Mold FAQs

1. How do I clean electronic devices with mold in them? Some of my devices are impossible to clean on the inside.

The best thing to do in these cases is to clean the outside of the equipment and then vacuum any openings or holes to remove the mold spores. If this doesn’t seem to help then it’s time to buy a new device.

2. Can I keep any pictures that may have been exposed to mold spores?

Usually, you can keep these items. There are methods for cleaning photographs that you can look up to clean off any spores that may have come into contact with them. Documents on porous paper will need to be copied and then thrown away. Photo frames made out of wood or with porous material will need to be tossed and replaced as well.

3. Do I really need to clean everything inside of my home (storage containers, shower supplies, candles, souvenirs, dry food, etc.) or just the main things affected like clothing and furniture?

Everything must be hand cleaned individually to remove the most mold possible. Any objects in your home will have come into contact with the mold spores. Once this happens the spores grow on organic or porous materials and continue to spread through the home.

4. Can I reuse my vacuum after cleaning for mold?

Yes, you can continue using the vacuum you own but remember to replace the filter and clean the housing of the actual vacuum itself. This means wiping down the outside with mold killer and also cleaning out the inside of any removable parts with mold killer as well. This will ensure that your vacuum doesn’t become a breeding ground for mold and start to spread it as well.

5. Do I have to throw all my books away?

Books are a tricky thing when it comes to mold. Usually, if books are open and have encountered mold then they are now trash. Closed books can be vacuumed with a HEPA vacuum and should be ok to keep. Make sure that you don’t see any of the telltale signs of mold such as spottiness or moisture on the book’s pages. If you see any sign of mold, you will have to throw it out.

6. Do I try to clean the home myself or call a mold expert?

Small mold infestations can be safely handled on your own as long as you do your research and ensure that you know exactly what you are doing. You will need to know about different materials and how to check them for mold and also clean the mold off of them. Cleaning mold is one thing, but if it has infested your home to the point of being in the structure of the home, it’s time to call a professional.

 

Professionals like Water Damage Zone are certified in mold removal and will come to do an inspection of the home first in order to tell you everything that needs to be done. They will also quote you a price and give you an estimation for how long it will take to completely eradicate the mold from your home. If you have a serious mold problem on your hand, don’t hesitate before you give us a call.

 

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

Small Leaks Lead to Big Problems

 

Pretend that you are walking around your home, going about your daily routine when you hear a faint dripping in the background. You try to discover where it’s coming from but to no avail. You check all of the faucets in the home in all of the bathrooms. Even though you’ve checked every room you can’t seem to find it. Eventually, you walk towards the wall next to your bathroom. You put your ear up to it and hear the dripping from within the wall. This is a common occurrence in homes that need some maintenance and shows just how easily a leak can be overlooked and allowed to continue for long periods of time. Well, these leaks may seem small but they cause big problems.

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One of the first things that you should be concerned with is mold. Mold can easily begin to grow from a small leak in your home. The more hidden the leak is, the more likely there is to be mold growth because you won’t be able to see it. Remember, mold likes moist damp places to grow in. It will quickly take hold in these areas and begin to spread throughout the home.

Damage to Drywall

Water will also degrade your drywall. Once it has made contact with the drywall it will begin to absorb into it. Drywall is not water resistant so it will continue absorbing the water which will cause it to morph and degrade until it is in need of replacement. This is why it is important to detect leaks and fix them quickly.

Electrical Wiring Havoc

Any electrical wires or outlets that come into contact with water will become damaged and dangerous for those living in the home. The moisture from a leak is all that is needed for the electrical wiring in your home to go crazy. Water will also flow in your home because of gravity and this will inevitably lead it to places like outlets and wires that you don’t want it to reach.

Structural Destruction

Water will also soak into the structure of your home. This includes the foundation and the flooring. Over time these things will begin to warp and discolor, creating the need for massive overhauls and repairs in order to restore the home to its original condition. Water is also harder to detect in these areas because like inside of your walls, it is hidden from your view.

Pests

Hidden water leaks in your home will also undoubtedly provide pests with the moisture that they need to survive. They will use the water for hydration and also may build their nests around it because it is usually in a hard to see area. Once pests have found a home they will continue to wreak havoc on yours until you find them and eradicate them. Even then, it will be hard to keep them out unless you fix the source of the problem, the leak in your home.

