How to Deal with Fire and Smoke Damage

Burning building

 When your home has had a fire whether large or small, you have a lot on your mind and a lot to deal with post-fire. Life after a fire is tough and getting your home cleaned up after is a huge challenge. If you want your life to get back to normal, you will need to focus on mitigating the fire damage and removing the odor and the damaged items.

Something that most people do not know is that there are a variety of different types of fire damage and subsequent smoke damage. They all must be treated differently and the damage from them must be addressed with the appropriate and fitting plan. Some of the main types of fire and smoke damage that can occur in your home are: dry or wet smoke, protein fire, fuel oil soot, fire extinguisher powder and water damage. Due to all of the different types of fire and smoke damage that can occur, it is important not to try to mitigate the damage yourself. You should look for a company that is experienced at dealing with fire damage, smoke damage and water damage and have them come in for a consultation.

They should take care to explore the areas of your home that have been directly affected by the fire as well as the immediate areas. They should carefully examine your flooring particularly if it is carpet because the ashes and soot may have become embedded in the carpet. They should also carefully check for water damage because they will need to be mitigated first to prevent mold from growing. It is critical that you take action immediately after the fire has been put out (i.e., the same day or next day if it happens at night) in order to get rid of the fire and smoke damage in your home.

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

My Christmas Tree Has Mold! What Do I Do?

As we all know, trees come from the outdoors, so the chances that they have mold spores are most certain. These spores cause allergies and bothersome reactions in many of us. However, you can still enjoy your Christmas tree by following these steps to reduce the amount of mold on it. The mold should be removed before bringing your tree into the home.

Treating a Moldy Tree

Real Christmas trees will need to be treated with a professional grade fungicide. You can get these supplies at a local hardware store. You can also make fungicide by combining 3 tablespoons baking soda, 1 tablespoon bleach, 1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid, and a gallon of water. Stir these together and then put it into a spray bottle. Spray your entire tree outdoors and allow it to completely dry for 24 hours.

Air Purifier

Placing an air purifier in the home will help to keep the air clean and fresh. Air purifiers can be bought in most department stores and hardware stores. They work to extract allergens such as mold spores from the air. This allows you to breathe in clean, healthy air instead of air that is plagued with pollutants. You can leave the air purifier constantly running in the room so that it’s always working to filter your air.

Keeping the Water Mold-Free

The tree is sitting in dormant water which can easily become overrun with mold spores. The best way to prevent this is to add 2 ounces of bleach to the water in the tree’s base. This will prevent mold spores from growing and forming into mold infestations under your Christmas tree. If you are smart about planning your Christmas tree you can ensure that your family won’t be dealing with any annoying allergies indoors this winter season.

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  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
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Corporate Office

15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411

Help My Toilet is Overflowing!

 

When you start to see the water level rising in your toilet it can be alarming. When you are unsure what to do it makes this situation all the more stressful. That’s why it’s important to remember some important tips when it comes to dealing with an overflowing toilet.

Shut Off the Water

By turning the valve that is located on the pipe at the back of the toilet, you can turn off the water to the toilet. This will prevent it from overflowing and spilling all over your bathroom floor. After the water has been turned off to the toilet, you can begin to determine what has caused it to overflow in the first place.

Fixing a Clog

One of the easiest fixes is a clogged toilet. This can be simply fixed by using applied pressure with a plunger. Just put the mouth of the plunger around the hole at the bottom of the toilet and plunge repeatedly until you notice that water starts draining out of the toilet. Once the clog is fixed you can turn the water back on and flush the toilet.

Fixing the Float Mechanism

You can easily fix the float mechanism in your toilet by bending it so that it sits lower in the back area of the toilet bowl. This will prevent the back area of your toilet from filling up with so much water that can cause overflows to happen more easily. Toilets need regular maintenance like anything else in your house. It is important to check the parts from time to time in the back of the toilet bowl to make sure that they are all functioning properly.

Chronic Overflow

If your toilet is chronically overflowing, then it is important to deal with it by calling professionals. Chronic overflows are a symptom of something being severely backed up in your plumbing. This problem could become much worse and cost a lot more money if a pipe bursts. That is why it is important to have professionals, like Water Damage Zone, deal with the problem because they ensure that the proper repair process will be followed.

 

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

Black Mold- Health Risks

There are several kinds and types of mold that can be divided into several categories and sub-categories. Black mold, also known as Stachybotrys chartarum, is one of the most common species. It is not only toxic, but also causes several problems related to skin and the respiratory system. However, not all mold that is black by appearance is Stachybotrys chartarum. Here are some of the symptoms you may experience if your home has black mold.

Respiratory Problems

The respiratory system is usually one of the first things that will be effected due to breathing in the area of the black mold. The toxic fumes are breathed in and then enter the respiratory system, which immediately leads to difficulty breathing. Major symptoms may include breathlessness, wheezing, coughing, swelling of the lungs, sore throat, bleeding in the lungs, runny nose, itchy nose and nose bleeds.
These symptoms may vary based on the age, and the immune system of the person.

