How Heaters can cause Mold In Winter

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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.

 

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How to Prevent Mudslide Damage

 

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Mudslides occur frequently in Southern California because vegetation in the region often gets destroyed by brush fires. Without the vegetation, the areas become prone to flash flooding that carries down soil, rocks, trees and brush. Once these things gain momentum they can easily cause damage to your home.

Direct Debris Away from Your Home

By using sandbags and lumber you can create a wall to direct the flow of debris in the case of a mudslide. This is an important step to take because without anything directing the flow of water, your home will easily become flooded. If you can control the flow of water, a mudslide will likely follow the same path and be diverted away from your home.

Board Your Windows

If you know that flash flooding or mudslides are possible, board up your windows that are at ground level. Debris will quickly enter the structure through the windows of the home. By boarding up the windows you will be adding extra support to them and prevent debris from getting into the home.

Protect Your Home

Protecting your home is the most important thing to do in the event of a mudslide. Other parts of your property such as pools, gardens, sheds, and other areas may require too much effort to save. By sticking to a plan that will protect your home, you will save yourself valuable time and energy in the event of a mudslide. You have to accept the reality that if a mudslide occurs, your property will endure some damage. The most important thing to protect is your own home.

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Contact Professionals

If a mudslide causes damage to your home don’t hesitate to call professionals like Water Damage Zone to inspect your property. We will assess the damage to your home and come up with a restoration plan to restore it to its former condition. We have specialists that are trained in dealing with the damage from flash floods and mudslides. If these conditions are not dealt with effectively and immediately they will most likely lead to more damage in your property over time. Trust the experts when it comes to the restoration of your home.

What are some precautions that you take against mudslides? Let us know in the comments.

 

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How to Fix Moldy Caulk

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The bathroom is easily one of the most humid rooms in the home, with steam lingering long after hot showers. The accumulation of moisture is one of the easiest ways for mold to start growing and one of the first places it likes to grow is caulking. Eliminating mold at first sight is the best way to prevent it from spreading and damaging your home. We will go over how to properly clean mold and also how to replace caulking in more serious cases.

Properly Cleaning Mold Off Caulk

1. Find a bathroom cleaner that is effective against mold and pour some in a bucket with hot water.

2. Using a soft cloth, rub the mold off of the caulk with this solution.

3. Clean the caulk with fresh water from the sink.

4. Pour or spray undiluted bleach onto the caulk and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. This will allow it to remove any extra mold spores and also help by lightening the caulk itself.

5. Brush the caulking with a soft bristled brush by making circular motions.

6. Rinse the caulk again with fresh water.

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Replacing Damaged or Old Caulking

Over time caulk will take damage from mold and it will age. Eventually, the caulking will need to be replaced and if you’re facing a situation with a lot of mold its absolutely necessary. In order to get rid of large mold infestations in shower areas, it needs to be removed at the root. By replacing the caulking you will ensure that mold doesn’t return to your shower after it has been cleaned.

1. Use a utility knife to cut the top edge of the caulk and then cut the bottom edge. After this you should be able to pull the caulking off.

2. Cut any remaining caulk out.

3. Clean where the caulk was removed with isopropyl alcohol. This helps get rid of remaining caulk and any mold spores still in the area.

4. Make sure that the area is allowed to dry completely.

5. Read and carefully follow the caulk instructions on your specific product to prepare it for application.

6. Apply a small line of caulk to any area it was cut from.

7. Wet your index finger and push the caulking into the cracks.

8. Wait the amount of time that is stated on the packaging for the caulk to dry before using the area again.

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Landlord’s Responsibility Regarding Mold

 

IMG_0952 - CopyThe 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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Van Nuys, CA 91411

What to Do When Your Sewer Line Clogs

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Clogs in sewer lines can remain undiscovered for long periods of time, while still causing a lot of damage to a home. Many homeowners already understand the purpose of sewer lines in their homes. Even with this knowledge, many sewer lines go unchecked for long periods of time. This allows the necessary time for a clog to develop.

What Happens?

