Damage From Leaking Toilets

 
Leaky toilets can cause water damage to your home. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only problem that they can cause for you and your housemates. Repairing water damage from a toilet can get really pricey especially if it is left unchecked for a long period of time. More importantly, if a leaky toilet is left damaged for an extended time it can allow for the proper conditions for mold to grow in your home.

What to Do When a Toilet Overflows

When dealing with a damaged toilet, something that will often happen is that it will overflow and allow water to begin to soak into surfaces in your home such as flooring and drywall. Once this water soaks in it will quickly begin developing the conditions for mold growth. By taking the back off of the toilet and ensure that the plug in the back is all the way over the hole allowing the water into the toilet bowl. You may need to adjust the float in the back so that the water level is lower and doesn’t allow overflows to happen as easily.
When the toilet begins to overflow it is important to turn the lever off that connects the pipe from the wall to the toilet. This will stop all water from entering the toilet so that it cannot continue to overflow all over your bathroom. Do not flush the toilet again until you have unclogged it or repaired the issue that is causing it to overflow.

Using Insurance for Water Damage

If the damage from the toilet happens suddenly to your home instead of over a long period of time, there is a good chance that your homeowner’s insurance will cover the cost of repairs. Mold damage may also be covered as well. It is important to act quickly because of the fact that insurance companies may not be able to help you with costs if you wait too long to contact them.

Toilet Water Can Be Dangerous

People should know that toilet water can be extremely damaging to their health. Do not touch the water without proper protective clothing on and make sure to completely wash yourself with soap and warm water to kill any bacteria that you may have come into contact with. These particles are what allow mold to quickly begin forming in any areas where this contaminated water has been allowed to sit or soak in.

When to Call Professionals

If the damage from your leaking toilet gets really out of hand or requires repairs that you are unable to easily perform yourself, then it is time to call a professional. Companies like Water Damage Zone are certified in properly repairing water damage and expertly removing mold from your home. Don’t wait for the mold to spread and the water damage to get even worse. Call a professional to assist you the minute the situation gets out of hand.

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Corporate Office
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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Can I Test for Mold Myself?

Many people ask themselves this question when the first begin to wonder if their home has mold or not. The answer is, yes, you can test for mold in your home on your own with a testing kit. These kits are somewhat effective in diagnosing a mold situation in your home by yourself. If you’re wondering where you can find one, just look to your local home improvement store or online. Just be aware that these kits will not test for every kind of mold that exists.

What are Popular Brands?

First Alert

First Alert has inexpensive kits that can test 9 different areas in your home and can tell you if there is mold or not. If you want to know specifics like type of mold, you will need to send in samples to a lab so that they can analyze them. This would be an additional charge and is not always reliable. Many people who buy these kits claim that it takes a long time to receive results and that it’s not worth the money.

IAQ

IAQ is another brand that has a low price kit that tests for 32 different types of mold including black mold. You will receive your results quickly and in your own home. It will only test one area for mold so if you need to test multiple, you will need to buy more kits. This can be pricey and often doesn’t make sense if you’re going to have to pay to remove the mold as well.

Mold Armor

One of the best low cost kits that you can get, Mold Armor, is capable of determining whether mold is present or not. For specific results you will have to send a sample to the lab in order to determine the type of mold. As usual, this service comes at an extra charge. This kit is a little bit better than the other two but still has some of the same problems of taking too long and requiring more money if you need to test other areas.

Just Get a Professional

Most consumers aren’t pleased with the level of quality of DIY Mold Test Kits that they have bought to use on their homes. It is much more practical to hire a local mold remediation company to come and test your home. The results will be precise, quick and scientific. Professionals know exactly where to test for mold and how to test to get the best result. These results also won’t take long to get back to you. Companies like Water Damage Zone are certified in mold remediation and not only can test your home for mold but provide a way to quickly remove the troublesome mold from your home for good.

 

 

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

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.

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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.

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

Repairing Ceiling Water Damage

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When your ceiling sustains water damage, it is important for your health and home to fix the problem immediately. If the water damage remains for too long it will lead to mold and the structure of your home will become weaker. Knowing how to address this problem with save you time and money in the future.

Stop the Leak

The source of the leak needs to be stopped before you can begin any work repairing the home. If the leak isn’t repaired, then any water that enters will undo any repair work you may have made.

Dry the Ceiling

After you have sealed the leak, you can begin to dry off the ceiling with towels and a shop vac. It is important that you clean the ceiling from above and below it. This means the flooring/roofing above where the ceiling is located. If there is a bulge in the ceiling this means that there could be water sitting inside the ceiling. In this case use a bucket and knife to puncture the bulge into the bucket. Allow the area to completely dry.

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Remove Damaged Ceiling

Pieces of ceiling may be hanging off or bulging out. This needs to be scraped away and smoothed before repairs can be performed. Any flakes or chips should be scraped off as well. The ceiling should be as flat and smooth as possible.

Sand the Ceiling

Now you are going to need to sand the ceiling so that it can be smoothed even more. Small holes can be filled in with joint compound. For bigger holes, you will need to use drywall and plaster to repair them. After these repairs have dried you will need to sand them down so that they are level with the rest of the ceiling.

