How to Clean up after a Pipe Bursts

For many homeowners there is no more disheartening realization than when you find a pipe bursts in your home.  It can happen for a variety of reasons, and a pipe burst is the last thing that we want to deal with, particularly after a long day at work.  It is dirty.  It is stressful.  It is simply no fun.  However, with the help of a professional and certified restoration crew, a pipe burst can be managed easily.

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Keep Calm And Clean

What should I do when I find a pipe burst in my home?  First, take a deep breath.  You already have a mess on your hands, so be calm about it.  Things will only get better from here.  After the plumbers have repaired the pipes, then it is time to get started on cleanup.  You want to begin as soon as you can after the event.  Don’t let it sit.

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DIY or Call Professional

If the water damage has occurred in one room, then you have the option to do it yourself.  However, if the water has moved from upper floors to the lower floors and basement or left for eight hours then you want to explore the services of professional water mitigation and specialized drying equipment.  You do not want mold to get a foothold in your home.

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Safety First

In all cleanup take care of your safety first.  If you have standing water, then you want to know where all the electrical outlets/appliances are.  Also, if you have sewage water, then make sure that you are wearing appropriate gear.  Don’t put yourself in jeopardy.  Be careful, smart and thorough.  Wear rubber boots and gloves, protective eyewear.

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Remove Soaked Items

In the course of cleanup, remove soaked carpets, furniture and other items from the flooded area.  Depending on the damage, you may not be able to save them.  It is important to get them out of the way.

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Remove The Water

If there is still water present, use towels and a mop to dry the floor.  A wet-dry shop vac is also possible, and these can be rented from hardware stores.  Do your best to remove the water.  Be careful where you dispose of the water.  You do not want to send the water down the drain with the pipe burst, or else you risk doing the work twice with twice the damage.  Your next step is to procure a dehumidifier as it will get moisture out of the area affected better than fans.  Be sure to empty as it fills.  Silica gel is a desiccant that will be necessary to use nears walls or floors that have taken in moisture.

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Call For Help

Remember, drying an area by yourself can be done, but it is a very intensive and large project.  If it feels like it is more than you can handle or extends to multiple rooms and floors, then save yourself a major headache and call a professional restoration company.  In this regard, certified companies are well supplied and trained to handle this kind of water damage.  A restoration service is able to assess the damage quickly and give you a plan to get your property back in shape as soon as possible.

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Proper use and cleaning of a Humidifier

There are many benefits to using a humidifier in your home.  They can help relieve sinus infections, helps to recover from colds and flus faster.  Humidifiers can help keep the air from being too dry resulting in nose bleeds.  It can help alleviate snoring and it keeps your skin looking great.

With all the benefits of using a humidifier, would you know how to keep your humidifier running and clean?  It is very important to make sure that your humidifier is running at its best in order to prevent it from actually harming your home.

With the water inside a humidifier, it can grow bacteria and mold like any water source.  If this water is allowed to sit in the humidifier for extended periods, then next time you use your humidifier, you might not only be spreading beneficial moisture around the home, but harmful bacteria and mold as well.  These bacterium and molds can result in allergies and sickness.  Just what the humidifier is trying to help you overcome.

In order to prevent this from happening to your humidifier, there are some simple steps to follow.  The first step is to clean the filter of the humidifier.  Unplug the humidifier and remove the filter.  Hold under a faucet and rinse to wash away any grime that might be present.  Leave the filter to dry.  Now you can clean the rest of the unit.  It is important to remember, don’t use cleaning solutions on the filter as these can damage the filter.  Most humidifiers require you to change the filter.  Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the frequency for change.

The next step to clean the unit is to clean the water tank.  Remove the tank from the unit, and pour out all the old water.  Next, fill the tank with 2 cups of vinegar, and swish this around.  Make sure that it covers all points of the inside of the tank.  Vinegar acts as a solvent, and it loosens the grime in the water tank.  Rinse the tank thoroughly when you are done.  You may want to use a scrub brush to get the tough points of grime.  Stick with the vinegar as any other cleaning agent can stick to the tank, and it can be pumped into the air when the unit is in use.

Finally, use a damp sponge with a vinegar and water mixture to wipe out the rest of the humidifier.  This simple step will prohibit dust from entering the tank.  If you keep the dust out of the humidifier, then mold and bacteria have nothing to ‘feed’ upon to help grow.

