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.

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  • 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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Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

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

 

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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

Do YOU Know What Causes Mold?

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MOLD colonization occurs when MOLD spores and moisture find one another on surfaces that they consider food, such as wood, paper, leather, cloth, dusty and dirty surface conditions and more. Molds will often grow in damp or wet areas indoors. If the moisture source is not identified and stopped, the MOLD colonization will advance, and begin to  release new MOLD spores into the air in amplified proportions.

How do you know if you have a mold problem?

A few signs to look for:

Mold can be found almost anywhere in the home environment. It appears most often in moist or wet areas. A musty odor may also be present. Mold begins to grow indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet or damp. Mold won’t grow without moisture or water. Therefore, it is important to dry out wet or moist areas within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth.
Some examples of places where mold can be found are:
Basements, kitchens (bottom of fridge or under the sink), around bathroom vanities, under walls paper, washer/dryer area, and bathrooms. Before fungi can colonize, four requirements must be met: moisture, air, slightly humid or livable temperature and food.  Humidity and water leaks are the leading common cause of most mold infestations. Leaks being the easiest to spot are the first indications that mold may be present, however unusual activities may upset the humidity averages in the house and mechanical spaces and allow mold to establish itself.

By sending a sample of the biological growth to a lab, they will be able to determine whether it is mold, and what species of mold. They  would need to use a surface sampling technique that allowed the species to be identified. and in some cases air sampling will also be required

What are the potential health effects of mold in homes?

Mold exposure does not always present a health problem indoors. However some people are sensitive to molds in which they can become susceptable to health risks.These people may experience symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin
irritation when exposed to molds. Some people may have more severe reactions to molds. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. Immune compromised persons and persons with chronic lung diseases like COPD are at increased risk for opportunistic infections and may develop fungal infections in their lungs.
Some individuals with underlying health conditions may be more sensitive to molds.
For example, individuals who have other allergies or existing respiratory conditions such as asthma, sinusitis, or other lung diseases may be more easily affected. Similarly, persons who have a weakened immune system tend to be more sensitive to molds.

What type of mold am I dealing with?
Allergenic molds are normally not dangerous in low amounts, but they can cause allergenic or asthmatic symptoms such as wheezing or runny nose. These molds can be abated safely with the assistance of gloves and a disposable particulate-removing respirator.

Mycotoxic molds can cause serious health effects in humans and animals. Health effects range from short-term irritation to immune suppression to cancer and even death. If any toxic molds are identified, it is suggested that you seek advice from an Industrial Hygienist or other mold professional for guidance. The average homeowner should NOT attempt the abatement of these types of mold.

Pathogenic molds can cause serious health effects in persons with suppressed immune systems, those taking chemotherapy, those with HIV/AIDS, or autoimmunity disorders. If any pathogenic molds are identified, it is suggested you seed the advice of an Industrial Hygienist or other mold professional for guidance. The average homeowner should NOT attempt the abatement of these types of mold.

Hyphae & hyphal elements refer to single, unidentifiable fragments of mold. Although they may not be traceable to a specific mold species, the fragments themselves may be responsible for allergic reactions in some people and may indicate previous or current growth event. Smut spores are agricultural spores from outside sources.
Ascospores and basidiospores are clusters of spores that may not be easily identified as 
per specific species, but may still represent f mold problem in the home.

What are the first steps you should do in the event of Water Damage / Flood?

Identify the source of the incoming water and, if possible, stop it or call a professional to handle it.

Turn off all electrical appliances in and around the area affected by water before you get in to the area to
reduce electrical hazards.

Remove or elevate furniture off wet areas to prevent permanent stains or rust marks from occurring.

Empty out closet floors, including shoes and cardboard boxes which could cause staining.

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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Corporate Office

15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

Hot Water Heater Leaking?

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In the course of owning your home, things are going to break or begin leaking.  It is simply a matter of time and inevitability.  Something is going to happen.  One of the most costly things that can happen is when your hot water heater begins to leak.

Normally located in the basement or a service room of the home, the water heater s not noticed as long as the water for dishes stays boiling hot and your showers are not replaced by ice cubes.  However, once the heater begins to leak, it becomes a necessary fix that needs your immediate attention.

