How to Deal with Fire and Smoke Damage

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 When your home has had a fire whether large or small, you have a lot on your mind and a lot to deal with post-fire. Life after a fire is tough and getting your home cleaned up after is a huge challenge. If you want your life to get back to normal, you will need to focus on mitigating the fire damage and removing the odor and the damaged items.

Something that most people do not know is that there are a variety of different types of fire damage and subsequent smoke damage. They all must be treated differently and the damage from them must be addressed with the appropriate and fitting plan. Some of the main types of fire and smoke damage that can occur in your home are: dry or wet smoke, protein fire, fuel oil soot, fire extinguisher powder and water damage. Due to all of the different types of fire and smoke damage that can occur, it is important not to try to mitigate the damage yourself. You should look for a company that is experienced at dealing with fire damage, smoke damage and water damage and have them come in for a consultation.

They should take care to explore the areas of your home that have been directly affected by the fire as well as the immediate areas. They should carefully examine your flooring particularly if it is carpet because the ashes and soot may have become embedded in the carpet. They should also carefully check for water damage because they will need to be mitigated first to prevent mold from growing. It is critical that you take action immediately after the fire has been put out (i.e., the same day or next day if it happens at night) in order to get rid of the fire and smoke damage in your home.

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Black Mold- Health Risks

There are several kinds and types of mold that can be divided into several categories and sub-categories. Black mold, also known as Stachybotrys chartarum, is one of the most common species. It is not only toxic, but also causes several problems related to skin and the respiratory system. However, not all mold that is black by appearance is Stachybotrys chartarum. Here are some of the symptoms you may experience if your home has black mold.

Respiratory Problems

The respiratory system is usually one of the first things that will be effected due to breathing in the area of the black mold. The toxic fumes are breathed in and then enter the respiratory system, which immediately leads to difficulty breathing. Major symptoms may include breathlessness, wheezing, coughing, swelling of the lungs, sore throat, bleeding in the lungs, runny nose, itchy nose and nose bleeds.
These symptoms may vary based on the age, and the immune system of the person.

Circulatory Problems

The irritation doesn’t stop at the respiratory system, encountering black mold can also effect the circulatory system if it’s absorbed through breathing or the skin. The toxins in the black mold can find their way into the bloodstream and cause complications such as, heart damage, blood clotting and external or internal hemorrhaging.
If you or someone you know has been in direct contact with black mold, see a doctor if they have any of the following symptoms: irregular heartbeat, heart inflammation, low blood pressure, vomiting of blood, bone marrow disruption and bleeding tendency.
The severity of the symptoms may vary from one person to another, but immediate care should be taken in order to eradicate the chances of further damage to other organs. To ensure safety contact a doctor immediately following the presence of any of the above symptoms in order to minimize damage. The person having these symptoms should be moved to a mold free area, in order for them to be safe from any more damage or difficulties.

 

Skin Problems

One of the several ways through which mold makes it into the human body is by getting absorbed into the skin. Skin can be highly damaged due to mold. Areas that can get sweaty, like armpits or creases in the skin, have a higher tendency to be effected by black mold.
Symptoms may include, crawling of the skin, dermatitis and jaundice.

 

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

Health Issues With Mold

Mold is something that people live with on a daily basis.  It can be found in many different environments, and it is very pervasive.  The effects on mold can be different for many people as it can be a minor irritance to something more serious.  It is important to know your molds to see if there needs to be a rapid response and cleanup.

Dramatic fungal landscape on a rotting lemon. Penicillium species.

The first question to ask is, “What is mold?”  They are fungi, and there can be up to half a million different varieties.  They grow in warm, damp and humid conditions.  Molds can also grow where there is detrious materials that can feed mold growth.  Mold reproduction is done through creation of spores which can be carried on the wind or circulated air in a house.  Molds can be very hardy as they can survive dry periods and then grow once the conditions are optimal.

Some of the most common molds are Cladosporium, which is olive green, brown or black in color.  There is also Penicillium which can be used as an antibiotic, but also in the creation of cheeses.  Alternaria is a third kind of fungi which tends to be represented through allergies such as hayfever. Finally, Aspergillus is a mold that can contaminate starchy foods such as breads and potatoes.  While these are four examples, there are thousands of possible molds that can be present in your home.

We live with mold on a daily basis.  However, sometimes people can develop allergic reactions to their presence.  For sensitive people, symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing and forms of skin irritation can occur.  These can be simple, and they can be dealt with using antihistamines.  Sometimes there is a more serious reaction that can occur.  These severe reactions can be seen in hay fever and shortness of breath.  In extreme cases, mold infections can occur in the lungs.