There are many ways to clean out a humidifier, but this step is simple, and it is good for the environment.  If you take care of your humidifier, then your humidifier will take care of you.  Clean it regularly, and it will become one of your most trusted appliances.

 

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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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Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

Mold Prevention Tips for Homeowners

Mold prevention tips for homeowners on how to keep your home safe and mold free.

What to do about mold prevention? Mold seems to happen when and where you least expect it. This article below has several tips on how to remain a mold free home. You think that you have found mold. So, what is a homeowner to do if you find mold? Give Water Damage Zone, Inc.  a call to schedule an appointment for your free estimate.

We specialize in mold, mold removal, mold remediation and repair.

 

Mold Prevention Tips

When a water leak occurs it is important to act fast. If the damp material or area is dried out within the first 24 to 48 hours, typically mold will not grow. In the following days check the area regularly to ensure there is no mold.

Clean and repair gutters on a regular basis as mold can being to grow and spread into the home.

Ensure that the ground outside your home slopes away from the foundation so that water does not collect or enter the foundation.

Keep the air conditioning drip pans clean. Also ensure that the drain lines are not obstructed and are flowing properly.

Try to keep the indoor humidity low, below 60% but ideally somewhere between 30% and 50% relative humidity. An inexpensive moisture or humidity meter can be found at your local hardware store.

If you notice condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes, it is imperative to inspect your home in order to find the source of the increased humidity. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity or a possible plumbing leak. One found you should act quickly- dry the affected area,  and call a professional water damage or mold remediation specialist.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Mold in the Attic

Finding mold in your attic is a fairly common occurrence. They are often damp and if you have leaks or attic window leaks, water can easily collect and draw mold. If you do find mold in your attic, it is important to take the proper steps to eliminate it as soon as possible.

Mold usually appears greenish black and is streaky. However, there are many different types of mold that can appear in your attic, so if yours is somewhat different, you should still be concerned about its appearance.

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Address The Issue

The bad thing about mold is that most types can cause health problems if it is present and inhaled for an extended period of time. For this reason, it is important to get rid of it as quickly as possible.

Since this mold has been found in an area that is not often visited by guests and is not usually seen by anyone, it may be tempting to leave it alone. Some may also avoid addressing mold in the attic because removal of it is rather expensive and can take some time. However, it is never a good idea to leave mold in your home, even in an area that you do not frequently enter.

Health Risks

There are many health problems associated with mold. One of the most common is difficulty breathing, asthma attacks and the development of asthma in those who have previously not been affected by this disease. Others find that constant upper respiratory infections, allergy symptoms, sinus infections, fatigue, headaches and sore throats are also signs of being affected by mold.

Even if you find mold in your attic, away from your family, spores of the mold can easily move throughout the home and reach you and your family. So, even if you are never in the attic, it is possible to be affected by it.

 

Call A Specialist

While some people prefer to clean up the mold on their own, others prefer to call in a specialist. One of the benefits of a specialist is that you will be able to receive an inspection as well as advice on the best way to clean up the mold. Most home owner’s insurance policies will also cover the cost of a specialist as well.

When cleaning up the mold issue, you will need to wear protective gear so that you are not affected by the mold as you are disturbing it through the cleaning process. You should also make sure to clean all the clothing that you wore immediately following the cleanup process.

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Use An Air Machine

A negative air machine is also a wise investment to use while you are cleaning up a mold issue. With this machine, you will be able to remove any spores of mold that become airborne. Instead of the spores floating through the house, they will be pulled out of the home.

If you choose to hire a specialist, they will bring in all the supplies and tools that they need to get the job done right. However, if you decide to complete the job yourself, you will be able to find everything that you need at your local hardware store.

 

 

 

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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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Don’t DELAY Water Damage Cleanup! why?

 

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Water damage can be caused due to several reasons and can occur at any instance. A blockage in the gutter, a pipe burst, a ceiling leakage and in worst scenario a flood, are few of the several issues that one can be a victim of. There is not much one can do in order to prevent this from happening, but you can certainly make sure that the damages caused by this are kept to the minimal amount.

Besides, the amplification of costs, it can also cause health problems including headaches, asthma, lung and respiratory problems. Mold is a kind of fungi and can easily spread in damp situations once they grow within the walls. Water damages spread towards a larger scale if proper care is not taken against it immediately. Mold can spread around the whole property if proper measures are not taken against them.

