Reasons to remove Dirty Caulk from Bathroom

The appearance of dirty caulk might be enough of a reason for getting rid of it, however it doesn’t just stop there. Dirty caulk also presents health hazards and a spreading medium for mold.

Health Hazards

Rest assured that anything related to mold will have a bad impact on the health of any inhabitants living in its presence. This is one of the primary reasons why you need to get rid of dirty caulk from bathrooms. If the water in a bathtub makes contact with the caulk and your skin at the same time it can definitely create problems such as skin rashes and irritation etc.

Spreading Medium

Dirty caulk has the ability to spread mold across the whole bathroom gradually and effectively. Therefore, it is highly advised to get rid of the dirty caulk as soon as you discover its presence. The sooner the caulk is removed, the more effective the eradication process will be.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

Cons to Delaying Mold Removal

If you find that you have mold present in your home, it is in your best interest to remove it as soon as possible.  There are many different reasons from the integrity of the home to the health risks.  It is a serious issue that demands a serious response from you.

There are multiple issues with allowing mold to remain in your home.  These range from wall discoloring to ceiling stains to increases in allergens present in the home.  By looking at several of the issues, you can judge for yourself the necessity of removing the mold.

First and foremost, the major issues with mold come from the adverse effects that it can have on your home.  Remember that in most cases, mold forms from unchecked or unknown moisture being present that feeds a mold colony.  Because of this it is imperative that before you make any restorations in your home that you identify the cause of the leaks and fix them immediately.  Only in this way will you prevent the mold from returning and ruining all the hard work and money that went into the repairs.  It is important to get it right the first time.

When you are ready to begin repairs, it is important that one of the biggest issues with mold is the combination that it has with moisture in the home.  Water can create a great deal of damage, so you will be repairing mold but also water damage.  Once cleanup is ready to begin, then it is necessary to begin removing items that were either contaminated by mold or soaked with water.  This is done to prevent future mold growth.

The issues that mold can create in homes include discoloration or stains on the walls, cracked/peeling paint, loosening drywall, ceiling stains and it can warp the wood in the home.  If your home has plaster, then this can begin to crumble as well.  It is necessary that once the source of the moisture has been dealt with then repairs can begin.  In many cases, you will want to check the integrity of the area affected by the water or mold.  If you are fortunate, then there may only be a need for some fresh paint after the area has been thoroughly cleaned.  Drywall, for instance can become very similar to mush when wet, so these sections may need to be replaced, then you can finish with paint.

Work in bathrooms can be a little trickier as these areas of the house has a constant moisture present from use.  Here you need to make sure that the tubs and sinks are caulked properly to prevent water seepage.  Once this is done and the walls are verified for durability, then new paint or tile can be applied to give the room new life.  If you choose paint over tile, it is recommended that a paint resistant to moisture be applied.

Mold can also affect the air qualities in a home.  Molds reproduce by spores, so it is important to make sure that the HVAC system of your home is cleaned, but also supported by a fresh air filter every 2-3 months.  If you find that you are constantly running your AC or heat, you may wish to change sooner.  If you have pets, this could be a beneficial practice as pet hair travels easily through the HVAC, and it isn’t until you change the filter that you understand how much your pets affect the air quality in your home.

Air filters should be chosen along their HEPA recommendations.  If you fit the categorization to have a stronger filter, then by all means get the most aggressive filter possible.  This will not only filter out the mold spores, but it will filter out other allergens as well making your home more pleasant.

Mold is a very serious issue, and it should be dealt with as soon as possible.  If you delay, then you run the risk of damage to your home and health.  If you suspect that you have mold growth present, call a professional mold removal service to assess your home and suggest plans to help you enjoy your home once again.

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:

  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
  • Water Cleanup, Water Dry outs, Visual Mold Inspections, Sewage Damage Cleanup
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Water Damage Zone, Inc.
Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

Why is Mold not Safe?

Television and Social Media websites are spreading awareness about the hazards one can face due to the expose of mold. Mold is a type of fungi that grows in the presence of moisture and some nutrients, however, the main constituent that supports the growth of fungi is moisture and its growth can only be prevented by the eradication of moisture in the area.

Health issues related to Mold

Mold spores are extremely tiny and very light, they can easily flow around within the air. Once, they mix into the air, they can be inhaled by the people exposed which is highly unhealthy. The fungi inhale into the oxygen flow can make breathing harder and cause sore throats, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes and discomfort in the whole body.
However, the effects might not be felt by everyone who is exposed to mold. Some people might be more sensitive than others based on their physical characteristics and age. People who face respiratory problems or Asthma are at a higher risk of being affected by mold and they need to take proper care in order to keep themselves from getting sick.
Moreover, emotional disorders can be another factor that is caused by the exposure to mold. People tend to be more depressed when they are directly under the exposure of the mold, body fatigue may add up to the problems caused by depression.

