Proper use and cleaning of a Humidifier

There are many benefits to using a humidifier in your home.  They can help relieve sinus infections, helps to recover from colds and flus faster.  Humidifiers can help keep the air from being too dry resulting in nose bleeds.  It can help alleviate snoring and it keeps your skin looking great.

With all the benefits of using a humidifier, would you know how to keep your humidifier running and clean?  It is very important to make sure that your humidifier is running at its best in order to prevent it from actually harming your home.

With the water inside a humidifier, it can grow bacteria and mold like any water source.  If this water is allowed to sit in the humidifier for extended periods, then next time you use your humidifier, you might not only be spreading beneficial moisture around the home, but harmful bacteria and mold as well.  These bacterium and molds can result in allergies and sickness.  Just what the humidifier is trying to help you overcome.

In order to prevent this from happening to your humidifier, there are some simple steps to follow.  The first step is to clean the filter of the humidifier.  Unplug the humidifier and remove the filter.  Hold under a faucet and rinse to wash away any grime that might be present.  Leave the filter to dry.  Now you can clean the rest of the unit.  It is important to remember, don’t use cleaning solutions on the filter as these can damage the filter.  Most humidifiers require you to change the filter.  Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the frequency for change.

The next step to clean the unit is to clean the water tank.  Remove the tank from the unit, and pour out all the old water.  Next, fill the tank with 2 cups of vinegar, and swish this around.  Make sure that it covers all points of the inside of the tank.  Vinegar acts as a solvent, and it loosens the grime in the water tank.  Rinse the tank thoroughly when you are done.  You may want to use a scrub brush to get the tough points of grime.  Stick with the vinegar as any other cleaning agent can stick to the tank, and it can be pumped into the air when the unit is in use.

Finally, use a damp sponge with a vinegar and water mixture to wipe out the rest of the humidifier.  This simple step will prohibit dust from entering the tank.  If you keep the dust out of the humidifier, then mold and bacteria have nothing to ‘feed’ upon to help grow.

There are many ways to clean out a humidifier, but this step is simple, and it is good for the environment.  If you take care of your humidifier, then your humidifier will take care of you.  Clean it regularly, and it will become one of your most trusted appliances.

 

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Mold Prevention Tips for Homeowners

Mold prevention tips for homeowners on how to keep your home safe and mold free.

What to do about mold prevention? Mold seems to happen when and where you least expect it. This article below has several tips on how to remain a mold free home. You think that you have found mold. So, what is a homeowner to do if you find mold? Give Water Damage Zone, Inc.  a call to schedule an appointment for your free estimate.

We specialize in mold, mold removal, mold remediation and repair.

 

Mold Prevention Tips

When a water leak occurs it is important to act fast. If the damp material or area is dried out within the first 24 to 48 hours, typically mold will not grow. In the following days check the area regularly to ensure there is no mold.

Clean and repair gutters on a regular basis as mold can being to grow and spread into the home.

Ensure that the ground outside your home slopes away from the foundation so that water does not collect or enter the foundation.

Keep the air conditioning drip pans clean. Also ensure that the drain lines are not obstructed and are flowing properly.

Try to keep the indoor humidity low, below 60% but ideally somewhere between 30% and 50% relative humidity. An inexpensive moisture or humidity meter can be found at your local hardware store.

If you notice condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes, it is imperative to inspect your home in order to find the source of the increased humidity. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity or a possible plumbing leak. One found you should act quickly- dry the affected area,  and call a professional water damage or mold remediation specialist.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Don’t DELAY Water Damage Cleanup! why?

 

scale of a House fully flooded during the flooding of the river

Water damage can be caused due to several reasons and can occur at any instance. A blockage in the gutter, a pipe burst, a ceiling leakage and in worst scenario a flood, are few of the several issues that one can be a victim of. There is not much one can do in order to prevent this from happening, but you can certainly make sure that the damages caused by this are kept to the minimal amount.

Besides, the amplification of costs, it can also cause health problems including headaches, asthma, lung and respiratory problems. Mold is a kind of fungi and can easily spread in damp situations once they grow within the walls. Water damages spread towards a larger scale if proper care is not taken against it immediately. Mold can spread around the whole property if proper measures are not taken against them.

The most ideal situation is to avail the services of a mold remediation company, the trained professionals can help in cleaning the home effectively and efficiently which can keep the mold from causing damage to the air ducts and carpets.
It is not favorable for you to directly get exposed to mold because that can cause health problems. The best option is to contact a company which provides Emergency Water Damage Restoration for the speedy restoration of mold from your home. These companies make sure that the leakage is stopped and the area that is affected by the spread of the water is cleaned up, which helps in keeping the mold and water damage to spread any further.

 

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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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Water Damage can Happen at Anytime

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
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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.

 

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

Fire Escape Planning

HouseFire

There is an old adage, “Practice make perfect”.  In the event of a fire, this is more true than ever as developing a good plan and practicing it can make the difference of everyone getting out unharmed or having a major emergency.  Through proper planning and practice, you can make sure that your most cherished possessions, your family makes it out safe and sound.

In basic fire planning for the family, the first step is to develop a plan for escaping the home.  Walk through your home and look to where the exits are.  Drawing floor plans are helpful, especially for young children as it gives a reference for the layout of the home and where the emergency exits are.  Be sure to show the locations of windows and doors as these are your ways to get out of the home fast.   It is essential to the success of the plan that you routinely practice with your family the locations for when the need arises.

Installing a warning system around the use of smoke alarms is key.  According to National Fire Alarm Code that when one alarm sounds, all alarms should sound.  No area in the home should be without a smoke alarm that is not a part of the system.  Also, be sure to install alarms that also test carbon monoxide emissions.  While not as dramatic as fire alarms high levels of carbon monoxide in the home can present serious health issues, even death.

In the event of an actual fire, the health of the family will be determined through how the plan was practiced.  Practicing is great, because it allows for the creation of innate memory of the exits and what to do in the emergency.  The worst thing that can happen and leads to most fire-related deaths is panic from the situation.  If the family is prepared, then they will not become a statistic.

If there are young children or older, informed adults, the family plan will need a responsible member of the family to locate and bring these individuals out of the fire.  There should also be a backup assigned too, just in case the primary responder is not available.

In the moment of the fire, it is crucial that the members of the family not only know where to exit, but how to act in a fire.  Stay low to the floor.  Remember that smoke rises, and it is poisonous and can irritate your eyes.  Staying low to the floor allows you to move with less effect from the smoke.  Use your hand to judge the heat on doors.  If a door is hot to the touch, DO NOT OPEN IT.  Find another way around and out of the house.  The family should be aware of at least two exits from each room of the home.  If possible, wet a cloth and cover your mouth, as this will give extra protection from smoke, dust and other potentially harmful inhalants.   The most important position for the family is to remain calm.

When the family has escaped the fire, be sure to have a common meeting area that is at least 50 yds away from the house.  This will allow you to assess who exited the house, and who might still be inside once rescue and fire response teams arrive.  Make sure that every one in the family knows and is comfortable in calling 911 for help once they are out of the building.

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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  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
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15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

How Heaters can cause Mold In Winter

Young Woman Checking Air Conditioner In House

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.

 

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