Your Carpet and Mold

 

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Carpet in our homes provide us with something comfortable to walk on and can help to bring a room together. However, when carpets are left uncleaned and neglected for long periods of time, they begin to develop mold. Carpet mold is a complicated and difficult to resolve issue that can cost you countless hours and dollars spent on cleaning products that don’t work.

Allergens

Many types of mold produce allergens that can cause severe reactions in those who are living in the home. By inhaling or touching mold, you are exposing yourself to its negative side effects. Symptoms of mold exposure include:

Itchy eyes
Sneezing
Runny Nose
Red Eyes
Skin Rash
Asthma Attack

Carpet is a High Risk Material for Mold Growth

Carpet is one of the easiest materials for mold to grow in. Carpeting readily houses all the key elements that mold needs to grow: moisture, organic material, oxygen, and a porous surface. Carpets should be vacuumed often and steam cleaned at regular intervals to ensure that mold is not allowed to grow. Many times you will not see mold on your carpet at all, this is because it is growing underneath of it.

Removing Mold from Carpet

Unfortunately, by the time you have discovered mold growth in your carpet this usually means that it is beyond the point of repair. If a large area of the carpet has been affected by mold growth, then it will need to be replaced. If you are dealing with a large amount of mold, it is best to call a company like Water Damage Zone with professional tools and staff who will inspect every inch of your carpet to determine the best way to restore your home to its original condition.

Don’t Hesitate to Call Professionals

Calling Water Damage Zone will ensure that the right measures are taken to protect the health of you and your family. Cleaning up mold is something that we specialize in and make sure to take extra care so that your home is completely restored and enjoyable again. By using commercial-grade cleaning equipment we make sure your home is completely free of any spores before we replace the carpet. This way you can be sure that mold will not start to grow on your fresh carpeting.

 

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

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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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

Asbestos and Your Health

Asbestos is commonly found in the insulation of homes and can be inhaled if damaged. It was commonly used because of its resistance to fire in addition to being able to adequately insulate a home. Older homes constructed between the 1940’s and 1970’s could possibly contain asbestos. This should be removed and replaced with another insulator that is less harmful to your health.

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Where is Asbestos Found?

Asbestos is found in many different building materials including some types of:

Vinyl flooring
Glue
Linoleum
Window caulking and glazing
Roofing
HVAC duct insulation
Siding
Plaster
Paint

When is Asbestos Harmful?

Whenever a material containing asbestos becomes damaged, it is dangerous to your health. The fibers if left unharmed will not hurt you. However, if the material becomes damaged it is even possible for asbestos fibers to become released into the air where they can be inhaled. If you see any materials with asbestos that are damaged, do not go near them. Call a professional to come and assess the situation to determine the proper course of action.

Asbestosis

When some experiences prolonged exposure to asbestos they can develop a condition called asbestosis. Knowing if you’ve been exposed directly to asbestos will help in determining if this is the cause of your medical condition. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms following asbestos exposure, you may have asbestosis:

Constant dry cough
Tightness in the chest
Loss of appetite
Swollen fingers and toes
Chest pain
Weight loss
Shortness of breath
Dry, crackling noise in lungs
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should see a doctor and talk to them about your asbestos exposure.

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Corporate Office
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Van Nuys, CA 91411

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Mold is Dangerous to Your Pets

Most of us already know the health problems that mold causes in humans so you can imagine the impact it has on our pets. They spend most of their time in the home as well as already having a better sense of smell and taste. Knowing the symptoms of mold exposure in yourself as well as your pets will help you in determining whether your home is infested with mold.

Mold Exposure Symptoms in Pets

Pets suffer from an array of symptoms that are the same as those experienced by humans. Many of these symptoms can be misdiagnosed by veterinarians as allergies instead of mold. You may see any of the following symptoms of mold exposure in your pets:

Sneezing
Anxiety
Scaly Patches
Ear Infections
Runny Nose

Preventing Mold Exposure to Your Pets

Buy only animal beds, cages, toys, and other accessories that can be washed with hot water. By doing this regularly, you can prevent the buildup of mold on your pet’s belongings. Having a HEPA air filtration system in your home will also help in preventing mold spores from recirculating through the air in your home. If you definitely have a mold infestation in your home, the only way to deal with it is to have it eliminated by a professional team like Water Damage Zone.

Respiratory Problems

The most common symptom that your pet will exhibit is a respiratory problem. Hearing your pet constantly cough, sneeze, or hack indicates that they have a respiratory issue. Take them to your vet and explain the situation. Tell them that you are concerned that you may have mold in your home. The vet should be able to guide you through the proper steps to rehabilitate your pet. Animals can suffer more damage than humans from mold and it is important to have them treated as early as possible. Mold can cause death in pets especially if it is a toxic mold.

 

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

Carpet Mold

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Carpets are one of the many things that make our homes enjoyable. When carpets aren’t cared for correctly they can become more than an eyesore, they become a source for mold to spread. When moisture begins to accumulate in the carpet and it is allowed to sit, it allows for the perfect conditions for mold growth. If you use rugs in your bathroom these will need to be frequently aired out and allowed to completely dry to prevent mold.

Cleaning Moldy Carpet

Carpets are full of small holes that allow mold to penetrate deep into their fibers. Once mold has grown in these tiny holes it is usually impossible to completely eradicate it. All the mold spores need is moisture and a warmer room temperature to begin growing again. If mold has penetrated deep into your carpet you will need to have it replaced. If you are removing it yourself, you will need to wear protective gear to prevent yourself from coming in contact with the mold.

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Removing and Replacing

Replacing moldy carpet can be dangerous to your health if not done correctly. You can also spread the spores into other areas of your home that will now become contaminated with mold. The padding and floorboards underneath the carpet will need to be examined as well. All of these things may need to be replaced depending on the level of mold contamination. Some rooms may need to have carpet replaced with tiles that are easier to keep dry and remove mold from.

Professional Help

If you find mold covering a large surface area in your home, it is highly recommended that you call a mold remediation professional. In these cases, the mold can be toxic to your health and it is not advisable to fix the problem on your own. Professionals will make sure the mold is completely removed and that everything affected is properly replaced and functioning. Mold can create or make worse of the symptoms of respiratory problems, immune disorders, or allergies.

 

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

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.

 

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