Mold Removal on Clothing and Shoes

 

Mold doesn’t just grow on materials in your home, it also grows on your clothing and shoes. This is one way that mold travels from one location to another. If you’re wondering how mold got into your home it is possible that you carried it inside on your own clothing. Mold is a fungus that thrives in places that are warm and moist so once it has been brought into such an area, it will thrive.

Removing Mold From Clothing

When looking at clothing that hasn‘t been used in a while keeping in mind that it is possible that mold can be removed. It is a smart idea to check any other clothing stored in the same area for mold growth because the spores can travel. Some of the following steps can be taken to remove the mold completely:
Place the moldy clothing in the washing machine and add ¾ of a cup of white vinegar. Repeat this as many times as necessary to completely remove the mold.
Take the mold clothes outside and brush the mold off before letting them sit in the sun. After a few hours, or the clothing has dried, take it inside and soak it in cold water. Afterward, wash it in hot water in the washing machine with detergent. Afterward, dry them all in the sun.
Buy mold remover or fungus remover and spray them onto the clothing in order to kill off the mold. It is also possible to buy a fogging product that you can use to fog the whole area where the moldy clothes were found. This will kill and prevent mold growth on your other clothing.

Removing Mold From Shoes

Shoes, especially leather ones, will allow mold to grow inside of them. One of the main causes is that people’s feet sweat and this sweat accumulates inside of shoes, allowing mold to begin to grow. Once you notice a foul smell or a sign of mold growth, it is time to begin treating your shoes for mold. The following methods have been found effective in removing mold from shoes:
Use a brush to remove any mold from the shoe. The brush will help to loosen and break up the mold by detaching it from the fabric of the shoe.
For shoes that can withstand this solution, mix one part water and one part alcohol. By wiping this onto your shoes with a cloth it will slowly start to destroy and eat away at the mold until it is all gone.
Always allow your shoes to fully dry after wearing them by placing them outside or somewhere that has decent airflow. You can also purchase products such as powders and silica gel packets that will prevent moisture from building up.

Checking the Area for Mold

When you discover mold on anything in your home it is important to check the area that those objects are located for mold growth. If you find mold growing on or inside your walls, in areas that you can’t reach, or in a large area that is impossible to treat on your own, then it is time to consult with the professionals. Water Damage Zone employs trained and experienced professionals that know how to eradicate mold growth quickly and at its root. Don’t hesitate to call when your mold problem has become too much for you to handle on your own. We can be there quickly to give you an affordable quote for your unique needs.

 

 

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

How to Keep Your Home Well-Ventilated

Keeping a well-ventilated home should be on top of everyone’s priority list when it comes to household maintenance. Professional equipment comes in handy when helping to ventilate homes but the home also needs to have a flow of air going through it to carry debris and air pollution out of the home. In order to achieve proper air flow, there are several strategies we will go over in this article.

Old Homes Weren’t Ventilated

Many people note that older homes don’t contain proper ventilation that could move air in and out of the home. Older homes, lacking the insulation and proper sealing of newer homes, allowed air to more easily move in and out of the home. The building materials were also more porous, allowing air to even move through them. This didn’t solve all of the issues that a proper ventilation system would have but it certainly made it more tolerable than it is to live in a modern building without ventilation.

Not Having Ventilation is Bad

Not having a ventilation system is one of the worst things that you can do to yourself when it comes to a home. Think about it, all of the air in the home is stale and lingering. Any particles of debris, pollution, and even mold spores are lingering in the same space for months. When it hits the spring and summer months it becomes particularly difficult for air to move in and out of the house, creating worsened problems from mold and humidity.

Balanced Ventilation

A ventilation system that involves a balanced system is the best case scenario. This is because different fans bring air in and out of the home. By doing this it allows for the control of an entry point and exit point for the air entering and exiting the home. This is important because certain areas of the home will need more air than others. Having air delivered to the areas that are most used is important and also have air sucked out of rooms where moisture or other debris builds up. This will ensure a healthier quality of life and will prevent mold and other bacteria from getting out of control in your home.

Heat Recovery

Heat recovery is the best possible option to have when installing a ventilation system. What this does is it reduces the amount of humidity blown into the house. The way that it ensures this is that it changes the temperature of the air as it enters to match the air inside of the home. By doing this the heat recovery system will prevent moisture from building up in the home that will further exacerbate these issues.

Ventilate Your Home!

Home ventilation is one of the best things that you can invest in. It will enhance your quality of life and prevent your home from degrading because of moisture and mold. If you are unsure of where to begin, call the professionals at Water Damage Zone. We will be able to schedule a time to inspect your home and discuss the best possible options for where to install a ventilation system. We will help to ensure that you never have to deal with issues from mold and moisture in your home.

 

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

Help! My Water Heater is Leaking! What Should I Do?

 

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If your water heater is leaking at all then it needs to be repaired. Water that leaks over time causes damage to the structure of the home as well as the water heater itself. You’re going to need to start dealing with this problem by shutting off the valve that supplies water to your water heater. The next step is to evaluate the damage to the water heater to determine the best course of action.

My Tank is Leaking

If the tank of the water heater is leaking, then it is most likely due to corrosion of the tank itself. In order to replace it you will need to call the proper home repair specialists, such as Water Damage Zone, to remove the old water heater and install the new one. It is important to carefully install the new water tank so that no leaks form, this is why we suggest contacting professionals for help.

My Water Heater Gasket is Leaking

Gaskets coming out from the water heater itself may allow leaks to occur. In this case it is important to turn off the water heater and drain it before attempting to replace the gasket. Once the gasket has been carefully replaced you can restore the water supply to the heater by running water in a sink simultaneously. This will ensure that the air pressure doesn’t destroy the water heater. Once the tank is refilled with water you can turn it back on again.

