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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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.

 

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

Removing and Preventing Carpet Mold

Moldy carpets are smelly and unsightly. Not only that but it’s extremely hard to completely remove mold from carpets. Removing moisture from carpeting is just the beginning of removing any mold that has grown on it. It has been found true that carpets with dirt in them are far more likely to have mold growth. The following are some tips and precautions for preventing and eliminating mold growth in your carpets.

Humidity and Temperature

One of the best things you can do to prevent mold growth in your carpets is to keep the humidity in your home low as well as the temperature. By doing this you are creating an environment that is unfavorable for mold growth. You can reduce your home’s humidity by installing a dehumidifier in the room that is affected. By keeping your thermostat low, you will also prevent the temperatures in your home from being too high and encouraging the growth of mold.

Clean Your Carpet

When you spill something on the carpet, clean it up. Doing this as well as vacuuming on a weekly basis will ensure that the carpets in the home remain clean. Clean carpets don’t grow mold as easily as carpets that have dirt and spills on them. By maintaining the cleanliness of your home you also prevent mold from growing in unnoticeable places.

Organic Isn’t the Answer

There is a lot of talk in the news about how much healthier organic products are for us. While this may be true of foods, it is certainly not true of carpeting. Organic carpet made out of materials such as wool, houses mold much easier than a synthetic carpet. This is because mold can actively break down organic compounds in things like wool and use them for food. In order to best protect your carpets from mold make sure they are made from synthetic materials.

Have you ever had mold in your home’s carpet? What did you do to get rid of it?

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Water Damage Zone, Inc.

Corporate Office

15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411

Dangers of Standing Water

Every single living thing needs water. However, when water is left to stand for long periods of time, it can get you into a lot of trouble. Standing water is one of the biggest threats to human life and most people are not even aware of what it does to their health. We are going to go through the main health problems that are generated from standing water and methods to eradicate this problem.

Health Problems Caused by Standing Water

There are several dangers when it comes to stagnant water. It is the favored breeding ground of mosquitoes, dragon flies and flies in general. Standing water is a nest that mosquitoes breed and grow within. Stagnant water is normally undisturbed by people for a long enough amount of time for disease causing mosquitoes to grow in.
Bacteria and viruses from all surrounding areas are attracted towards stagnant water like a magnet and it is there that they make contact with breeding insects. Eventually they will be carried around by the mosquitoes and flies that have been hatched in the stagnant water. If you think you’re safe from standing water in the street by staying inside your home, you’re wrong. Stagnant water serves as a nest to the mosquitoes, which means that once they grow up they start spreading disease in adjacent areas.
If the insects and disease don’t bother you, realize that standing water offers additional risks. It also is one of the main causes of the growth of mold inside the home. Mold presents a separate, but even deadlier threat to your health.
How to Minimize the Risk?

There are three things you need to carefully do upon the discovery of stagnant water:
1. Cover the stagnant water with sand, so that bacteria and the viruses are unable to grow and breed in it.

2. Make sure everything inside your home is properly covered and that there is no water left standing in your kitchen sink or bathrooms, this will help keep the mold from growing and ensure your safety.

3. Contact water damage professionals to assess the situation and take any additional steps that are necessary to completely sanitize the area.

 

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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

Your Allergies may not be Allergies you made be exposed to Mold

 

Most of the people are ready to make peace with the idea of having an allergy if a problem persists over a period of time or if it happens every year at a certain climate change. The reality might contradict from the thoughts of the person. The problem usually persists in things that we usually ignore or forget to check for. The growth of mold is supported in the presence of moisture, therefore, the allergy might just be due to the mold that is growing within the home. Mold has several symptoms that may look like allergies and these symptoms are mentioned and discussed as follows.

Asthma or Breathlessness

One of the most common complaints from people in winters or after heavy rain is that they are unable to breath properly for which they have to take inhalers and even start thinking that they have a problem of asthma. This is not usually the case, the exposure to mold makes breathing difficult once it makes its way into the respiratory system of the human being.

One should properly diagnose the problem before making up their mind about having some kind of a problem.

Eyes Burning

Another problem that is most commonly faced by people is when they have eye burns or if they get red eyes. It must be kept in mind that most of the problems that are related to the burning or irritation in the eyes is either due to the exposure of the person to mold or due to the pollution in the air. Most of the times we ignore the fact that the problem might be caused due to mold and we tend to ignore taking necessary steps against it.

