A New Roof

One of the most important features of your home that you might not think about until you notice a leak is your roof.  Maintaining a good condition in your roof can make it a solid part of the house, before it becomes an expense that many of us don’t want to consider.  You want to take care of it in order to make sure that it can take care of you and your family.

You Have Options

As a homeowner, you have two main options for renovating your roof; you can hire a certified contractor or you can try it yourself.  While most people appreciate the self-reliance of being able to roof their own homes, there are some solid benefits to having a certified contractor do it for you.

You should always choose a certified roofing contractor that has experience with removing and installing roofs.  This experience will ensure that your house is protected correctly the first time.   You should not have to worry about your roof once the job has been completed.

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 The Benefits

One benefit is that these are professionals who know how to create a safe work environment for themselves in the process from stripping old shingles to setting the final pieces into place.  With their skill, the process of roofing becomes simple, and it eliminates the risk of you injuring yourself or a loved one for your roof.  No roof is worth this potential loss.

Another benefit of having a certified contractor complete this project is that you have the option of a warranty and a maintenance plan for the upkeep of the roof for as long as you own it.  This is a great advantage as if you ever have trouble with the roof or materials, then warranty and maintenance would replace these for you.

Finally, the final benefit is time.  With experience, a good roofing crew can finish the work in a couple of days rather than when you might be able to after work which can lead to effects from weather as your unfinished roof is vulnerable to the elements.   Further degradation of the home will be avoided.

  Conclusion

The roof is one of the most important pieces of your home.  A well constructed and maintained roof will keep you dry in the summer and warm during the winter.  It can add value to your home and provide a stability for your investment under it.

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How to Prepare for Winter

After spring and summer have begun to fade away and the beautiful shades of the autumn leaves are beginning to make their appearance, a dangerous turn is lurking just around the corner. Even though winter is filled with fun things like Christmas and building snowmen, it can also bring about a dangerous factor as well.

The low temperatures that typically come along with winter can easily damage things around the home and it is important that we all prepare for the dangerous days ahead. By planning ahead, you will know that you will not be caught off guard when inclement weather begins to appear.

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Outside your home

There are many things that you should do on the outside of your home to protect it from the effects of winter. You should first bring all your garden hoses and sprinklers inside your garage or shed so that you can store them safely. Covering your spigots with a Styrofoam cover is also an important step. You can also wrap them in newspaper and use electric tape to help ward off frozen and damaged spigots.

If there are any exposed pipes, you will need to wrap them with some sort of protective layer; cloth, paper or foam wrap; in order to prevent the pipes from freezing. Your trees should also receive a protective layer around the base of them as well. Mulch is perfect to help them retain their heat.

In the case that ice is a possibility, make sure that you have purchased cat litter, sand and bagged salt so that you can pour it on walkways, stairs and driveways that may become iced-over during a storm. This will help prevent falls and will give your vehicle traction in the case of an ice storm.

 

Inside your Home

In order to prepare for the winter, you should purchase additional flashlights, batteries and radios so that you will be prepared if the electric were to fail. These items should be easily accessible and you should be able to find them in the dark.

You should also stock up on items that are nonperishable in case you are snowed in and unable to reach the grocery store for more supplies. Make sure that you also have a working manual can opener on hand as well.

Finally, you should check all the weather stripping around your windows and doors and test your furnace. It is also best to have a back-up source of heat so that you will be able to stay warm if the power does fail. For those with a wood burning stove, stocking up on chopped wood is also an important step.

 

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Conclusion

There are many things that you can do in order to prepare for the winter months before they happen. By preparing ahead, you will have a better chance of staying safe throughout the winter and remaining comfortable if a winter storm does cause damage to your area. You will then be able to relax and stay warm while the damage is repaired.

 

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  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
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Corporate Office
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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Recent Water Damage Leads to Mold

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When our homes become filled with water, whether through flooding or broken pipes, it becomes a breeding ground for mold. Besides causing mold to grow in your carpets and walls, it can also begin to grow in your belongings as well. Acting swiftly and drying out your home can save you and your possessions from mold infestation.

