water damaged. Any water sitting on the carpet for a prolonged period of time will allow it to start growing mold. In this post we’re going to focus on ways to prevent your carpet from growing mold after water damage.

Quickly Dry Carpets

Any carpets that sustain water damage need to be dried as quickly as possible. Use a wet/dry vacuum to suck up all of the water from inside of the carpet. If you don’t know anyone who owns one, you can easily rent one from a hardware store. The more quickly you dry carpeting, the less time mold has to begin to grow. Use fans in addition to vacuuming to speed up the drying process.

Get A Dehumidifier

If you have rooms in your home where the humidity levels are high, you’re going to want to invest in a good dehumidifier. This will prevent the room from becoming excessively humid and allowing mold to grow in your carpet. The better climate control that you have in a room, the more quickly you can dry it out and prevent mold from having the conditions that it needs to grow.

Replace Carpet Padding

If simply cleaning your carpet doesn’t work, the carpet padding may need to be replaced. Replacing just the padding will save you money and prevent mold from growing. Just make sure that the carpet is properly steam cleaned and dried. In addition to this you will want to sanitize your walls and baseboards in the home so that they don’t transfer mold spores to your carpet. Check other furniture in the home to ensure that it isn’t wet or growing mold.

Keep Your Home Dry

By ventilating your home and keeping it dry you will prevent yourself from having to deal with mold problems. These tips should help to give you a starting point when dealing with wet carpeting so you can prevent the situation from turning into a mold problem. The main thing to focus on when keeping mold out of your carpets is keeping them clean and dry by vacuuming them regularly and airing out your home.

 

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

Sherman Oaks Mold Specialists

Mold Damage Los AngelesWater Damage Sherman Oaks are your local experts for Los Angeles and Sherman Oaks mold inspection, mold remediation (mold removal) contractor and water damage restoration specialist serving Sherman Oaks and nearby areas.

Molds common to the Sherman Oaks area are microscopic organisms found virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

What is Mold?

  • Mold is a type of fungus that grows from spores and is essential for the breakdown of dead plant and animal matter. Usually these spores are inactive, but they develop when the humidity exceeds 70 percent or when temperature is above 65 degrees.
  • Mold can be found everywhere in our environment, both indoors and outdoors. Usually, mold is found in damp areas, such as the basement or bathroom, as well as in the outdoor environment in grass, leaf piles, hay, and mulch.
  • Mold is encountered daily by everyone. It causes food to spoil, wood to rot, paper to smell musty, etc.
  • That fuzzy black growth on wet window sills is mold. Paper or fabrics stored in a damp place get a musty smell that is due to the action of molds.

Recognizing Mold

Active mold growth is slimy or fuzzy and is usually green, black, orange or purple. Inactive mold is dry and powdery and is usually white. In early stages, mold may look like a web and while in full bloom it looks bushy.

Even when mold is unseen, wet spots, dampness or evidence of water damage will indicate a moisture problem and mold will probably follow.

You can perform a simple test to detect if a suspected spot is moldy. Lightly touch the spot with a drop of household bleach. If the stain loses its color or disappears, it may be mold. If there is no change, it is probably not mold.

Another indicator for mold presence is odor. Mold has a musty, earthy smell that can indicate its presence even if it cannot be seen.

“Small” to “Moderate” to “Extensive” Areas of Mold

“Small” Area Mold
Up to three patches of mold, each smaller than 10 square feet, is considered a “small” area mold. However, keep in mind that small moldy areas will become larger over time if neglected, so clean up and remove even small areas of mold.

“Moderate” Area Mold
If there are more than three patches but each patch is smaller than 10 square feet, it is considered moderate area mold. It is also considered moderate area mold if there is one patch larger than 10 square feet but smaller than 32 square feet.

“Extensive” Area Mold
a mold area is considered “extensive” if a single patch of mold is larger than 32 square feet.

Mold spores are very tiny, light-weight, and easily-detached by airflow, vacuuming, walking on carpet, or sitting on a couch. In indoor environments mold spores grow in carpets, hardwoods, walls & any porous materials. They produce and release millions of spores, which are small enough to stay airborne, threatening to invade the human respiratory system. In large quantities, Black mold and molds can cause allergic symptoms similar to those caused by plant pollen. Mold growths can often be seen in the form of discoloration, ranging from white to orange and from green to brown or black. In order for mold to grow, it needs food sources (such as leaves, wood, paper, or dirt), a source of moisture, and a place to grow.

What to Do if You See Mold?