The most ideal situation is to avail the services of a mold remediation company, the trained professionals can help in cleaning the home effectively and efficiently which can keep the mold from causing damage to the air ducts and carpets.
It is not favorable for you to directly get exposed to mold because that can cause health problems. The best option is to contact a company which provides Emergency Water Damage Restoration for the speedy restoration of mold from your home. These companies make sure that the leakage is stopped and the area that is affected by the spread of the water is cleaned up, which helps in keeping the mold and water damage to spread any further.

 

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

HVAC System Mold

If you have a strong mildew odor when you use the air conditioning in your home, then you may have an issue with mold.  You want to check in the ducts, intake vents, cooling coils and the drip pans for any sign.  One of the major issues that can occur is that many people do not see mold, but they can still smell it when the AC is on.  This is when you want to contact a professional to inspect the system as soon as possible.  Immediate action will prevent the mold from spreading throughout your home once the AC is used.

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Condensation And Mold

Condensation is the chief culprit of mold in an HVAC system.  When your air conditioner gets cold, condensation occurs.  This occurs more frequently in areas of the home are warm and humid like in the basement.  Here you may see little pools of water form on the basement floor if conditions are right.  If the levels of humidity are low, then this is not a problem as any water will evaporate quickly.  If the humidity in the basement is high and constant, then you risk a serious mold issue.

 

 

Mold Spreads

HVAC mold removal can be very difficult.  Your HVAC system can be a labyrinth of vents where mold has a chance to gain a foothold and grow.  In addition to this, the ability of the mold spores to move throughout the house quickly becomes a real issue.  This difficulty presents homeowners with the situation where a trained, certified mold removal and restoration company are a good way to proceed.

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Check The Filters

Proactive steps are present that you can take to eliminate a mold problem before it becomes a problem.  Make sure that you change your air filter regularly.  Air filters should be changed every 2-3 months as they catch particles such as dust, pet hair and other sources of food for mold.  Second, make sure that you run a dehumidifier in damp areas of the home, such as the basement.  Dehumidifying a room takes the moisture out of the air that is necessary for condensation.  Insulation of the air ducts and cooling coils can also reduce the amount of condensation leading to the development of mold.

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Contact A Specialist

If you think that the mold issue is contained to a single area, there are detailed steps that you should take to insure proper cleanup and your health and safety.  To help you and reduce the stress involved, you may wish to contact a certified and trained mold removal and restoration specialist company to complete the work for you.  These companies know the difficulties in working with HVAC systems and mold removal, and they will be perfectly suited to assist you in cleaning your home.

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

Is Mold Toxic

When we hear the word “mold” we have initial fears of our well-being and that of our families as well.  It is necessary to take these fears seriously, but is mold really toxic?  It seems that due to recent studies that they potentially are not.

According to the CDC, molds themselves are not inherently toxic.  Certain molds can produce toxic substances called mycotoxins, yet many molds are neither toxic nor poisonous.  However this doesn’t mean that mold is not a serious issue.

Mold is always present.  It exists inside home and office buildings alike.  It can be found in the air we breath and on the surfaces of items we are consistently in contact with, yet there are few reports to say that mold is responsible for rare health issues such as memory loss.

The effects of mold that most commonly found in people are in the infections and complications in the upper respiratory tract systems.  These issues can be presented in the form of a cough, wheezing in light cases, and move up towards asthma in the more extreme cases.  People who have a sensitivity to allergies find that they have the most issues with the presence of mold.

Just because there are no links to toxicity for mold it does not mean that mold should be taken lightly.  For people who are sensitive to mold, it can be a very unbearable existence as nasal issues, irritation, wheezing and skin irritation can all be manifest with the issues of mold.  In more extreme cases, there may be fever and shortness of breath.  At the worst, people can routinely develop fungal infections in the lungs that will require medical attention.

If you find mold in your home, then you should take every precaution and step to clean up the mold in order to limit your personal exposure to the effects, but also your family as well.  In many cases, the mold can be a simple clean up using water and bleach.  Under no circumstances, never mix bleach with ammonia as this creates toxic fumes more harmful than the mold.

If you find that the potential issue is extensive or you just want to be sure you are finished with the situation, it would be best to bring in a reputable mold remediation company to assess your situation.  This company would be able to identify and suggest a course of action that could limit and eliminate the effects of mold in 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:

  • 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
  • Image from depositphotos, ID 15892692
  • Shutterstock Sequence Number: US-041C159DA-1

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