This potential for serious infection presents the potential of indoor molds for being responsible for respiratory tract symptoms, cough, wheezing, but also asthma in sensitive people.  Sometimes molds can create pneumonia in people with extreme sensitivity.  The risks in children and the elderly can be very susceptible to these effects.

Mold is something that we live with on a daily basis, and it affects each of us differently.  If you find that you have a potential mold issue in your home, you would be well served to contact a certified mold repudiation service for a home assessment.  If mold issues are addressed, then you can begin to enjoy your home.

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15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

Removing and Preventing Carpet Mold

Moldy carpets are smelly and unsightly. Not only that but it’s extremely hard to completely remove mold from carpets. Removing moisture from carpeting is just the beginning of removing any mold that has grown on it. It has been found true that carpets with dirt in them are far more likely to have mold growth. The following are some tips and precautions for preventing and eliminating mold growth in your carpets.

Humidity and Temperature

One of the best things you can do to prevent mold growth in your carpets is to keep the humidity in your home low as well as the temperature. By doing this you are creating an environment that is unfavorable for mold growth. You can reduce your home’s humidity by installing a dehumidifier in the room that is affected. By keeping your thermostat low, you will also prevent the temperatures in your home from being too high and encouraging the growth of mold.

Clean Your Carpet

When you spill something on the carpet, clean it up. Doing this as well as vacuuming on a weekly basis will ensure that the carpets in the home remain clean. Clean carpets don’t grow mold as easily as carpets that have dirt and spills on them. By maintaining the cleanliness of your home you also prevent mold from growing in unnoticeable places.

Organic Isn’t the Answer

There is a lot of talk in the news about how much healthier organic products are for us. While this may be true of foods, it is certainly not true of carpeting. Organic carpet made out of materials such as wool, houses mold much easier than a synthetic carpet. This is because mold can actively break down organic compounds in things like wool and use them for food. In order to best protect your carpets from mold make sure they are made from synthetic materials.

Have you ever had mold in your home’s carpet? What did you do to get rid of it?

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15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411

Top Five Places for Mold in Your Home…..

Mold is an eukaryotic micro-organism that decomposes dead organic material, and it can find its way into your home.  Once it is there, it can be a real hazard to yours and your family’s health.  Clean-up can be easy depending on the location of the mold, but in order to be safe and complete, it is best to usually call in a certified restoration service that can take care of your mold issue.

Where are the prime spots for mold in my home?  Mold has a tendency to commonly grow in five areas in your home.  You can notice it by the growth which can be black, blue or green and gives off a mildew smell.  If you notice any of these signs, assess the situation and call restoration immediately.

Mold can grow just about anywhere, but here are the top five areas:

1. Basement

Mold likes to be in an area of the home that is cool, damp and can have available moisture.  Your basement fulfills all these requirements as condensation from a furnace/AC provides the necessary dampness, humidity and can be stagnant in terms of air flow.  If your foundation has cracks, water can seep in and further raise the potential for mold growth.  Standing water at anytime in the basement raises the potential for mold to grow.

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2. Bathrooms and Showers

Like the basement, bathrooms and showers are great locations for mold due to the presence of water and humidity.  Due to the uses of the bathroom, it is hard to lower humidity levels, which leads to mold growth and a persistent mildew smell.  Bathrooms are typically poorly ventilated so humidity will remain adding to the potential of mold.

3. Attics

The major issue with attics and mold stem from improper ventilation and issues with insulation.  What can occur is that as moisture rises in the home, it becomes trapped in the attic and this becomes the perfect breeding ground for mold.  Also, vents from the kitchen, bathroom, dryer and other home appliances continuously can force moist air into the attic with no way to release the moisture.

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4. HVAC systems

If you have a furnace or air conditioning in your home, then chances are you have an HVAC system.  These are great places for mold to begin in that they are intricate networks of ducts that are difficult to clean and can accumulate dead material like dust, hair which can feed mold growth.  If there is mold in your HVAC, you will notice a musty smell when your furnace and AC is in use.  HVAC systems can be tricky to clean, so if you suspect HVAC mold, don’t use the system and call an inspector to verify.

5. Kitchens

The kitchen offers a great place for mold to grow.  You should check your appliances regularly as mold will grow under the sink, but it will also grow behind the refrigerator, particularly if yours leaks water.  A great way to prevent any water leak is to make sure that your refrigerator is defrosted regularly.  Other places to hide can include dishwashers, areas where dishes air dry, and windows into the kitchen that may leak.

