Should I Use Bleach on Mold?

This is a question that mold experts get asked frequently and the answer changes based on who you ask. What you need to know is that yes, bleach will kill mold, but not on all surfaces. Other cleaners work a lot better than bleach does when it comes to killing mold, you just have to know what to look for when you’re shopping at your local home improvement store.

Bleach Kills Mold Sometimes

The fact of the matter is, bleach will sometimes kill mold, not all the time. Because of this, you should really not rely on bleach to kill off mold spores in your home. Bleach is great for tiles, glass, bathtubs, or counter tops but it really fails at getting mold out of things like wood, grout, drywall, and other porous materials. Bleach won’t penetrate deeply enough into these materials to efficiently kill off all of the mold. It will return time and time again until it is properly removed at the root.

Bleach is Toxic

Remember that even when using bleach it can be extremely dangerous to inhale. If you decide to try and use bleach you must open up all the windows in the room and have a fan going to blow the toxic air from the bleach out of the room. If you do this it will at least lower the damage you will cause to yourself from breathing in the fumes.

Using Bleach and Calling Professionals

We recommend that instead of using bleach you try a mold killer and mold protector that you can buy from your local home improvement store. This two things will kill off the mold and prevent it from returning. If these two products fail to keep the mold away, then it is time to call a professional company like Water Damage Zone. Companies like ours will go above and beyond at inspecting your residence for any mold infestation and completely treating it from beginning to end so that it does not return.

 

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:

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

Baby Floods the House

Water Damage Zone wishes to share this information with the community, we do not own any rights to this video.

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:

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

Removing Mold from Books

Student thinking

Mold grows in many places often hidden for long periods of time before it gets discovered. It might surprise you to know that mold can also grow inside of books if they are exposed to the right temperature and humidity. If the book has a musty odor to it, there is a good chance it has been exposed to mold.

Identifying Mold

Mold will grow anywhere and on anything as long as there is a source of food and moisture. You will notice spots that look like spider webs or fuzzy. These are mold and they will begin to grow on any porous surface that has organic materials for them to feed on. In books, mold gravitates towards the paper which is easily deteriorated and turned into a food source.

Preventing Mold

Any books that have mold must be removed from your storage and placed in a sealed plastic bag. Humidity must be brought under control in the room where the books are being stored. This may mean moving them to another area or buying a dehumidifier for the room that they are in. This will prevent the mold from getting the moisture it needs to grow and spread. Make sure the room is properly ventilated so mold doesn’t have the chance to rest on things and grow.

Mold Contamination

If you believe that the mold in your books has led to a larger contamination of mold in your home, you will need to call a professional like Water Damage Zone. Large areas of mold should not be dealt with on your own. Professionals are the only ones who have the equipment and knowledge to eliminate large mold infestations and prevent them from occurring again. Remember, you’re saving yourself money in the long-run by eliminating mold the right way, the first time around.

 

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

Repairing Ceiling Water Damage

Leak causing mold on ceiling in garage_edited

When your ceiling sustains water damage, it is important for your health and home to fix the problem immediately. If the water damage remains for too long it will lead to mold and the structure of your home will become weaker. Knowing how to address this problem with save you time and money in the future.

Stop the Leak

The source of the leak needs to be stopped before you can begin any work repairing the home. If the leak isn’t repaired, then any water that enters will undo any repair work you may have made.

Dry the Ceiling

After you have sealed the leak, you can begin to dry off the ceiling with towels and a shop vac. It is important that you clean the ceiling from above and below it. This means the flooring/roofing above where the ceiling is located. If there is a bulge in the ceiling this means that there could be water sitting inside the ceiling. In this case use a bucket and knife to puncture the bulge into the bucket. Allow the area to completely dry.

molzd

Remove Damaged Ceiling

Pieces of ceiling may be hanging off or bulging out. This needs to be scraped away and smoothed before repairs can be performed. Any flakes or chips should be scraped off as well. The ceiling should be as flat and smooth as possible.

Sand the Ceiling

Now you are going to need to sand the ceiling so that it can be smoothed even more. Small holes can be filled in with joint compound. For bigger holes, you will need to use drywall and plaster to repair them. After these repairs have dried you will need to sand them down so that they are level with the rest of the ceiling.

Paint

Now that you are done with the repairs and everything has dried, you are ready to paint. First apply a coat of primer to the ceiling. After this you will need to let the primer dry and then apply a coat of paint. The best way to do this is to completely paint your whole ceiling so that the color matches and there aren’t any spots.

 

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

Gutter Clogs Can Cause Catastrophic Damage to Homes

 

20141204_122526

Cleaning out your gutters is something that you may take for granted and hopefully you do it at least once a year. Many homeowners fail to realize that a clog in a gutter can cause a lot more damage than just that to your home. It is important to note when one of your drains seems to be emptying improperly and take steps to repair it before the damage becomes greater.

20141204_122533

Foundational Damage

Clogged gutters can cause the water to pour right over the sides of the gutters and to collect around the foundation of your home. This will inevitably lead to cracks in the foundation as well as its general deterioration. Even without direct damage to the foundation, this water can cause mold to grow which will cause more damage to the home over time.

Damage to Landscaping

The landscaping of your home may look nice but it should also serve to functionally route water away from your home and towards shrubbery and trees. These features can become damaged over time from improperly draining gutters. Water can create new pathways in landscaping, directing itself towards structures that will become water damaged over time.

Wood Rot

The boards that often hold gutters in place are themselves made of wood. When they clog up and fill with water, they overflow and begin to rot. These gutters will cause water to flow out of the sides and down the side of the home. If the home has any wood on it at all, this will begin to rot as well. That is why it is extremely important to ensure that all of your gutters are functioning properly 100% of the time.

 

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

Landlord’s Responsibility Regarding Mold

 

IMG_0952 - Copy

The 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.

Leak causing mold on ceiling in garage_edited

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, 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

Help My Toilet is Overflowing!

toilet clog

When you start to see the water level rising in your toilet it can be alarming. When you are unsure what to do it makes this situation all the more stressful. That’s why it’s important to remember some important tips when it comes to dealing with an overflowing toilet.

Shut Off the Water

By turning the valve that is located on the pipe at the back of the toilet, you can turn off the water to the toilet. This will prevent it from overflowing and spilling all over your bathroom floor. After the water has been turned off to the toilet, you can begin to determine what has caused it to overflow in the first place.

Fixing a Clog

One of the easiest fixes is a clogged toilet. This can be simply fixed by using applied pressure with a plunger. Just put the mouth of the plunger around the hole at the bottom of the toilet and plunge repeatedly until you notice that water starts draining out of the toilet. Once the clog is fixed you can turn the water back on and flush the toilet.

Fixing the Float Mechanism

You can easily fix the float mechanism in your toilet by bending it so that it sits lower in the back area of the toilet bowl. This will prevent the back area of your toilet from filling up with so much water that can cause overflows to happen more easily. Toilets need regular maintenance like anything else in your house. It is important to check the parts from time to time in the back of the toilet bowl to make sure that they are all functioning properly.

Chronic Overflow

If your toilet is chronically overflowing, then it is important to deal with it by calling professionals. Chronic overflows are a symptom of something being severely backed up in your plumbing. This problem could become much worse and cost a lot more money if a pipe bursts. That is why it is important to have professionals, like Water Damage Zone, deal with the problem because they ensure that the proper repair process will be followed.

 

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