Landlord’s Responsibility Regarding Mold

 

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The good news is that when it comes to protecting residents against mold, California is one of the top states. The Toxic Mold Protection Act sets up the requirements that the landlord must abide by if one of their apartments is found contaminated with mold. The tenant is not usually at fault for a mold condition in an apartment as long as the landlord was aware of its presence.

Landlord Responsibility

Landlords are responsible to disclose all information about mold in their apartments to the residents. If there are people looking to live in the apartment, this information must be given as well. If there is mold in the apartment the landlord is also responsible for making an effort to remove the mold and prevent it from reoccurring. This means making any necessary repairs to the apartment.

Knowledge of Mold

Landlords must maintain their property and an awareness of any mold condition. If they don’t provide notice they are still liable for the removal of the mold. This can be maintained as long as it’s reasonable that the landlord knows that the mold problem exists. The landlord should be performing maintenance on the property regularly anyway, so it is reasonable to assume that they would be alerted to any developing mold condition.

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In Reasonable Time

All of these repairs must be made in a reasonable time frame. This means that the mold must be removed as soon as possible. The amount of time to eliminate the condition may vary but the landlord is required to treat the situation immediately. The landlord cannot wait to have the mold removed as the condition will worsen over time. Typically, it only takes a few days.

 

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

Your Carpet and Mold

 

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Carpet in our homes provide us with something comfortable to walk on and can help to bring a room together. However, when carpets are left uncleaned and neglected for long periods of time, they begin to develop mold. Carpet mold is a complicated and difficult to resolve issue that can cost you countless hours and dollars spent on cleaning products that don’t work.

Allergens

Many types of mold produce allergens that can cause severe reactions in those who are living in the home. By inhaling or touching mold, you are exposing yourself to its negative side effects. Symptoms of mold exposure include:

Itchy eyes
Sneezing
Runny Nose
Red Eyes
Skin Rash
Asthma Attack

Carpet is a High Risk Material for Mold Growth

Carpet is one of the easiest materials for mold to grow in. Carpeting readily houses all the key elements that mold needs to grow: moisture, organic material, oxygen, and a porous surface. Carpets should be vacuumed often and steam cleaned at regular intervals to ensure that mold is not allowed to grow. Many times you will not see mold on your carpet at all, this is because it is growing underneath of it.

Removing Mold from Carpet

Unfortunately, by the time you have discovered mold growth in your carpet this usually means that it is beyond the point of repair. If a large area of the carpet has been affected by mold growth, then it will need to be replaced. If you are dealing with a large amount of mold, it is best to call a company like Water Damage Zone with professional tools and staff who will inspect every inch of your carpet to determine the best way to restore your home to its original condition.

Don’t Hesitate to Call Professionals

Calling Water Damage Zone will ensure that the right measures are taken to protect the health of you and your family. Cleaning up mold is something that we specialize in and make sure to take extra care so that your home is completely restored and enjoyable again. By using commercial-grade cleaning equipment we make sure your home is completely free of any spores before we replace the carpet. This way you can be sure that mold will not start to grow on your fresh carpeting.

 

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

Dog Itchy Patches and Ear Infections Caused by Mold

 

Humans are commonly affected by mold in their homes, so it stands to reason that their canine companions would be affected too. Dogs are not impacted in the same way that humans are. Their reactions tend to show up on their skin and in their ears. These allergies affect many dogs and are an indication that your home is infested with mold.

Itchiness Exhibited by Your Dog

Chewing or biting of the fur all over the body shows that the dog’s skin is aggravated. Dogs may also rub against furniture and other objects to relieve itchiness. The more a dog scratches and bites, the more likely their skin is to become inflamed and infected. Don’t wait a long time to take your dog to the veterinarian if you see them exhibiting these symptoms. First, treat your dog and then consider the possible mold problem in your home.

Ear Infections in Dogs

Most dog owners have experienced their pet at one time or another suffering from an ear infection. Many don’t know that ear infections in dogs can be caused by mold. The dog may even appear to be sick, showing symptoms such as wheezing, watery eyes, and sneezing. It is important to not diagnose the dog’s symptoms by yourself, take them to a trusted veterinarian who can run tests to determine what is going on with your pet.

Ventilate Your Home

Even after mold is removed from your home by professionals, you will need to keep it ventilated. Your dog needs a dry environment that isn’t too hot so that their skin can breathe and remain free from allergies. By keeping the conditions of your home dry and on the cooler side, you will prevent your family and pets from suffering the symptoms of a mold infestation.

Water Damage Zone’s Mold Policy

Water Damage Zone has a zero tolerance policy for mold. If you hire us for the job, we will see to it that every spore of mold is removed from your home completely and permanently. Water Damage Zone employs professional equipment and certified professionals to get the job done. We’ve been keeping Los Angeles homes and businesses mold free for years.

 

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

Mold is Dangerous to Your Pets

Most of us already know the health problems that mold causes in humans so you can imagine the impact it has on our pets. They spend most of their time in the home as well as already having a better sense of smell and taste. Knowing the symptoms of mold exposure in yourself as well as your pets will help you in determining whether your home is infested with mold.

Mold Exposure Symptoms in Pets

Pets suffer from an array of symptoms that are the same as those experienced by humans. Many of these symptoms can be misdiagnosed by veterinarians as allergies instead of mold. You may see any of the following symptoms of mold exposure in your pets:

Sneezing
Anxiety
Scaly Patches
Ear Infections
Runny Nose

Preventing Mold Exposure to Your Pets

Buy only animal beds, cages, toys, and other accessories that can be washed with hot water. By doing this regularly, you can prevent the buildup of mold on your pet’s belongings. Having a HEPA air filtration system in your home will also help in preventing mold spores from recirculating through the air in your home. If you definitely have a mold infestation in your home, the only way to deal with it is to have it eliminated by a professional team like Water Damage Zone.

