Protecting Documents from Water Damage

One of the most important things you can do is to protect your important documents before a flood. By placing documents in protective casings or in places where it is hard for them to be damaged, you ensure that insurance papers, leases, and other important documents don’t get destroyed.

Prioritize

Sort your documents by the ones that are most important to the ones that are less important. The most important documents will need to be moved as far away from flood damage as possible. This means upstairs or in an attic. You can even go the extra measure of storing them off of the property in a storage unit or a safety deposit box at a bank.

Make Copies

Make extra copies of your important documents and store them in different locations in case of a flood. You can also scan your documents for storage on an external hard drive that you can store in a safe place. Copies of documents are one of the best ways to make sure that you will have one even if another is destroyed.

Use Protective Storage

If you must keep your documents in your home, you can also research water-resistant and fire-resistant storage options. There are cabinets and other storage boxes built to withstand damage from fire or water. Putting one of these in a home can be a great option for keeping documents close by, but also protected in the event of a fire.

After a Flood

Calling professionals like Water Damage Zone after a flood will put them at your service to protect as much of your damaged belongings as possible. We realize that it’s not always possible to save everything in the event of a natural disaster. That’s why companies like Water Damage Zone exist, to salvage as many of a client’s belongings as we can.

 

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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

How to Stop an Overflowing Toilet

 

Seeing a toilet begin to overflow is often like watching a car crash. You know it’s coming, but there’s not much you can do to stop it. Toilet overflows can be stopped if you act quickly and follow these steps:

1. Switch the water supply off to the toilet as quickly as possible. It is a metal valve that is usually located near the bottom side of the bowl. Turn it counterclockwise to shut it off. This will prevent the toilet from having the water that it needs to keep overflowing.

2. Take the top off from the tank on the back of the toilet. Lift the float ball high so that the water stops running. Now all the water should be off so that you can begin to figure out what you need to do to fix your toilet.

3. Grab a plunger and apply it to the hole inside of the toilet bowl. It should be covering the entire hole completely. Continue to pump the toilet, increasing in power as you work. This should dislodge difficult clogs and allow water to pass through your pipes.

4. Also, if the issue is with the float mechanism in the tank of the toilet, it can be adjusted to be lower in the tank. This will prevent the tank of your toilet from overflowing. Check to make sure that the chain on the float mechanism isn’t caught on anything.

5. If this problem persists or becomes unmanageable, call a plumber or water damage professionals like Water Damage Zone to fix your overflowing toilet.

By catching a toilet overflow early and fixing it, you can prevent yourself from dealing with worse problems in the future. If your pipes become heavily clogged, it can often be impossible to clear all of the debris from them. Professionals have the expertise needed to effectively and completely restore your toilet to its original condition.

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

Health Risks Associated with Sewage Exposure

 

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Standing water and or Sewage Exposure is a huge health hazard. Water starts off by accumulating in areas such as construction sites or in potholes in neglected roadway pavement. This water attracts things such as fungi, viruses and parasites. Then the water travels into sewers and remains stagnant for long periods of time. This is how something begins completely clean until collecting in places such as sewers where viruses, bacteria and parasites start to grow. Eventually, if allowed to sit too long, these contaminants will produce health problems in the people exposed to the sewage site.

 

Health Problems

Sewage contains many hazards, ranging from a variety of gases including methane and hydrogen sulfide, both highly poisonous to human beings. These gases are a result of chemical reactions that take place within the sewage. If inhaled they begin to cause many health complications ranging from heart disease to muscular disorders.

The major diseases caused from exposure to sewage are malaria, hookworm infection, gastroenteritis, trachoma, diarrhea and hepatitis. However, by taking small steps, these deadly diseases can be avoided. The following are four precautionary measures to take against sewage exposure:

1. Wash your hands thoroughly, before and after using the washroom.

2. Wash your hands before and after eating.

3. Make sure that there is no stagnant water in places that you spend a lot of time.

4. Wear a protective mask while cleaning up garbage or around the home.
By following these four tips you can ensure that you and your family remain safe from diseases and harmful substances.

 

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

How Does Mold Grow?

Mold is a common problem in homes. It accumulates in damp areas and begins to spread quickly. So what exactly causes mold and what does it need to spread? We’re going to go over some of the things that mold needs in order to survive and spread throughout your home.

Nutrients

Every living thing needs food in order to survive. Mold is no different. It can feed on materials such as: leather, wood, cotton, paper, bread, cheese, and other organic items. Mold also grows abundantly on porous materials such as sponges, couches, mattresses, etc. Once mold has begun to grow on a porous surface the only solution is usually to throw it out.

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Temperature

Another factor in mold growth is the temperature of the area that it is growing in. Mold can grow in any temperature between 32 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit but, it grows even more pervasively between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Even if the temperature is below 32 degrees, the mold will remain dormant until the area becomes warm enough for it to start growing again.