Treating Health problem caused by Mold

If you have started suffering from any of the above mentioned problems, then you should see your doctor as soon as possible. The problems caused by mold are mainly allergies which might stay for a longer period of time. Doctors usually prescribe antibiotics and antihistamines to fight the allergies, if exposure is severe, the doctors normally recommend the patient not to return home.
The next step is to ensure your health is to immediate remediation of mold from your home, the best way of doing this is to avail the services of professionals, so that, you can avoid any further exposure to mold and minimize the problems caused by it.

 

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:

  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
  • Water Cleanup, Water Dry outs, Visual Mold Inspections, Sewage Damage Cleanup
  • Sterilizing & Odor Removal, Licensed & Bonded #963976, Reputable Los Angeles based company
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Water Damage Zone, Inc.
Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

Hot Water Heater Leaking?

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In the course of owning your home, things are going to break or begin leaking.  It is simply a matter of time and inevitability.  Something is going to happen.  One of the most costly things that can happen is when your hot water heater begins to leak.

Normally located in the basement or a service room of the home, the water heater s not noticed as long as the water for dishes stays boiling hot and your showers are not replaced by ice cubes.  However, once the heater begins to leak, it becomes a necessary fix that needs your immediate attention.

In looking at the water heater, one of the first things you’re going to notice is that there is going to be a lot of water coming from the unit.  Remember that these heaters are always full, so there is a lot of water present in the machine once a leak begins.  Next, you will need to identify the origin of the leak.  In the case of Hot water heaters, there is a lot of water and the leak doesn’t stop.  This means that the potential for long-term damage to the home increases the longer the hot water heater is allowed to be given access.  If you think that you have a leak, remember that leaks do not simply start and stop, but they will be fairly consistent.

One of the best ways to find a leak in a hot water heater is to first clean up a puddle.  Once this is done, then take some paper towels and place them in the area of the leak.  It is also necessary to wipe the unit and internal mechanisms down as thoroughly as possible.  This is done to show the origins of the leak.

Once the source of the leak has been discovered, then it is critical to begin the repair.  First, you are going to turn off the water to the appliance.  If the appliance is leaking, why should there be a steady stream of water.  The closing of the water will accommodate this decision.  Don’t forget too to shut off all water to the unit.  Sometimes people forget to turn off the cold water supply.  This can lead to significance and potentially major damage.

Once the water has been shut off from the unit, then it would be time to check all the hoses attached to the unit.  If you find a hose that has some leaking or excessive condensation, then congrats, you have an easy to fix project.  Sometimes it is not this easy. Check the hoses and their connections.  Make sure that these are not the reasons for the leak.  If you are still having a difficult time finding or repairing the leak, call a licensed plumber as soon as possible.

A plumber would be able to quickly diagnose the issue and repair in a timely manner.  Don’t allow yourself to fall into the expensive trap of having to call multiple contractors to fix the heater.  Get it right the first time and enjoy your home as you intended to be.

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:

  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
  • Water Cleanup, Water Dry outs, Visual Mold Inspections, Sewage Damage Cleanup
  • Sterilizing & Odor Removal, Licensed & Bonded #963976, Reputable Los Angeles based company
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Water Damage Zone, Inc.
Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

Preventing Water Damage

Water damage is the most common form of damage in a home.  Prevention of damage can be hard to find, but it does become easier if you are vigilant in looking for the signs.

One of the best practices you can have when owning a home is to understand what happens when something like a broken pipe occurs.  The common reason is simple wear on the pipes.  When coupled with high water pressures, these pipes will eventually fail.  The best practice here is to be proactive in the maintenance of the pipes in your home.  Have them checked regularly and replace as necessary.

When assessing the water damage from appliances, there are devices that are liquid leak detectors.  These devices find leaks and can help you find the areas that are causing the issues for repair.  These can be moderately expensive.  Some of the higher model sensors can actually turn off the water from the appliance minimizing the damage incurred, but these do require plumber and electrician assistance to install.  One of the best things to do with appliance is to schedule regular maintenance checks.  These checks do not take long, and they can save you thousands of dollars in repairs.

In order to protect your home, be proactive and observant.  Just because a room does not have a water source that it is free from water damage.  These room can be damaged from leaky roofs but also water sources above them, such as an upstairs bathroom.  Be sure to check the foundation of the home as well, especially in the Spring months when water tables rise and water can potentially flood your basement.

Finally, one of the best ways to see if a water leak is present is to turn the water off to the home.  Check the outside water meter.  If it continues to move, then water is moving in your house somewhere.  Also, be vigilant with your water bill.  If you notice higher than average water bills without an increased usage on your part, then you may have a leak somewhere on site.

Water damage is a serious issue that many people in the country deal with as it creates damage and thousands of dollars in repairs.  Through a little observance and being proactive, you can check the condition of your home to find problems while they are small.

