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

Mold Remediation Process

Water Damage Zone Los Angeles is here to help with any mold removal. Attempting to clean up the mold may spread the mold spores, causing greater property damage or health problems. Mold can be dangerous to your health; therefore it is important that mold testing and mold remediation to be conducted by professionals as soon as mold is detected.

Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. today (877) 520.1923– your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips.

We specialize in the following services:

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

Bathroom Water Damage Signs

 

As we are told, Americans spend a third of their lives asleep.  While we have an amazing level of commitment to our beds, the area of the home that shares the commitment level is the bathroom.  It is a place where some of our best thinking occurs, and we feel vulnerable and yet safe in our bathrooms as well.

As we share such a unique relationship with a room in our home, it is beneficial to know warning signs in the room of the house which has the highest water usage in the home.  The bathroom, for all of its positive benefits, can be the most affected by water and damage.  There are five conditions where damage can occur in the bathroom and you might never suspect danger until it is too late.P3260008IMG_6733

The first sign that we get about bathroom issues is the common musty smell.  If you have a persistent damp feeling and smell in your bathroom, then chances are you have a water issue.  This dampness is caused by a moisture buildup in the walls and floors.  A telltale sign is peeling paint and loose tiles.

The second is recurrent mold and mildew.  Most people scrub their bathrooms to a high sheen, because there is nothing like a cleaned bathroom.  However, if you notice you keep getting mold and mildew quickly returning, you might have a caulk or waterproofing issue as water is seeping in.  No matter how much you scrub, there is no way you will get to the mold that is growing beneath the surface.Visual Mold Damage

You can see the third sign in the walls of the bathroom. As water enters the walls, it warps the walls so that they begin to bend and contort.  If you notice paint and wallpaper becoming loose, then you have a moisture issue in your walls that needs to be taken care of immediately.

A fourth is the gaps between the caulk, tub and tiles.  Remember that water will always find the path of least resistance in the home.  Any holes in this line of defense means that water will be able to seep into the crevices and create real damage.  ‘

The final test is to feel if your floors are spongy.  If you have soft, spongy floors, then you will want to get them fixed as soon as possible as it is a matter of time before your time in the bathroom ends up in the lower level of the home.  This will also cause your toilet to feel loose.

Water damage in the bathroom is serious business, and these issues will help you find the culprit and solve the issue before your bathroom turns from a place of refuge to a house of horrors.

Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. today (877) 520.1923– your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips.

We specialize in the following services:

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

Fire Damage Preparation Steps

In the United States, nearly 3,000 people die and 13,000 are injured in home fires every year.  The costs of the homes and items lost are estimated to be $7.3 billion each year.  The amazing piece of this information is that people need not worry about home fires if they prepare the right way.  You can prevent losing a loved one or cherished possessions if you prepare for fire in the home the same way.Water Damage Los Angeles

In the time before a fire, it is best to be proactive.  Learn where the local Fire Department is in relation to your home.  In many cases, Fire Department officials will perform a walk through of your home in order to see where the risks might be, and they will give solutions on how to better prepare in the event of a fire.

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It is easy to prepare your home.  Work with your family and discover the best routes to exit the home, or fire escapes in the home.  You should have a minimum of two ways to get out of each room.  Make sure windows are not stuck, and they can be opened or removed quickly and easily.  It is important to teach children that firefighters in full gear are not to be feared, but they should be approached in the event of a fire.

Smoke alarms are also crucial in home preparation.  Dual smoke alarms are best as they detect both ionization and photoelectric smoke.  Test the batteries monthly, and place them on every level of the home, especially in sleeping areas.  Never disable a smoke alarm as this places your home and loved ones in jeopardy.

Removal

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Furthermore, the removal of combustibles and securing of fuel sources can be vital in the event of a fire.  Try to prevent the fire from gaining fuel and intensity.  Keeping these items away from flames will make the fire more manageable and lessen the damage.  As a fire moves through your home, close doors and windows in order to prevent fire access to oxygen.  As a fire burns it will exhaust all available oxygen in a room and smother itself.  Closing doors and windows keeps oxygen from getting to the fire.  One way to do this most effectively is to use a water and smoke sealant to create a barrier.  Many water barriers are fire resistant for four hours which during a fire can be the entire lifespan of the blaze.  Water barriers can help limit the spread of fires in the home and add to the smothering process.

Get out

The best thing that you can do in a fire is simply get out of the building as fast and calmly as you can.  Keep calm in the event of a fire, and find a cloth to cover your nose and mouth.  This helps to filter the air and keeps smoke/soot out of your lungs.  The key to surviving is to know your exits through consistent practice.  Get low to the ground, under the smoke and crawl your way to the exit.  Once you are out of the building, go to your meeting area and call for help.

Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. today (877) 520.1923– your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips.

We specialize in the following services:

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

How to identify and respond to a Washing Machine leak

Finding and responding to leaks in household appliances, like washing machines can be a very tricky business.  Where the water is pooling might not be where the water is leaking from.  This is why the first important step is to make sure the washing machine is on level ground.  This will allow you to better locate the source of the water.

