How Heaters can cause Mold In Winter

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Winter is a time where it is cold and dry outside for most people. What many don’t realize is that heaters inside of homes provide the optimal conditions for mold growth during the winter season. Mold needs a source of water and a source of food, organic materials, in order to live. Mold likes to grow on any surface where water may sit for a long period of time. Homes get mold because of leaks, floods, clogged pipes, bad air circulation, and high humidity.

Prevention of Mold

Heaters in the home can be managed so that they don’t create situations where mold gets out of control. Making sure that these systems are operating correctly ensures that these scenarios don’t occur in your home. If you see water accumulating on your walls, then you should look into getting a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier will ensure that your home stays dry in areas where mold loves to grow.

Ensuring Proper Air Circulation

By opening up windows during the day and turning fans on around the house, you can make sure that all of the home receives fresh air. This will prevent mold spores from building up in certain locations and beginning to grow. Make sure that the air is dry though, rainy weather can add moisture to the air that will make it more humid.

Keep Track of Your Home’s Humidity

You can easily keep track of the humidity inside of your home by buying a moisture meter at a local hardware store. The EPA recommends that you keep the humidity in your home between 30% and 60%. You will be able to determine the likeliness of mold growth in a room by measuring the humidity. If it is above 60%, the chances of mold growing go up significantly. Also look for the accumulation of moisture in areas that have pipes or windows.

 

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How to Prevent Mudslide Damage

 

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Mudslides occur frequently in Southern California because vegetation in the region often gets destroyed by brush fires. Without the vegetation, the areas become prone to flash flooding that carries down soil, rocks, trees and brush. Once these things gain momentum they can easily cause damage to your home.

Direct Debris Away from Your Home

By using sandbags and lumber you can create a wall to direct the flow of debris in the case of a mudslide. This is an important step to take because without anything directing the flow of water, your home will easily become flooded. If you can control the flow of water, a mudslide will likely follow the same path and be diverted away from your home.

Board Your Windows

If you know that flash flooding or mudslides are possible, board up your windows that are at ground level. Debris will quickly enter the structure through the windows of the home. By boarding up the windows you will be adding extra support to them and prevent debris from getting into the home.

Protect Your Home

Protecting your home is the most important thing to do in the event of a mudslide. Other parts of your property such as pools, gardens, sheds, and other areas may require too much effort to save. By sticking to a plan that will protect your home, you will save yourself valuable time and energy in the event of a mudslide. You have to accept the reality that if a mudslide occurs, your property will endure some damage. The most important thing to protect is your own home.

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Contact Professionals

If a mudslide causes damage to your home don’t hesitate to call professionals like Water Damage Zone to inspect your property. We will assess the damage to your home and come up with a restoration plan to restore it to its former condition. We have specialists that are trained in dealing with the damage from flash floods and mudslides. If these conditions are not dealt with effectively and immediately they will most likely lead to more damage in your property over time. Trust the experts when it comes to the restoration of your home.

What are some precautions that you take against mudslides? Let us know in the comments.

 

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How to Fix Moldy Caulk

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The bathroom is easily one of the most humid rooms in the home, with steam lingering long after hot showers. The accumulation of moisture is one of the easiest ways for mold to start growing and one of the first places it likes to grow is caulking. Eliminating mold at first sight is the best way to prevent it from spreading and damaging your home. We will go over how to properly clean mold and also how to replace caulking in more serious cases.

Properly Cleaning Mold Off Caulk

1. Find a bathroom cleaner that is effective against mold and pour some in a bucket with hot water.

2. Using a soft cloth, rub the mold off of the caulk with this solution.

3. Clean the caulk with fresh water from the sink.

4. Pour or spray undiluted bleach onto the caulk and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. This will allow it to remove any extra mold spores and also help by lightening the caulk itself.

5. Brush the caulking with a soft bristled brush by making circular motions.

6. Rinse the caulk again with fresh water.

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Replacing Damaged or Old Caulking

Over time caulk will take damage from mold and it will age. Eventually, the caulking will need to be replaced and if you’re facing a situation with a lot of mold its absolutely necessary. In order to get rid of large mold infestations in shower areas, it needs to be removed at the root. By replacing the caulking you will ensure that mold doesn’t return to your shower after it has been cleaned.

1. Use a utility knife to cut the top edge of the caulk and then cut the bottom edge. After this you should be able to pull the caulking off.

2. Cut any remaining caulk out.

3. Clean where the caulk was removed with isopropyl alcohol. This helps get rid of remaining caulk and any mold spores still in the area.

4. Make sure that the area is allowed to dry completely.

5. Read and carefully follow the caulk instructions on your specific product to prepare it for application.

6. Apply a small line of caulk to any area it was cut from.

7. Wet your index finger and push the caulking into the cracks.

8. Wait the amount of time that is stated on the packaging for the caulk to dry before using the area again.

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

What to Do When Your Sewer Line Clogs

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Clogs in sewer lines can remain undiscovered for long periods of time, while still causing a lot of damage to a home. Many homeowners already understand the purpose of sewer lines in their homes. Even with this knowledge, many sewer lines go unchecked for long periods of time. This allows the necessary time for a clog to develop.

