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.

We specialize in the following services:

Water Damage Zone, Inc.
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.

We specialize in the following services:

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

Removing Carpet Mold with Professional Cleaner

 

The best way to remove mold from carpet in your home is to purchase an anti-mold spray at your local hardware store. By looking at the label on the product you should be able to determine it’s safety and how to use it. Some of these treatments have been known to damage the carpet so be sure to test it before you spray it all over the affected area. The benefit of using these products is that they not only eliminate mold but they prevent it from growing back in the future.

Steam Cleaning

You can rent a steam cleaner from a store specializing in home maintenance in order to kill the mold and clean it off of the carpet. Some of these specialized machines also have a vacuum function that allows you to simultaneously steam and vacuum your carpets. By steaming the carpet and then drying it quickly afterwards you will remove present mold and prevent it from regaining a foothold while the carpet is still wet.

Carpet Cleaner

After this process is complete you may notice that the carpet still has a mildew smell to it. In order to remove this it is recommended that you purchase a heavy duty carpet cleaning product. This will ensure that the carpet is not only clean after mold removal, but that it is deodorized. This way the whole apartment won’t hold the smell of the mold that you just eliminated.

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Remove Moldy Carpet

If the carpet is overly moldy in certain spots it is best to just remove and replace the carpet. Once carpets are overgrown with mold it can be nearly impossible to completely clean them. In these cases it is best to just remove the sections of the carpet that are affected with large amounts of mold and replace them. By removing these sections of carpet you are also removing the mold spores that will continue to reinfect and grow in your home.

Call Professionals

If you are dealing with carpet mold that takes up a whole room or multiple rooms in your home it is best to just call professionals. Removing the mold once it has reached this point can be extremely time consuming and difficult. If just one spot of mold is missed, it will be able to regrow and ruin your whole house time and time again. By hiring a professional you will not only save time but ensure that you don’t have to go through the mold removal process more than once. Consider calling a well-certified home restoration company like Water Damage Zone to come to your home and give you an evaluation of your mold situation.

 

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

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6 Signs It’s Time to Repair Your Home

It’s easy to let things go in your home over time. Allowing them to gradually deteriorate and lose their functionality. The important key here is that these problems can cost thousands of dollars in repairs. These include rebuilding parts of the home that have become so damaged that there is no other option.

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1. Roof Damage

Your roof is the first place that water will enter your home if it is damaged. By regularly checking your roof, you can ensure that no leaks are forming and that your roof remains strong. Look for cracks or missing shingles, both of these signs will indicate that your roof is in need of some serious repairs.

2. Mold in Your Home

Check your home for moisture and monitor the level of humidity in all of the rooms. If it is too high in a certain room, purchase a dehumidifier to lower the level. Mold begins to form in areas where moisture has been allowed to build up for extended periods of time. The faster you get rid of mold, the less of a threat it poses to your health and home.

903876653. Gutters Aren’t Working Properly

Make sure that all of your gutters are properly connected and draining properly. You may have to unclog some of your gutters and drains to ensure that the whole system is working effectively to remove water from your home. Always ensure that you are using an appropriate ladder and safety equipment when performing repairs on your gutters.

4. Pest Infestation

Rotting wood and soil will attract pests such as ants and termites, who feed on these materials and use it to build their homes. These can be prevented by keeping landscaping away from the home’s foundation. That way pests can’t find their way inside the home. Once the structure of the home has been breached by pests the best thing a homeowner can do is call a pest control company to eliminate the bugs before they cause serious damage.

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5. Siding is Rotting or Deformed

When you notice that your siding is beginning to fall off, or that it has cracks, it is time to consider replacing the siding on your home. Siding is pretty cheap and easy to replace so you should take care of this problem right away before it becomes any more expensive. If your siding is damaged, you may also notice that your heating or cooling bill is much higher than usual. This is typical and should return to normal after you resolve this issue.

6. Cracks in Your Foundation

Walk around the home with a number 2 pencil and look at the foundation. Find all of the cracks and stick the pencil in starting with the lead tip. If the pencil goes all the way in, up to the yellow paint, then it is a sign that you need to call professionals to repair your foundation. Keep in mind that companies like Water Damage Zone are open 24/7 and able to assist you with problems such as these at any time. Don’t wait to fix issues like this until the last minute!

 

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

Gutter Clogs Can Cause Catastrophic Damage to Homes

 

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Cleaning out your gutters is something that you may take for granted and hopefully you do it at least once a year. Many homeowners fail to realize that a clog in a gutter can cause a lot more damage than just that to your home. It is important to note when one of your drains seems to be emptying improperly and take steps to repair it before the damage becomes greater.

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Foundational Damage

Clogged gutters can cause the water to pour right over the sides of the gutters and to collect around the foundation of your home. This will inevitably lead to cracks in the foundation as well as its general deterioration. Even without direct damage to the foundation, this water can cause mold to grow which will cause more damage to the home over time.

Damage to Landscaping

The landscaping of your home may look nice but it should also serve to functionally route water away from your home and towards shrubbery and trees. These features can become damaged over time from improperly draining gutters. Water can create new pathways in landscaping, directing itself towards structures that will become water damaged over time.

Wood Rot

The boards that often hold gutters in place are themselves made of wood. When they clog up and fill with water, they overflow and begin to rot. These gutters will cause water to flow out of the sides and down the side of the home. If the home has any wood on it at all, this will begin to rot as well. That is why it is extremely important to ensure that all of your gutters are functioning properly 100% of the time.

 

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