Once the leak has been fixed, and the washing machine is no longer leaking, then it is time to do water clean up.  You will want to handle this in several steps, but it can be done by you.  If you find that the job is too large or the damage might be too extensive, then it may be time to consider a mold specialist.Water Damage Clean Up

The first step in clean up is to remove the water from the immediate area.  It is very important that water is not allowed to sit for extended periods in the home.  Water can damage everything in the home.  They don’t call it the universal solvent for nothing.  Water can damage walls, carpets, furniture, metal in the home. You also run the increased risk of having mold develop and grow throughout your home.  If you have standing water, get rid of it immediately.

The best way to do the water clean up is to use a wet/dry vacuum and begin removing the water.  Collected water can simply be poured down a drain in a utility sink or in a bathroom.  Keep up with this task as a simply having 2-3” of water on the floor can yield a surprising number of gallons needing to be removed.  To assist with the wet/dry vac, it is okay to use dry towels to soak up water from carpets.  Any attempt to dry areas should include having a fan to give direct air flow drying the areas more efficiently, but also be using a dehumidifier in order to pull moisture from the area.  Keep a cycle of drying going in order to gain complete drying of the area.Proper water cleanup and mold removal equipment

If the attempts to dry the area are not working, then it is time to call a company that can assist in drying and saving the area.  The main emphasis for this immediate action is to prevent the growth of mold in the home.  Mold is a very dangerous and costly issue to have in your home.  If the water is not being dried, you will want to call a mold specialist as soon as possible to limit the potential damage that mold can have in your home.  The proper mold specialist can make all the difference in your ability to enjoy your home again.

 

 

Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. today (877) 520.1923– your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips.

We specialize in the following services:

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

 

Preventing Water Damage

 

Water damage is the most common form of damage in a home.  Prevention of damage can be hard to find, but it does become easier if you are vigilant in looking for the signs.

One of the best practices you can have when owning a home is to understand what happens when something like a broken pipe occurs.  The common reason is simple wear on the pipes.  When coupled with high water pressures, these pipes will eventually fail.  The best practice here is to be proactive in the maintenance of the pipes in your home.  Have them checked regularly and replace as necessary.

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When assessing the water damage from appliances, there are devices that are liquid leak detectors.  These devices find leaks and can help you find the areas that are causing the issues for repair.  These can be moderately expensive.  Some of the higher model sensors can actually turn off the water from the appliance minimizing the damage incurred, but these do require plumber and electrician assistance to install.  One of the best things to do with appliance is to schedule regular maintenance checks.  These checks do not take long, and they can save you thousands of dollars in repairs.

In order to protect your home, be proactive and observant.  Just because a room does not have a water source that it is free from water damage.  These room can be damaged from leaky roofs but also water sources above them, such as an upstairs bathroom.  Be sure to check the foundation of the home as well, especially in the Spring months when water tables rise and water can potentially flood your basement.

Finally, one of the best ways to see if a water leak is present is to turn the water off to the home.  Check the outside water meter.  If it continues to move, then water is moving in your house somewhere.  Also, be vigilant with your water bill.  If you notice higher than average water bills without an increased usage on your part, then you may have a leak somewhere on site.

Water damage is a serious issue that many people in the country deal with as it creates damage and thousands of dollars in repairs.  Through a little observance and being proactive, you can check the condition of your home to find problems while they are small.

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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.

We specialize in the following services:

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

 

Prevent Water Damage While You are on Vacation

When it is time to go on vacation, you spend a lot of time picking the right place for you and your family.  Money and time are spent to get you the perfect vacation.  The last thing that you need is to face a water issue when you return.

The fact is that water issues occur regularly while people are out of town for a variety of reasons.  It can happen from a freak deluge that comes through your area, but more times than not, water damage occurs from something that could have been checked and done before you left.  As you are going over your checklist for packing, create a checklist for your home as well.

You should perform routine checks on all of your appliances if you are going to be gone from your home for more than three days.  Not only will it make the home safer, but it will allow you to relax in ease.

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Clear gutters for any debris and leaves.  This will make sure that water will drain correctly and not pool.  Inspect the hoses connecting your appliances from water supplies.  Make sure that there are not leaks and everything is connected tight.  Check under your sinks to make sure there are no leaks or drips.  De-ice your freezer in order to prevent water from escaping the refrigerator and pooling on the floor.  Finally, make sure that your sump pump is in proper working order.  If anything does happen with standing water, a sump pump will be one of the first lines of defense.  Also, if you know you have a humid, moist area of the home, you may wish to run a dehumidifier with the water catch draining into a utility sink.  This will prevent any water from escaping and pooling on the floor.Water Damage, Water Removal

Further action that you can take is to turn off the water to the appliances.  They cannot leak if there is nothing to leak.  Make sure that all windows and doors are shut.  If your windows are closed properly then there should be no potential for leaks.  One of the best things that you can employ however is to have a trusted friend check on your house every couple of days.  Have them go room to room, and they can assess whether or not there are leaks present.

 

Vacations should be periods of relaxation.  Remember, you’ve earned it.  Don’t come home to a stress that will negate the vacation.

 

Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. today (877) 520.1923– your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips.

We specialize in the following services:

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