Skin Rashes

The problem with skin diseases is that they are not easily diagnosed because there are hundreds of factors that goes into the thinking process before making up the mind about a single disease. Our skin is directly exposed to the air and therefore, we must know that mold has the ability to cause skin rashes. So if you are having problems with your skin, you must make sure that the problem is not caused due to mold. The patient might not feel normal immediately after keeping away from exposure of mold, it is therefore important to see a doctor as soon as possible.

 

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Water Damage Zone, Inc.

Corporate Office

15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411

Removing Smoke Smell from your Home

If an apartment or home has either had a fire or an occupant who smoked indoors, the smell of the smoke can linger in the area for years after.  In order to remove the smells, it is important to understand what smoke is and how it can linger in your home.Smoke in the most basic form is an abundance of particles in the air from the burning of a substance in the area.  Whether it is from burning incense or a fire that gutting the building, the smoke created it from the chemical reaction that occurs when the fire moves through the materials being burned.  As such, it is very similar to an odorous dust that can accumulate from the quality of the fire or duration of exposure.  This smoke can get into your clothes, various fabrics of the house, carpets etc.  They are very difficult to wash out, and this is why even after doing laundry, the smell can linger in your clothes.

So, how do you get rid of the smell?  First off, when smoke is present, you need to create positive pressure to get it out as soon as possible.  This means that instead of opening a window and placing a fan pointing out, you need to think in the opposite.  Creating positive pressure would be closing all the windows in the home, opening a door with a large fan pointing inside towards the smoke.  On the other end of the room, open a window.  As fresh air is moved into the room, it accumulates creating positive pressure and pushing the smoke through the open window.  As you finish in a room, be sure to close a door in order to prevent smoke from undoing your work.Once the rooms have been properly aired out, then it is time to remove blinds and drapes for a thorough cleaning.  Try to place outside for drying to give a better chance for smoke to dissipate.

You will want to make sure that all surfaces are cleaned.  Use a solution of one gallon water, a tsp of dish soap and a half cup of white vinegar.  Use a clean rag, and make sure to rinse the rag regularly.  Be sure to wipe down all surfaces with this solution for best results.  Wash all window screens with this solution.When cleaning carpets, you will want to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter that will prevent the smoke particles from blowing right back into the room.  Remove as much of the debris as possible.  Be complete and detailed in your vacuuming.  There are no prizes for going too fast.  Take your time, and make sure you do a good job.

Make sure that light fixtures, cabinets are cleaned with the solution, but also be sure to repeatedly mop non-carpeted areas of the floor.The thing to remember is that you will not get this done in one cleaning, particularly as it takes time for the smoke debris to settle.  Several cleanings will be needed until the smell is completely out of the home.Is the smoke bad for you?  Exposure to this is never good.  Like secondhand smoke, lingering smoke particles can increase risk of cardiovascular issues, but also contribute to breathing and respiratory complications, particularly among the elderly and young.  It is always a good thing to do your best and have the particles removed thoroughly and cleanly.

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Water Damage Zone, Inc.

Corporate Office

15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411

How Common is Shower Mold?

 

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Shower mold is common and is inevitable in showers that don’t get cleaned frequently. Showers are constantly encountering debris that provide mold with the necessary conditions for growth. All of its heat and moisture makes the shower the perfect place for mold to start growing in your home.

Important Equipment

You need to make sure that your bathroom either has a ventilation or exhaust fan to allow air to circulate in the room. This removes excess moisture and allows the bathroom to dry quickly. Air circulation is something that needs to happen if you are going to prevent mold from beginning to grow in your shower.

Mold Spreads Quickly

Small patches of mold that have been ignored for long periods of time will spread and turn into a bigger problem for home owners. It will contaminate your walls, floors and move behind and underneath them as well. When mold is hidden it can remain undetected for long periods of time, allowing it to continue to grow unnoticed.

Calling Professionals

Professional mold and water damage companies such as Water Damage Zone are valuable assets in the prevention of mold growth in your bathroom. By calling such companies you can have the proper technology installed to allow proper air circulation so mold doesn’t grow. They will inspect your home and determine the proper course of action.

Preventing Bathroom Mold

Use the ventilation fan in your bathroom whenever someone has a shower or bath and leave it on for 30 minutes afterwards. If you don’t have an exhaust fan you should look into getting one installed to properly circulate the air in your bathroom. Use a shower curtain that is resistant to mold that can be washed frequently. Don’t keep lots of products in your shower, they provide hiding places for mold to grow. Wash rugs in your bathroom routinely. By following these precautions, you can avoid the growth of mold in your bathroom.

 

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