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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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.

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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

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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.

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  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
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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.

 

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

Reasons to remove Dirty Caulk from Bathroom

The appearance of dirty caulk might be enough of a reason for getting rid of it, however it doesn’t just stop there. Dirty caulk also presents health hazards and a spreading medium for mold.

Health Hazards

Rest assured that anything related to mold will have a bad impact on the health of any inhabitants living in its presence. This is one of the primary reasons why you need to get rid of dirty caulk from bathrooms. If the water in a bathtub makes contact with the caulk and your skin at the same time it can definitely create problems such as skin rashes and irritation etc.

Spreading Medium

Dirty caulk has the ability to spread mold across the whole bathroom gradually and effectively. Therefore, it is highly advised to get rid of the dirty caulk as soon as you discover its presence. The sooner the caulk is removed, the more effective the eradication process will be.

 

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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

 

Situation Degraded

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.

 

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  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
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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
  • 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