My Christmas Tree Has Mold! What Do I Do?

As we all know, trees come from the outdoors, so the chances that they have mold spores are most certain. These spores cause allergies and bothersome reactions in many of us. However, you can still enjoy your Christmas tree by following these steps to reduce the amount of mold on it. The mold should be removed before bringing your tree into the home.

Treating a Moldy Tree

Real Christmas trees will need to be treated with a professional grade fungicide. You can get these supplies at a local hardware store. You can also make fungicide by combining 3 tablespoons baking soda, 1 tablespoon bleach, 1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid, and a gallon of water. Stir these together and then put it into a spray bottle. Spray your entire tree outdoors and allow it to completely dry for 24 hours.

Air Purifier

Placing an air purifier in the home will help to keep the air clean and fresh. Air purifiers can be bought in most department stores and hardware stores. They work to extract allergens such as mold spores from the air. This allows you to breathe in clean, healthy air instead of air that is plagued with pollutants. You can leave the air purifier constantly running in the room so that it’s always working to filter your air.

Keeping the Water Mold-Free

The tree is sitting in dormant water which can easily become overrun with mold spores. The best way to prevent this is to add 2 ounces of bleach to the water in the tree’s base. This will prevent mold spores from growing and forming into mold infestations under your Christmas tree. If you are smart about planning your Christmas tree you can ensure that your family won’t be dealing with any annoying allergies indoors this winter season.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

6 Signs It’s Time to Repair Your Home

It’s easy to let things go in your home over time. Allowing them to gradually deteriorate and lose their functionality. The important key here is that these problems can cost thousands of dollars in repairs. These include rebuilding parts of the home that have become so damaged that there is no other option.

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1. Roof Damage

Your roof is the first place that water will enter your home if it is damaged. By regularly checking your roof, you can ensure that no leaks are forming and that your roof remains strong. Look for cracks or missing shingles, both of these signs will indicate that your roof is in need of some serious repairs.

2. Mold in Your Home

Check your home for moisture and monitor the level of humidity in all of the rooms. If it is too high in a certain room, purchase a dehumidifier to lower the level. Mold begins to form in areas where moisture has been allowed to build up for extended periods of time. The faster you get rid of mold, the less of a threat it poses to your health and home.

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Make sure that all of your gutters are properly connected and draining properly. You may have to unclog some of your gutters and drains to ensure that the whole system is working effectively to remove water from your home. Always ensure that you are using an appropriate ladder and safety equipment when performing repairs on your gutters.

4. Pest Infestation

Rotting wood and soil will attract pests such as ants and termites, who feed on these materials and use it to build their homes. These can be prevented by keeping landscaping away from the home’s foundation. That way pests can’t find their way inside the home. Once the structure of the home has been breached by pests the best thing a homeowner can do is call a pest control company to eliminate the bugs before they cause serious damage.

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5. Siding is Rotting or Deformed

When you notice that your siding is beginning to fall off, or that it has cracks, it is time to consider replacing the siding on your home. Siding is pretty cheap and easy to replace so you should take care of this problem right away before it becomes any more expensive. If your siding is damaged, you may also notice that your heating or cooling bill is much higher than usual. This is typical and should return to normal after you resolve this issue.

6. Cracks in Your Foundation

Walk around the home with a number 2 pencil and look at the foundation. Find all of the cracks and stick the pencil in starting with the lead tip. If the pencil goes all the way in, up to the yellow paint, then it is a sign that you need to call professionals to repair your foundation. Keep in mind that companies like Water Damage Zone are open 24/7 and able to assist you with problems such as these at any time. Don’t wait to fix issues like this until the last minute!

 

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.

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

Landlord’s Responsibility Regarding Mold

 

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The good news is that when it comes to protecting residents against mold, California is one of the top states. The Toxic Mold Protection Act sets up the requirements that the landlord must abide by if one of their apartments is found contaminated with mold. The tenant is not usually at fault for a mold condition in an apartment as long as the landlord was aware of its presence.

Landlord Responsibility

Landlords are responsible to disclose all information about mold in their apartments to the residents. If there are people looking to live in the apartment, this information must be given as well. If there is mold in the apartment the landlord is also responsible for making an effort to remove the mold and prevent it from reoccurring. This means making any necessary repairs to the apartment.

