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.

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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.

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

 

Air Conditioners Can Cause Severe Water Damage

Air conditioner water damage.jpgIf you’ve ever had an air conditioner leak you know that it is not only annoying, but it can also cause a lot of damage to your home. Something as small as this can lead to a water damage problem that affects your whole home. So how do we prevent this from happening? By making ourselves more educated about what to look for and do in the case of an air conditioner leak.

Main Causes of Air Conditioner Leak

Clogged Drain Line
Having a drain line that is clogged will inevitably cause your drain pan to overflow. This is one of the most likely causes of your air conditioner leaking. If you discover that this is not the cause of your leak it could be something much more complicated.

Malfunctioning Condensate Pump
If your condensate pump isn’t working properly or is overly dirty, it could be causing your AC unit to leak into your home and cause the drain pipe to disconnect. Once it is off of the unit it will leak condensate into your home. This issue can be caused by a buildup of mold, which you will want to check for as well.

Broken Drain Line
A drain line that does not fit correctly or is broken will cause leakage to spill from the air conditioner all over your home. The location of the leak depends on which drain pipe has been broken or doesn’t fit correctly. Look for leakage around the unit in areas such as flooring and ceilings.

Call Water Damage Zone
If you’re facing any of these issues and don’t have the experience to perform the required repairs, it is best to call certified professionals. Ones who are trained and experienced in dealing with all water damage issues and respond 24/7 to repair any damage you may have to 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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Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

 

What Causes Water Damage ?

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Water damage can happen because of many different scenarios. It begins when water starts building up in an area that it doesn’t belong. This is why it is important to routinely check your home for leaks and other issues that can allow water to begin to collect. If you do this and take precautionary measures you can save yourself a lot of money and hassle. 

Clogged and Backed Up Pipes
If plumbing issues happen inside of your walls they are usually hard to detect. Having clogged or backed up pipes can put pressure on them and cause them to burst. Old pipes may even have plants that begin to grow through them and cause major leaks. It is important to figure out if this is a problem that you are having because it can turn bad quickly.

Areas Prone to Water Damage
Attics, basements, and any crawl spaces in the home are going to be more likely to have water damage because they are more exposed to the outside world. The best thing to do with these areas is to check them regularly for any condensation, mold, or leaks. Knowing if there is a problem quickly will help you in delaying the damage from spreading and costing you large amounts of money to repair.

Broken Appliances
Some of the appliances in your home will break down and stop performing the way that they were meant to. This means that pipes will rust and crack and other parts will deteriorate. Once this happens water can begin to leak from things and cause unknown damage behind them or underneath of them. Things such as HVACs (heating, ventilating and air conditioning units) can also cause moisture to build up if they are not regularly maintained.

Natural Disasters and Weather
This is one thing that you have no control over. To prevent damage from natural disasters and weather events the best thing that you can do is to take preventative measures to minimize any damage they will cause to your home. When any disaster or weather emergency happens it is important to have an emergency plan to escape safely from your home. By thinking ahead you can take steps to prevent damage to your home and belongings by preparing for any possible weather-related issues that happen to your home. Always remember that if the damage is too extensive for you to handle on your own, it is best to call professionals like Water Damage Zone, who are certified and experienced in quickly handling issues like these.

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

Mold Recall: Nu Skin Epoch Mist Diffuser

 

The company Nu Skin recently had to recall its line of Epoch mist diffusers due to the possibility that they could become contaminated with mold. If you recently purchased one of these products, you will be pleased to know that Nu Skin has provided a way to easily contact them. The recalled models are: PZ11351, PZ17051, PZ21551, PZ03151 and PZ03451. You will be able to find this number on the white plastic underneath the product.

Product May Harbor Mold

These products have been found to have the ability to harbor mold and this poses a threat to those with weakened immune systems. Anyone suffering from allergies may also notice them worsening while they inhabit the contaminated area. It is important to remove these products as quickly as possible and report them to the manufacturer so that you can be given a refund or an exchange.