Do not panic. Try to not disrupt the area where the mold is. Call Water Damage Los Angeles immediately for mold removal and remediation. Our trained professionals are equipped to remove the mold from your home in a safe and cost effective way.

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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Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

Summer Humidity Brings More Mold

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In order for mold to grow it needs moisture. The summer heat causes our homes to become humid and then they can allow mold to start growing. Once the humidity reaches a certain level it is inevitable that mold spores will start to cling to surfaces and begin to grow. These are some ways to keep the humidity level down in your home.

Know Where Wet Areas Form

Study your home to assess and figure out where the wet spots are forming in your home. It is important to know these areas and how you can keep them as dry as possible. Keeping dry towels near areas where condensation forms and wiping them down also helps. Never leave any wet objects lying around in the house. By keeping wetness to a minimum you will help prevent mold growth.

Properly Ventilate Your Home

Make sure that your home has ventilation in every room so that moisture can escape. This is even more important in rooms such as basements and bathrooms. Use an air conditioner and dehumidifier in rooms that need better humidity control. This will ensure that the moisture is never allowed to produce the perfect conditions for mold growth.

Properly Route Drainage Systems

Make sure that any water drainage systems are carrying water away from the house and not towards it. This will prevent water from resting against the house and leaking inside. This also means you have to repair any gutters and drains that may not be working properly. Make sure that water always has an exit so that it won’t linger around your home.water drops background

Design Air Flow in Your Home

By using exhaust fans, setting up oscillating fans, and opening windows, you can create air flow in your home. This is important in keeping your home dry and free of mold spores. Try to allow the air to flow through your home as much as possible. By keeping your home airy and dry, you’ll make sure that mold won’t be able to grow inside.

Aggressive Mold Growth

For mold situations that are extreme and out of hand, don’t attempt to fix it yourself. Call professionals like Water Damage Zone, we are trained and have the proper tools to get the job done. Give us a call and we will have one of our Mold Specialists come to your home for a free inspection.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Don’t DELAY Water Damage Cleanup! why?

 

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Water damage can be caused due to several reasons and can occur at any instance. A blockage in the gutter, a pipe burst, a ceiling leakage and in worst scenario a flood, are few of the several issues that one can be a victim of. There is not much one can do in order to prevent this from happening, but you can certainly make sure that the damages caused by this are kept to the minimal amount.

Besides, the amplification of costs, it can also cause health problems including headaches, asthma, lung and respiratory problems. Mold is a kind of fungi and can easily spread in damp situations once they grow within the walls. Water damages spread towards a larger scale if proper care is not taken against it immediately. Mold can spread around the whole property if proper measures are not taken against them.

The most ideal situation is to avail the services of a mold remediation company, the trained professionals can help in cleaning the home effectively and efficiently which can keep the mold from causing damage to the air ducts and carpets.
It is not favorable for you to directly get exposed to mold because that can cause health problems. The best option is to contact a company which provides Emergency Water Damage Restoration for the speedy restoration of mold from your home. These companies make sure that the leakage is stopped and the area that is affected by the spread of the water is cleaned up, which helps in keeping the mold and water damage to spread any further.

 

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

Landlord’s Responsibility Regarding Mold

 

IMG_0952 - CopyThe good news is that when it comes to protecting residents against mold, California is one of the top states. The Toxic Mold Protection Act sets up the requirements that the landlord must abide by if one of their apartments is found contaminated with mold. The tenant is not usually at fault for a mold condition in an apartment as long as the landlord was aware of its presence.

Landlord Responsibility

Landlords are responsible to disclose all information about mold in their apartments to the residents. If there are people looking to live in the apartment, this information must be given as well. If there is mold in the apartment the landlord is also responsible for making an effort to remove the mold and prevent it from reoccurring. This means making any necessary repairs to the apartment.

Knowledge of Mold

Landlords must maintain their property and an awareness of any mold condition. If they don’t provide notice they are still liable for the removal of the mold. This can be maintained as long as it’s reasonable that the landlord knows that the mold problem exists. The landlord should be performing maintenance on the property regularly anyway, so it is reasonable to assume that they would be alerted to any developing mold condition.

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In Reasonable Time

All of these repairs must be made in a reasonable time frame. This means that the mold must be removed as soon as possible. The amount of time to eliminate the condition may vary but the landlord is required to treat the situation immediately. The landlord cannot wait to have the mold removed as the condition will worsen over time. Typically, it only takes a few days.

 

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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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
  • 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