What to Do When Your Basement Floods

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Imagine opening up the door to your basement to find it flooded with water the day after it rains. What’s the first thing you do? Before you assess the situation you need to make sure that the electricity is shut off to the basement so that you can enter it safely. Once this is done you can begin trying to save your most valuable items from water damage.

Protect Yourself

Diseases could be in the water in your basement depending on where it came from. Things such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Hepatitis linger in standing water. Wear a mask and goggles if necessary in order to protect yourself from coming into contact with these contaminants.

Find the Cause

Discover what created the flood in your home in the first place. It may be a backed up drain or a broken pipe. You may need to turn the water off in your home if it is a broken pipe. Perform any necessary plumbing to remove a backup in a drain so that it can begin to flow normally. This should be done swiftly as not to leave water standing in your home for a long period of time.

Ventilate Your Home

It is now most important to make sure that the windows and fans are on in your home to allow it to dry out. Moisture is your enemy when it comes to mold and water damage. Eliminate any remaining water in the home by draining it yourself by hand. If there is an excessive amount of water contact professionals like Water Damage Zone, who specialize in this kind of water removal.

Contact Professionals

It is always a good idea to call professionals to inspect water damage in your home. They are certain to pick up on details that you are not because of their training. Specialists can easily identify structural damage as well as problem areas where mold may begin to form. By inspecting the property immediately after the disaster, they can recommend the best course of action to ensure that the home does not sustain further damage.

 

Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. 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:

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

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Pack Outs and Why We Do Them

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When disasters happen to your home or business it can be hard to fix the damage. In order to prevent any more damage to the objects in the home, they should be carefully removed and stored at an off-location site. The process of moving these belongings out of the home is known as a pack out.

Damage to Your Home and Belongings

Many different types of disasters cause damage to our homes and belongings when they strike. Whether it’s a fire, flood, hurricane, or other natural disaster, chances are that if your home was hit, so were some of your personal belongings. When disaster strikes your damaged belongings need to be repaired as well as your home. We take all these items to another location where we can assess and restore them.

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Our company has a commitment to restore your home to the best quality possible. This means that we go through all of your damaged items and work to restore them to their original quality. Many other services are needed that we provide such as water extraction and drying, mold remediation, smoke damage removal, and more. Trusting professionals such as Water Damage Zone will ensure that your property is treated with the utmost care and responsibility when it is being restored.

Personal Belongings We Pack Out

During a pack out we will take all affected personal belongings and put them in a safe, off-site location where they can be restored. We are experienced at dealing with all types of personal belongings including:

Electronics
Jewelry
Furniture
Artwork
Clothing
Curtains
Children’s Toys
Linens

 

 

Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. 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:

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

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Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. 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:

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

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Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. 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:

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

What To Do Before A Flood Happens

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Beyond getting flood insurance for your home, there are other things that you can do to prevent damage from happening to it in the event of a flood. By preparing for a flood before it happens, you and your family can prevent the situation from becoming dangerous. The following are some major points to consider when protecting yourself from flood damage.

Check That Prevention Methods Are Working

This just means to check that your sump pump is working and that it has some form of battery power if the main power is shut off. Clear out your gutters so that water can flow off of your property the way it is designed to. Make sure that any electrical outlets are a foot above the home’s projected flood elevation. All of your appliances must be at least a foot above the projected flood elevation as well. Move all of your important documents and valuables to a safe spot in your home.

Keep Important Documents Filed

By creating a folder for all the information related to your belongings and keep it in a safe alongside your insurance policy. Also make sure that you have your agents contact information so that you can call them in the event of a flood emergency. In order to back up your insurance claims you will need to have a written and visual record of all your possessions. Include the serial numbers on appliances and store receipts for all major appliances and electronics. Have appraisal documents for things such as jewelry or art. Finance records and receipts will help you in filing claims to get money back towards your destroyed or damaged possessions.

Devise A Family Emergency Plan

First make a safety kit that includes clean water, first aid supplies, blankets, a flashlight, radio, and nonperishable food. Have a spot for all emergency numbers to be located next to the phone. Plan a route out of your home if it begins to flood and practice it with everyone in the home. By knowing how the land around your home floods, you can figure out where high ground is so that you can stay safe. Don’t forget to include things in your plan like pets or one important bag to grab before you leave your house.

Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. 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:

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

Carpet Mold

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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.

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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, Inc. 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:

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