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

Mold and Your Pets

Mold is not only deadly for our homes and health but also for our pets. Many people think about the negative effects that mold can have on their home and health but they never think about what it could be doing to their pets. Mold gives off toxins that cause damage to cells in the body regardless of whether it is a human body or not.

Death of Pets

Mold has been known to kill pets who are exposed to it and contributes to the weakening of their immune systems. The toxins that are inherent in mold are ingested by the animal either when it eats it, touches it, or breathes it in. This can cause the liver to become damaged and allow for other issues with the immune system such as the inability for blood to clot.

Symptoms

You will notice an array of symptoms in your pet if they are exposed to mold for long enough. Some of these symptoms seem like they could even be related to other conditions if you are unaware that your pet has come into contact with mold. These symptoms include but are not limited to:

Sneezing
Nosebleeds
Exhaustion
Skin rashes or sores
Shaking
Loss of appetite

What to Do

The first thing to do would be to take care of your pet. Make sure they get to a veterinarian as quickly as possible so they can run tests and check your pet to make sure that there isn’t more harm from the mold that you are unable to detect. Your veterinarian will give you instructions to follow in treating your pet for mold exposure and how to help detox it from their body.

The second thing that you’re going to want to do is have your home checked and treated for mold. Since your pet spends most of its time in and around your home there is a high possibility that the mold is growing there. This means that it will also eventually start to affect your health and damage your home if it is left unchecked. The best thing to do is call a certified mold remediation company like Water Damage Zone who can easily inspect your home and remove the mold problem 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

Carpets Harbor Mold

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If you’ve read any of our other blogs you know how vile mold can be and how difficult it is to remove completely from your home. Mold is usually found on the backing of carpets where people don’t see it until it has become too big of a problem to handle on their own. Moisture in your carpet is only part of the problem. This article will help you understand the other ways in which carpets provide a safe haven for mold.

How Does Mold Grow in Carpeting

Studies have been down that give us a better picture of how mold actually develops inside of carpets in our homes. What these studies found is that the amount of moisture doesn’t have as big of an impact on mold growth in carpets. The thing that really creates big problems with mold is dirt becoming trapped inside of the carpet. The dirtier the carpets are, the more likely they are to begin growing and spreading mold around your home.

Clean Carpets

Keeping your carpeting clean will help you greatly in reducing the chances of mold developing in your home. Even carpeting that is exposed to humidity will not develop mold as long as it is clean. This means that you must keep your carpets clean all the time so that mold isn’t allowed to begin to grow. Dirt will attract moisture and soak it up, thus allowing any mold spores the nutrients they need to begin to grow.

Preventing Carpet Mold

It’s a good idea to research the ways in which you can prevent mold from growing in your carpets. One of the easiest ways is to not put carpet in areas with a lot of foot traffic because these areas will develop the most dirt and moisture. These two factors are all a carpet needs in order to become a center for mold growth in your own home. Make sure that you keep the humidity down low in your home, that way moisture won’t build up as much in the dirt that is in your carpets. Finally, the best way to prevent mold growth in your carpet is to vacuum it consistently at least twice a week so that dirt doesn’t have the chance to build up in your home.

Don’t wait for mold to become a problem, but if it does always be aware of home restoration companies like Water Damage Zone, who are certified in mold remediation and can help prevent your home from becoming a breeding ground for mold.

 

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:

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

Physical Signs of Mold Exposure

Mold can be very dangerous when it comes into contact with your body. It is hard to know often if what you are experiencing is a reaction to mold, allergies or illness. This article will help you to know a little bit more about identifying whether or not you are a victim of mold exposure. Look for the following signs to determine whether or not you are suffering from mold exposure.

Mold Exposure Symptoms

You will notice that you are having a lot of issues with your upper respiratory system. You will be coughing, sneezing, and itchy. Your nose will usually be runny or stuffy and you will have a cough. Besides these symptoms you may also notice that you have watery eyes and/or dry skin. Symptoms can be different in other people but will mainly be related to the respiratory system.

Asthma Attack

With those of us who already have asthma it is possible for the mold to trigger a severe asthma attack. You will notice that you are coughing and wheezing more than usual and that you have shortness of breath and tightness in your chest. People suffering these symptoms need to be especially careful not to put themselves back in the area that has mold because it could cause severe side effects to their health.

What Makes Mold Exposure Worse?

If you have a history of allergies then you will likely experience even worse symptoms than someone else who becomes exposed to the mold. If you work in an area with a high mold count you will increase the severity of your symptoms the longer you spend in that place. Your home having a high level of humidity will also make the problem even worse over time, increasing the levels of mold that you are exposed to on a daily basis.

Call for Help

There are many professionals, such as Water Damage Zone, that are certified in mold removal and will help to alleviate the extreme dangers of having mold in your home or workplace. The longer the mold sits in these places the more havoc it will wreak on your body. It is best to call professionals when you first notice the problem so that it can be fixed before permanent damage is either caused to you or your home.

