Problems with Hard Water

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What is hard water?  This is water that has a high content of minerals such as calcium and magnesium.  It is measured in degrees of 1 to 10 in the number of grains per gallon of water, and we notice it mostly through the spotting on dishes, the results on our hair and physical appearance.

 

There are many issues that can be created by hard water.  First off, hard water can contribute to clogging pipes and reducing the flow of water.  If you have noticed a white-ish buildup around your shower head and less water or lower pressure then hard water is working in the pipes.  This can lead to a buildup of film on bathroom surfaces which over time can be difficult to clean off. In the shower, hard water leaves your skin feeling as if there is a soapy film and residue that cannot come off.  It results in the skin feeling dry.  Hair cannot be rinsed properly resulting in shampoo residue leaving your hair looking dull.

 

For the appliances in the home, hard water can be difficult for any appliance using water to process.  It can shorten the life of refrigerators that offer water and ice cubes by accumulating in tubes and pipes.  More importantly, hard water can negatively impact your water heater through clogging pipes, but also by needing more heat for water as hard water is a poor conductor of heat.  This results in higher water and energy bills. Finally, the quality of your food can be affected by hard water.  When cleaned, glasses will retain a spotting and film on them that is difficult to remove and can influence the taste of the beverage.  Clothes also suffer hard water damage as they can be worn down by the presence of the extra minerals in the wash cycle.

 

What can you do?  One of the best things that you can do to combat hard water in your home is to install a water softener.  A water softener adds salts into the water through the process of ion exchange.  When hard water is filtered through the water softener filled with negative charged resin, the calcium and magnesium in hard water, which carries a positive charge, attaches to the beads which leaves the sodium in the water.  Sodium is exchanged for the calcium and magnesium turning hard water soft. When dealing with your water softener, make sure that you are constantly adding salt to the basin of the water softener.  This will ensure that the filtration process is always able to occur as it should.

 

If you choose to live with your hard water, then you should look into reducing the heat in the water heater to save on the life of the appliance.  Preventative flushing of the unit can also help its longevity and performance.  Use vinegar to remove white spots and on tiles, glass in the bathroom to remove mineral deposits.  Look for laundry soap and shampoo that are designed for hard water.

 

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

Preventing Carpet Mold After Water Damage

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Finding mold in your carpet isn’t a pleasant experience and it may return even after you remove it. Carpet is one of the hardest things to get mold out of because of the porousness of the material. One of the main ways that mold begins to form in carpet is after it becomes water damaged. Any water sitting on the carpet for a prolonged period of time will allow it to start growing mold. In this post we’re going to focus on ways to prevent your carpet from growing mold after water damage.

Quickly Dry Carpets

Any carpets that sustain water damage need to be dried as quickly as possible. Use a wet/dry vacuum to suck up all of the water from inside of the carpet. If you don’t know anyone who owns one, you can easily rent one from a hardware store. The more quickly you dry carpeting, the less time mold has to begin to grow. Use fans in addition to vacuuming to speed up the drying process.

Get A Dehumidifier

If you have rooms in your home where the humidity levels are high, you’re going to want to invest in a good dehumidifier. This will prevent the room from becoming excessively humid and allowing mold to grow in your carpet. The better climate control that you have in a room, the more quickly you can dry it out and prevent mold from having the conditions that it needs to grow.

Replace Carpet Padding

If simply cleaning your carpet doesn’t work, the carpet padding may need to be replaced. Replacing just the padding will save you money and prevent mold from growing. Just make sure that the carpet is properly steam cleaned and dried. In addition to this you will want to sanitize your walls and baseboards in the home so that they don’t transfer mold spores to your carpet. Check other furniture in the home to ensure that it isn’t wet or growing mold.

Keep Your Home Dry

By ventilating your home and keeping it dry you will prevent yourself from having to deal with mold problems. These tips should help to give you a starting point when dealing with wet carpeting so you can prevent the situation from turning into a mold problem. The main thing to focus on when keeping mold out of your carpets is keeping them clean and dry by vacuuming them regularly and airing out your home.