 

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:

  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
  • Water Cleanup, Water Dry outs, Visual Mold Inspections, Sewage Damage Cleanup
  • Sterilizing & Odor Removal, Licensed & Bonded #963976, Reputable Los Angeles based company
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Water Damage Zone, Inc.
Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

Water Damage in Commercial Buildings

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While focusing on water damage and prevention tends to favor the home, it is necessary to be vigilant about the position of commercial buildings as well.  In many cases, commercial buildings have the same risks as private homes.  If left unchecked, water damage in commercial buildings can lead to structural damage and mold.  All of these can contribute to damaging the structure and creating very expensive repairs.

 

When dealing with large commercial buildings such as warehouses and hotels, it is necessary to continuously inspect the property.  While some would suggest a monthly rotation, it would be most beneficial to inspect the property on a weekly basis.  This could be the job of a department manager.  Inspect the parts of the building that would be most susceptible for moisture buildup.  This would include areas with extensive piping or ceilings.  It is essential to look for drips or other evidence of pooling.   HVAC systems are also areas where inspectors will want to focus their efforts. If there are low-lying areas of the property, such as underground storage or garages, it is essential to make sure that these areas have effective methods of drainage to prevent accumulation of water.  In order to accomplish this, it is necessary to outfit these sections with pumps in case of periods of heavy rain when water may accumulate.

 

When dealing with water in commercial settings it is essential to develop and adhere to a plan for employees to follow if water damage is found.   A basic plan should be written down and available in a variety of locations for the use of management and employees.  The plans should include training measures so that employees know where to look for common areas of water damage, and if necessary, employees should be knowledgeable of the location and proper procedure for shutting off the water to the building. With all the plans for the guidelines, contact information should be made available for access for maintenance, plumbers, electricians, water clean-up services in order to facilitate the repair of water damage.   The information of the water company and insurance should also be present to make sure that water is cut off and that all damages are assessed for payment if necessary.

 

The guidelines for response should be kept in a safe location that puts it above the water damage.  The guidelines should also have plans for the relocation of records off-site for their preservation, but also for the temporary halting of operations until the site can be restored.  Once the water damage is repaired, then the commercial building can be opened once more. Maintaining a commercial building can be a tricky endeavor with water damage.  If one remains vigilant in maintaining sight on leaks and sources of water damage, then perhaps large problems can be averted before they become large problems.

 

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:

  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
  • Water Cleanup, Water Dry outs, Visual Mold Inspections, Sewage Damage Cleanup
  • Sterilizing & Odor Removal, Licensed & Bonded #963976, Reputable Los Angeles based company
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Water Damage Zone, Inc.
Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

Problems with Hard Water

rusty water tap in ald abandoned house

What is hard water?  This is water that has a high content of minerals such as calcium and magnesium.  It is measured in degrees of 1 to 10 in the number of grains per gallon of water, and we notice it mostly through the spotting on dishes, the results on our hair and physical appearance.

 

There are many issues that can be created by hard water.  First off, hard water can contribute to clogging pipes and reducing the flow of water.  If you have noticed a white-ish buildup around your shower head and less water or lower pressure then hard water is working in the pipes.  This can lead to a buildup of film on bathroom surfaces which over time can be difficult to clean off. In the shower, hard water leaves your skin feeling as if there is a soapy film and residue that cannot come off.  It results in the skin feeling dry.  Hair cannot be rinsed properly resulting in shampoo residue leaving your hair looking dull.

 

For the appliances in the home, hard water can be difficult for any appliance using water to process.  It can shorten the life of refrigerators that offer water and ice cubes by accumulating in tubes and pipes.  More importantly, hard water can negatively impact your water heater through clogging pipes, but also by needing more heat for water as hard water is a poor conductor of heat.  This results in higher water and energy bills. Finally, the quality of your food can be affected by hard water.  When cleaned, glasses will retain a spotting and film on them that is difficult to remove and can influence the taste of the beverage.  Clothes also suffer hard water damage as they can be worn down by the presence of the extra minerals in the wash cycle.

 

What can you do?  One of the best things that you can do to combat hard water in your home is to install a water softener.  A water softener adds salts into the water through the process of ion exchange.  When hard water is filtered through the water softener filled with negative charged resin, the calcium and magnesium in hard water, which carries a positive charge, attaches to the beads which leaves the sodium in the water.  Sodium is exchanged for the calcium and magnesium turning hard water soft. When dealing with your water softener, make sure that you are constantly adding salt to the basin of the water softener.  This will ensure that the filtration process is always able to occur as it should.

 

If you choose to live with your hard water, then you should look into reducing the heat in the water heater to save on the life of the appliance.  Preventative flushing of the unit can also help its longevity and performance.  Use vinegar to remove white spots and on tiles, glass in the bathroom to remove mineral deposits.  Look for laundry soap and shampoo that are designed for hard water.

 

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:

  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
  • Water Cleanup, Water Dry outs, Visual Mold Inspections, Sewage Damage Cleanup
  • Sterilizing & Odor Removal, Licensed & Bonded #963976, Reputable Los Angeles based company
  • Image from depositphotos, ID 15892692
  • Shutterstock Sequence Number: US-041C159DA-1

Water Damage Zone, Inc.

Corporate Office

15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411