Professional Repairs

When you have found a leak in a hard to reach area it usually means that it’s time to call professionals like Water Damage Zone. We know how to check difficult areas for leaks so we can be sure before drilling holes into your walls that it is necessary in order to repair the damage. Companies like ours are certified and experienced in fixing this type of damage. We will quickly and efficiently patch up holes and repair leaks so that your home is back to normal in no time.

 

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

Damage From Leaking Toilets

 
Leaky toilets can cause water damage to your home. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only problem that they can cause for you and your housemates. Repairing water damage from a toilet can get really pricey especially if it is left unchecked for a long period of time. More importantly, if a leaky toilet is left damaged for an extended time it can allow for the proper conditions for mold to grow in your home.

What to Do When a Toilet Overflows

When dealing with a damaged toilet, something that will often happen is that it will overflow and allow water to begin to soak into surfaces in your home such as flooring and drywall. Once this water soaks in it will quickly begin developing the conditions for mold growth. By taking the back off of the toilet and ensure that the plug in the back is all the way over the hole allowing the water into the toilet bowl. You may need to adjust the float in the back so that the water level is lower and doesn’t allow overflows to happen as easily.
When the toilet begins to overflow it is important to turn the lever off that connects the pipe from the wall to the toilet. This will stop all water from entering the toilet so that it cannot continue to overflow all over your bathroom. Do not flush the toilet again until you have unclogged it or repaired the issue that is causing it to overflow.

Using Insurance for Water Damage

If the damage from the toilet happens suddenly to your home instead of over a long period of time, there is a good chance that your homeowner’s insurance will cover the cost of repairs. Mold damage may also be covered as well. It is important to act quickly because of the fact that insurance companies may not be able to help you with costs if you wait too long to contact them.

Toilet Water Can Be Dangerous

People should know that toilet water can be extremely damaging to their health. Do not touch the water without proper protective clothing on and make sure to completely wash yourself with soap and warm water to kill any bacteria that you may have come into contact with. These particles are what allow mold to quickly begin forming in any areas where this contaminated water has been allowed to sit or soak in.

When to Call Professionals

If the damage from your leaking toilet gets really out of hand or requires repairs that you are unable to easily perform yourself, then it is time to call a professional. Companies like Water Damage Zone are certified in properly repairing water damage and expertly removing mold from your home. Don’t wait for the mold to spread and the water damage to get even worse. Call a professional to assist you the minute the situation gets out of hand.

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

Carpets Harbor Mold

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If you’ve read any of our other blogs you know how vile mold can be and how difficult it is to remove completely from your home. Mold is usually found on the backing of carpets where people don’t see it until it has become too big of a problem to handle on their own. Moisture in your carpet is only part of the problem. This article will help you understand the other ways in which carpets provide a safe haven for mold.

How Does Mold Grow in Carpeting

Studies have been down that give us a better picture of how mold actually develops inside of carpets in our homes. What these studies found is that the amount of moisture doesn’t have as big of an impact on mold growth in carpets. The thing that really creates big problems with mold is dirt becoming trapped inside of the carpet. The dirtier the carpets are, the more likely they are to begin growing and spreading mold around your home.

Clean Carpets

Keeping your carpeting clean will help you greatly in reducing the chances of mold developing in your home. Even carpeting that is exposed to humidity will not develop mold as long as it is clean. This means that you must keep your carpets clean all the time so that mold isn’t allowed to begin to grow. Dirt will attract moisture and soak it up, thus allowing any mold spores the nutrients they need to begin to grow.

Preventing Carpet Mold

It’s a good idea to research the ways in which you can prevent mold from growing in your carpets. One of the easiest ways is to not put carpet in areas with a lot of foot traffic because these areas will develop the most dirt and moisture. These two factors are all a carpet needs in order to become a center for mold growth in your own home. Make sure that you keep the humidity down low in your home, that way moisture won’t build up as much in the dirt that is in your carpets. Finally, the best way to prevent mold growth in your carpet is to vacuum it consistently at least twice a week so that dirt doesn’t have the chance to build up in your home.

Don’t wait for mold to become a problem, but if it does always be aware of home restoration companies like Water Damage Zone, who are certified in mold remediation and can help prevent your home from becoming a breeding ground for mold.

 

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 Carpet Mold with Professional Cleaner

 

The best way to remove mold from carpet in your home is to purchase an anti-mold spray at your local hardware store. By looking at the label on the product you should be able to determine it’s safety and how to use it. Some of these treatments have been known to damage the carpet so be sure to test it before you spray it all over the affected area. The benefit of using these products is that they not only eliminate mold but they prevent it from growing back in the future.

