Mold in The Washer and Dryer

When you wash your clothes, it is a reasonable expectation that your clothes will be clean and ready for use.  We all look forward to the fresh smell of clothes when they emerge from the washer and dryer, but what if your clothes weren’t as clean as you hoped?  With mold potentially in the washer and dryer, your clothes might need to be washed again once the mold issue has been resolved.

Mold is incredibly pervasive, and it gets everywhere in your home.  We hope that washing machines and dryers provide us a safe haven from mold, but the recent court hearings of the past few years show that concerns about mold need to extend to washing machines and dryers as well.

Mold can be very detrimental to your health if you allow it to go unchecked.  It feeds on dust and moisture, and it reproduces by spores.  All of these can be present when we do laundry.  When clothes come from the washer, they can still contain particles and provide the moisture needed for mold growth.  The spores of mold are very durable and can withstand extreme heat and cold, and when you wear your favorite outfits, you could be spreading mold spores throughout your home.  This would raise your risk of wheezing, coughing, allergies, and potential for asthma in severe cases.

While washers and dryers can contain mold, there are some easy ways to help mitigate the mold issue.  First, wipe the machine dry when you are done with your laundry.  By removing moisture, you are depriving mold a key ingredient that it needs to grow.  You can also clean the detergent dispenser at least twice a month to prevent a buildup that could feed mold.  If your laundry room is damp, you may wish to run a dehumidifier in order to remove extra moisture from the air.  Keep your washer open when not in use in order to keep air circulating in the unit to air-dry any moisture you may have missed.

If you do the above on a regular basis, it is possible to minimize the impact of mold in your laundry room and home.  However, there are instances where mold grows, and it is necessary to call in a professional remediation.  Be sure to save all your warranty paperwork, but mold remediation professionals can help identify and solve mold issues in your home.  Being certified and knowledgeable in the most recent and up-to-date practices, these services can get it right quickly so you are sure that your items are clean when they are washed.

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

I found Mold in My Home, Now What?

For many homeowners finding mold in their home is a stressful and confusing event.  The best thing that any homeowner can do is get as much information on mold, and what are the best ways to clean up the area if necessary.

 

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What Is Mold?

Molds are fungi that are found indoors, and they prefer warm, damp conditions where they can produce spores to spread.  These spores can survive for long and harsh periods of dry conditions to begin growth again.  The most common molds are Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Aspergillus.  What you need to know is that mold is common in homes.  Chances are, you have it in your home, but you don’t notice it.

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Where Mold Lives

Molds are found indoors all year.  Growth is aided by humid and warm conditions where humidity is high such as basements and showers.  This is why it is important to run dehumidifiers in basements and have proper ventilation in bathrooms.

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Prevent Health Issues

Molds can affect people who are sensitive to them.  Exposure to mold can produce stuffiness, eye and/or skin irritation and wheezing.  Some people can have severe reactions which can be fever and shortness of breath.  Some people with chronic lung issues can develop lung infections

 

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

I have a Roof Leak, What should I do?

There are a number of issues that a roof leak can cause if it isn’t taken care of immediately. For starters, a leaky roof can cause the roof structure underneath the roof to begin to rot, and it can cause damage to the building structure as well. When you find a leak, it is important to immediately stop the leak, even if you start with a temporary fix until you are able to repair the leak permanently.

 

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Do you really have a leak?

The first thing that you will need to determine is if you do indeed have a leak. A leak will often occur around the flashing of the chimney and roof vents. If you find that the leak is in the middle of your roof, you should look for any missing shingles or nails that may have popped out of the roof.

Repair it

Next, you will need to repair the issue. If the leak is around your flashing, which is the most common issue, you will need to put a thick coating of roofing tar at the point where the flashing and the chimney meet. This will seal the area and stop the leak. If you find that a nail or shingle is missing, you will need to replace them and seal any nail holes with roofing tar.

 

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Short Term Fix

If you are not able to permanently repair the leak when you first notice it, you should put a tarp over the area where the leak is occurring. You will need to make sure that the tarp lies flat and that there is not a possibility for water to run underneath it. You can secure the tarp in place by nailing wooden strips to the structure of the roof on top of the tarp.

Call your Insurance

If the leak causes a substantial amount of damage, you should call your insurance company quickly. They will usually be able to send an adjuster to your home fairly quickly so that the damage can be assessed and the repairs begin. In between the time that your roof is repaired, it is important that you make an attempt to keep your home as dry as possible. If water is allowed to sit for an extended period of time, mold can grow and become a health hazard for you and your family.