Mold is present in every home, but it can be managed.  If you keep these high risk areas clean and free of water and dead organic materials then you should be able to limit the ability of mold to grow in your home.

Mold Damage

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Fixing Water Damage

Water damage in a home can be a tough and stressful event to deal with.  It can come from many different points; burst pipes, rain, poor sealing.  When your home becomes flooded, it is necessary to act fast in order to minimize the impact that these events have on your home.

Find The Leak

When your home is flooded, the first thing you need to do is turn off the flow of water.  If it is a pipe that burst, then find the corresponding nozzle and shut off the water flow.  If the water is entering from a leak or hole, then this needs to be found as soon as possible and covered.  In many cases, cracks can be sealed with a rubber aerosol sealant, but this is a short-term solution that will need to be addressed and repaired.

If you find that the water is in an area of the home such as the basement or kitchen, you will want to insure that the water is not in danger of becoming electrified.  This is incredibly dangerous as water is an excellent conductor of electricity.  Find your breakers, and turn off power to the areas of the house affected.

Cleanup

Once this is completed, then you can begin the process of cleanup.  Start assembling the proper products needed.  You will want to have rubber gloves, boots, proper cleaning agents, garbage bags, bleach, several buckets, a dehumidifier and a shop vac that can tackle water.

It is very important to dress accordingly.  In some cases, water can become contaminated through exposure to sewer lines.  This water is called blackwater.  In the event of blackwater, it would be beneficial for you to have the rubber gloves and boots, but also a plastic suit that can be purchased at any hardware store.  Protect yourself at all costs.

When properly attired, then you can begin the cleanup process.  Use the shop vac to begin the removal of water.  Depending on the source of the flooding, the vacuum can be emptied in a toilet or sink.  However, if the flood is due to backed up sewer lines, then it is necessary to clear these lines first.  This will require the assistance of a company that can properly view and clear the pipes.  As you use the shop vac, run the dehumidifier to pull the excess moisture out of the air.  Again, the catch of the dehumidifier can be emptied in a toilet or sink.

Use Bleach

When the water is removed, you will want to begin the next step in cleanup.  Use bleach and your cleaning agents.  Be careful not to mix bleach and ammonia as these can create toxic fumes.  Make sure that you are thorough with your efforts.  If there are materials such as carpets, drywall or other items affected by the water, it may be necessary to throw these items away.  This would be necessary to limit the impact of mold after cleanup.

Once everything has been properly and thoroughly cleaned, make sure that all items used in cleanup are properly disposed of.  It maybe necessary to continue to run the dehumidifier, but once you no longer have water in the catch, then the area should be clear.

In the period of time after cleanup, make sure that you continue to monitor the area for a continued leak.  Also, you want to keep watch for mold.  If you see either of these, then it maybe beneficial to call a certified renovation and mold removal service for further assistance.

 

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

Dangers of Standing Water

Every single living thing needs water. However, when water is left to stand for long periods of time, it can get you into a lot of trouble. Standing water is one of the biggest threats to human life and most people are not even aware of what it does to their health. We are going to go through the main health problems that are generated from standing water and methods to eradicate this problem.

Health Problems Caused by Standing Water

There are several dangers when it comes to stagnant water. It is the favored breeding ground of mosquitoes, dragon flies and flies in general. Standing water is a nest that mosquitoes breed and grow within. Stagnant water is normally undisturbed by people for a long enough amount of time for disease causing mosquitoes to grow in.
Bacteria and viruses from all surrounding areas are attracted towards stagnant water like a magnet and it is there that they make contact with breeding insects. Eventually they will be carried around by the mosquitoes and flies that have been hatched in the stagnant water. If you think you’re safe from standing water in the street by staying inside your home, you’re wrong. Stagnant water serves as a nest to the mosquitoes, which means that once they grow up they start spreading disease in adjacent areas.
If the insects and disease don’t bother you, realize that standing water offers additional risks. It also is one of the main causes of the growth of mold inside the home. Mold presents a separate, but even deadlier threat to your health.
How to Minimize the Risk?

There are three things you need to carefully do upon the discovery of stagnant water:
1. Cover the stagnant water with sand, so that bacteria and the viruses are unable to grow and breed in it.

2. Make sure everything inside your home is properly covered and that there is no water left standing in your kitchen sink or bathrooms, this will help keep the mold from growing and ensure your safety.

3. Contact water damage professionals to assess the situation and take any additional steps that are necessary to completely sanitize the area.

 

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