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Blocked Drains Cause Flooding

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Your blocked drains outside of your home are one of the main reasons that you find your property flooding with water when a storm hits. These drains connect to a system of pipes that connect to the sewer system of all the homes around yours. All the water from your home is going into this sewer line. If your drains become backed up, these pipes are already full of water and it can do little to prevent flooding in and around your home.

Outside Drains are Where Flooding Starts

Leaves, dirt, bugs, and other debris clog your outside drains and cause them to become unable to do their job and carry water away from your home. Once they’ve had too much, they either break or begin overflowing. The water easily finds its way into your home and wreaks havoc on your personal belongings.

Clearing the Drain by Hand

The drain can usually be cleared by hand. All you must do is first clean any debris off the outside of the grate on the drain. Then, pull the grate off the drain and use a small tool such as a small shovel to get out all the debris from the inside. You can use your hand to get any small pieces that the shovel can’t get out. By doing these simple steps you can prevent your drain from overflowing in a storm.

Hydro-Jet

If the clog is farther down in your drain, a hydro-jet can be used to clear out debris in the pipe as well as any sediment. The way it works is by forcing a high-powered stream of water into the pipe to unclog anything that you are unable to get with your hands. Hydro-jets are powerful though and should always be used with caution because they can cause injury.

Prevent Clogging

Keep the outside of your drains clean always to prevent them from becoming clogged. Remember that if a drain is too clogged to fix on your own, you need to call professionals. It is only a matter of time until the drain overflows and begins to flood your home. By taking simple daily steps such as cleaning the outside of your drains, you can prevent yourself from having to deal with a severe flooding problem inside of 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.

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

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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

Repairing Ceiling Water Damage

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When your ceiling sustains water damage, it is important for your health and home to fix the problem immediately. If the water damage remains for too long it will lead to mold and the structure of your home will become weaker. Knowing how to address this problem with save you time and money in the future.

Stop the Leak

The source of the leak needs to be stopped before you can begin any work repairing the home. If the leak isn’t repaired, then any water that enters will undo any repair work you may have made.

Dry the Ceiling

After you have sealed the leak, you can begin to dry off the ceiling with towels and a shop vac. It is important that you clean the ceiling from above and below it. This means the flooring/roofing above where the ceiling is located. If there is a bulge in the ceiling this means that there could be water sitting inside the ceiling. In this case use a bucket and knife to puncture the bulge into the bucket. Allow the area to completely dry.

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Remove Damaged Ceiling

Pieces of ceiling may be hanging off or bulging out. This needs to be scraped away and smoothed before repairs can be performed. Any flakes or chips should be scraped off as well. The ceiling should be as flat and smooth as possible.

Sand the Ceiling

Now you are going to need to sand the ceiling so that it can be smoothed even more. Small holes can be filled in with joint compound. For bigger holes, you will need to use drywall and plaster to repair them. After these repairs have dried you will need to sand them down so that they are level with the rest of the ceiling.

Paint

Now that you are done with the repairs and everything has dried, you are ready to paint. First apply a coat of primer to the ceiling. After this you will need to let the primer dry and then apply a coat of paint. The best way to do this is to completely paint your whole ceiling so that the color matches and there aren’t any spots.

 

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

Important: How to Dry Your Home Fast After a Flood

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Flooding is a common scenario that most homeowners encounter from time to time. It is important to remember that you need to act fast when a home begins to flood so that the situation doesn’t get out of hand. This means to clear any drains and gutters so that water can flow where it’s supposed to go instead of in your home.

Air Circulation

The first most important thing to do after a flood is open all the windows in the home. Open all doors, closets, and drawers and allow things to dry out. If the electricity has been safely restored to the home, you can use fans to circulate the air in and out of the home. By using a dehumidifier, you can also speed up the drying process if it’s too humid outside to open the windows.

Sump Pump

You can rent a sump pump or buy one to have in your home all the time. What the sump pump does is stay below the water level in your basement and works to constantly push water out of your home. This will help you to quickly remove excess water from your home. A shop vacuum that can handle wet and dry materials should be used to suck water out of any carpeting.

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You can buy certain products that will help to remove moisture from rooms and objects in your home. Some of these are: clay, silica gel, and calcium oxide. These will work to remove any moisture out of the air. Place them inside of closets or drawers to remove the moisture. You can also place them inside of airtight containers with your wet items to suck the moisture out of them.

Call Us

Remember to call a professional like Water Damage Zone if you ever have water damage occur to your home. We have all of the equipment and professionals, stay open 24/7, and are certified in properly repairing water damaged homes. If you feel like the situation is out of your control give us a call and we’ll save the day for you.

 

 

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

Bleach Doesn’t Always Kill Mold

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Bleach is an item commonly prized for its high strength cleaning abilities around the house. Many people use bleach on mold and simply think that this kills it. Well, it may have worked or it may not have. What many people don’t know is that bleach cannot eliminate all types of mold.

Over 100 Types of Mold

There are over 100 different kinds of mold that can be found to commonly grow in your home. That’s why unless you know what kind of mold you’re dealing with, bleach can often be useless. Mold has existed and evolved in nature to grow in all types of ways on all kinds of surfaces. Some are resistant to certain cleaners and easily removed by others.

Government Agencies

Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) say that bleach is not recommended for eliminating mold from your home. Bleach is known to be corrosive and cause damage to the surfaces that you are using it on. It is completely ineffective against porous material such as wood or furniture cushions, where it fails to penetrate deep within the pores to eliminate mold.

How to Actually Kill Mold

Unless you know what kind of mold you have, it’s hard to know what’s going to kill it. Many hardware stores sell an array of mold cleaners that may or may not solve your problem. Removing mold from all surfaces such as wood, carpeting, or furniture will be hard. In these scenarios it is best to clean them as much as you can, disinfecting them with spray, and wrapping them in plastic so that air cannot get inside. Always where a mask, goggles, and gloves when cleaning mold so you don’t ingest any mold spores or dangerous chemicals.

Calling Professionals

This is the most recommended course of action when dealing with a mold problem. Water Damage Zone specifically provides services that will identify the mold and select a specific product that will work the best against that strain of mold. We know what materials can be salvaged and the ones that are sources for mold growth and need to be eliminated. Our equipment is top of the line and some is accessible only to mold removal companies. Consult with us first, even if you are determined to handle your mold problem on your own.

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