Can I Test for Mold Myself?

Many people ask themselves this question when the first begin to wonder if their home has mold or not. The answer is, yes, you can test for mold in your home on your own with a testing kit. These kits are somewhat effective in diagnosing a mold situation in your home by yourself. If you’re wondering where you can find one, just look to your local home improvement store or online. Just be aware that these kits will not test for every kind of mold that exists.

What are Popular Brands?

First Alert

First Alert has inexpensive kits that can test 9 different areas in your home and can tell you if there is mold or not. If you want to know specifics like type of mold, you will need to send in samples to a lab so that they can analyze them. This would be an additional charge and is not always reliable. Many people who buy these kits claim that it takes a long time to receive results and that it’s not worth the money.

IAQ

IAQ is another brand that has a low price kit that tests for 32 different types of mold including black mold. You will receive your results quickly and in your own home. It will only test one area for mold so if you need to test multiple, you will need to buy more kits. This can be pricey and often doesn’t make sense if you’re going to have to pay to remove the mold as well.

Mold Armor

One of the best low cost kits that you can get, Mold Armor, is capable of determining whether mold is present or not. For specific results you will have to send a sample to the lab in order to determine the type of mold. As usual, this service comes at an extra charge. This kit is a little bit better than the other two but still has some of the same problems of taking too long and requiring more money if you need to test other areas.

Just Get a Professional

Most consumers aren’t pleased with the level of quality of DIY Mold Test Kits that they have bought to use on their homes. It is much more practical to hire a local mold remediation company to come and test your home. The results will be precise, quick and scientific. Professionals know exactly where to test for mold and how to test to get the best result. These results also won’t take long to get back to you. Companies like Water Damage Zone are certified in mold remediation and not only can test your home for mold but provide a way to quickly remove the troublesome mold from your home for good.

 

 

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.

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

Physical Signs of Mold Exposure

Mold can be very dangerous when it comes into contact with your body. It is hard to know often if what you are experiencing is a reaction to mold, allergies or illness. This article will help you to know a little bit more about identifying whether or not you are a victim of mold exposure. Look for the following signs to determine whether or not you are suffering from mold exposure.

Mold Exposure Symptoms

You will notice that you are having a lot of issues with your upper respiratory system. You will be coughing, sneezing, and itchy. Your nose will usually be runny or stuffy and you will have a cough. Besides these symptoms you may also notice that you have watery eyes and/or dry skin. Symptoms can be different in other people but will mainly be related to the respiratory system.

Asthma Attack

With those of us who already have asthma it is possible for the mold to trigger a severe asthma attack. You will notice that you are coughing and wheezing more than usual and that you have shortness of breath and tightness in your chest. People suffering these symptoms need to be especially careful not to put themselves back in the area that has mold because it could cause severe side effects to their health.

What Makes Mold Exposure Worse?

If you have a history of allergies then you will likely experience even worse symptoms than someone else who becomes exposed to the mold. If you work in an area with a high mold count you will increase the severity of your symptoms the longer you spend in that place. Your home having a high level of humidity will also make the problem even worse over time, increasing the levels of mold that you are exposed to on a daily basis.

Call for Help

There are many professionals, such as Water Damage Zone, that are certified in mold removal and will help to alleviate the extreme dangers of having mold in your home or workplace. The longer the mold sits in these places the more havoc it will wreak on your body. It is best to call professionals when you first notice the problem so that it can be fixed before permanent damage is either caused to you or 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:

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

What is Green Cleaning?

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Products that are used frequently to clean homes are also filled with chemicals that you probably don’t want near your family. Most people are in such a rush that they don’t take the time to pay attention to the chemicals that are inside of the cleaners they use. As a professional restoration company we only use green methods to restore homes to their original condition.

Healthier than Other Cleaners

Green cleaning products are beneficial because when you use harmful chemicals they often linger in the air and on surfaces. These products will later on be ingested by other people in the home, whether they breathe them in or they soak in through their skin. These harmful cleaners can even lead to the development of asthma in those who use them regularly.

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Better Air Quality

Cleaners often fill your home with the smell of chemicals that linger for weeks at a time. Green cleaning products are made with natural and essential oils that add to the fresh smell of your home. These smells aren’t harsh and lingering. They are easy on the senses because they are made from gentle and environmentally safe ingredients.

