Sewage Water Backup

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Whether you own your home or you rent, there are few things that can occur in your home that are more traumatic and quite frankly horrible than a sewer water backup.  These not only possess the stress of water damage, but they also have added rankness of waste water that makes it a true double whammy.

So how does the sewer water backup occur?  They happen for many reasons.  You can have tree roots in your lines, an aging sewer system, combined and blocked pipes.  Whatever the cause, when it occurs, it is tough to deal with. How do tress affect the pipelines?  As your home ages and depending on the age of the home, the home can settle placing stress on the pipes.  These stresses can create cracks which seep water.  As trees and shrubs seek water sources, they can find their roots can find ways into the roots creating blockages.  As more and more roots enter the pipes, there is nowhere for the water to go, so you have a water backup.

Aging sewer systems also play a role in sewer water backups.  With the sewer systems in the United States being on average over 35 years old, this means that there are sewer lines that are potentially upwards of 50-60 years old.  This leads to clogs and simple breakdowns from time resulting in waste and sewer water backup. Combined pipes become an issue when the pipes are responsible for removing both sewer and rainwater.  The lines might become overloaded and backup as a result.  It is always best to stay away from combined pipes if you are able.

Where does sewer water backup?  The short answer is that it backs up in the lowest point in the house.  This is usually the basement, and from experience, it can be a difficult and messy cleanup. How do you keep the drains open?  One of the best ways to keep the lines open is to have an annual inspection of the lines by a company that can assess the quality of the lines and clear blockages if necessary.  This will keep your lines running smoothly, cleanly and most importantly quickly into the municipal water system.

Most importantly, be careful what you are putting down your drains and toilets.  Remember that just because it goes down the kitchen drain or goes down the toilet that it is magically out of your life.  Items and sludge can accumulate in the drain and pipes which over time will create back ups.  Be smart with what goes down the pipes.

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

 

DIY Mold Removal Isn’t The Best Idea

Mold shock.jpgPeople have definitely cleaned up their own mold infestations successfully, but at what cost? Cleaning up mold can not only be overwhelming but also dangerous and problematic. Removing mold from certain surfaces can be next to impossible and homeowners who attempt to do this put their own health at risk and their property. If you encounter any of the following situations it is best to just call a professional.

Large Areas Are Too Unmanageable
Areas larger than 10 square feet should not be handled alone and without training. Most likely, mold in this quantity has damaged far more than you can see. The best thing to do if you discover this much mold in your home is to call professionals to come to your home as soon as possible. The more quickly they begin working on the problem the less of a chance it has to cause more damage to the home.

Mold Grows Behind Drywall
Mold can grow behind the drywall in your home and requires special equipment and trained professionals in order to detect and remove. Specialists will be able to detect where hidden mold is in your home so that it can all be removed. If any mold gets left behind it will reinfest the home again and possibly create an even worse problem than you started with.

Structural Repairs
If mold has grown into and damaged the structure of the home it will be necessary to make repairs. These repairs can require lots of manual labor and time as well as knowledge in proper building restoration procedures. It is best to leave these specialized jobs in the hands of trained professionals. Doing structural repair work is risky and can cause more damage to the home as well as being dangerous.

Mold Causes Many Health Problems
If mold cleanup is attempted on your own you will be putting your own health at risk. Mold is sometimes the result of other issues such as the flooding of contaminated water in the home. This water can contain chemicals, bacteria, and parasites. Attempting to clean up a situation such as this can leave someone in the hospital or even worse dead. Don’t hesitate to call professionals like Water Damage Zone if you have a mold problem and are fearful for your own health.

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
  • Image from depositphotos, ID 15892692

Water Damage Zone, Inc.

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

Top 4 Myths About Mold

mold.jpgChances are that if you’re human you will see mold at some point in your lifetime, probably several. For something that’s been around for so long, it is interesting how many misconceptions people have about what mold is and how to get rid of it. We tackle the top 4 myths about mold in this article.

Bleach Kills Mold
Actually, it sort of does, but not completely. If you are looking for full eradication of the mold you cannot rely solely on bleach. Bleach will kill all live mold however, it will leave the mold spores so they can continue growing at a later time. The best thing to use to clean mold in these situations is a household detergent mixed with some water.

Mold is Always Toxic
There are many kinds of mold that are actually not toxic to humans and some can even be beneficial. Mold is found in our environment because it is essential in breaking down organic materials so that other organisms can grow. Some molds are also used to make cheese or medicine.

My Home Shouldn’t Have Any Mold
Mold is actually present everywhere because the spores travel all over. The main thing that you should be concerned with is how much mold is in your home. If you notice even a small spot of mold in your home it could indicate a problem. By honing in and finding mold when it starts you can prevent it from quickly spreading to the rest of your home.

People Should Take Care of Mold Themselves
People can take care of small areas that mold has infested if they are persistent and know what they are doing. Any area that is smaller than 10 square feet can be taken care of by a skilled individual. However, if the infestation is larger than this or if you don’t know how to remove mold correctly, it is best to leave it to the professionals. Mold problems can become even worse if not handled correctly and end up costing homeowners even more money. Trust certified professionals like Water Damage Zone who will eliminate your mold problem quickly and efficiently.