 

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Call a Roofing Repair Company

You should also call a roofing repair company who can assess the damage and look for any hidden issues that are not easily seen. At times, you entire roof may need to be replaced, which is difficult to complete by yourself. A professional will be able to offer you an estimate on the cost of the repairs as well as establish a time frame as to when the repairs can be completed.

Conclusion

A roof leak can be very stressful for a homeowner and can cause quite a bit of damage. However, they are common and can be repaired fairly easily. With the help of a professional, you will be able to eliminate the current problem as well as prevent any future issues from occurring as well.

 

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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  • 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

Advantages of Natural Cleaning Solutions

In the 21st Century, it is a common belief among many people that it is the responsibility of people to be more careful in terms of their impact on the planet.  With over 7 billion people currently on Earth, it is believed that, as a species, we are rapidly approaching conditions where the planet is under immense stress.  As a result, the green cleaning industry is taking off.

In addition to the idea of responsibility, green cleaning solutions truly offer better and safer ways to keep your home clean.  One of the first benefits of the green solutions is that it is not as hard on the planet.  Pollution is limited in the home by two to five times less than compared to levels outside of the home.  This creates an environment that is more serene and conducive for your lifestyle.  One issue with cleaners is that people tend to dispose of cleaners down a drain.  These cleaners have the potential to end up in the water supply.  Rivers and lakes can be polluted to the point of polluting the drinking water.  Green products are not harsh as the chemicals leading to lesser pollution in the water table and a healthier environment of plant and animal life.

Finally, the use of these green solutions does not require petroleum to be used.  Petroleum is a common resource that we do not understand how pervasive it is in our lives.  When we mention petroleum, we think mainly of gas for our cars and homes and maybe petroleum jelly.  However, petroleum is common in our lives as it is fundamental in the creation of various plastics, medications, toothpaste, nylon, adhesives, detergents, trash bags.  The list that contains petroleum is quite extensive, and it is important to remember that this is a finite resource.

Plus, the health of the user is not as impacted as using the harsh chemicals in the past.   Green cleaning products can significantly reduce the number of eye and skin irritation.  Allergic reactions are also minimized by using these products.  This benefit is mainly seen through the limitation of the chemicals entering the lungs and then entering the bloodstream.

One of the best incentives for using green solutions is that the cost for using these green solutions is cheaper than the cleaning products that were produced with chemicals.  The chemicals have to go through a multiple refining process in order to make them suitable for a particular product.  Green solutions are easier in that they do not have the levels of refining to create a finished product.  This results in manufacturers producing more green solutions bringing the prices down for the consumer leading to more being sold in the marketplace.

Finally, the use of green solutions are better for people than constantly using antibacterials.  Some bacteria is good for people, and through the overuse of antibacterials, good bacteria are eliminated, but there is also a fear that stronger bacteria are being created that withstand the antibacterial nature of soap.  It might be healthier to use green solutions here.

As more and more people come to live on Earth, it becomes our duty to take better care of the world around.  Through using green products and solutions, we take an immediate step in our homes to make the environment better and lead better lives overall.

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

 

The Dangers of Hiking in Rain

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Sometimes it rains and you don’t want to cancel your hiking plans so you go anyway. This can be dangerous and without proper planning can end in you or your hiking companions getting injured. The following are some tips for properly hiking when it rains outside.

Waterproofing

Make sure that you use waterproof clothing such as raincoats and other gear that will allow rain to slide off of you instead of soaking into your clothing. Once your clothing gets wet it will often stay wet. This will subject your body to colder temperatures and increase your chances of coming down with an illness. If you only have a bag that isn’t waterproof, you can use a garbage bag as a liner so that the insides don’t get wet. In waterproof clothing it is important that it has some form of ventilation so that you can let heat and moisture escape.

Bring Layers

In warmer climates it may be nice to walk in the rain without a lot of gear on. However, if the weather changes or the sun starts to set you can become cold quickly. Put some more layers on such as sweatshirts and other clothing to keep your body heat in. If it is still somewhat warm out you’re going to want to hike at a slower pace so that you don’t overheat.

Taking Breaks

If you’re hiking in the rain, breaks become an important time to regroup and store up some energy. If the rain lets up, use this time as a break. During your break make sure to eat and drink to replace anything you’ve burnt off during your hike. This is also a good time to get anything out of your bags that you may need but don’t want to get wet.