Puddles Around Water Heaters Aren’t Always from a Leak

Don’t make the mistake of assuming that because water is pooling beneath your water heater, that you have a leak. Sometimes this water can be caused by factors such as condensation that has accumulated on the water heater and is dripping off the sides of the tank. In this scenario you should wipe up all of the moisture in the area, being careful not to burn yourself on the water heater. Once this is done check to see if any drips occur from a leak. This will help you to determine if you have an actual leak or not.

 

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Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
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.

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

Summer Humidity Brings More Mold

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In order for mold to grow it needs moisture. The summer heat causes our homes to become humid and then they can allow mold to start growing. Once the humidity reaches a certain level it is inevitable that mold spores will start to cling to surfaces and begin to grow. These are some ways to keep the humidity level down in your home.

Know Where Wet Areas Form

Study your home to assess and figure out where the wet spots are forming in your home. It is important to know these areas and how you can keep them as dry as possible. Keeping dry towels near areas where condensation forms and wiping them down also helps. Never leave any wet objects lying around in the house. By keeping wetness to a minimum you will help prevent mold growth.

Properly Ventilate Your Home

Make sure that your home has ventilation in every room so that moisture can escape. This is even more important in rooms such as basements and bathrooms. Use an air conditioner and dehumidifier in rooms that need better humidity control. This will ensure that the moisture is never allowed to produce the perfect conditions for mold growth.

Properly Route Drainage Systems

Make sure that any water drainage systems are carrying water away from the house and not towards it. This will prevent water from resting against the house and leaking inside. This also means you have to repair any gutters and drains that may not be working properly. Make sure that water always has an exit so that it won’t linger around your home.

Design Air Flow in Your Home

By using exhaust fans, setting up oscillating fans, and opening windows, you can create air flow in your home. This is important in keeping your home dry and free of mold spores. Try to allow the air to flow through your home as much as possible. By keeping your home airy and dry, you’ll make sure that mold won’t be able to grow inside.

Aggressive Mold Growth

For mold situations that are extreme and out of hand, don’t attempt to fix it yourself. Call professionals like Water Damage Zone, we are trained and have the proper tools to get the job done. Give us a call and we will have one of our Mold Specialists come to your home for a free inspection.

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Corporate Office
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Van Nuys, CA 91411

A Message from LADWP about the Heat on First Day of Summer

With near record heat expected to hit Los Angeles this coming Sunday and Monday, June 19-20, LADWP urges all customers to be especially vigilant at reducing electricity use where possible while not putting your health or the health of your pets at risk. This is especially important on Monday, when temperatures and electricity use are expected to be highest. Doing simple things such as turning up your thermostat to 78 degrees and turning off lights will save electricity use and reduce the risk of outages.

The likelihood of a power outage during a heat wave this summer is heightened because of the gas leak that occurred at the Southern California Gas Company’s Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility and resulting moratorium on new gas injections at that facility. LADWP and other electric utilities serving the greater Los Angeles area depend upon this facility to maintain power reliability when energy use spikes during hot weather. Gas is used not only in homes and businesses, but is also primary fuel for gas-fired electric power plants. Aliso Canyon is the only gas storage facility that can immediately respond to rapid changes in gas supply for 17 gas-fired generating plants, including four generating stations operated by LADWP in the Los Angeles basin. Because of the potential for gas curtailments, the possibility of energy shortages and related outages this summer has never been higher.

You can help by reducing your use. The most effective time to save electricity is between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. when its use is highest. LADWP recommends the following conservation measures:

  • Adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher.
  • Be smart about lighting. Turn off unnecessary lights.
  • Adjust your water heater down to 120 degrees.
  • Use major appliances like washing machines and dishwashers late in the evening or early in the morning.
  • Turn off your pool pumps.

LADWP also offers rebates and programs that can help residential and commercial customers reduce their energy use this summer. For example, LADWP offers rebates of up to $1,000 for a variable speed pool pump, up to $120 per ton for an efficient heating or air conditioning system, and $50 per unit for an efficient room air conditioner. We also offer a $50 rebate and free pick-up and recycling for qualifying residential customers’ old, inefficient refrigerators. For more residential energy-saving tips, visitResidential Savings Tips. For more commercial energy-saving tips, visit Commercial Savings Tips. For more information on residential energy efficiency programs, please visit Residential Rebates & Programs. For more information on commercial energy efficiency programs, please visit Commercial Rebates & Programs.

How to Prepare for a Power Outage
Following are ways that you can prepare for possible power outages:

  • Store flashlights and batteries in easy-to-reach places around the home. Make a mental note to know where they all are.
  • Keep a battery-operated radio nearby for updates on power outages
  • Ventilate your home in the evening by opening doors and windows to clear out heat and circulate air.
  • Always have a phone charger in the car. Having a fully charged phone to communicate with family and friends during an outage can be both comforting and informative.
  • Keep non-perishable food handy. If food in the refrigerator does spoil, you want to be sure to have plenty of alternatives nearby.
  • Keep a cooler nearby to transfer food, using whatever ice you have before the outage.
  • If you are medically dependent on critical equipment, consider purchasing a gasoline-powered backup generator.

Additionally, LADWP urges customers to pay careful attention and follow instructions when Flex Alerts are issued during peak energy use periods. You can sign up for Flex Alerts by visiting www.flexalert.org. For the latest information regarding power outages in Los Angeles, follow LADWP on Twitter @LADWP. Customers may also sign up for LADWP email notifications at www.ladwpnews.com.

Thank you from our entire team at LADWP.

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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