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
  • Image from depositphotos, ID 15892692

Water Damage Zone, Inc.

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

 

How to Deal With a Burst Water Pipe

Burst water pipe.jpgWater pipes gradually deteriorate over time like everything else in the home. Through the years, changing temperatures can cause expansion and contraction. This will cause damage to the pipes and lead them to eventually fall apart or burst open.

Shut the Water Off
The first thing that you will need to do is to turn off the water to the whole home by finding the main stop-tap. This is usually located underneath of the kitchen sink. Once this is off then you will prevent water from continuing to spray inside of your walls. You should also let the water drain out completely by turning on the other faucets in the home.

Turn Off the Electricity
If you notice that the water is leaking near any electrical wires you will need to switch off the electricity to the home. If the breaker box has water or moisture inside, you should not turn off the electricity. Instead, you will need to call professionals to handle the situation because it is too dangerous to perform repairs on your own.

Clear Out Any Standing Water
There may be water that collected after the water was shut off in areas around where the pipe burst. This could be inside of walls, under floors, or inside of the ceiling. You may have to puncture a hole in these areas in order to get the water out of them. If there appears to be a significant area of water damage it is best to call professionals.

Burst copper pipe.jpgRepair the Leak
Leaks are something that should be repaired by professionals always. This is because of the fact that it may require some parts of the pipe to be replaced. Water Damage Zone hires only certified professionals to handle issues such as these in your home. We are open 24/7 to respond to any water damage that may occur in your home. So don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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
  • Image from depositphotos, ID 15892692

Water Damage Zone, Inc.

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

Effect of Black Mold on Pregnancy

 

Black mold is often found in buildings that have issues with getting rid of moisture. It will grow on any material containing cellulose and also appears as a greenish-black color. It frequently grows outside as well on wood, dried up leaves, or other decaying materials. Black mold can grow on the following surfaces:

Natural carpet
Insulation
Wood
Wallpaper
Cotton
Ceiling Tiles
Paper
Drywall

Black Mold Exposure

This mold is a tricky one because it mostly begins releasing its spores after it becomes dried out. Once the wet slime that is the mold begins drying out the spores can begin to break away from the mass. They become released into the air and then are inhaled by the occupants of the building.

How Does it Affect Pregnancy?

There is no distinct evidence that proves that black mold causes pregnancy loss, but it is believed by many to be a causative factor. There are many reports that do support the idea that pregnancy loss in humans is possible due to mold exposure. Animal studies with mice have shown that mold toxins disrupt fetal development. Many of the mice in this study weren’t able to produce as large or healthy litters as they would have normally. If you are pregnant the best thing you can do is to make sure that your environment is as clean and mold-free as possible.

Testing for Black Mold

If you find mold make sure to have someone first put on protective gear including a face mask, gloves, and safety goggles. This will ensure that they don’t accidentally ingest the mold while inspecting it.

1. Get a few inches of scotch tape.
2. Hold the tape with the sticky side against the mold and gently press down.
3. Don’t fold the tape and stick it into a sandwich bag.
4. Write locations on each of the bags to keep track if there are differences in the mold.
5. Put all the baggies into a mailable envelope or bag.
6. Send the sample to a mold testing laboratory that you find online.

Wherever you send the mold will take some time to inspect it and then will call you with the results. If you find that you do have mold on your hands it is time to call professionals like Water Damage Zone to come in and completely remove the mold from your home. Risking your pregnancy by living in moldy conditions isn’t a smart thing to do. Make sure that you check all of your surrounding and limit your time in areas that may have mold in them.

 

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 is a Danger to Your Family

 

Just finding a patch of mold somewhere in your home can be alarming, but what’s even more alarming is knowing that mold could be causing your family’s health issues. It deteriorates walls, ceilings, and floors much in the same way that it slowly eats away at your health. People often overlook mold’s impact because it remains hidden in many homes until unearthed or allowed to spread to other areas of the home.

Test, Test, Test!!

The most important thing that you can do if you notice that your family could be suffering from mold exposure, is to get a mold test performed on your residence. By doing this one thing you can at least know for certain whether dangerous mold is affecting the health of the people living in the home. You will know mold by its musty odor that will become worse over time as it spreads and multiplies. Also look for some of the common symptoms of those suffering from mold exposure.

Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Some Allergic Reactions to Mold:

Wheezing
Rash
Watery Eyes
Runny Nose
Itchy Eyes
Coughing
Redness of the Eyes

Severe Mold Symptoms:

Mental and Neurological Symptoms
Respiratory Symptoms
Circulatory Symptoms
Vision and Eye Problems
Skin Problems
Immune System Problems
Reproductive System Problems
Tiredness and Discomfort
Other Illnesses and Health Effects

Mold is Often Overlooked as a Cause of Illness

Many of the symptoms listed above can be confused or taken for other illnesses and health problems. This is why it is so difficult to diagnose mold as a health problem unless your home is inspected. If multiple family members are experiencing the same reactions then it is possible that the cause is environmental. If something in the environment of your home is causing these symptoms it is important to have a professional company like Water Damage Zone come to inspect the home for mold infestation and whatever other issues may arise. When dealing with something as dangerous as mold it is never worth it to wait if the health of your family is at stake.

 

 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

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.

We specialize in the following services:

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