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

Small Leaks Lead to Big Problems

Pretend that you are walking around your home, going about your daily routine when you hear a faint dripping in the background. You try to discover where it’s coming from but to no avail. You check all of the faucets in the home in all of the bathrooms. Even though you’ve checked every room you can’t seem to find it. Eventually, you walk towards the wall next to your bathroom. You put your ear up to it and hear the dripping from within the wall. This is a common occurrence in homes that need some maintenance and shows just how easily a leak can be overlooked and allowed to continue for long periods of time. Well, these leaks may seem small but they cause big problems.

Mold

One of the first things that you should be concerned with is mold. Mold can easily begin to grow from a small leak in your home. The more hidden the leak is, the more likely there is to be mold growth because you won’t be able to see it. Remember, mold likes moist damp places to grow in. It will quickly take hold in these areas and begin to spread throughout the home.

Damage to Drywall

Water will also degrade your drywall. Once it has made contact with the drywall it will begin to absorb into it. Drywall is not water resistant so it will continue absorbing the water which will cause it to morph and degrade until it is in need of replacement. This is why it is important to detect leaks and fix them quickly.

Electrical Wiring Havoc

Any electrical wires or outlets that come into contact with water will become damaged and dangerous for those living in the home. The moisture from a leak is all that is needed for the electrical wiring in your home to go crazy. Water will also flow in your home because of gravity and this will inevitably lead it to places like outlets and wires that you don’t want it to reach.

Structural Destruction

Water will also soak into the structure of your home. This includes the foundation and the flooring. Over time these things will begin to warp and discolor, creating the need for massive overhauls and repairs in order to restore the home to its original condition. Water is also harder to detect in these areas because like inside of your walls, it is hidden from your view.

Pests

Hidden water leaks in your home will also undoubtedly provide pests with the moisture that they need to survive. They will use the water for hydration and also may build their nests around it because it is usually in a hard to see area. Once pests have found a home they will continue to wreak havoc on yours until you find them and eradicate them. Even then, it will be hard to keep them out unless you fix the source of the problem, the leak in your home.

Professional Repairs

When you have found a leak in a hard to reach area it usually means that it’s time to call professionals like Water Damage Zone. We know how to check difficult areas for leaks so we can be sure before drilling holes into your walls that it is necessary in order to repair the damage. Companies like ours are certified and experienced in fixing this type of damage. We will quickly and efficiently patch up holes and repair leaks so that your home is back to normal in no time.

 

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

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.

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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Water Damage Zone, Inc.

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
  • 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

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
  • 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

Kitchen Sponges a Home for Mold?

Sponges are great for cleaning your dishes, but they’re also the perfect material for mold to grow in. Dirty sponges can even lead to food poisoning if they have leftover pathogens from food inside of them. The best way to avoid this situation is to keep your sponges clean and dry when you’re not using them.

Cleaning Your Sponges

There are many ways to clean your sponges but sometimes the best thing to do is just replace them. If your sponges just need a little clean up, follow one of these tips:

  • Soak your sponges in a mixture of bleach and water for about a minute

  • Run them through the dishwasher for a full cycle including a heated dry

  • Heat your sponges in the microwave for a minute

Dehidrated sponge 2

Don’t Use Sponges for This

Sponges are good for cleaning up plenty of messes however there are certain types that should be avoided. By using them on certain spills you can cause mold to grow inside of your sponge. Sometimes, sponges aren’t the best option. The following messes should be cleaned with paper towels or another method where you can throw out your cleaning materials:

  • Cleaning up meat juices after preparing meals
  • Washing and disinfecting counter tops

  • Scrubbing walls or the inside of the refrigerator

 

 

Keep Sponges in a Dry Spot

After you wring out your sponge, it is important to put it somewhere that it will stay dry. By allowing your sponge to stay wet, you encourage the growth of mold and other bacteria that can endanger your health. Don’t ever put sponges under the sink or in a container that is closed. Always let them dry out in a bright, well-ventilated area.

Replace Often

Sponges should be replaced often. Don’t keep a sponge for longer than a week or two if you use it regularly. It is important to let your sponges dry out between uses and clean them if they have been used on a lot of dirty dishes. By staying on top of the cleanliness of your sponges, you will prevent health problems for you and your family.

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

Cleaning Smoke Damage Out of Your Home

 

holiday fire hazardsWhen a fire occurs in your home it leaves behind damage in the form of soot and smoke deposits. It is important to ventilate the area after the fire occurs by running fans and leaving windows open. This will ensure that fresh air can replace the smoke damaged air in your home. The following tips will help you when cleaning smoke damage out of your home.

1. Always wear safety gear when dealing with smoke damage. This means safety goggles and gloves. The cleaning chemicals that you will be using can be damaging to your health if you are not prepared. Placing a cloth or a tarp on the floor will prevent anything that falls from staining and damaging it.

2. The first thing to do is remove any of the soot on your walls. You can do this by using a vacuum with an attachment for the hose. Using a brush on the hose, brush the soot off of the wall and suck it into the vacuum. Dry chemical sponges are also an option for removing smoke damage. They have chemicals that remove soot and smoke from the wall but must be washed and allowed to air dry after use.

3. Another popular chemical to use is Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) solution. This chemical is a powerful cleaner that will need to be used with a sponge to scrub your walls down. You should work pieces of your walls at a time. Clean one area completely before moving to the next. You may need to repeat this several times while being sure not to let the wall get too wet. If your walls become too wet this could allow mold to start growing.

4. After all of the smoke damage and soot is removed, wipe the walls down with white vinegar. This will remove the smoke odor from the walls of your home. After wiping them down, spray the area with a deodorizing spray to eliminate any lingering odors.

If you don’t feel like taking your time to follow the proper protocol when repairing smoke damage, it is best to call professionals. Companies like Water Damage Zone know how to properly restore smoke damaged rooms to their former glory. Not only will the room look like new but it will be free of any lingering smoke odors.

 

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