Keep Your Feet Dry

Rain pants are an important item in preventing water from finding its way into your shoes. They will direct the water past your legs and over the outside of your boots. Making sure that you also have waterproof boots that are designed for the climate that you are hiking in is important. They need to have enough traction so that they won’t slip on rocks that are wet from the rain.

Wet Socks

Make sure to pack dry socks so that if you are hiking for an extended period of time you can exchange them with your wet ones. Wet socks can cause a variety of foot problems including various foot fungi and blisters. If you have a break in the weather where it is dry you will want to take off your wet socks and hang them from a tree branch so that they can begin to dry in the sun. When you get ready to start hiking put them in a plastic bag so they won’t get the other things in your bag wet.

 

Rock Slides

The risk of a rock slide or even land side are extremely high during the rain. Water loosens the mountains and mud making the land more likely to slide out from underneath you. This is never something you can predict as there are many factors that could be added to the problem to make it more likely. Your own body weight might be the very thing that piece of land needed to fall. Take extra precaution by trying to stick to roads and not venturing off on new trails. Or you can take the even safer route of waiting till the rains ends and the land has time to dry.

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Black Mold in Your Pool!

 

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Did you know that black mold can also begin to grow in your pool if it isn’t cleaned properly? Keeping a pool in pristine condition is important in ensuring that mold doesn’t begin to grow. Remember that anything with mold on it that goes inside of the pool can be a cause for mold to start growing. This means pool toys, vents, filters, and other accessories. Make sure that you are aware of everything that is inside of the pool. The following steps will help you to curb and control a black mold problem in your pool.

1. Assess the Damage

Check all areas of the pool and its systems completely to make sure that you are aware of everything that has mold growing on it. Remove all accessories from the pool so that they can be cleaned and sanitized separately. Black mold spreads quickly so it should be easy to identify the source and begin to remove it from the pool by using the proper cleaning agents.

2. Sanitize Filters

Any filters in the pool will need to be cleaned because of mold spores’ ability to begin growing on the inside. If the filters are not cleaned properly or replaced, black mold will easily return to your pool after you clean it. All mold spores must be completely removed in order for the problem to be eradicated.

3. Eliminate Mold

Once the pool pump is disabled you can begin to scrub the mold off of the sides of your pool with a brush. Clean away particles before using algaecide in order to prevent it from growing back. By allowing the algaecide to sit for 24 hours and scrubbing the spots again you will ensure that all mold is completely removed. You can finish the process by using a HEPA vacuum to completely remove any invisible mold spores.

4. Remove Stains

Even after you remove mold from the pool, you will most likely be left with stains. In order to clean these stains, you can use a trick involving a chlorine tablet, an old sock, and a few rocks. Place all of these objects into the sock and then place it on top of the spots where there are stains. Leave it for as long as necessary until you are able to scrub away the stains. Note that this process only works to remove stains and will not kill the mold spores without following the prior steps.

5. Test Your Pool

Turn your pool back on again and test the water to make sure that the pH level is appropriate and that the chlorine is at the proper amount. Maintaining this balance properly is essential to ensuring that mold will not return to your pool.

 

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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Water Damage Zone, Inc.

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15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

Repairing Water Damaged Drywall

Drywall becomes water damaged in the home as well when flooding occurs. When you’re dealing with this type of problem time is of the essence. You may even need to contact professionals if the damage is extensive. Taking care of the problem fast is important so that mold doesn’t have time to form.

Diagnosing Drywall Water Damage

The first thing you need to do is detect whether you have water damaged drywall or not. You may notice soft areas or discoloration where water has damaged the wall. Sometimes this damage occurs as a result of putting out a fire in the home. If the damage extends around the whole home, professionals are the best way to restore them to their original condition.

 

Drywall Mold

If the drywall isn’t dried in a certain amount of time, mold will begin to form. You will notice black spots on the wall and a musty odor. When you notice these signs it is best to contact a professional like Water Damage Zone who has experience removing mold professionally. When a drywall has sat wet for too long it allows mold to begin to take hold and growing on it. Even if the exterior of the wall has no mold, the interior may be infested with mold spores.

Preventing Drywall Water Damage

Things like dehumidifiers and fans will help keep rooms in the home ventilated so that moisture doesn’t have time to build up. Drying walls quickly when they get water damaged is the most important priority. This means that special equipment may need to be employed in order to swiftly remediate the problem. Contacting a professional water damage company is often the best option in this situation because they are specially equipped to identify and resolve any water damage and mold problems that may arise.

 

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