Circulatory Problems

The irritation doesn’t stop at the respiratory system, encountering black mold can also effect the circulatory system if it’s absorbed through breathing or the skin. The toxins in the black mold can find their way into the bloodstream and cause complications such as, heart damage, blood clotting and external or internal hemorrhaging.
If you or someone you know has been in direct contact with black mold, see a doctor if they have any of the following symptoms: irregular heartbeat, heart inflammation, low blood pressure, vomiting of blood, bone marrow disruption and bleeding tendency.
The severity of the symptoms may vary from one person to another, but immediate care should be taken in order to eradicate the chances of further damage to other organs. To ensure safety contact a doctor immediately following the presence of any of the above symptoms in order to minimize damage. The person having these symptoms should be moved to a mold free area, in order for them to be safe from any more damage or difficulties.

 

Skin Problems

One of the several ways through which mold makes it into the human body is by getting absorbed into the skin. Skin can be highly damaged due to mold. Areas that can get sweaty, like armpits or creases in the skin, have a higher tendency to be effected by black mold.
Symptoms may include, crawling of the skin, dermatitis and jaundice.

 

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

Help, I Have a Toilet that Backed Up

One of the worst experiences that a homeowner can have is to come home after a long day at work and discover that a toilet has overflowed due to a backed up sewer line.  It can be incredibly disheartening and just gross to have to deal with.  When you run into this issue, it is best to just have it cleaned as soon as possible.

Every kind of water damage can degrade the quality of the home that experiences damage.  Wood becomes weakened.  Carpets are destroyed, and you can see the growth of mold in the area increased.  The complication from dealing with sewer water is that it is highly unsanitary, and it creates very unique issues that have to be accounted for.

 

Clogs

One of the main reasons toilets overflows occur is through clogs.  In order to have a properly working septic system, read carefully what can be flushed and what can’t.  Some toilet papers, body hair among other things can contribute to the improper ability of the water to flow normally.  Sanitary bleach wipes can become caught in the lines, and if enough are flushed, you have a real issue on your hands.  You won’t notice this at first, but eventually, there will be a sewage bomb ready to go off.

 

The first gurgling sounds of a toilet can be shocking as you try to figure out what just happened.  In these early moments, water is moving out of the bowl and as water tends to do, it finds the lowest place to settle.  If you are fortunate, this occurs in an unfinished basement, but sometimes this can occur in an upper floor bathroom as well.

 

 Damages

There are many issues that occur from having a toilet back up with the primary being the condition of the water.  In most cases, this water, called blackwater, is already rich with sewage.  It is incredibly unsanitary and foul to deal with.  These back-ups can also lead to permanent damage to your home through rust, odor and insects.  Mold grows freely in this kind of water damage, and these molds can grow in drywall, wood, wallpaper, etc.  Any location that has been affected is a candidate for mold growth.  Floor covers can be ruined, and you’ll have to remove carpets and rugs contaminated.  Finally, appliances can be ruined, and there is a risk of electrical and fire hazards as well.

wrecked home

Your best option in dealing with a toilet back-up is to contact a professional restoration service as soon as possible.  Many certified restoration companies will respond in a professional and rapid manner with all necessary equipment to combat and bring your home back.  It is highly unadvisable to tackle this issue on your one as this issues from this kind of water damage cannot only damage your home, but they can have serious health impacts for you and your family.  Contacting a water damage restoration service allows you to have the job done right the first time.  Toilet back-ups are already unpleasant to experience without the stress of cleanup on you.

 

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

Health Issues With Mold

Mold is something that people live with on a daily basis.  It can be found in many different environments, and it is very pervasive.  The effects on mold can be different for many people as it can be a minor irritance to something more serious.  It is important to know your molds to see if there needs to be a rapid response and cleanup.

Dramatic fungal landscape on a rotting lemon. Penicillium species.

The first question to ask is, “What is mold?”  They are fungi, and there can be up to half a million different varieties.  They grow in warm, damp and humid conditions.  Molds can also grow where there is detrious materials that can feed mold growth.  Mold reproduction is done through creation of spores which can be carried on the wind or circulated air in a house.  Molds can be very hardy as they can survive dry periods and then grow once the conditions are optimal.

Some of the most common molds are Cladosporium, which is olive green, brown or black in color.  There is also Penicillium which can be used as an antibiotic, but also in the creation of cheeses.  Alternaria is a third kind of fungi which tends to be represented through allergies such as hayfever. Finally, Aspergillus is a mold that can contaminate starchy foods such as breads and potatoes.  While these are four examples, there are thousands of possible molds that can be present in your home.

We live with mold on a daily basis.  However, sometimes people can develop allergic reactions to their presence.  For sensitive people, symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing and forms of skin irritation can occur.  These can be simple, and they can be dealt with using antihistamines.  Sometimes there is a more serious reaction that can occur.  These severe reactions can be seen in hay fever and shortness of breath.  In extreme cases, mold infections can occur in the lungs.

This potential for serious infection presents the potential of indoor molds for being responsible for respiratory tract symptoms, cough, wheezing, but also asthma in sensitive people.  Sometimes molds can create pneumonia in people with extreme sensitivity.  The risks in children and the elderly can be very susceptible to these effects.

Mold is something that we live with on a daily basis, and it affects each of us differently.  If you find that you have a potential mold issue in your home, you would be well served to contact a certified mold repudiation service for a home assessment.  If mold issues are addressed, then you can begin to enjoy 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
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Water Damage Zone, Inc.

Corporate Office

15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

Repairing Ceiling Water Damage

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.

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 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