Contact Nu Skin

Call Nu Skin at 800-487-1000 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.nuskin.com, select United States, click the Contact link at the bottom of the page and then click on Recall for more information.

Deadly Indoor Air Pollution in Your Own Home

Did you know that indoor air quality is ranked by the EPA as being one of the biggest environmental risks to your health? If that’s right it means that some of the worst pollutants you encounter on a daily basis are in your own home. Most of the exposure that we receive to pollution comes from air we breathe indoors. This air can be up to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air and it’s because of products and materials that we use in our homes and on our property.

Be Aware of the Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

If the air quality is poor in your home you may notice some of the following symptoms: mold or mildew, poor air ventilation, stale air, odors, humidity, dirty ventilation equipment, and smoke or smoke residue. By hiring a home repair company like Water Damage Zone, you will have professionals come into your home to assess these symptoms of poor air quality and suggest repairs and renovations that will resolve your air quality problems.

Health Complications from Poor Air Quality

It is important to note that poor indoor air can lead to health complications such as asthma and other respiratory conditions. Pollution has also been linked to lung cancer and lung infections in individuals who have been exposed. It has even been shown to cause symptoms such as stroke and depression. Don’t wait to get started on improving the air quality in your home, your health depends on it.

Improve the Air Quality of Your Home

You can improve the air quality of your home on your own by ensuring that your home is clean and ventilated. You may need to purchase fans or fix ones that aren’t working in order to promote the circulation of air through your home. Replace dirty air filters so that they work more efficiently to clean the air. Dust and vacuum your home regularly. Use air conditioning in order to keep the level of humidity down in your home so mold isn’t allowed to grow. By cleaning and keeping air ventilation systems up and running the way that they are supposed to, you will be able to raise the quality of the air in your home.

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

The Growth of Mold in Cars

Mold. It grows in your basement, kitchen, and bathroom; you may not expect it to also grow in your car. When it begins to grow in your car it can cause all of the same problems for your health that it does when it grows in your home. If you believe that mold is growing in your car, then there are several things that you can do to figure out where it is coming from.

Look for Moisture

Whenever there is mold, there is moisture. By figuring out where the moisture is coming from you can begin to diagnose the mold problem in your car. Moisture can find its way into cars in many different ways. When you find any wetness, dry it immediately so that it won’t create further problems. Use cleaners to remove any mold from the car and also fix any broken parts that are allowing moisture into the care.

Cleaning Your Car

When you clean your car it is important to make sure that it gets dried completely when you’re done. Make sure to leave windows cracked to allow moisture to leave the car. If it’s warm outside, then making sure that the moisture is gone is even more important. The heat and moisture will cause humidity inside of the car that allows mold to grow even more quickly than it normally would.

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Transporting Moldy Materials

It is important to note that you risk getting mold in your car whenever you transport plants, wood, or other outdoor materials. Cleaning your car regularly will prevent these spores from beginning to grow and spread inside. If you know that you’re going to be transporting mold contaminated objects, then it is best to cover the interior of your car with plastic sheets to prevent its spread.

Mold in Air Conditioners

Many have experienced a musty smell coming from the vents in their car. Air conditioners are one of the top sources for mold in cars. It starts by growing in the vents when moisture becomes trapped inside of the ventilation system. The air coming from outside of the car is loaded with mold spores, dust and other pathogens. These become trapped inside of the car and create the necessary conditions for mold growth.

Removing Car Mold

The first thing you need to do in any mold case in a car is to find the cause of the mold and repair it. By doing this you will ensure that moisture doesn’t continue to find its way into your car. Use a HEPA vacuum to clean out your car and also disinfect it with cleaners to completely remove any traces of mold. If this doesn’t work, take your car to a mold removal specialist that has access to the special tools they need in order to completely remove it so that it doesn’t grow back.

 

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