Preventing Summer Mold While Away From Home

 

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During the summer, some of us are lucky enough to take extended trips and get out of town for a couple of weeks.  While this gives us time to recharge and create new memories, there is the presence of mold in your home that continues to be an issue that needs to be monitored and controlled.

While your home may sit vacant, the mold present in the home will continue to grow as long as conditions are present that facilitate the growth.  Take steps prior to your leaving to ensure that mold doesn’t get an adequate foothold in the home while you are away.

The first thing to consider when preventing summer mold is that mold growth in these months is dependent on the relative humidity indoors.  Remember that mold grows by having enough moisture present to feed the spore growth.  The key is to remove the moisture present to deprive the mold of an essential building block.

Use of a programmable thermostat is critical to the success of the mold prevention.  You want to run your air conditioner at roughly 72 degrees for several hours in the morning before sunrise.  The remainder of the time, the thermostat should be set for 88 degrees in order to remove any moisture in the air, creating a dry heat in the home.  This takes moisture from the air during periods of the day when the relative humidity is at its highest, but this also gets other appliances, such as the AC unit to run more effectively.

Another set of appliances to consider is a portable dehumidifier.  These units help to take the moisture out of the air, but you need to exercise extreme caution when using these systems.  If you are going to be out of your home for extended periods, it would be wise to hire someone to empty the moisture catches in the dehumidifier as these run the risk of filling too quickly due to the amount of water in the catches.  You do not want the dehumidifier to overflow from not being emptied.  This exchanges one issue for another.  If you can’t have someone empty the catch for you, try to have the drain tube of the dehumidifier empty into a nearby drain.

During the summer months, it is always good to get out of town for extended periods.  It is a great way to create long-lasting memories with your family.  Protect your home with some simple prep, and you will come home to a clean home from your time away.

 

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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.

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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15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

Mold in Gyms

Macro mold colonies

When you are working out, it is in an attempt to re-shape your body.  In this process, it is natural to break a sweat as the body begins the change that routine exercise can provide. However, there is something that also wants you to exert sweat because your sweat is as good for it as the exercise is for you.  That something is mold, and the gym, whether it is the local gym or the one in your home is a perfect breeding ground for mold.

Let’s begin by stating that mold and mold spores are everywhere.  They travel on air currents looking for a suitable place to land and begin to grow.  In most cases, molds prefer areas with access to moisture, humidity and consistently warm temperatures for optimum growth. The gym is the perfect environment for mold, because all of the conditions that mold seek are present there.  The temperatures are constantly in a warmer range promoting mold growth.  There is moisture in the air from the heating and cooling systems, but also from the sweat being exerted in addition to the basic moisture in the exhaling of people working out.  This moisture can create a base humidity that mold can thrive in.

Where would mold grow in a gym?  First off, it can grow anywhere.  With people working out, it can grow on the machines that are being used, particularly if these are not being wiped down or disinfected regularly.  There is a possibility that you could be using a machine that has mold growing on and in it. Also, the showers and sauna rooms of gyms can be prime breeding grounds for mold.  With the constant moisture that is in and splashed outside of the areas, mold can take hold anywhere.  These areas should be consistently and regularly disinfected along mold cleaning standards to limit the growth of mildew and mold. Since many gyms are large open structures similar to warehouses, sometimes leaks can occur in the plumbing and in areas that are not regularly examined.  Building checks should be conducted on a regular basis to prevent the development and growth of mold.

Will the mold make you sick?  There is potential for that, but it depends on the mold.  In many cases, mold can trigger respiratory ailments such as wheezing, shortness of breath and asthma.  While not always fatal, the presence of mold can severely limit your ability to achieve fitness, particularly if you are looking to improve your cardio.  In other cases, molds can trigger severe reactions that will require medical assistance and hospitalization, but these are usually dependent on extreme cases and issues with the respiratory system.Mold is present in every aspect of our lives, and in most cases we have learned to live with it.  In the gym, mold has the potential to grow rapidly.  Make sure that if you use the gym to wipe the machines down after you use them and wear slippers into and out of the shower/sauna rooms to limit the affect of mold on your body.

