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.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Sinkholes: Causes and Effects

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Sinkholes happen when you least expect them and are hard to predict. They will most likely occur when limestone, gypsum, salt beds, or other carbonate rock is dissolved underneath of the earth. Water eats away at this rock until it starts to form an empty pit. Eventually the ground will no longer be able to support the sediment layer on top and it will fall into the pit.

Sinkholes in My Yard

If a sinkhole happens in your yard it is important to remember that it’s your responsibility to repair it. Your insurance company might pay for an evaluation and repair if the sinkhole is a result of nature and not your own doing. Sinkholes can form from anything that you’ve done yourself as a homeowner including collapsing sewer pipes, broken septic tanks, buried trash, or soil that hasn’t been compacted. Knowing if you live in an area with soluble rock will help you by determining whether you should check the ground frequently for holes that are beginning to form.

Protecting Yourself

If you see a sinkhole forming under your house or another structure, leave as soon as possible. Call emergency workers in addition to a building inspector to let them know that an inspection is necessary before reentering the building. If the sinkhole isn’t near a building or in a road, you can most likely fill it back in yourself. It is important to remember to use the right materials when doing this. By watching the hole over time you can see if it gets bigger and if it does then it needs to be dealt with by professionals.

What to Fill a Sinkhole With

If the sinkhole is a manageable size, then you should fill it back in. Start by using dry-mix concrete in the bottom of the hole. This gives it a sturdy base to support it. Now, add some clayey sand to form a barrier that prevents water from getting into the hole. When finished add some sand and soil to match the terrain of the area you are in. It is important to make sure that all of these are compacted and that the proper materials are used. If for some reason this process is not done correctly the sinkhole can reform and cause more problems.

 

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Large Sink Hole Cause by Possible Water Damage

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Dry Rot Tips and Prevention

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It is likely that you have encountered wood outside that has been the victim of dry rot. Dry rot is the result of wood that has been infected with a fungus. It starts by digesting things in the wood that give it structure and support. The wood tends to be drier and you will notice it is lighter if you pick it up.

Causes of Dry Rot

One of the first things that happens in the development of dry rot is that the wood comes into contact with moisture. While the wood is wet the fungus will begin to grow inside of it. Dry rot fungus will continue to eat away at wood until it disintegrates.

Appearance

Many people confuse the appearance of dry rot with that of carpenter ant or termite damage. The major difference here is that ants and termites will remove the wood to specifically form areas where they live. If you definitely have termites, you will notice that your wood has termites inside of it and eggs or termite droppings outside of holes in the wood.

 

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Prevention

One of the best ways you can stop dry rot from happening in your home is by stopping excess moisture. You can do this in many ways such as fixing leaky plumbing or a hole that is allowing water to contact the wood in your home. If the wood is contacting soil it has an increased chance of becoming wet and growing the fungus.

Treating Wood

Many times it is inevitable that water will come into contact with wood. These wooden areas should be treated so that fungus cannot grow in them. Borate is a commonly used fungicide that will help prevent dry rot in the wood on your home. It can also be used to prevent insects from infesting the wood. Wood can be treated whenever you like and should be done regularly to increase its effectiveness.

Wood Restoration

If dry rot has gotten the best of your home and you can’t simply treat the wood to solve the problem, you will need to replace the damaged areas. Damaged wood can be replaced by companies like Water Damage Zone who are experienced at restoring homes from water damage. Wooden areas commonly need to be replaced after excessive damage has occurred. Professionals will help you restore your home if you are dealing with large amounts of dry rot.

 

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

How to Stop an Overflowing Toilet

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Seeing a toilet begin to overflow is often like watching a car crash. You know it’s coming, but there’s not much you can do to stop it. Toilet overflows can be stopped if you act quickly and follow these steps:

1. Switch the water supply off to the toilet as quickly as possible. It is a metal valve that is usually located near the bottom side of the bowl. Turn it counterclockwise to shut it off. This will prevent the toilet from having the water that it needs to keep overflowing.

2. Take the top off from the tank on the back of the toilet. Lift the float ball high so that the water stops running. Now all the water should be off so that you can begin to figure out what you need to do to fix your toilet.