 

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

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
  • 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

Hot Water Heater Leaking?

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In the course of owning your home, things are going to break or begin leaking.  It is simply a matter of time and inevitability.  Something is going to happen.  One of the most costly things that can happen is when your hot water heater begins to leak.

Normally located in the basement or a service room of the home, the water heater s not noticed as long as the water for dishes stays boiling hot and your showers are not replaced by ice cubes.  However, once the heater begins to leak, it becomes a necessary fix that needs your immediate attention.

In looking at the water heater, one of the first things you’re going to notice is that there is going to be a lot of water coming from the unit.  Remember that these heaters are always full, so there is a lot of water present in the machine once a leak begins.  Next, you will need to identify the origin of the leak.  In the case of Hot water heaters, there is a lot of water and the leak doesn’t stop.  This means that the potential for long-term damage to the home increases the longer the hot water heater is allowed to be given access.  If you think that you have a leak, remember that leaks do not simply start and stop, but they will be fairly consistent.

One of the best ways to find a leak in a hot water heater is to first clean up a puddle.  Once this is done, then take some paper towels and place them in the area of the leak.  It is also necessary to wipe the unit and internal mechanisms down as thoroughly as possible.  This is done to show the origins of the leak.

Once the source of the leak has been discovered, then it is critical to begin the repair.  First, you are going to turn off the water to the appliance.  If the appliance is leaking, why should there be a steady stream of water.  The closing of the water will accommodate this decision.  Don’t forget too to shut off all water to the unit.  Sometimes people forget to turn off the cold water supply.  This can lead to significance and potentially major damage.

Once the water has been shut off from the unit, then it would be time to check all the hoses attached to the unit.  If you find a hose that has some leaking or excessive condensation, then congrats, you have an easy to fix project.  Sometimes it is not this easy. Check the hoses and their connections.  Make sure that these are not the reasons for the leak.  If you are still having a difficult time finding or repairing the leak, call a licensed plumber as soon as possible.

A plumber would be able to quickly diagnose the issue and repair in a timely manner.  Don’t allow yourself to fall into the expensive trap of having to call multiple contractors to fix the heater.  Get it right the first time and enjoy your home as you intended to be.

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

 

Why is Mold not Safe?

Television and Social Media websites are spreading awareness about the hazards one can face due to the expose of mold. Mold is a type of fungi that grows in the presence of moisture and some nutrients, however, the main constituent that supports the growth of fungi is moisture and its growth can only be prevented by the eradication of moisture in the area.

Health issues related to Mold

Mold spores are extremely tiny and very light, they can easily flow around within the air. Once, they mix into the air, they can be inhaled by the people exposed which is highly unhealthy. The fungi inhale into the oxygen flow can make breathing harder and cause sore throats, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes and discomfort in the whole body.
However, the effects might not be felt by everyone who is exposed to mold. Some people might be more sensitive than others based on their physical characteristics and age. People who face respiratory problems or Asthma are at a higher risk of being affected by mold and they need to take proper care in order to keep themselves from getting sick.
Moreover, emotional disorders can be another factor that is caused by the exposure to mold. People tend to be more depressed when they are directly under the exposure of the mold, body fatigue may add up to the problems caused by depression.

Treating Health problem caused by Mold

If you have started suffering from any of the above mentioned problems, then you should see your doctor as soon as possible. The problems caused by mold are mainly allergies which might stay for a longer period of time. Doctors usually prescribe antibiotics and antihistamines to fight the allergies, if exposure is severe, the doctors normally recommend the patient not to return home.
The next step is to ensure your health is to immediate remediation of mold from your home, the best way of doing this is to avail the services of professionals, so that, you can avoid any further exposure to mold and minimize the problems caused by it.

 

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

Whats Hiding in Your Carpet?

Many of us grew up with memories of carpeting in our homes and offices, and while carpet feels great on bare feet, it can hide a lot of different things that you would never know are there.

