What You May Not Have Known

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What You May Not Have Known When It Comes To Dealing with Water & Mold Damages In Your Rental Property…

California residents should be mindful of their tenant’s rights with regards to water damage, especially in California. Water can cause extensive structural damage to a property in addition to taking a toll on personal items. Water Damage and flooding are two of the most common damages that can occur in a rental property.  Water damage in rental units can also occur as an “act of landlord,” when pipes break, drains clog, and roofs leak.

When a property has been damaged due to flooding or plumbing leaks, landlords have certain responsibilities to their tenants. Landlords are responsible for repairs to the damaged property. Tenants, who may have to temporarily relocate while repairs are in progress, do not have to pay rent during the repair process. Tenants can also call local health officials if they suspect mold damage due to water leaks.

Landlord’s responsibility for repairs before renting a rental unit to a tenant, a landlord must make the unit fit to live in, or habitable. Additionally, while the unit is being rented, the landlord must repair problems that make the rental unit unfit to live in, or uninhabitable. (division, 2013). After water damage or flooding, if your landlord has not taken care of the problem you and your family are now at risk for exposure to mold.

Exposure to mold in an indoor environment can be dangerous to the health and well-being of occupants with symptoms ranging from runny nose, headaches and a scratchy throat, to memory loss, sinus infection, and asthma attacks. Mold concerns should be addressed immediately. In addition, children at any age of development are more susceptible to mold than adults. With an immune system that hasn’t fully developed and a weaker bodily system, overall, kids may experience more severe health symptoms after being exposed to an indoor mold contamination.

The removal of mold from an indoor environment is conducted in a safe and controlled manner by an industry trained Project Manager and Certified Mold Remediation Technicians.  The mold remediation process follows strict protocols from the IICRC for on-site containment, surface decontamination, air purification and treatment actions to remove existing mold and prevent future mold growth.

Considerations to this may be if the source of the leak or flood is caused by the tenants own negligence or misuse, the landlord can charge you for the cost or the repairs or deduct it from your original security deposit depending on the amount of the damages. Tenants may believe the landlord is responsible for repairing or replacing personal items, such as clothing or furniture, damaged by water. This is not the case. Tenants cannot hold a landlord liable for replacing damaged items. They can, however, file a renter’s insurance claim for any personal items damaged due to flooding or water leaks.

 

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

Smoke Damage Is Harmful To Your Property And Health

Smoke Damage Is Harmful To Your Property And Health…

The most commonly downplayed effects of fires in homes and business establishments is in the general health condition of the people who come in contact with the remnants of the fiery event. Not only is there damage and destruction to property and valuable belongings, the person who comes in contact with smoke and fumes from a burned structure is greatly predisposed to developing a variety of health problems. Although these health problems may not be immediately seen nor felt, in due time and with the interplay of other aggravating factors such as the person’s diet, immune system functioning, and overall skin integrity, clinical manifestations will present. By this time, any preventive measures will be for naught and treatment modalities will be a costly affair to begin with.

Smoke Damage

It is almost always possible that small fires can occur right in the very confines of our homes brought about by any of, but not limited to, the following causes: a left open gas stove, leaking gas or fuel hoses, embers from cigars and cigarettes, and overheating appliances, among others. What makes smoke damage cleanup an intimidating task is that smoke and soot can move and penetrate into other rooms or areas of the house while from fires can greatly affect the paint of walls, furniture, and fixtures, carpet, upholstery, drapes, clothing, and other family articles which further adds to the extent of the damage.

Smoke damages the very complex structural network of fibers that strengthens and or solidifies a certain object by chemically reacting with the different molecules that make up the structure. What happens is that the molecular and chemical bonds between the various elements and molecules are broken down into component parts, rendering them unstable in the outside environment. Sometimes, smoke damaged articles still retain a certain amount of heat such that the burning process continues to damage and or weaken the structure and form of the article affected.

Health Concerns

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or PAHs are composed of over 100 different chemicals that are formed during the incomplete burning of combustible materials and other organic substances. In controlled laboratory experiments, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons were shown to produce fertility problems among laboratory mice. The offspring of the lab mice also showed significantly greater rates of birth defects and low birth weights.

The same studies also revealed that some analogs of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons caused skin problems, body fluid abnormalities, and immune system defects among laboratory specimens. However, the implications are not readily generalizable to the human population because of ethics in research on human subjects.

Whether or not soot has really carcinogenic, mutagenic, and or even teratogenic effects on humans, it is relatively safe to assume that this byproduct of smoke from fires is something that should not be taken very lightly.

The Anatomy of Fire and Smoke

Fire occurs because of three fundamental elements that include air or oxygen, fuel or energy, and heat. Removing any of these elements and you can never start a fire, not even an ember. So, to start a fire, a highly combustible material must get in contact oxygen in the atmosphere to initiate a series of chemical reaction that, upon the application or introduction of the third element which is heat, fire is produced. Now, so long as there is a ready supply of combustible material vis-à-vis fuel load and a steady presence of oxygen in the atmosphere fire continue to exist because as oxygen and the combustible material react, they tend to give off heat, raising the heat element some more and fueling the fiery process in a vicious cycle.