Steam Cleaning

You can rent a steam cleaner from a store specializing in home maintenance in order to kill the mold and clean it off of the carpet. Some of these specialized machines also have a vacuum function that allows you to simultaneously steam and vacuum your carpets. By steaming the carpet and then drying it quickly afterwards you will remove present mold and prevent it from regaining a foothold while the carpet is still wet.

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After this process is complete you may notice that the carpet still has a mildew smell to it. In order to remove this it is recommended that you purchase a heavy duty carpet cleaning product. This will ensure that the carpet is not only clean after mold removal, but that it is deodorized. This way the whole apartment won’t hold the smell of the mold that you just eliminated.

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Remove Moldy Carpet

If the carpet is overly moldy in certain spots it is best to just remove and replace the carpet. Once carpets are overgrown with mold it can be nearly impossible to completely clean them. In these cases it is best to just remove the sections of the carpet that are affected with large amounts of mold and replace them. By removing these sections of carpet you are also removing the mold spores that will continue to reinfect and grow in your home.

Call Professionals

If you are dealing with carpet mold that takes up a whole room or multiple rooms in your home it is best to just call professionals. Removing the mold once it has reached this point can be extremely time consuming and difficult. If just one spot of mold is missed, it will be able to regrow and ruin your whole house time and time again. By hiring a professional you will not only save time but ensure that you don’t have to go through the mold removal process more than once. Consider calling a well-certified home restoration company like Water Damage Zone to come to your home and give you an evaluation of your mold situation.

 

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

Flash Flooding Season

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With a powerful new storm coming our way it’s easy to see that flash flooding season is upon Southern California. It is important to be on the lookout during flash flooding season in order to prevent potential backups and floods near your home. This post will help you know what to do before flooding starts around your home.

Situate Equipment and Appliances in the Home

In your home there should be no electrical outlets or components where flood water could reach. If there are outlets low to the floor in a downstairs area, they may have to be raised by a professional. Knowing your base flood elevation will help determine where the outlets should be raised to. Any appliances on this level should be elevated as well so if it floods, they will not be sitting in water.

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Direct Water Away

You will need to ensure that the slope of your yard will direct water away from the house and not towards it. This is important so that the water won’t build up around your home and start leaking through any cracks or weak spots. Over time, water collecting around the home will start to erode it. This is why it’s important to check that drains near the home are also working properly.

Backflow Valves

Installing backflow valves in your drain pipes will help to prevent the drain from backing up. It will block the drains temporarily so that they don’t begin flowing back inside of the home. In addition to these you can also purchase and install a sump pump. If this is working properly it should actively work to move water away from your home. By taking some precautionary measures you can prevent damage from occurring when a flash flood happens.

 

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

Hazardous Sewage Cleanup

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Sewers overflowing is a cause of dangerous health threats to humans and animals. Sewage backups can occur indoors or outdoors and should be cleaned up as quickly as possible to avoid any health risks. Sewage not only contains harmful substances, but it also is a liquid so it dissolves things as well as soaking into them, making it hard to completely remove.

Deadly Water

Sewage is deadly water that can travel back up through your toilets or sinks. This water houses millions of germs and bacteria that will wreak havoc on your immune system. In the event of this happening you will need to act quickly and remove yourself and anyone else from being exposed to these dangerous contaminants. The water can seep into carpets as well as vents and drywall in your home. It is important that you seek help for this situation as soon as possible to return your home to a normal, safe state.

Dangers of Sewage

Sewage is not only disgusting but it contains many foul substances. Amongst these is fecal matter that will float around in your home carrying all sorts of bacteria and parasites that you won’t want to encounter. Other things you may encounter are objects that shouldn’t have ended up in the sewer in the first place. Things like hair, grease, garbage, or even wet wipes. Sewers can back up due to many reasons: plant roots growing through pipes, obstructions from foreign objects, or even structural damage to the pipes that has occurred over time.

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Because of the dangerous nature of sewage waste, it should never be handled on your own. You should always call professionals who have the proper equipment and knowledge to deal with the situation. This will prevent you or anyone else from coming into contact with harmful substances that are present in the water. Besides this, they will also utilize deep cleaning that will thoroughly remove all of the bacteria and germs from every area of your home. Companies like Water Damage Zone have a lot of experience solving problems such as this, so you can trust us to get the job done right the first 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