Can I Test for Mold Myself?

Many people ask themselves this question when the first begin to wonder if their home has mold or not. The answer is, yes, you can test for mold in your home on your own with a testing kit. These kits are somewhat effective in diagnosing a mold situation in your home by yourself. If you’re wondering where you can find one, just look to your local home improvement store or online. Just be aware that these kits will not test for every kind of mold that exists.

What are Popular Brands?

First Alert

First Alert has inexpensive kits that can test 9 different areas in your home and can tell you if there is mold or not. If you want to know specifics like type of mold, you will need to send in samples to a lab so that they can analyze them. This would be an additional charge and is not always reliable. Many people who buy these kits claim that it takes a long time to receive results and that it’s not worth the money.

IAQ

IAQ is another brand that has a low price kit that tests for 32 different types of mold including black mold. You will receive your results quickly and in your own home. It will only test one area for mold so if you need to test multiple, you will need to buy more kits. This can be pricey and often doesn’t make sense if you’re going to have to pay to remove the mold as well.

Mold Armor

One of the best low cost kits that you can get, Mold Armor, is capable of determining whether mold is present or not. For specific results you will have to send a sample to the lab in order to determine the type of mold. As usual, this service comes at an extra charge. This kit is a little bit better than the other two but still has some of the same problems of taking too long and requiring more money if you need to test other areas.

Just Get a Professional

Most consumers aren’t pleased with the level of quality of DIY Mold Test Kits that they have bought to use on their homes. It is much more practical to hire a local mold remediation company to come and test your home. The results will be precise, quick and scientific. Professionals know exactly where to test for mold and how to test to get the best result. These results also won’t take long to get back to you. Companies like Water Damage Zone are certified in mold remediation and not only can test your home for mold but provide a way to quickly remove the troublesome mold from your home for good.

 

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Mold and Your Pets

Mold is not only deadly for our homes and health but also for our pets. Many people think about the negative effects that mold can have on their home and health but they never think about what it could be doing to their pets. Mold gives off toxins that cause damage to cells in the body regardless of whether it is a human body or not.

Death of Pets

Mold has been known to kill pets who are exposed to it and contributes to the weakening of their immune systems. The toxins that are inherent in mold are ingested by the animal either when it eats it, touches it, or breathes it in. This can cause the liver to become damaged and allow for other issues with the immune system such as the inability for blood to clot.

Symptoms

You will notice an array of symptoms in your pet if they are exposed to mold for long enough. Some of these symptoms seem like they could even be related to other conditions if you are unaware that your pet has come into contact with mold. These symptoms include but are not limited to:

Sneezing
Nosebleeds
Exhaustion
Skin rashes or sores
Shaking
Loss of appetite

What to Do

The first thing to do would be to take care of your pet. Make sure they get to a veterinarian as quickly as possible so they can run tests and check your pet to make sure that there isn’t more harm from the mold that you are unable to detect. Your veterinarian will give you instructions to follow in treating your pet for mold exposure and how to help detox it from their body.

The second thing that you’re going to want to do is have your home checked and treated for mold. Since your pet spends most of its time in and around your home there is a high possibility that the mold is growing there. This means that it will also eventually start to affect your health and damage your home if it is left unchecked. The best thing to do is call a certified mold remediation company like Water Damage Zone who can easily inspect your home and remove the mold problem for good.

 

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

Waterproofing Window Seals

Sealing windows is an important part of keeping your home clean and weather proof. By ensuring that your windows are maintained and properly sealed you will ensure that problems don’t start from lack of proper upkeep. Caulking and replacing the weatherstripping around your windows is of the utmost importance in taking proper care of your home.

Problems of Leaking Windows

Windows that are leaking air signify deeper problems in the home. You may notice that your energy bills are getting more and more expensive. Also, water will be able to travel through the window and into your home. If the window is surrounded by wood or drywall, water can seep into these materials and begin to degrade them and allow for the proper conditions of mold growth.

How to Seal Windows-io90

It is best to use a high-end polyurethane caulk to seal all gaps between the trim and the windows in your home. Make sure you are careful to seal all sides of the window, even the top, this way water will not be able to find any way into your home. Often times it is necessary to completely remove the old caulking from around your windows in order to securely replace all sealant around the window. If you leave some of the old caulking it is possible that it is no longer sealed and will allow for the passage of water into your home.

Weatherstripping

Windows also have something known as weatherstripping that is used in order to keep windows from leaking. Removing the part of the window that opens will help you to find wear the worn out weatherstripping is. It will then have to be sprayed with a solvent to remove the parts that are still adhering to the window. Taking this weatherstripping to a home repair store will help them to identify the proper type you need to replace it with. You will now need to reapply the new product to your window. If all of this sounds way too complicated, never fear, there are professionals that can properly replace your window seals for you. Call a certified home restoration company like Water Damage Zone, who will come out to your home to evaluate and repair the problem quickly and easily.