In the birth of a fire, a heating element such as a match, a lighted candle, an electrical spark, or even friction, heats the combustible fuel load to very high temperatures, well within what is known as the material’s ignition temperature. By the time the combustible materials reaches around 150o Celsius (or 300o Fahrenheit), the heat already begins decomposing some of the cellulose that is found in the fuel load. The resulting chemical reaction releases unstable and explosive gases into the air which form what we see and are known to us as smoke. Smoke is primarily composed of oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon molecules. The materials that remain after the volatile gases have been released into the air as smoke make up the hardly recognizable char, as in “charcoal” which is made up of almost pure carbon. The combustible material which is left unburned or not turned into gas is called the ash and includes minerals such as calcium, potassium, chlorine, magnesium, and others. As such, charcoal fire can burn without the smoke as we usually use in our weekend barbecue activities.

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

 

Is Mold Toxic

When we hear the word “mold” we have initial fears of our well-being and that of our families as well.  It is necessary to take these fears seriously, but is mold really toxic?  It seems that due to recent studies that they potentially are not.

According to the CDC, molds themselves are not inherently toxic.  Certain molds can produce toxic substances called mycotoxins, yet many molds are neither toxic nor poisonous.  However this doesn’t mean that mold is not a serious issue.

Mold is always present.  It exists inside home and office buildings alike.  It can be found in the air we breath and on the surfaces of items we are consistently in contact with, yet there are few reports to say that mold is responsible for rare health issues such as memory loss.

The effects of mold that most commonly found in people are in the infections and complications in the upper respiratory tract systems.  These issues can be presented in the form of a cough, wheezing in light cases, and move up towards asthma in the more extreme cases.  People who have a sensitivity to allergies find that they have the most issues with the presence of mold.

Just because there are no links to toxicity for mold it does not mean that mold should be taken lightly.  For people who are sensitive to mold, it can be a very unbearable existence as nasal issues, irritation, wheezing and skin irritation can all be manifest with the issues of mold.  In more extreme cases, there may be fever and shortness of breath.  At the worst, people can routinely develop fungal infections in the lungs that will require medical attention.

If you find mold in your home, then you should take every precaution and step to clean up the mold in order to limit your personal exposure to the effects, but also your family as well.  In many cases, the mold can be a simple clean up using water and bleach.  Under no circumstances, never mix bleach with ammonia as this creates toxic fumes more harmful than the mold.

If you find that the potential issue is extensive or you just want to be sure you are finished with the situation, it would be best to bring in a reputable mold remediation company to assess your situation.  This company would be able to identify and suggest a course of action that could limit and eliminate the effects of mold in 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

 

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.

 

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

Fast and Reliable Mold Removal Services Now in Valencia, Encino, Burbank, and Malibu California

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If mold has already developed in your home or business, attempting to clean up the mold may spread the mold spores causing greater property damage or health problems. Water Damage Los Angeles can help! Mold can be dangerous to your health; therefore it is important that mold testing and cleanup be conducted by professionals as soon as mold is detected. Water Damage Los Angeles is certified and qualified to remove mold and provide mold clean up in your home or office. Our work is guaranteed to pass clearance. Don’t hesitate to give us a call! The longer you wait the more damage is caused and the more serious the conditions may become.

Mold Removal Services for Los Angeles Include:

  • Mold Assessment And Survey
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Winter Energy Saving Tips For Los Angeles, CA Residents

Properly preparing your home for cold weather can save energy, help keep your winter energy bills under control, and keep you and your family warm when temperatures drop.

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DIY & Easy Cost effective ways for you to save money on your winter energy bill.

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and easy ways for homeowners to save time, energy and money. Instead of having to crank up their thermostats, which in turn, cranks up the amount of money that they have to pay by the end of the month. However, there is a way to avoid the high cost of energy bills during the winter, and all you have to do is call Water Damage Zone to help you improve your home’s energy efficiency.

The best way to have energy savings throughout the winter is to make sure that your home is leak free. Meaning it has as few leaks as possible. A high level of insulation means, your home is not allowing as much heat to escape.  Which is good news for you and your family if you don’t like the cold and chilly drafts associated with poor insulation. You can improve your home’s insulation with the right roofing. Other times, the best way to get a higher level of insulation is to replace your windows with energy efficient windows and seal off any openings that you may have around the window itself. Water Damage Zone can help with all of those endeavors.

Of course, reducing water damage to your home can do a lot for your energy bills. By reducing the amount of water damage in your walls, or by fixing walls that have been harmed by flooding in the past, you will give yourself a home with more stable, more insulated walls than ever before. Reducing the amount of water damage that your home experiences greatly decreases the amount of energy necessary to keep your home warm. In fact, a simple consultation from Water Damage Zone, Inc.  can give you the knowledge and insight into your home that you’ve been looking for.  Our technicians are available to assist in giving your the best plan for improving your homes energy efficiency. Also, giving you a detailed report on what you can do to improve energy savings throughout your home.

Another excellent way to increase your energy savings throughout the year is to invest in energy efficient appliances. A new refrigerator, air conditioner, or even television that is designed to help you save on energy year round can help you save several hundred dollars within a couple years. Many energy efficiency experts can point you to the biggest energy drains in your home and explain how a new version can improve the size of your electricity bills.

You can also look into energy rebates. Check with your local water and power company or, check with your local government office to see if they offer any incentives in your area.

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

 

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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
  • 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