Small Leaks Lead to Big Problems

Pretend that you are walking around your home, going about your daily routine when you hear a faint dripping in the background. You try to discover where it’s coming from but to no avail. You check all of the faucets in the home in all of the bathrooms. Even though you’ve checked every room you can’t seem to find it. Eventually, you walk towards the wall next to your bathroom. You put your ear up to it and hear the dripping from within the wall. This is a common occurrence in homes that need some maintenance and shows just how easily a leak can be overlooked and allowed to continue for long periods of time. Well, these leaks may seem small but they cause big problems.

Mold

One of the first things that you should be concerned with is mold. Mold can easily begin to grow from a small leak in your home. The more hidden the leak is, the more likely there is to be mold growth because you won’t be able to see it. Remember, mold likes moist damp places to grow in. It will quickly take hold in these areas and begin to spread throughout the home.

Damage to Drywall

Water will also degrade your drywall. Once it has made contact with the drywall it will begin to absorb into it. Drywall is not water resistant so it will continue absorbing the water which will cause it to morph and degrade until it is in need of replacement. This is why it is important to detect leaks and fix them quickly.

Electrical Wiring Havoc

Any electrical wires or outlets that come into contact with water will become damaged and dangerous for those living in the home. The moisture from a leak is all that is needed for the electrical wiring in your home to go crazy. Water will also flow in your home because of gravity and this will inevitably lead it to places like outlets and wires that you don’t want it to reach.

Structural Destruction

Water will also soak into the structure of your home. This includes the foundation and the flooring. Over time these things will begin to warp and discolor, creating the need for massive overhauls and repairs in order to restore the home to its original condition. Water is also harder to detect in these areas because like inside of your walls, it is hidden from your view.

Pests

Hidden water leaks in your home will also undoubtedly provide pests with the moisture that they need to survive. They will use the water for hydration and also may build their nests around it because it is usually in a hard to see area. Once pests have found a home they will continue to wreak havoc on yours until you find them and eradicate them. Even then, it will be hard to keep them out unless you fix the source of the problem, the leak in your home.

Professional Repairs

When you have found a leak in a hard to reach area it usually means that it’s time to call professionals like Water Damage Zone. We know how to check difficult areas for leaks so we can be sure before drilling holes into your walls that it is necessary in order to repair the damage. Companies like ours are certified and experienced in fixing this type of damage. We will quickly and efficiently patch up holes and repair leaks so that your home is back to normal in no time.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

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.

 

 

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Corporate Office

15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411

How Long to Perform a Dry Out for Mold

 

Doing a dry out for mold is important but not always something that people know about and understand. Keep in mind that controlling the humidity in the home will help with a mold problem but it will not eliminate it completely. The humidity in the home should be around 50% or less for mold to become inactive. This means that it will stop it from growing and it won’t get any worse. Keep this humidity for as long as possible and especially while you are taking the time to eradicate the mold from your home. There are more steps to eliminating your mold after reducing the humidity.

Vapor Steam Cleaner

A good thing to use at this point to eliminate your mold problem is a vapor steam cleaner. This steam cleaner will use dry vapor that gets up to between 180 and 220 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature range is high enough to actually kill the mold and this works on most kinds of mold. There are some types that are heat resistant and may actually become dormant and not die from this method.

Tea Tree Oil

A combination of tea tree oil and water can be used by spraying it on top of the mold. Use this combination at a mixture of 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil for every 2 cups of water. Apply it to all of the mold in the location. This will work to kill off most mold in areas like the shower, bathroom, and kitchen where you don’t want to use harsh chemicals in case you accidentally ingest or inhale them.

White Vinegar

White vinegar in a bottle has been known to eliminate mold on contact. Just buy your white vinegar and pour it directly into a spray bottle. Then spray it directly onto moldy areas and let it dry. The smell will be strong but when used repeatedly and allowed to dry completely, the results will be good. Vinegar is another good alternative for those of us who are harmful to chemicals or just being cautious for their own health and well-being.

Call Professionals for Big Mold Problems

While the methods listed above work for small mold problems that pop up from time to time, they will not work on larger areas with mold damage. These problem areas will need an expert’s touch. Only hire companies like Water Damage Zone, who are certified in mold removal, and will treat your property with the utmost care. We have an expert team of professionals who ensure that the problem is solved quickly and with proper care to a customer’s personal property.

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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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 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

 

How to Keep Your Home Well-Ventilated

Keeping a well-ventilated home should be on top of everyone’s priority list when it comes to household maintenance. Professional equipment comes in handy when helping to ventilate homes but the home also needs to have a flow of air going through it to carry debris and air pollution out of the home. In order to achieve proper air flow, there are several strategies we will go over in this article.