Paint

Now that you are done with the repairs and everything has dried, you are ready to paint. First apply a coat of primer to the ceiling. After this you will need to let the primer dry and then apply a coat of paint. The best way to do this is to completely paint your whole ceiling so that the color matches and there aren’t any spots.

 

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Corporate Office
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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Removing Water Stains from Wood Furniture

 

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When water spill on your wood furniture you may find yourself infuriated at returning the wood to its original color. First you should try to figure out how deep the wood is damaged. The color will tell you about the depth of the stain on your furniture.

Colors of Water Stains

White- a stain made by liquid or steam is usually white or lighter colored. This stain has just penetrated the polished surface of the wood. Just rub this stain with some oil and polish it away.

Darker colors- these stains have penetrated into the deeper layers of the wood and require the help of a professional to repair.

Fixing Light Stains

If you have lighter stains on your wood furniture you can fix them by using various methods. If oil alone doesn’t fix the stain you can also employ the help of baking soda and toothpaste. Mix these together at a 1:1 ratio and rub with a wet cloth on the stain in a circular motion. Do this until the stain has completely disappeared.

Using Solvent

Be careful when using a solvent to remove a stain. First, get an old fabric like a towel and dip it into a solvent while wearing gloves. Squeeze all of the solvent from the towel and rub it on the underside of your wood furniture to test a small area. You want to make sure that it doesn’t discolor your wood. If it works, then you can rub this on the wood until the mark disappears.

Recovering Finish

After removing any water stains, your wood’s finish may have been damaged. In order to restore it you will need to purchase a paste wax for wood and then use a clean towel to apply it to the furniture. Follow the directions on the wax and allow it to sit on your furniture and dry before polishing it off.

 

 

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Corporate Office
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Van Nuys, CA 91411

6 Signs It’s Time to Repair Your Home

It’s easy to let things go in your home over time. Allowing them to gradually deteriorate and lose their functionality. The important key here is that these problems can cost thousands of dollars in repairs. These include rebuilding parts of the home that have become so damaged that there is no other option.

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1. Roof Damage

Your roof is the first place that water will enter your home if it is damaged. By regularly checking your roof, you can ensure that no leaks are forming and that your roof remains strong. Look for cracks or missing shingles, both of these signs will indicate that your roof is in need of some serious repairs.

2. Mold in Your Home

Check your home for moisture and monitor the level of humidity in all of the rooms. If it is too high in a certain room, purchase a dehumidifier to lower the level. Mold begins to form in areas where moisture has been allowed to build up for extended periods of time. The faster you get rid of mold, the less of a threat it poses to your health and home.

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Make sure that all of your gutters are properly connected and draining properly. You may have to unclog some of your gutters and drains to ensure that the whole system is working effectively to remove water from your home. Always ensure that you are using an appropriate ladder and safety equipment when performing repairs on your gutters.

4. Pest Infestation

Rotting wood and soil will attract pests such as ants and termites, who feed on these materials and use it to build their homes. These can be prevented by keeping landscaping away from the home’s foundation. That way pests can’t find their way inside the home. Once the structure of the home has been breached by pests the best thing a homeowner can do is call a pest control company to eliminate the bugs before they cause serious damage.

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5. Siding is Rotting or Deformed

When you notice that your siding is beginning to fall off, or that it has cracks, it is time to consider replacing the siding on your home. Siding is pretty cheap and easy to replace so you should take care of this problem right away before it becomes any more expensive. If your siding is damaged, you may also notice that your heating or cooling bill is much higher than usual. This is typical and should return to normal after you resolve this issue.

6. Cracks in Your Foundation

Walk around the home with a number 2 pencil and look at the foundation. Find all of the cracks and stick the pencil in starting with the lead tip. If the pencil goes all the way in, up to the yellow paint, then it is a sign that you need to call professionals to repair your foundation. Keep in mind that companies like Water Damage Zone are open 24/7 and able to assist you with problems such as these at any time. Don’t wait to fix issues like this until the last minute!

 

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Corporate Office
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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Gutter Clogs Can Cause Catastrophic Damage to Homes

 

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Cleaning out your gutters is something that you may take for granted and hopefully you do it at least once a year. Many homeowners fail to realize that a clog in a gutter can cause a lot more damage than just that to your home. It is important to note when one of your drains seems to be emptying improperly and take steps to repair it before the damage becomes greater.

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Foundational Damage

Clogged gutters can cause the water to pour right over the sides of the gutters and to collect around the foundation of your home. This will inevitably lead to cracks in the foundation as well as its general deterioration. Even without direct damage to the foundation, this water can cause mold to grow which will cause more damage to the home over time.

Damage to Landscaping

The landscaping of your home may look nice but it should also serve to functionally route water away from your home and towards shrubbery and trees. These features can become damaged over time from improperly draining gutters. Water can create new pathways in landscaping, directing itself towards structures that will become water damaged over time.

Wood Rot

The boards that often hold gutters in place are themselves made of wood. When they clog up and fill with water, they overflow and begin to rot. These gutters will cause water to flow out of the sides and down the side of the home. If the home has any wood on it at all, this will begin to rot as well. That is why it is extremely important to ensure that all of your gutters are functioning properly 100% of the time.

 

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