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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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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Waterproofing Window Seals

Sealing windows is an important part of keeping your home clean and weather proof. By ensuring that your windows are maintained and properly sealed you will ensure that problems don’t start from lack of proper upkeep. Caulking and replacing the weatherstripping around your windows is of the utmost importance in taking proper care of your home.

Problems of Leaking Windows

Windows that are leaking air signify deeper problems in the home. You may notice that your energy bills are getting more and more expensive. Also, water will be able to travel through the window and into your home. If the window is surrounded by wood or drywall, water can seep into these materials and begin to degrade them and allow for the proper conditions of mold growth.

How to Seal Windows-io90

It is best to use a high-end polyurethane caulk to seal all gaps between the trim and the windows in your home. Make sure you are careful to seal all sides of the window, even the top, this way water will not be able to find any way into your home. Often times it is necessary to completely remove the old caulking from around your windows in order to securely replace all sealant around the window. If you leave some of the old caulking it is possible that it is no longer sealed and will allow for the passage of water into your home.

Weatherstripping

Windows also have something known as weatherstripping that is used in order to keep windows from leaking. Removing the part of the window that opens will help you to find wear the worn out weatherstripping is. It will then have to be sprayed with a solvent to remove the parts that are still adhering to the window. Taking this weatherstripping to a home repair store will help them to identify the proper type you need to replace it with. You will now need to reapply the new product to your window. If all of this sounds way too complicated, never fear, there are professionals that can properly replace your window seals for you. Call a certified home restoration company like Water Damage Zone, who will come out to your home to evaluate and repair the problem quickly and easily.

 

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.

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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.

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Corporate Office
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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.

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Corporate Office
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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.

Effects of water damage

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