First Things First

Disconnect the power to the home and unplug any electronics that you can access without going into the water yourself. If you’re scared to do this, the best option is to leave the premises and call a mold remediation company to inspect the property for you. They have the proper training and equipment to ensure that injury does not occur.

Drain the Water

You need to eliminate the water from your home as quickly as possible. Using buckets and mops can work but is not nearly as effective as the equipment that a local water damage company will have. Be careful if you decide to use a wet/dry vacuum because the electrical cords can become dangerous if they come into contact with the water.

Completely Dry the Area

After all the water has been mopped up, fans and a dehumidifier must be used in order to completely dry out the area. Open up windows if it’s no longer humid and damp outside so that the moisture can leave the home. Baseboards will likely have to be removed as well as any drywall that has crumbled or buckled. After the area is completely dry it will need to be disinfected using a heavy-duty disinfectant that you can purchase at a local hardware store. After disinfecting, you can purchase a chemical called Concrobium that can be sprayed over the area to prevent mold from growing.

Call Us!

Remember that the easiest and best way to eliminate mold and water damage from your home is by calling professionals who deal with it on a daily basis. Water Damage Zone has the training and expertise to deal with all of you mold remediation needs. We are available 24/7 and offer free inspections. Don’t hesitate to call now.

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  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
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Van Nuys, CA 91411

How Heaters can cause Mold In Winter

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Winter is a time where it is cold and dry outside for most people. What many don’t realize is that heaters inside of homes provide the optimal conditions for mold growth during the winter season. Mold needs a source of water and a source of food, organic materials, in order to live. Mold likes to grow on any surface where water may sit for a long period of time. Homes get mold because of leaks, floods, clogged pipes, bad air circulation, and high humidity.

Prevention of Mold

Heaters in the home can be managed so that they don’t create situations where mold gets out of control. Making sure that these systems are operating correctly ensures that these scenarios don’t occur in your home. If you see water accumulating on your walls, then you should look into getting a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier will ensure that your home stays dry in areas where mold loves to grow.

Ensuring Proper Air Circulation

By opening up windows during the day and turning fans on around the house, you can make sure that all of the home receives fresh air. This will prevent mold spores from building up in certain locations and beginning to grow. Make sure that the air is dry though, rainy weather can add moisture to the air that will make it more humid.

Keep Track of Your Home’s Humidity

You can easily keep track of the humidity inside of your home by buying a moisture meter at a local hardware store. The EPA recommends that you keep the humidity in your home between 30% and 60%. You will be able to determine the likeliness of mold growth in a room by measuring the humidity. If it is above 60%, the chances of mold growing go up significantly. Also look for the accumulation of moisture in areas that have pipes or windows.

 

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  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
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Van Nuys, CA 91411

How to Prevent Mudslide Damage

 

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Mudslides occur frequently in Southern California because vegetation in the region often gets destroyed by brush fires. Without the vegetation, the areas become prone to flash flooding that carries down soil, rocks, trees and brush. Once these things gain momentum they can easily cause damage to your home.

Direct Debris Away from Your Home

By using sandbags and lumber you can create a wall to direct the flow of debris in the case of a mudslide. This is an important step to take because without anything directing the flow of water, your home will easily become flooded. If you can control the flow of water, a mudslide will likely follow the same path and be diverted away from your home.

Board Your Windows

If you know that flash flooding or mudslides are possible, board up your windows that are at ground level. Debris will quickly enter the structure through the windows of the home. By boarding up the windows you will be adding extra support to them and prevent debris from getting into the home.

Protect Your Home

Protecting your home is the most important thing to do in the event of a mudslide. Other parts of your property such as pools, gardens, sheds, and other areas may require too much effort to save. By sticking to a plan that will protect your home, you will save yourself valuable time and energy in the event of a mudslide. You have to accept the reality that if a mudslide occurs, your property will endure some damage. The most important thing to protect is your own home.