Less Antibacterials

Antibacterial products promote bacterial resistance to cleaning products and antibiotics. This is especially dangerous for those with weakened immune systems. By using harsher cleaners, we are forcing the bacteria to become stronger and more resilient. In addition to this, many cleaners with these antibacterial agents in them are known to mess with people’s hormones.

 

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

Churchill | The Flooded House Dog Diving Competition

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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

Indoor Air Contaminated by Floodwater

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If your home floods the first thing you’re going to be doing is getting all the water out of your home. The thing that you may not think about is how polluted the air is inside of the house. If contaminated materials aren’t removed from the area, then moisture will continue to cause problems.

Standing Water

If water is left alone for any period it can begin to breed bacteria and mold. These pollutants don’t stay confined to the water either. Once they have started to grow in the water they will be released into the air around the water. This can leave individuals with symptoms anywhere from allergic reactions to infectious diseases.

Health Concerns

Microorganisms in the water can become released into the air and cause illness. Also, high humidity and moisture will allow mold to begin to grow and spread. Dust mites may appear in the home as well. The air in the home should be cleansed as soon as possible so that health complications don’t begin to arise in those living in the home.

Removing Water ASAP

The water in your home should be cleared and removed immediately so that bacteria and mold aren’t allowed to form and become airborne. If the water is dirty or the damage is extensive, don’t hesitate to contact professionals like Water Damage Zone. It is unsafe to touch any of the pollution and our professionals have the equipment and training to professionally and quickly remove the water from your home. Time is of the utmost importance in this case, the sooner you remove the water, the less likely you are to encounter health problems.

 

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

Removing Water Stains from Wood Furniture

 

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When water spill on your wood furniture you may find yourself infuriated at returning the wood to its original color. First you should try to figure out how deep the wood is damaged. The color will tell you about the depth of the stain on your furniture.

Colors of Water Stains

White- a stain made by liquid or steam is usually white or lighter colored. This stain has just penetrated the polished surface of the wood. Just rub this stain with some oil and polish it away.

Darker colors- these stains have penetrated into the deeper layers of the wood and require the help of a professional to repair.

Fixing Light Stains

If you have lighter stains on your wood furniture you can fix them by using various methods. If oil alone doesn’t fix the stain you can also employ the help of baking soda and toothpaste. Mix these together at a 1:1 ratio and rub with a wet cloth on the stain in a circular motion. Do this until the stain has completely disappeared.

Using Solvent

Be careful when using a solvent to remove a stain. First, get an old fabric like a towel and dip it into a solvent while wearing gloves. Squeeze all of the solvent from the towel and rub it on the underside of your wood furniture to test a small area. You want to make sure that it doesn’t discolor your wood. If it works, then you can rub this on the wood until the mark disappears.

Recovering Finish

After removing any water stains, your wood’s finish may have been damaged. In order to restore it you will need to purchase a paste wax for wood and then use a clean towel to apply it to the furniture. Follow the directions on the wax and allow it to sit on your furniture and dry before polishing it off.

 

 

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

Important: How to Dry Your Home Fast After a Flood

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Flooding is a common scenario that most homeowners encounter from time to time. It is important to remember that you need to act fast when a home begins to flood so that the situation doesn’t get out of hand. This means to clear any drains and gutters so that water can flow where it’s supposed to go instead of in your home.

Air Circulation

The first most important thing to do after a flood is open all the windows in the home. Open all doors, closets, and drawers and allow things to dry out. If the electricity has been safely restored to the home, you can use fans to circulate the air in and out of the home. By using a dehumidifier, you can also speed up the drying process if it’s too humid outside to open the windows.

Sump Pump

You can rent a sump pump or buy one to have in your home all the time. What the sump pump does is stay below the water level in your basement and works to constantly push water out of your home. This will help you to quickly remove excess water from your home. A shop vacuum that can handle wet and dry materials should be used to suck water out of any carpeting.

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You can buy certain products that will help to remove moisture from rooms and objects in your home. Some of these are: clay, silica gel, and calcium oxide. These will work to remove any moisture out of the air. Place them inside of closets or drawers to remove the moisture. You can also place them inside of airtight containers with your wet items to suck the moisture out of them.

Call Us

Remember to call a professional like Water Damage Zone if you ever have water damage occur to your home. We have all of the equipment and professionals, stay open 24/7, and are certified in properly repairing water damaged homes. If you feel like the situation is out of your control give us a call and we’ll save the day for you.

 

 

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