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.

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Carpet Mold

Carpets are one of the many things that make our homes enjoyable. When carpets aren’t cared for correctly they can become more than an eyesore, they become a source for mold to spread. When moisture begins to accumulate in the carpet and it is allowed to sit, it allows for the perfect conditions for mold growth. If you use rugs in your bathroom these will need to be frequently aired out and allowed to completely dry to prevent mold.

Cleaning Moldy Carpet

Carpets are full of small holes that allow mold to penetrate deep into their fibers. Once mold has grown in these tiny holes it is usually impossible to completely eradicate it. All the mold spores need is moisture and a warmer room temperature to begin growing again. If mold has penetrated deep into your carpet you will need to have it replaced. If you are removing it yourself, you will need to wear protective gear to prevent yourself from coming in contact with the mold.

Removing and Replacing

Replacing moldy carpet can be dangerous to your health if not done correctly. You can also spread the spores into other areas of your home that will now become contaminated with mold. The padding and floorboards underneath the carpet will need to be examined as well. All of these things may need to be replaced depending on the level of mold contamination. Some rooms may need to have carpet replaced with tiles that are easier to keep dry and remove mold from.

Professional Help

If you find mold covering a large surface area in your home, it is highly recommended that you call a mold remediation professional. In these cases, the mold can be toxic to your health and it is not advisable to fix the problem on your own. Professionals will make sure the mold is completely removed and that everything affected is properly replaced and functioning. Mold can create or make worse of the symptoms of respiratory problems, immune disorders, or allergies.

 

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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 Heaters can cause Mold In Winter

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Winter is a time where it is cold and dry outside for most people. What many don’t realize is that heaters inside of homes provide the optimal conditions for mold growth during the winter season. Mold needs a source of water and a source of food, organic materials, in order to live. Mold likes to grow on any surface where water may sit for a long period of time. Homes get mold because of leaks, floods, clogged pipes, bad air circulation, and high humidity.

Prevention of Mold

Heaters in the home can be managed so that they don’t create situations where mold gets out of control. Making sure that these systems are operating correctly ensures that these scenarios don’t occur in your home. If you see water accumulating on your walls, then you should look into getting a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier will ensure that your home stays dry in areas where mold loves to grow.

Ensuring Proper Air Circulation

By opening up windows during the day and turning fans on around the house, you can make sure that all of the home receives fresh air. This will prevent mold spores from building up in certain locations and beginning to grow. Make sure that the air is dry though, rainy weather can add moisture to the air that will make it more humid.

Keep Track of Your Home’s Humidity

You can easily keep track of the humidity inside of your home by buying a moisture meter at a local hardware store. The EPA recommends that you keep the humidity in your home between 30% and 60%. You will be able to determine the likeliness of mold growth in a room by measuring the humidity. If it is above 60%, the chances of mold growing go up significantly. Also look for the accumulation of moisture in areas that have pipes or windows.

 

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  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
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15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

How to Prevent Mudslide Damage

 

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Mudslides occur frequently in Southern California because vegetation in the region often gets destroyed by brush fires. Without the vegetation, the areas become prone to flash flooding that carries down soil, rocks, trees and brush. Once these things gain momentum they can easily cause damage to your home.

Direct Debris Away from Your Home

By using sandbags and lumber you can create a wall to direct the flow of debris in the case of a mudslide. This is an important step to take because without anything directing the flow of water, your home will easily become flooded. If you can control the flow of water, a mudslide will likely follow the same path and be diverted away from your home.

Board Your Windows

If you know that flash flooding or mudslides are possible, board up your windows that are at ground level. Debris will quickly enter the structure through the windows of the home. By boarding up the windows you will be adding extra support to them and prevent debris from getting into the home.

Protect Your Home

Protecting your home is the most important thing to do in the event of a mudslide. Other parts of your property such as pools, gardens, sheds, and other areas may require too much effort to save. By sticking to a plan that will protect your home, you will save yourself valuable time and energy in the event of a mudslide. You have to accept the reality that if a mudslide occurs, your property will endure some damage. The most important thing to protect is your own home.

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Contact Professionals

If a mudslide causes damage to your home don’t hesitate to call professionals like Water Damage Zone to inspect your property. We will assess the damage to your home and come up with a restoration plan to restore it to its former condition. We have specialists that are trained in dealing with the damage from flash floods and mudslides. If these conditions are not dealt with effectively and immediately they will most likely lead to more damage in your property over time. Trust the experts when it comes to the restoration of your home.

What are some precautions that you take against mudslides? Let us know in the comments.

 

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

How to Fix Moldy Caulk

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The bathroom is easily one of the most humid rooms in the home, with steam lingering long after hot showers. The accumulation of moisture is one of the easiest ways for mold to start growing and one of the first places it likes to grow is caulking. Eliminating mold at first sight is the best way to prevent it from spreading and damaging your home. We will go over how to properly clean mold and also how to replace caulking in more serious cases.