Respiratory Problems

The most common symptom that your pet will exhibit is a respiratory problem. Hearing your pet constantly cough, sneeze, or hack indicates that they have a respiratory issue. Take them to your vet and explain the situation. Tell them that you are concerned that you may have mold in your home. The vet should be able to guide you through the proper steps to rehabilitate your pet. Animals can suffer more damage than humans from mold and it is important to have them treated as early as possible. Mold can cause death in pets especially if it is a toxic mold.

 

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

Preventing Carpet Mold After Water Damage

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Finding mold in your carpet isn’t a pleasant experience and it may return even after you remove it. Carpet is one of the hardest things to get mold out of because of the porousness of the material. One of the main ways that mold begins to form in carpet is after it becomes water damaged. Any water sitting on the carpet for a prolonged period of time will allow it to start growing mold. In this post we’re going to focus on ways to prevent your carpet from growing mold after water damage.

Quickly Dry Carpets

Any carpets that sustain water damage need to be dried as quickly as possible. Use a wet/dry vacuum to suck up all of the water from inside of the carpet. If you don’t know anyone who owns one, you can easily rent one from a hardware store. The more quickly you dry carpeting, the less time mold has to begin to grow. Use fans in addition to vacuuming to speed up the drying process.

Get A Dehumidifier

If you have rooms in your home where the humidity levels are high, you’re going to want to invest in a good dehumidifier. This will prevent the room from becoming excessively humid and allowing mold to grow in your carpet. The better climate control that you have in a room, the more quickly you can dry it out and prevent mold from having the conditions that it needs to grow.

Replace Carpet Padding

If simply cleaning your carpet doesn’t work, the carpet padding may need to be replaced. Replacing just the padding will save you money and prevent mold from growing. Just make sure that the carpet is properly steam cleaned and dried. In addition to this you will want to sanitize your walls and baseboards in the home so that they don’t transfer mold spores to your carpet. Check other furniture in the home to ensure that it isn’t wet or growing mold.

Keep Your Home Dry

By ventilating your home and keeping it dry you will prevent yourself from having to deal with mold problems. These tips should help to give you a starting point when dealing with wet carpeting so you can prevent the situation from turning into a mold problem. The main thing to focus on when keeping mold out of your carpets is keeping them clean and dry by vacuuming them regularly and airing out 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 Always Kill Mold

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Bleach is an item commonly prized for its high strength cleaning abilities around the house. Many people use bleach on mold and simply think that this kills it. Well, it may have worked or it may not have. What many people don’t know is that bleach cannot eliminate all types of mold.

Over 100 Types of Mold

There are over 100 different kinds of mold that can be found to commonly grow in your home. That’s why unless you know what kind of mold you’re dealing with, bleach can often be useless. Mold has existed and evolved in nature to grow in all types of ways on all kinds of surfaces. Some are resistant to certain cleaners and easily removed by others.

Government Agencies

Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) say that bleach is not recommended for eliminating mold from your home. Bleach is known to be corrosive and cause damage to the surfaces that you are using it on. It is completely ineffective against porous material such as wood or furniture cushions, where it fails to penetrate deep within the pores to eliminate mold.

How to Actually Kill Mold

Unless you know what kind of mold you have, it’s hard to know what’s going to kill it. Many hardware stores sell an array of mold cleaners that may or may not solve your problem. Removing mold from all surfaces such as wood, carpeting, or furniture will be hard. In these scenarios it is best to clean them as much as you can, disinfecting them with spray, and wrapping them in plastic so that air cannot get inside. Always where a mask, goggles, and gloves when cleaning mold so you don’t ingest any mold spores or dangerous chemicals.

Calling Professionals

This is the most recommended course of action when dealing with a mold problem. Water Damage Zone specifically provides services that will identify the mold and select a specific product that will work the best against that strain of mold. We know what materials can be salvaged and the ones that are sources for mold growth and need to be eliminated. Our equipment is top of the line and some is accessible only to mold removal companies. Consult with us first, even if you are determined to handle your mold problem on your own.

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

Mold May Be Causing Your Fatigue

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You’ve been experiencing low energy and fatigue for a while now and you’re not sick. Well, it may seem like you’re sick but nothing is showing up when you go to the doctor. Other symptoms may be present such as sinus infections, sneezing, coughing, shortness of breath, headaches, rashes, allergies, or asthma. All of these things contribute and make your fatigue even worse.

Excessive Sleep

Mold exposure can lead to sleeping all day long, up to 16 hours. You may even be calling out of your job because you’re so exhausted that you can’t get out of bed. Even moving around the house to eat or take a shower will seem like a lot of work.

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Why Does Mold Make Me Tired?

Mold exposure can leave us feeling tired for a lot of different reasons. Respiratory problems don’t allow us to breathe in proper amounts of oxygen, so we end up feeling tired. Coughing and wheezing at night won’t allow us to sleep. Mold causes many problems in humans that cause them to feel uncomfortable, leaving them unable to get in a position where they can sleep. It is even known to cause depression. All of these things contribute to your overall fatigue.

What Can I Do?

You should have hopefully already seen a doctor for your symptoms. If not, make sure you go to the doctor so that they can treat any physical ailments that you may be experiencing. After you ensure your own health, you need to look into calling mold remediation professionals, like Water Damage Zone, to completely eliminate it from your home. We do a free home inspection and consultation to inform clients of the necessary steps to solve their mold problem. Mold specialists know exactly where to check, in hard to reach places like vents and inside walls, in order to thoroughly evaluate your home.

Have you ever experienced fatigue from mold? What did you do about it? Let us know in the comments section.

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