Old Homes Weren’t Ventilated

Many people note that older homes don’t contain proper ventilation that could move air in and out of the home. Older homes, lacking the insulation and proper sealing of newer homes, allowed air to more easily move in and out of the home. The building materials were also more porous, allowing air to even move through them. This didn’t solve all of the issues that a proper ventilation system would have but it certainly made it more tolerable than it is to live in a modern building without ventilation.

Not Having Ventilation is Bad

Not having a ventilation system is one of the worst things that you can do to yourself when it comes to a home. Think about it, all of the air in the home is stale and lingering. Any particles of debris, pollution, and even mold spores are lingering in the same space for months. When it hits the spring and summer months it becomes particularly difficult for air to move in and out of the house, creating worsened problems from mold and humidity.

Balanced Ventilation

A ventilation system that involves a balanced system is the best case scenario. This is because different fans bring air in and out of the home. By doing this it allows for the control of an entry point and exit point for the air entering and exiting the home. This is important because certain areas of the home will need more air than others. Having air delivered to the areas that are most used is important and also have air sucked out of rooms where moisture or other debris builds up. This will ensure a healthier quality of life and will prevent mold and other bacteria from getting out of control in your home.

Heat Recovery

Heat recovery is the best possible option to have when installing a ventilation system. What this does is it reduces the amount of humidity blown into the house. The way that it ensures this is that it changes the temperature of the air as it enters to match the air inside of the home. By doing this the heat recovery system will prevent moisture from building up in the home that will further exacerbate these issues.

Ventilate Your Home!

Home ventilation is one of the best things that you can invest in. It will enhance your quality of life and prevent your home from degrading because of moisture and mold. If you are unsure of where to begin, call the professionals at Water Damage Zone. We will be able to schedule a time to inspect your home and discuss the best possible options for where to install a ventilation system. We will help to ensure that you never have to deal with issues from mold and moisture 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.

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

Is There Black Mold in My Walls?

Black mold is toxic, deadly and can live inside of your walls without you knowing. If your home is dark, hot and humid, then you have the perfect conditions for black mold to grow. Mold growing in your walls can be hard to detect so it is best to leave it to professionals.

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Black Mold

It’s actually a greenish-black color and has a slimy texture. You will notice an earthy smell near where it is growing. It has the scent of soil and rotting leaves. This odor can be especially strong in bad cases. The danger here is that the toxins are already floating in the air all around. Breathing in the spores is futile for your health. Expect to have allergy-like symptoms with wheezing and coughing.

Identifying Black Mold

You will notice that it is a greenish-black color in addition to being slimy. It has a musty odor and needs moisture to grow. The mold begins by feeding on the building materials or whatever organic materials it can get a hold of. Sometimes it appears gray with a powdery texture. The only way to know for sure if it is black mold is to study it with a microscope. If you have mold it is best to consult professionals like Water Damage Zone to come to your home for an inspection.

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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Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

Black Mold in Rotting Wood

Most homeowners have encountered dry rot and know about its structural implications, but many do not know that it is a home for all types of mold including one of the most deadly, black mold. Mold causes dry rot to spread extremely fast and can cost you thousands of dollars in reconstruction costs. This doesn’t include the impact that mold has on the health of the home’s inhabitants.

Black Mold and Dry Rot is Often Unnoticed

Many don’t even become aware of the presence of dry rot and black mold in the home until it is renovated. When walls and fixtures are removed it allows you to look inside of the home where mold is allowed to grow undisturbed for extended periods of time. Anything can cause mold to grow in the walls including leaking pipes, high humidity, or mold spores spreading from another source.

 

Dry Rot and Black Mold Needs THIS to Grow

Water leaking

Black mold and dry rot can occur on wood in the home anywhere that is dark. It needs the following four things in order to establish itself on the wood of your home:

Oxygen
Moisture
Temperatures between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit
Food Source (in this case it is the cellulose in wood)

By eliminating access to these, mold will eventually wither and die. Unfortunately, when it is growing on wood, it has constant access to a food source and is hard to remove. For tricky situations like this it is best to call professionals.

Removing Dry Rot

Getting rid of dry rot is tricky and time consuming. It often requires chemicals, replacing whole parts of the structure of the home, and heavy detailing when cleaning. In order to ensure that this process is completely correctly, it is best to hire a home restoration company like Water Damage Zone, to inspect and repair the damage. By incorrectly repairing dry rot and black mold, you risk causing further damage to your home and the health of its inhabitants.

 

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