Properly Cleaning Mold Off Caulk

1. Find a bathroom cleaner that is effective against mold and pour some in a bucket with hot water.

2. Using a soft cloth, rub the mold off of the caulk with this solution.

3. Clean the caulk with fresh water from the sink.

4. Pour or spray undiluted bleach onto the caulk and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. This will allow it to remove any extra mold spores and also help by lightening the caulk itself.

5. Brush the caulking with a soft bristled brush by making circular motions.

6. Rinse the caulk again with fresh water.

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Replacing Damaged or Old Caulking

Over time caulk will take damage from mold and it will age. Eventually, the caulking will need to be replaced and if you’re facing a situation with a lot of mold its absolutely necessary. In order to get rid of large mold infestations in shower areas, it needs to be removed at the root. By replacing the caulking you will ensure that mold doesn’t return to your shower after it has been cleaned.

1. Use a utility knife to cut the top edge of the caulk and then cut the bottom edge. After this you should be able to pull the caulking off.

2. Cut any remaining caulk out.

3. Clean where the caulk was removed with isopropyl alcohol. This helps get rid of remaining caulk and any mold spores still in the area.

4. Make sure that the area is allowed to dry completely.

5. Read and carefully follow the caulk instructions on your specific product to prepare it for application.

6. Apply a small line of caulk to any area it was cut from.

7. Wet your index finger and push the caulking into the cracks.

8. Wait the amount of time that is stated on the packaging for the caulk to dry before using the area again.

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

Protect your Documents from Water Damage

Living in a world that is more dependent on a paper trail for our lives and verification more than ever before, it is essential that people understand how to best protect their documents from water damage.  People need to be assured that if they are faced with an issue such as flooding or other forms of water damage that their documents will be safe for review by insurance agents to get their lives back on track.

 

One of the easiest things that people can do is seal their documents through lamination.  A reliable laminator can be purchased at any office supply store for a reasonable price.  Why is laminating a solid option?  Laminating protects by completely encasing your document in a plastic sleeve.  If the seal is solid, then there is almost a zero chance that when faced with water damage that your document will be affected.

 

A second option is the use of waterproof sprays.  While these are not as good as a laminated copy, these sprays can provide a level of security that will protect your papers and documents.  Spraying is best done in layers with the optimum being three to four layers.  Spray once, allow to dry completely, and then spray on the next layer.  This application process will give you a better form of protection.

 

A third option is a product similar to Aquaseal.  These product the paper with a clear coating, and the benefit to these products is that the papers can be folded, unfolded in order to use the material.  This is a tremendous advantage over lamination, yet aquasealants need the material to be a laser or professionally printed material for best results.  If you use your home printer, which will probably be an inkjet, then the ink will run and smear ruining the document.

Another suggestion would be to use waterproof paper, which can be used with inkjet and laserjet printing.  Waterproof paper can also be used for handwritten documents, so it has a wide variety of uses.  These are great for camping or any excursion out into nature.

 

Documents are very important to our well-being.  It is necessary to seal and protect everything from insurance papers, driver’s licenses, medical cards, etc. should be protected for the eventuality when they are needed most.  Don’t wait until the incident has come, but be proactive and protect your documents today.

 

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

Is Mold Toxic

When we hear the word “mold” we have initial fears of our well-being and that of our families as well.  It is necessary to take these fears seriously, but is mold really toxic?  It seems that due to recent studies that they potentially are not.

According to the CDC, molds themselves are not inherently toxic.  Certain molds can produce toxic substances called mycotoxins, yet many molds are neither toxic nor poisonous.  However this doesn’t mean that mold is not a serious issue.

Mold is always present.  It exists inside home and office buildings alike.  It can be found in the air we breath and on the surfaces of items we are consistently in contact with, yet there are few reports to say that mold is responsible for rare health issues such as memory loss.

The effects of mold that most commonly found in people are in the infections and complications in the upper respiratory tract systems.  These issues can be presented in the form of a cough, wheezing in light cases, and move up towards asthma in the more extreme cases.  People who have a sensitivity to allergies find that they have the most issues with the presence of mold.

Just because there are no links to toxicity for mold it does not mean that mold should be taken lightly.  For people who are sensitive to mold, it can be a very unbearable existence as nasal issues, irritation, wheezing and skin irritation can all be manifest with the issues of mold.  In more extreme cases, there may be fever and shortness of breath.  At the worst, people can routinely develop fungal infections in the lungs that will require medical attention.

If you find mold in your home, then you should take every precaution and step to clean up the mold in order to limit your personal exposure to the effects, but also your family as well.  In many cases, the mold can be a simple clean up using water and bleach.  Under no circumstances, never mix bleach with ammonia as this creates toxic fumes more harmful than the mold.

If you find that the potential issue is extensive or you just want to be sure you are finished with the situation, it would be best to bring in a reputable mold remediation company to assess your situation.  This company would be able to identify and suggest a course of action that could limit and eliminate the effects of mold in 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:

  • 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
  • Shutterstock Sequence Number: US-041C159DA-1

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