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:

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

Mold in Your AC Could Be Making You Sick

You may think that because your air conditioner is cold that it can’t grow mold inside of it. If you think this, then you’re not only wrong but you may have mold in your air conditioner already. Once mold has begun to grow it is nearly impossible to remove from your home.

Mold is a Type of Fungi

Mold exists in the same family as mushrooms and types of yeast. This makes it extremely adaptable and able to grow and spread quickly from one area to another. Mold spores are the seeds of the fungi and they will spread through air in your home. This is why it is very dangerous for mold to find its way into your air conditioner. It will use the air current from your AC to spread around in the air inside of your home.

Breathing in Mold

If there is mold in your AC, then you can bet that you’re inhaling mold spores whenever you are inside of your home. The condensation that collects on the outside of your AC unit will continue to feed the mold spores as they rapidly grow and spread to other areas in your house. When the spores are airborne they can travel large distances and settle on other objects as well as being inhaled into your lungs.

Health Problems from Mold

Mold on your AC can cause a variety of health problems that range from allergic reactions to more serious complications such as illnesses and diseases. People living in moldy environments also have a chance for their preexisting health problems to become worse. This means that it can be especially dangerous for young children, the elderly, and those with autoimmune diseases.

Removing Mold from Your AC

Once you have determined that your AC has mold you will need to have it professionally removed. By the time you have found the filter covered in mold you can imagine how much mold is elsewhere in the air conditioner as well as in your home. It is best to have everything professionally inspected because all it takes is one spore for a mold infestation to start all over again. Completely removing mold from your home on your own is nearly impossible. Trust the professionals at Water Damage Zone and other certified mold removal companies to do the job the right way instead of botching it by yourself.

 

 

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

When to Call a Mold Removal Specialist

 

Finding mold in your home is never a secure feeling. That’s why it’s important to assess the situation to determine if you need professional help dealing with its removal. You should begin to look around your home to see if there is mold located anywhere else and how far it has spread. Mold can sometimes be hard to detect because it grows in hard to see places.

Learn about Mold Growth

One of the best things that you can do is to educate yourself more about how mold forms so you can begin to understand how to prevent it from spreading. You will learn that there are many chemicals that are sold to eliminate mold and some work better than others. These can work great for mold that hasn’t spread a lot and exists in a small area. Once mold has begun to spread to larger areas that’s when it is nearly impossible to remove by yourself.

Mold is Airborne

Mold spores travel through the air allowing them to travel great distances through your home to start infestations in different areas. In order to treat mold infestations that have spread to large areas it is imperative that you contact professionals that have specific experience in dealing with these situations. You can’t expect to treat your whole home and remove all of the toxins from it on your own without the help of trained professionals with the right equipment.

Get an Estimate

Call a professional mold remediation company in your area that is known and trusted like Water Damage Zone. Ensure that they are certified in mold removal and have them send someone over to give you an estimate of the damage and how quickly it can be repaired. Don’t try to deal with the problem on your own if it has spread to a large area. The likelihood of you incorrectly cleaning mold at this level is very high meaning that it will most likely return and continue to wreak havoc on 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

Is Mold Toxic for Your Health?

 

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It’s obvious to most that mold is dangerous for your health. There are so many articles circulating on the Internet nowadays from professionals that describe the vast array of problems that arise from mold exposure. So, what’s the best way to protect yourself? Get rid of the mold. Here are some of the signs and symptoms that you’ve been exposed to mold in your home or workplace.

Mold is Fungus

An important thing to know about mold is that it is a type of fungus. This means that it grows in warm and damp environments. It spreads by spores that travel through the air. If you are in the presence of mold there is a good chance that you will inhale mold spores without even realizing it. The people who are most commonly affected are the elderly and pregnant.

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People that are exposed to mold usually exhibit allergic symptoms. Some of these symptoms include:

Runny Nose
Coughing
Wheezing
Itchy Skin
Headache
Depression
Fatigue
Asthma

Fungal Infection

Another type of illness caused by mold is mycosis. This is an infection that occurs in your sinuses or digestive tract and is extremely dangerous for those with weakened immune systems. It is important that if you suspect that you have an infection due to mold or any other reason that you seek medical help immediately.

Mycotoxins

Mold is known to give off a toxic compound known as mycotoxin. People or animals that are exposed to high levels of these toxins over time will experience the effects of mycotoxin toxicity. This can weaken the immune system and even cause death in some cases. Look for symptoms such as shortness of breath, sore throat, headaches, and nose bleeds.

Mold Removal

If you suspect that you have mold in your home it is important that you contact professionals to diagnose and treat the situation. They will know exactly where to look and how to chemically treat and repair the mold infestation so that it does not return. Water Damage Zone is one of the companies that has extensive experience with mold eradication and we take our job very seriously. Do not hesitate to give us a call to inspect your home if you believe that you have a mold problem.

 

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