 

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

Physical Signs of Mold Exposure

Mold can be very dangerous when it comes into contact with your body. It is hard to know often if what you are experiencing is a reaction to mold, allergies or illness. This article will help you to know a little bit more about identifying whether or not you are a victim of mold exposure. Look for the following signs to determine whether or not you are suffering from mold exposure.

Mold Exposure Symptoms

You will notice that you are having a lot of issues with your upper respiratory system. You will be coughing, sneezing, and itchy. Your nose will usually be runny or stuffy and you will have a cough. Besides these symptoms you may also notice that you have watery eyes and/or dry skin. Symptoms can be different in other people but will mainly be related to the respiratory system.

Asthma Attack

With those of us who already have asthma it is possible for the mold to trigger a severe asthma attack. You will notice that you are coughing and wheezing more than usual and that you have shortness of breath and tightness in your chest. People suffering these symptoms need to be especially careful not to put themselves back in the area that has mold because it could cause severe side effects to their health.

What Makes Mold Exposure Worse?

If you have a history of allergies then you will likely experience even worse symptoms than someone else who becomes exposed to the mold. If you work in an area with a high mold count you will increase the severity of your symptoms the longer you spend in that place. Your home having a high level of humidity will also make the problem even worse over time, increasing the levels of mold that you are exposed to on a daily basis.

Call for Help

There are many professionals, such as Water Damage Zone, that are certified in mold removal and will help to alleviate the extreme dangers of having mold in your home or workplace. The longer the mold sits in these places the more havoc it will wreak on your body. It is best to call professionals when you first notice the problem so that it can be fixed before permanent damage is either caused to you or your home.

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

How Quickly Does Mold Grow?

Mold is one of the fastest spreading and quickest growing fungi that exists in nature. Mildew is also mold, so if you have mildew in your home then this means that you also have mold. You’re probably wondering how long it takes for mold to start growing in your home. This article is going to address some of the questions that you may have about the forming of mold around and inside of your home.

Only 12 Hours

Mold can begin to form in as little as 12 hours. This means that all it needs to begin forming within this time period is a source of food, warm temperatures, and moisture. If all of these things are available it won’t take mold long to start growing at all. Within 2 days the mold will form into larger colonizations and begin to spread to other areas in your home.

Mold Smells Bad

You will notice that as the mold is forming it creates a musty odor in your home. The scent that you’re smelling has to do with the chemical reactions that take place as the mold is growing and feeding. What you smell are the waste products that the mold gives off as it gets rid of things that it cannot consume. You may notice that you have increased headaches, dizziness, and nausea when you spend time around the mold infestation.

How Do You Prevent Mold Growth?

Mold spores can be prevented by frequently cleaning your home. You need to ensure that there is air movement in the home so that mold can be filtered out of the air in the house. Air filters should be consistently cleaned and replaced and water shouldn’t be allowed to sit for extended periods anywhere in the home. If you notice moisture building up or high humidity in any areas, this problem will need to be fixed as soon as possible to prevent the mold from beginning to grow. If you notice that the mold growth has gotten too far out of hand, it is best to call professionals like Water Damage Zone that know how to eradicate it once and for all from your residence.

 

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

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Different Types of Mold in Homes

The damp is attacking the wall at a window

Mold comes in many forms and this can be hard when it comes to diagnosing which kind you have. All mold is bad for you and besides being ugly to look at, it can also cause many different health issues in those who are living in the home. One of the first things to check for is a musty smell, if this is present then you most definitely have a mold issue to consider.

Alternaria

This type of mold likes to grow in damp spaces, under sinks, in showers and around leaking pipes. It can also grow in carpets where moisture has been allowed to sit for extended periods of time. This mold spreads quickly and causes allergy symptoms such as asthma in those affected. Elderly people, children and others with pre-existing health conditions should not be exposed to this mold at all.

Cladosporium

This type of mold is found on wood and in clothing and carpeting. Outside it will grow on decaying plants and can enter your home through the ventilation system. This mold can cause problems with skin and nails and your respiratory system. Things to look for are respiratory infections, itchy eyes, wheezing, and runny nose.

Penicillium

Penicillium can spread rapidly from one place to the next and starts in insulation, wallpaper, carpeting or other old fabrics. This is one of the most common types of mold and can lead to chronic sinus infections as well as allergy symptoms and an inflammation of the lungs.

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Stachybotrys chartarum

Black mold, has a slimy appearance and is usually found in areas with continuous moisture like leaky pipes, air conditioning ducts, and in showers. It does spread to other areas from these primary sources. This mold is one that is one of the deadliest and is associated with many kinds of health problems. Exposure leads to chronic sinus infections, asthma, depression, and fatigue. It has a distinct musty odor that will alert you to its presence.

Have a Mold Inspection Performed

The best thing that you can do is to contact specialists that know how to eradicate mold from homes. It can easily be wiped off surfaces but this does not mean that it’s gone. It could be growing within your walls as well as in other hidden areas. Contacting a mold specialist such as Water Damage Zone has many advantages as they can run the proper tests to determine which kinds of mold you have and exactly how to treat it.

 

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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