3. Grab a plunger and apply it to the hole inside of the toilet bowl. It should be covering the entire hole completely. Continue to pump the toilet, increasing in power as you work. This should dislodge difficult clogs and allow water to pass through your pipes.

4. Also, if the issue is with the float mechanism in the tank of the toilet, it can be adjusted to be lower in the tank. This will prevent the tank of your toilet from overflowing. Check to make sure that the chain on the float mechanism isn’t caught on anything.

5. If this problem persists or becomes unmanageable, call a plumber or water damage professionals like Water Damage Zone to fix your overflowing toilet.

By catching a toilet overflow early and fixing it, you can prevent yourself from dealing with worse problems in the future. If your pipes become heavily clogged, it can often be impossible to clear all of the debris from them. Professionals have the expertise needed to effectively and completely restore your toilet to its original condition.

 

 

 

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

Preventing Mold in Drainpipes

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Mold in your drainpipes is one of the major causes of odors in the home. Food that you dispose of ends up caught in the pipes sometimes, allowing mold and bacteria to begin to grow. It is important that you know how to deal with this problem before it becomes a bigger one.

Clearing Out the Drain

Drains can be fixed by running various liquids and cleaners through them. First you should start with baking soda, ice, vinegar, or hot water. These substances will help to destroy any mold and bacteria that have begun to form in your drains. If your pipes are plastic, then you will need to be careful with what you pour down them. Don’t use harsh chemicals or overly hot water that could melt them.

Calling a Plumber

If the situation is difficult and you are unable to easily fix it, you may need to call a plumber. Water Damage Zone has the same experience as a plumber, we’re able to solve your mold issue once and for all and fix your clogged pipes. By keeping your sink clean, you will ensure that mold does not begin to form in your drainpipes from rotten food. If you notice that your drains are not working, call professionals to fix the problem before mold has time to form.

 

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Clean it Out

Just like anything else in the home, drainpipes need to be cleaned from time to time using products that are designed to kill mold. Keeping your pipes open also allows them to dry out so that it is harder for mold to start to form. Scrub and use cleaner on as much of the drain as you can in order to remove mold. Getting a brush that slides down into the drain will also help you to clean it out better.

Utilizing Neighborhood Resources

It is important to get local companies that specialize in home restoration involved in dealing with your drains if they are constantly clogged and forming mold. Even if it’s not a bad situation they will be able to give you a clearer picture of what’s going on with your drain. If something needs to be done, they can quickly fix it or suggest the best way for you to deal with it. If you are experiencing major problems with mold in your pipes it is best to have professionals deal with it instead of risking more damage to your home and health.

Have you ever had mold growing in your pipes? What did you do to get rid of it? Let us know in the comments below.

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

How Common is Shower Mold?

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Shower mold is common and is inevitable in showers that don’t get cleaned frequently. Showers are constantly encountering debris that provide mold with the necessary conditions for growth. All of its heat and moisture makes the shower the perfect place for mold to start growing in your home.

Important Equipment

You need to make sure that your bathroom either has a ventilation or exhaust fan to allow air to circulate in the room. This removes excess moisture and allows the bathroom to dry quickly. Air circulation is something that needs to happen if you are going to prevent mold from beginning to grow in your shower.

Mold Spreads Quickly

Small patches of mold that have been ignored for long periods of time will spread and turn into a bigger problem for home owners. It will contaminate your walls, floors and move behind and underneath them as well. When mold is hidden it can remain undetected for long periods of time, allowing it to continue to grow unnoticed.

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Calling Professionals

Professional mold and water damage companies such as Water Damage Zone are valuable assets in the prevention of mold growth in your bathroom. By calling such companies you can have the proper technology installed to allow proper air circulation so mold doesn’t grow. They will inspect your home and determine the proper course of action.

Preventing Bathroom Mold

Use the ventilation fan in your bathroom whenever someone has a shower or bath and leave it on for 30 minutes afterwards. If you don’t have an exhaust fan you should look into getting one installed to properly circulate the air in your bathroom. Use a shower curtain that is resistant to mold that can be washed frequently. Don’t keep lots of products in your shower, they provide hiding places for mold to grow. Wash rugs in your bathroom routinely. By following these precautions, you can avoid the growth of mold in your bathroom.

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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