Knowledge of Mold

Landlords must maintain their property and an awareness of any mold condition. If they don’t provide notice they are still liable for the removal of the mold. This can be maintained as long as it’s reasonable that the landlord knows that the mold problem exists. The landlord should be performing maintenance on the property regularly anyway, so it is reasonable to assume that they would be alerted to any developing mold condition.

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In Reasonable Time

All of these repairs must be made in a reasonable time frame. This means that the mold must be removed as soon as possible. The amount of time to eliminate the condition may vary but the landlord is required to treat the situation immediately. The landlord cannot wait to have the mold removed as the condition will worsen over time. Typically, it only takes a few days.

 

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Water Damage Zone, Inc.
Corporate Office
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Van Nuys, CA 91411

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Dry Rot Tips and Prevention

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It is likely that you have encountered wood outside that has been the victim of dry rot. Dry rot is the result of wood that has been infected with a fungus. It starts by digesting things in the wood that give it structure and support. The wood tends to be drier and you will notice it is lighter if you pick it up.

Causes of Dry Rot

One of the first things that happens in the development of dry rot is that the wood comes into contact with moisture. While the wood is wet the fungus will begin to grow inside of it. Dry rot fungus will continue to eat away at wood until it disintegrates.

Appearance

Many people confuse the appearance of dry rot with that of carpenter ant or termite damage. The major difference here is that ants and termites will remove the wood to specifically form areas where they live. If you definitely have termites, you will notice that your wood has termites inside of it and eggs or termite droppings outside of holes in the wood.

 

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Prevention

One of the best ways you can stop dry rot from happening in your home is by stopping excess moisture. You can do this in many ways such as fixing leaky plumbing or a hole that is allowing water to contact the wood in your home. If the wood is contacting soil it has an increased chance of becoming wet and growing the fungus.

Treating Wood

Many times it is inevitable that water will come into contact with wood. These wooden areas should be treated so that fungus cannot grow in them. Borate is a commonly used fungicide that will help prevent dry rot in the wood on your home. It can also be used to prevent insects from infesting the wood. Wood can be treated whenever you like and should be done regularly to increase its effectiveness.

Wood Restoration

If dry rot has gotten the best of your home and you can’t simply treat the wood to solve the problem, you will need to replace the damaged areas. Damaged wood can be replaced by companies like Water Damage Zone who are experienced at restoring homes from water damage. Wooden areas commonly need to be replaced after excessive damage has occurred. Professionals will help you restore your home if you are dealing with large amounts of dry rot.

 

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.

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

How to Stop an Overflowing Toilet

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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.

 

 

 

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.

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Water Damage Zone, Inc.
Corporate Office
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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Preventing Mold in Drainpipes

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Mold in your drainpipes is one of the major causes of odors in the home. Food that you dispose of ends up caught in the pipes sometimes, allowing mold and bacteria to begin to grow. It is important that you know how to deal with this problem before it becomes a bigger one.

Clearing Out the Drain

Drains can be fixed by running various liquids and cleaners through them. First you should start with baking soda, ice, vinegar, or hot water. These substances will help to destroy any mold and bacteria that have begun to form in your drains. If your pipes are plastic, then you will need to be careful with what you pour down them. Don’t use harsh chemicals or overly hot water that could melt them.

Calling a Plumber

If the situation is difficult and you are unable to easily fix it, you may need to call a plumber. Water Damage Zone has the same experience as a plumber, we’re able to solve your mold issue once and for all and fix your clogged pipes. By keeping your sink clean, you will ensure that mold does not begin to form in your drainpipes from rotten food. If you notice that your drains are not working, call professionals to fix the problem before mold has time to form.

 

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Clean it Out

Just like anything else in the home, drainpipes need to be cleaned from time to time using products that are designed to kill mold. Keeping your pipes open also allows them to dry out so that it is harder for mold to start to form. Scrub and use cleaner on as much of the drain as you can in order to remove mold. Getting a brush that slides down into the drain will also help you to clean it out better.

Utilizing Neighborhood Resources

It is important to get local companies that specialize in home restoration involved in dealing with your drains if they are constantly clogged and forming mold. Even if it’s not a bad situation they will be able to give you a clearer picture of what’s going on with your drain. If something needs to be done, they can quickly fix it or suggest the best way for you to deal with it. If you are experiencing major problems with mold in your pipes it is best to have professionals deal with it instead of risking more damage to your home and health.

Have you ever had mold growing in your pipes? What did you do to get rid of it? Let us know in the comments below.

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