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Contact Professionals

If a mudslide causes damage to your home don’t hesitate to call professionals like Water Damage Zone to inspect your property. We will assess the damage to your home and come up with a restoration plan to restore it to its former condition. We have specialists that are trained in dealing with the damage from flash floods and mudslides. If these conditions are not dealt with effectively and immediately they will most likely lead to more damage in your property over time. Trust the experts when it comes to the restoration of your home.

What are some precautions that you take against mudslides? Let us know in the comments.

 

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We specialize in the following services:

  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
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Van Nuys, CA 91411

How to Fix Moldy Caulk

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The bathroom is easily one of the most humid rooms in the home, with steam lingering long after hot showers. The accumulation of moisture is one of the easiest ways for mold to start growing and one of the first places it likes to grow is caulking. Eliminating mold at first sight is the best way to prevent it from spreading and damaging your home. We will go over how to properly clean mold and also how to replace caulking in more serious cases.

Properly Cleaning Mold Off Caulk

1. Find a bathroom cleaner that is effective against mold and pour some in a bucket with hot water.

2. Using a soft cloth, rub the mold off of the caulk with this solution.

3. Clean the caulk with fresh water from the sink.

4. Pour or spray undiluted bleach onto the caulk and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. This will allow it to remove any extra mold spores and also help by lightening the caulk itself.

5. Brush the caulking with a soft bristled brush by making circular motions.

6. Rinse the caulk again with fresh water.

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Replacing Damaged or Old Caulking

Over time caulk will take damage from mold and it will age. Eventually, the caulking will need to be replaced and if you’re facing a situation with a lot of mold its absolutely necessary. In order to get rid of large mold infestations in shower areas, it needs to be removed at the root. By replacing the caulking you will ensure that mold doesn’t return to your shower after it has been cleaned.

1. Use a utility knife to cut the top edge of the caulk and then cut the bottom edge. After this you should be able to pull the caulking off.

2. Cut any remaining caulk out.

3. Clean where the caulk was removed with isopropyl alcohol. This helps get rid of remaining caulk and any mold spores still in the area.

4. Make sure that the area is allowed to dry completely.

5. Read and carefully follow the caulk instructions on your specific product to prepare it for application.

6. Apply a small line of caulk to any area it was cut from.

7. Wet your index finger and push the caulking into the cracks.

8. Wait the amount of time that is stated on the packaging for the caulk to dry before using the area 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.

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

Protect your Documents from Water Damage

Living in a world that is more dependent on a paper trail for our lives and verification more than ever before, it is essential that people understand how to best protect their documents from water damage.  People need to be assured that if they are faced with an issue such as flooding or other forms of water damage that their documents will be safe for review by insurance agents to get their lives back on track.

 

One of the easiest things that people can do is seal their documents through lamination.  A reliable laminator can be purchased at any office supply store for a reasonable price.  Why is laminating a solid option?  Laminating protects by completely encasing your document in a plastic sleeve.  If the seal is solid, then there is almost a zero chance that when faced with water damage that your document will be affected.

 

A second option is the use of waterproof sprays.  While these are not as good as a laminated copy, these sprays can provide a level of security that will protect your papers and documents.  Spraying is best done in layers with the optimum being three to four layers.  Spray once, allow to dry completely, and then spray on the next layer.  This application process will give you a better form of protection.

 

A third option is a product similar to Aquaseal.  These product the paper with a clear coating, and the benefit to these products is that the papers can be folded, unfolded in order to use the material.  This is a tremendous advantage over lamination, yet aquasealants need the material to be a laser or professionally printed material for best results.  If you use your home printer, which will probably be an inkjet, then the ink will run and smear ruining the document.

Another suggestion would be to use waterproof paper, which can be used with inkjet and laserjet printing.  Waterproof paper can also be used for handwritten documents, so it has a wide variety of uses.  These are great for camping or any excursion out into nature.

 

Documents are very important to our well-being.  It is necessary to seal and protect everything from insurance papers, driver’s licenses, medical cards, etc. should be protected for the eventuality when they are needed most.  Don’t wait until the incident has come, but be proactive and protect your documents today.

 

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