What Happens?

When your sewer line is backed up it can lead to raw sewage coming back out of drains in your home. This can lead to lots of damage to the home and require sewer line repair or replacement to fix the problem at its root. Understanding what to look for in the case of a sewer clog is important in stopping the problem before it gets worse.

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What to Look For

If any of your drains in the home or toilets are backing up or you hear a gurgling sound in your drains, it’s a sign that you have a clog in your sewage line. If any appliances are connected to the water line, you will notice weird noises coming from other connected rooms. There is one main branch that has many smaller branches coming off of it. If there is a clog in the main one, you will notice problems starting to occur in the rest of them.

Causes of Sewage Line Clogs

Many homeowners are surprised to discover that the ultimate cause of their sewage clog is a tree root. Tree roots work their way through broken drains, sometimes even crushing them completely. If you notice that your drains flow slowly it is commonly because of tree roots. Some other causes of clogged sewage lines are flushed hygiene products, paper towels, and thick toilet papers.

What to Do?

If you notice the symptoms of a sewage line clog, call Water Damage Zone (Los Angeles, CA), at (877) 520-1923 to get professionals out to your home right now. It is important to begin work immediately since a clogged sewage line can continue to cause more damage to your home.

How have you dealt with a clogged sewage line? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Saving Moldy Food

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Mold on food is a sign that it’s past its prime. You may wonder if it’s okay to eat moldy food in your fridge if you cut the mold out. It’s okay to do this with some foods but not with others. The reason behind this is that certain items will grow toxic mold that can be harmful to your body. Generally harder foods will be okay to eat if the mold is cut out of them. This is because their density makes it harder for the mold to spread through the food. Things that are considered hard foods are carrots, pears, and stiff cheeses.

Foods that are OK

Hard fruit and vegetables such as apples, carrots, pears are all okay to eat if they have mold. You just need to cut the mold away from the food before you eat it so that it doesn’t get ingested. Softer foods will be harder to diagnose if they’ve started growing mold. Hard cheeses can still be eaten, just cut about half an inch outside of the mold and put it in another container. Salami and dry cured ham are still edible if they contain mold but you should scrub it off.

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If You Find Mold

Remember that just because you’ve found food with mold and thrown it away, it doesn’t mean the mold is out of your home. You need to rinse the refrigerator out with soap and water where you found the moldy food. Also, you will need to clean or throw out the container that the moldy food was in and replace it. Even if you can’t see mold, you could still be missing the mold spores, which are naked to the human eye.

Don’t Eat

If you ever find mold on any of the following items, just throw them in the garbage. The following things can be toxic if you find mold on them: brie, sliced cheese, hot dogs, bacon, cooked meat, lunch meat, casseroles, leftovers, pasta, bread, soft fruits and vegetables, yogurt, sour cream, jelly, and nuts. If you don’t see mold on food but it has a musty taste, this is a sign that there is mold contaminating it. Treat it the same as if it had visible mold and throw it away.

What are some of your experiences with battling the growth of mold on food? Let us know in the comments.

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Black Mold- Health Risks

There are several kinds and types of mold that can be divided into several categories and sub-categories. Black mold, also known as Stachybotrys chartarum, is one of the most common species. It is not only toxic, but also causes several problems related to skin and the respiratory system. However, not all mold that is black by appearance is Stachybotrys chartarum. Here are some of the symptoms you may experience if your home has black mold.

Respiratory Problems

The respiratory system is usually one of the first things that will be effected due to breathing in the area of the black mold. The toxic fumes are breathed in and then enter the respiratory system, which immediately leads to difficulty breathing. Major symptoms may include breathlessness, wheezing, coughing, swelling of the lungs, sore throat, bleeding in the lungs, runny nose, itchy nose and nose bleeds.
These symptoms may vary based on the age, and the immune system of the person.

Circulatory Problems

The irritation doesn’t stop at the respiratory system, encountering black mold can also effect the circulatory system if it’s absorbed through breathing or the skin. The toxins in the black mold can find their way into the bloodstream and cause complications such as, heart damage, blood clotting and external or internal hemorrhaging.
If you or someone you know has been in direct contact with black mold, see a doctor if they have any of the following symptoms: irregular heartbeat, heart inflammation, low blood pressure, vomiting of blood, bone marrow disruption and bleeding tendency.
The severity of the symptoms may vary from one person to another, but immediate care should be taken in order to eradicate the chances of further damage to other organs. To ensure safety contact a doctor immediately following the presence of any of the above symptoms in order to minimize damage. The person having these symptoms should be moved to a mold free area, in order for them to be safe from any more damage or difficulties.

 

Skin Problems

One of the several ways through which mold makes it into the human body is by getting absorbed into the skin. Skin can be highly damaged due to mold. Areas that can get sweaty, like armpits or creases in the skin, have a higher tendency to be effected by black mold.
Symptoms may include, crawling of the skin, dermatitis and jaundice.

 

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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  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
  • Water Cleanup, Water Dry outs, Visual Mold Inspections, Sewage Damage Cleanup
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Van Nuys, CA 91411