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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Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

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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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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Certified Water Damage Repair

Dealing with water damage in your home can be a very frustrating and expensive event.  It is one where you have to take great care in order to have the job done right the first time so you limit the amount of damage that occurs.  To do the best job possible, it is important to hire a water damage specialist that has been fully certified.  This certified company will allow you to focus on the other important points of recovering from water damage without have to stress over the quality of the work to be done.

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Why is it important to hire a certified water damage specialist?  Water damage is never straight forward.  Water can enter the home and create areas of moisture that can hide for periods and create long-term damage.  The longer that moisture is present in your home, the longer your home will suffer the effects of deterioration from water damage.  These areas of moisture will cause odors, warping, cracking, peeling in the structure of the home.  In many cases, these areas of moisture can only be found using detection meters, but by this time you would be looking at costly and time-consuming repairs.

Certified water damage specialists go beyond the removal of water.  With experience in handling water cleanups, these specialists can further prevent the moisture that is so dangerous to the conditions in the home.  In many cases, these water damage specialists can return the home to the conditions before the water damage occurred.  In order to make sure that your specialist is certified, look to see if they are a part of Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.  You need to see if their issues were made common knowledge.

Certified water damage specialists can protect the home against the growth of mold.  With the their experience and tools, water damage specialists can find areas of mold and sanitize these areas before any negative health effects affect you or your family.  Remember that if you allow water to remain in your home, then mold will grow.  By hiring a water damage specialist you can limit the impact of mold.

Certified water damage specialists understand that when you need help, you need it as soon as you can arrive.  Immediate work on clearing up water damage is key to saving the home and limit high costs in remediation and remodeling.  The longer you wait to have the water damage cleaned up, the higher your bill will be.  If you contact a certified water damage specialist, you can expect that your request will be handled quickly and professionally.

Recover your home from the effects of water damage.  If you experience water damage, hire a certified water damage specialist, and let them help restore your home to its status before the damage occurred.

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

 

Mold can be a real issue in a home.

Mold can be a real issue in a home.   It can show up anywhere in the home from the basement to the attic.  Mold is a product of extended exposure to water in people’s homes.  If you have standing water or even a leaky pipe, then you have the risk of having a mold issue.  It’s incredibly common, and most houses may have an issue of some sort or another.

What is a mold growth?  In nature, mold is very common.  It helps to break down dead organic matter.  Indoors, however, it can be a real issue if it begins to grow with moisture as symptoms from common allergens, irritants and sometimes toxic substances called mycotoxins.  Symptoms can range from common sneezing, runny nose, and skin rashes , but mold can also cause asthma.

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Removing Mold

It is incredibly important to clean mold in the best way possible.  Even after the best cleanup, there will be some mold still present, but it is possible to mitigate the effects of mold.  The key to any mold mitigation is to identify the cause of the moisture and fix it.  This could be anything from leaky pipes to issues with your roof.  If the cause is not addressed, then you run the risk of seeing the mold reappear.

If you have a mold issue that is over 10 sq. ft., then you need to have a contractor that you can trust to the do the job correctly and according to the various EPA standards of building maintenance and HVAC compliance.  A good contractor will be able to assess the cause of the mold, fix the cause and get your house back to being mold free.

When the cleanup is complete then your house should be clear of all visible mold and the underlying mold smell will both be gone.  Go back over the sites of mold growth in order to see any signs of water damage or mold growth.  Once everything passes an inspection then you should be free to occupy the dwelling as before.

That isn't a sweater, that's actually #moldbuildup inside a wall cavity.

That isn’t a sweater, that’s actually #moldbuildup inside a wall cavity.

 

Mold Prevention

Mold growth can be easily contained from spreading in the future once a cleanup has occurred.  You want to make sure that any spill is dried within 48 hours of the spill.  Clean gutters on a regular basis.  Landscape your lawn so water drains away from the foundation of the house.  Regularly check your air conditioner for running properly, and keep your indoor humidity low by venting appliances outdoors, running de-humidifiers when necessary, using the bathroom fan when showering, and raising air temperature to reduce condensation.

Mold can be an intimidating home issue, but if you are vigilant with the condition of your home and appliances, then you can reduce the impact of mold on your life allowing you and your family to live much better.

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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

 

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