Why is it important to clean the carpets regularly?  Carpet tends to be in areas of the building that are high-traffic areas.  As such, there is a lot of potential for various materials to get caught in the carpeting and remain.  There is a lot more in your carpet than just the spilled drinks and food that you think are the only things present.

The most obvious thing that can be found in carpet is dirt.  In many carpeted areas, they are high-traffic areas that near outside locations.  It is very easy for dirt on your shoes to find it’s way into the house and end up in the carpet.  It is estimated that the typical home accumulates over 30 pounds of dirt each year.  With the dirt can come very small bugs and pollens making your living area very unpleasant.

Next, the carpet also retains dust and pet dander.  If you have pets, chances are good that they shed regularly.  Dogs and cats produce hair and old hair is shed which ends up in carpets.  In addition, dust is a collection of yourself as your skin flakes accumulate in the carpet.

Bugs and mold can hide in your carpets as well.  Small bugs such as mites and fleas can live on the dust and debris collected in the carpet.  Through molting, mites can make the air quality in the home difficult to handle.  Also, mold can thrive in damp carpeting feeding off the dust particles and spreading sickness.

It is very important to vacuum and clean your carpets on a regular basis.  All the above can have negative effects on the presentation of the home and the ability to sell, but they can also have negative health effects as well.  Many of the issues that arise are related to breathing.  Copious amounts of dirt, dust and molds make it difficult to breathe properly in a home resulting in shortness of breath, wheezing, allergies.

The good news is that these issues can be easily managed.  Taking off shoes can prevent dirt from entering the home.  Using rugs that can be maintained and washed help to eliminate the debris from entering the carpet.  Vacuuming on a regular basis helps to mitigate the effects of many of these issues.  The more of the signs that you have, the more frequently you may want to vacuum.  For example, if you have multiple pets, you may want to think about vacuuming every other day.

The best way to keep the carpets clean is to shampoo and deep clean them.  It can be tedious to rent bulky equipment, so you can hire a company that is trained in carpet cleaning and will be guaranteed to do the best job, the first time.  These cleaning services not only clean the visible sections of carpet, but they get into the carpet to get whatever might be lurking in the very bottom.

You might think that your carpet looks great, but after years of use, you would be amazed at knowing what is present.  In order to improve your home, make sure that all carpets are cleaned on a regular basis so you can truly enjoy your home.

 

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

 

Summer Humidity Brings More Mold

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In order for mold to grow it needs moisture. The summer heat causes our homes to become humid and then they can allow mold to start growing. Once the humidity reaches a certain level it is inevitable that mold spores will start to cling to surfaces and begin to grow. These are some ways to keep the humidity level down in your home.

Know Where Wet Areas Form

Study your home to assess and figure out where the wet spots are forming in your home. It is important to know these areas and how you can keep them as dry as possible. Keeping dry towels near areas where condensation forms and wiping them down also helps. Never leave any wet objects lying around in the house. By keeping wetness to a minimum you will help prevent mold growth.

Properly Ventilate Your Home

Make sure that your home has ventilation in every room so that moisture can escape. This is even more important in rooms such as basements and bathrooms. Use an air conditioner and dehumidifier in rooms that need better humidity control. This will ensure that the moisture is never allowed to produce the perfect conditions for mold growth.

Properly Route Drainage Systems

Make sure that any water drainage systems are carrying water away from the house and not towards it. This will prevent water from resting against the house and leaking inside. This also means you have to repair any gutters and drains that may not be working properly. Make sure that water always has an exit so that it won’t linger around your home.water drops background

Design Air Flow in Your Home

By using exhaust fans, setting up oscillating fans, and opening windows, you can create air flow in your home. This is important in keeping your home dry and free of mold spores. Try to allow the air to flow through your home as much as possible. By keeping your home airy and dry, you’ll make sure that mold won’t be able to grow inside.

Aggressive Mold Growth

For mold situations that are extreme and out of hand, don’t attempt to fix it yourself. Call professionals like Water Damage Zone, we are trained and have the proper tools to get the job done. Give us a call and we will have one of our Mold Specialists come to your home for a free inspection.

 

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