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Blocked Drains Cause Flooding

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Your blocked drains outside of your home are one of the main reasons that you find your property flooding with water when a storm hits. These drains connect to a system of pipes that connect to the sewer system of all the homes around yours. All the water from your home is going into this sewer line. If your drains become backed up, these pipes are already full of water and it can do little to prevent flooding in and around your home.

Outside Drains are Where Flooding Starts

Leaves, dirt, bugs, and other debris clog your outside drains and cause them to become unable to do their job and carry water away from your home. Once they’ve had too much, they either break or begin overflowing. The water easily finds its way into your home and wreaks havoc on your personal belongings.

Clearing the Drain by Hand

The drain can usually be cleared by hand. All you must do is first clean any debris off the outside of the grate on the drain. Then, pull the grate off the drain and use a small tool such as a small shovel to get out all the debris from the inside. You can use your hand to get any small pieces that the shovel can’t get out. By doing these simple steps you can prevent your drain from overflowing in a storm.

Hydro-Jet

If the clog is farther down in your drain, a hydro-jet can be used to clear out debris in the pipe as well as any sediment. The way it works is by forcing a high-powered stream of water into the pipe to unclog anything that you are unable to get with your hands. Hydro-jets are powerful though and should always be used with caution because they can cause injury.

Prevent Clogging

Keep the outside of your drains clean always to prevent them from becoming clogged. Remember that if a drain is too clogged to fix on your own, you need to call professionals. It is only a matter of time until the drain overflows and begins to flood your home. By taking simple daily steps such as cleaning the outside of your drains, you can prevent yourself from having to deal with a severe flooding problem inside of 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

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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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

Indoor Air Contaminated by Floodwater

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If your home floods the first thing you’re going to be doing is getting all the water out of your home. The thing that you may not think about is how polluted the air is inside of the house. If contaminated materials aren’t removed from the area, then moisture will continue to cause problems.

Standing Water

If water is left alone for any period it can begin to breed bacteria and mold. These pollutants don’t stay confined to the water either. Once they have started to grow in the water they will be released into the air around the water. This can leave individuals with symptoms anywhere from allergic reactions to infectious diseases.

Health Concerns

Microorganisms in the water can become released into the air and cause illness. Also, high humidity and moisture will allow mold to begin to grow and spread. Dust mites may appear in the home as well. The air in the home should be cleansed as soon as possible so that health complications don’t begin to arise in those living in the home.

Removing Water ASAP

The water in your home should be cleared and removed immediately so that bacteria and mold aren’t allowed to form and become airborne. If the water is dirty or the damage is extensive, don’t hesitate to contact professionals like Water Damage Zone. It is unsafe to touch any of the pollution and our professionals have the equipment and training to professionally and quickly remove the water from your home. Time is of the utmost importance in this case, the sooner you remove the water, the less likely you are to encounter health problems.

 

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.

 

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.

Water Damage Zone

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

Help! My Water Heater is Leaking! What Should I Do?

 

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If your water heater is leaking at all then it needs to be repaired. Water that leaks over time causes damage to the structure of the home as well as the water heater itself. You’re going to need to start dealing with this problem by shutting off the valve that supplies water to your water heater. The next step is to evaluate the damage to the water heater to determine the best course of action.

My Tank is Leaking

If the tank of the water heater is leaking, then it is most likely due to corrosion of the tank itself. In order to replace it you will need to call the proper home repair specialists, such as Water Damage Zone, to remove the old water heater and install the new one. It is important to carefully install the new water tank so that no leaks form, this is why we suggest contacting professionals for help.

My Water Heater Gasket is Leaking

Gaskets coming out from the water heater itself may allow leaks to occur. In this case it is important to turn off the water heater and drain it before attempting to replace the gasket. Once the gasket has been carefully replaced you can restore the water supply to the heater by running water in a sink simultaneously. This will ensure that the air pressure doesn’t destroy the water heater. Once the tank is refilled with water you can turn it back on again.

Puddles Around Water Heaters Aren’t Always from a Leak

Don’t make the mistake of assuming that because water is pooling beneath your water heater, that you have a leak. Sometimes this water can be caused by factors such as condensation that has accumulated on the water heater and is dripping off the sides of the tank. In this scenario you should wipe up all of the moisture in the area, being careful not to burn yourself on the water heater. Once this is done check to see if any drips occur from a leak. This will help you to determine if you have an actual leak or not.

 

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