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.

 

 

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

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!

 

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

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.

 

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

Is It Possible to Have a Mold-Free Bathroom?

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Homeowners are aware of the complications of mold in a bathroom. Many don’t know that there are things that can be done to prevent mold from developing. Certain choices in building materials and mold resistant products can help to prevent these issues from occurring in the first place.

Moisture-Resistant Drywall

By purchasing drywall that works to keep moisture out, you will prevent the environment from achieving the proper amount of water for mold to grow. By using this drywall in your bathroom you can ensure that mold will not be allowed to grow on the walls. Drywall takes up a lot of space so it is important that it does not allow mold to grow.

Mold-Free Tile Backer

By choosing a tile backer that prevents mold it will decrease the chances of a mold infestation ever occurring. This will help to prevent your tiles from absorbing too much moisture and becoming contaminated with mold. By choosing a mold-resistant tile backer you save yourself the worry of mold developing behind your tile.

Mold-Resistant Joint Tape

Before applying the joint compound to the tiles in the bathroom it is important to use a mold resistant joint tape. These tapes are easy to identify because they are usually green in color. It’s easy to use and works to actively prevent mold growth. By using this in addition to other products that prevent mold you will be ensuring that it is never able to gain traction in your home.

 

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

Bleach Doesn’t Work on Mold

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Many labels state that bleach is only effective on hard, non-porous surfaces. This is because it doesn’t soak into porous surfaces and leaves the root of the mold intact. This allows the mold to regrow again and again. The roots are how mold is able to regrow and stay alive for long periods of time.

Bleach Only Removes Mold Stains

Bleach may appear to work on mold because it completely removes all of the discoloration from the surface it’s on. However, the mold is still present in the roots and will continue growing deeper inside of porous material. Bleach also becomes less and less effective on mold over time. This means that the more you use bleach on the same spot, the less mold it will remove.

Find Mold Cleaner

Buy a special detergent that is designed to kill mold at the roots and spray this on the affected areas. Allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes so it can completely remove all of the mold from the area. After the area has been cleaned of mold, you can buy products to apply on top of the area to protect it from growing mold again. Research your products and see what others are saying about them. If you can identify the specific types of mold that you are dealing with you can find specific products that work better to remove those kinds of mold.

Forget the Bleach

Unless you’re using it to whiten counter tops or clothing, bleach is often not the best cleaning option. It is better to use other cleaners and only use bleach for the things that it works best at, whitening and stain removal. By researching homeopathic cleaning solutions, you can also work to make your home more Eco-friendly by using less chemicals.

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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

Pack Outs and Why We Do Them

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When disasters happen to your home or business it can be hard to fix the damage. In order to prevent any more damage to the objects in the home, they should be carefully removed and stored at an off-location site. The process of moving these belongings out of the home is known as a pack out.

Damage to Your Home and Belongings

Many different types of disasters cause damage to our homes and belongings when they strike. Whether it’s a fire, flood, hurricane, or other natural disaster, chances are that if your home was hit, so were some of your personal belongings. When disaster strikes your damaged belongings need to be repaired as well as your home. We take all these items to another location where we can assess and restore them.

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Our company has a commitment to restore your home to the best quality possible. This means that we go through all of your damaged items and work to restore them to their original quality. Many other services are needed that we provide such as water extraction and drying, mold remediation, smoke damage removal, and more. Trusting professionals such as Water Damage Zone will ensure that your property is treated with the utmost care and responsibility when it is being restored.

Personal Belongings We Pack Out

During a pack out we will take all affected personal belongings and put them in a safe, off-site location where they can be restored. We are experienced at dealing with all types of personal belongings including:

Electronics
Jewelry
Furniture
Artwork
Clothing
Curtains
Children’s Toys
Linens

 

 

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