Water

Mold needs moisture in order to grow. Mold cannot grow without water in some form. Whether the room is extremely humid and water accumulates on walls, there is actually running water leaking, or water is left standing. Make sure you keep all areas of the home dry in order to prevent mold growth.

 

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

 

Clogged Drain Prevention

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The best way to deal with a clogged drain is to prevent it from happening in the first place. These are some tips that will help you make sure you don’t have to deal with a badly clogged drain. Just follow these simple steps to ensure that your drains will work like new.

Grease in the Pipe

It may seem a little odd but an easy way to get rid of grease in your pipes is by wrapping a heating pad around the pipe and leaving it until the pipe gets hot. This will liquefy the grease and allow it to slide down the drain. If you don’t have a heating pad you can also hold a hair dryer on the pipe until it becomes hot. After the pipe is hot, flush the grease out of the pipes by running hot water.

Smelly Odors

If you’ve ever dealt with a clogged drain before then you know that they typically smell of rotting food and other bad odors. An easy way to deal with this is to pour a cup of white vinegar in the drain and allow it to sit for half an hour. After the vinegar has sat in the sink, use hot water to rinse out the drain.

Preventing Clogs

Using a drain blocker such as a screen or other device will help to catch pieces of food and other objects that shouldn’t go down the drain. Never pour grease or melted fats down your drain, these will build up and harden inside of your pipes. Don’t put chemicals like paint or other liquids that will harden when they dry into the sink. Once a week pour a pot of boiling water down your drain to break up and flush out deposits that may have built up inside.

 

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

 

Dry Rot Tips and Prevention

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It is likely that you have encountered wood outside that has been the victim of dry rot. Dry rot is the result of wood that has been infected with a fungus. It starts by digesting things in the wood that give it structure and support. The wood tends to be drier and you will notice it is lighter if you pick it up.

Causes of Dry Rot

One of the first things that happens in the development of dry rot is that the wood comes into contact with moisture. While the wood is wet the fungus will begin to grow inside of it. Dry rot fungus will continue to eat away at wood until it disintegrates.

Appearance

Many people confuse the appearance of dry rot with that of carpenter ant or termite damage. The major difference here is that ants and termites will remove the wood to specifically form areas where they live. If you definitely have termites, you will notice that your wood has termites inside of it and eggs or termite droppings outside of holes in the wood.

 

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Prevention

One of the best ways you can stop dry rot from happening in your home is by stopping excess moisture. You can do this in many ways such as fixing leaky plumbing or a hole that is allowing water to contact the wood in your home. If the wood is contacting soil it has an increased chance of becoming wet and growing the fungus.

Treating Wood

Many times it is inevitable that water will come into contact with wood. These wooden areas should be treated so that fungus cannot grow in them. Borate is a commonly used fungicide that will help prevent dry rot in the wood on your home. It can also be used to prevent insects from infesting the wood. Wood can be treated whenever you like and should be done regularly to increase its effectiveness.

Wood Restoration

If dry rot has gotten the best of your home and you can’t simply treat the wood to solve the problem, you will need to replace the damaged areas. Damaged wood can be replaced by companies like Water Damage Zone who are experienced at restoring homes from water damage. Wooden areas commonly need to be replaced after excessive damage has occurred. Professionals will help you restore your home if you are dealing with large amounts of dry rot.

 

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

Capri Sun – Containing Mold

If you haven’t heard about Capri Sun, it is a beverage that people of all ages love to drink. Recently, it has been discovered that there is mold in the juice packets and people around the world are now worried about this problem effecting their homes. The company previously agreed that mold has been found in their packets and stated that they were taking all the necessary steps in order to keep their products safe and healthy for consumers. Let’s explore a few reasons that may have led to the growth of mold in these packets.

First, you have to understand that mold is made up of minute fungi that can even make their way into a packet with the smallest of pores. The fact that mold is everywhere is not as imaginary as it sounds. Capri Sun comes in plastic packets and while it’s transferred from the factory to stores and shops, there is a chance of a slight leakage in the packets. Leaky packets give mold the medium it needs to spread to the rest of the products in the same shipment.

Capri Sun also proclaimed that the reason does not exist within the factory or how their products are being handled of manufactured. The problem could come from using juice past its expiration date or from packets left open in the manufacturing facility for long periods of time, allowing mold to make its way into the pack. The company has taken steps in order to make certain their products are mold free by making the bottom of the juice pack invisible so that consumers can see whether there is mold or not.

This problem isn’t limited to Capri Sun, it happens with other food products as well. Therefore, it is highly advised that consumers make sure that all food items are properly inspected for any presence of 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.

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