When your sewer line is backed up it can lead to raw sewage coming back out of drains in your home. This can lead to lots of damage to the home and require sewer line repair or replacement to fix the problem at its root. Understanding what to look for in the case of a sewer clog is important in stopping the problem before it gets worse.

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What to Look For

If any of your drains in the home or toilets are backing up or you hear a gurgling sound in your drains, it’s a sign that you have a clog in your sewage line. If any appliances are connected to the water line, you will notice weird noises coming from other connected rooms. There is one main branch that has many smaller branches coming off of it. If there is a clog in the main one, you will notice problems starting to occur in the rest of them.

Causes of Sewage Line Clogs

Many homeowners are surprised to discover that the ultimate cause of their sewage clog is a tree root. Tree roots work their way through broken drains, sometimes even crushing them completely. If you notice that your drains flow slowly it is commonly because of tree roots. Some other causes of clogged sewage lines are flushed hygiene products, paper towels, and thick toilet papers.

What to Do?

If you notice the symptoms of a sewage line clog, call Water Damage Zone (Los Angeles, CA), at (877) 520-1923 to get professionals out to your home right now. It is important to begin work immediately since a clogged sewage line can continue to cause more damage to your home.

How have you dealt with a clogged sewage line? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Saving Moldy Food

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Mold on food is a sign that it’s past its prime. You may wonder if it’s okay to eat moldy food in your fridge if you cut the mold out. It’s okay to do this with some foods but not with others. The reason behind this is that certain items will grow toxic mold that can be harmful to your body. Generally harder foods will be okay to eat if the mold is cut out of them. This is because their density makes it harder for the mold to spread through the food. Things that are considered hard foods are carrots, pears, and stiff cheeses.

Foods that are OK

Hard fruit and vegetables such as apples, carrots, pears are all okay to eat if they have mold. You just need to cut the mold away from the food before you eat it so that it doesn’t get ingested. Softer foods will be harder to diagnose if they’ve started growing mold. Hard cheeses can still be eaten, just cut about half an inch outside of the mold and put it in another container. Salami and dry cured ham are still edible if they contain mold but you should scrub it off.

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If You Find Mold

Remember that just because you’ve found food with mold and thrown it away, it doesn’t mean the mold is out of your home. You need to rinse the refrigerator out with soap and water where you found the moldy food. Also, you will need to clean or throw out the container that the moldy food was in and replace it. Even if you can’t see mold, you could still be missing the mold spores, which are naked to the human eye.

Don’t Eat

If you ever find mold on any of the following items, just throw them in the garbage. The following things can be toxic if you find mold on them: brie, sliced cheese, hot dogs, bacon, cooked meat, lunch meat, casseroles, leftovers, pasta, bread, soft fruits and vegetables, yogurt, sour cream, jelly, and nuts. If you don’t see mold on food but it has a musty taste, this is a sign that there is mold contaminating it. Treat it the same as if it had visible mold and throw it away.

What are some of your experiences with battling the growth of mold on food? Let us know in the comments.

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Protecting Documents from Water Damage

One of the most important things you can do is to protect your important documents before a flood. By placing documents in protective casings or in places where it is hard for them to be damaged, you ensure that insurance papers, leases, and other important documents don’t get destroyed.

Prioritize

Sort your documents by the ones that are most important to the ones that are less important. The most important documents will need to be moved as far away from flood damage as possible. This means upstairs or in an attic. You can even go the extra measure of storing them off of the property in a storage unit or a safety deposit box at a bank.

Make Copies

Make extra copies of your important documents and store them in different locations in case of a flood. You can also scan your documents for storage on an external hard drive that you can store in a safe place. Copies of documents are one of the best ways to make sure that you will have one even if another is destroyed.

Use Protective Storage

If you must keep your documents in your home, you can also research water-resistant and fire-resistant storage options. There are cabinets and other storage boxes built to withstand damage from fire or water. Putting one of these in a home can be a great option for keeping documents close by, but also protected in the event of a fire.

After a Flood

Calling professionals like Water Damage Zone after a flood will put them at your service to protect as much of your damaged belongings as possible. We realize that it’s not always possible to save everything in the event of a natural disaster. That’s why companies like Water Damage Zone exist, to salvage as many of a client’s belongings as we can.

 

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