Rain Expected for New Years

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Sinkholes: Causes and Effects

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Sinkholes happen when you least expect them and are hard to predict. They will most likely occur when limestone, gypsum, salt beds, or other carbonate rock is dissolved underneath of the earth. Water eats away at this rock until it starts to form an empty pit. Eventually the ground will no longer be able to support the sediment layer on top and it will fall into the pit.

Sinkholes in My Yard

If a sinkhole happens in your yard it is important to remember that it’s your responsibility to repair it. Your insurance company might pay for an evaluation and repair if the sinkhole is a result of nature and not your own doing. Sinkholes can form from anything that you’ve done yourself as a homeowner including collapsing sewer pipes, broken septic tanks, buried trash, or soil that hasn’t been compacted. Knowing if you live in an area with soluble rock will help you by determining whether you should check the ground frequently for holes that are beginning to form.

Protecting Yourself

If you see a sinkhole forming under your house or another structure, leave as soon as possible. Call emergency workers in addition to a building inspector to let them know that an inspection is necessary before reentering the building. If the sinkhole isn’t near a building or in a road, you can most likely fill it back in yourself. It is important to remember to use the right materials when doing this. By watching the hole over time you can see if it gets bigger and if it does then it needs to be dealt with by professionals.

What to Fill a Sinkhole With

If the sinkhole is a manageable size, then you should fill it back in. Start by using dry-mix concrete in the bottom of the hole. This gives it a sturdy base to support it. Now, add some clayey sand to form a barrier that prevents water from getting into the hole. When finished add some sand and soil to match the terrain of the area you are in. It is important to make sure that all of these are compacted and that the proper materials are used. If for some reason this process is not done correctly the sinkhole can reform and cause more problems.

 

 

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Woman Renting a House With Mold, and Landlord Won’t Repair it

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How to Save Water in Continued Southern California Drought

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Southern California has been in a drought for a long time and residents have accepted dealing with it as a way of life. So the problem of water shortage isn’t going away any time soon. It’s time to get smarter about how you conserve water. Here’s some tips for saving water in case you forgot.

Stop Watering Grass

Over half of water use in people’s home occurs outdoors on their lawns. Lawns will use about 57 inches of rain every year, while most lawns in Los Angeles only get 15 inches a year. By replacing your lawn with alternative substrates that don’t require water, you will save a lot of money on water as well as protecting the environment. If you really can’t part with your grass, there are more water friendly varieties that don’t consume as much. Succulents are especially good for landscaping because they barely need any water to grow.

 

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Conserving in the Bathroom

Most homes in California use about 192 gallons of water every day. One way to combat this is to take shorter showers. Aim for about 5 minutes, if you can do this one thing every day it will add up. Also, turn off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth or shaving. Fixing worn washers in dripping faucets will also save you about 350 gallons of water every month.

Cleaning and Saving Water

Instead of using a hose to clean off your driveway and sidewalks, try using a broom instead. This will save you a bunch of water. Installing a more water efficient washing machine will save you plenty of water as well as cleaning your clothing better. Soak your pots and pans before scrubbing them so the water doesn’t have to run while you clean.

Be Conscious

Pay attention when you turn water on anywhere in your home and don’t let it continue to run for a long period of time. This will make you more conscious of how much water you are using. If the water seems like it’s running for a long time, then there is probably something that you can do to speed the process up or do some of the task without using water. Saving water is not only important to our environment but also to your water bill.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Large Sink Hole Cause by Possible Water Damage

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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.

 

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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.

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Van Nuys, CA 91411