In looking at the water heater, one of the first things you’re going to notice is that there is going to be a lot of water coming from the unit.  Remember that these heaters are always full, so there is a lot of water present in the machine once a leak begins.  Next, you will need to identify the origin of the leak.  In the case of Hot water heaters, there is a lot of water and the leak doesn’t stop.  This means that the potential for long-term damage to the home increases the longer the hot water heater is allowed to be given access.  If you think that you have a leak, remember that leaks do not simply start and stop, but they will be fairly consistent.

One of the best ways to find a leak in a hot water heater is to first clean up a puddle.  Once this is done, then take some paper towels and place them in the area of the leak.  It is also necessary to wipe the unit and internal mechanisms down as thoroughly as possible.  This is done to show the origins of the leak.

Once the source of the leak has been discovered, then it is critical to begin the repair.  First, you are going to turn off the water to the appliance.  If the appliance is leaking, why should there be a steady stream of water.  The closing of the water will accommodate this decision.  Don’t forget too to shut off all water to the unit.  Sometimes people forget to turn off the cold water supply.  This can lead to significance and potentially major damage.

Once the water has been shut off from the unit, then it would be time to check all the hoses attached to the unit.  If you find a hose that has some leaking or excessive condensation, then congrats, you have an easy to fix project.  Sometimes it is not this easy. Check the hoses and their connections.  Make sure that these are not the reasons for the leak.  If you are still having a difficult time finding or repairing the leak, call a licensed plumber as soon as possible.

A plumber would be able to quickly diagnose the issue and repair in a timely manner.  Don’t allow yourself to fall into the expensive trap of having to call multiple contractors to fix the heater.  Get it right the first time and enjoy your home as you intended to be.

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

 

Why is Mold not Safe?

Television and Social Media websites are spreading awareness about the hazards one can face due to the expose of mold. Mold is a type of fungi that grows in the presence of moisture and some nutrients, however, the main constituent that supports the growth of fungi is moisture and its growth can only be prevented by the eradication of moisture in the area.

Health issues related to Mold

Mold spores are extremely tiny and very light, they can easily flow around within the air. Once, they mix into the air, they can be inhaled by the people exposed which is highly unhealthy. The fungi inhale into the oxygen flow can make breathing harder and cause sore throats, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes and discomfort in the whole body.
However, the effects might not be felt by everyone who is exposed to mold. Some people might be more sensitive than others based on their physical characteristics and age. People who face respiratory problems or Asthma are at a higher risk of being affected by mold and they need to take proper care in order to keep themselves from getting sick.
Moreover, emotional disorders can be another factor that is caused by the exposure to mold. People tend to be more depressed when they are directly under the exposure of the mold, body fatigue may add up to the problems caused by depression.

Treating Health problem caused by Mold

If you have started suffering from any of the above mentioned problems, then you should see your doctor as soon as possible. The problems caused by mold are mainly allergies which might stay for a longer period of time. Doctors usually prescribe antibiotics and antihistamines to fight the allergies, if exposure is severe, the doctors normally recommend the patient not to return home.
The next step is to ensure your health is to immediate remediation of mold from your home, the best way of doing this is to avail the services of professionals, so that, you can avoid any further exposure to mold and minimize the problems caused by it.

 

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

Whats Hiding in Your Carpet?

Many of us grew up with memories of carpeting in our homes and offices, and while carpet feels great on bare feet, it can hide a lot of different things that you would never know are there.

Why is it important to clean the carpets regularly?  Carpet tends to be in areas of the building that are high-traffic areas.  As such, there is a lot of potential for various materials to get caught in the carpeting and remain.  There is a lot more in your carpet than just the spilled drinks and food that you think are the only things present.

The most obvious thing that can be found in carpet is dirt.  In many carpeted areas, they are high-traffic areas that near outside locations.  It is very easy for dirt on your shoes to find it’s way into the house and end up in the carpet.  It is estimated that the typical home accumulates over 30 pounds of dirt each year.  With the dirt can come very small bugs and pollens making your living area very unpleasant.

Next, the carpet also retains dust and pet dander.  If you have pets, chances are good that they shed regularly.  Dogs and cats produce hair and old hair is shed which ends up in carpets.  In addition, dust is a collection of yourself as your skin flakes accumulate in the carpet.

Bugs and mold can hide in your carpets as well.  Small bugs such as mites and fleas can live on the dust and debris collected in the carpet.  Through molting, mites can make the air quality in the home difficult to handle.  Also, mold can thrive in damp carpeting feeding off the dust particles and spreading sickness.

It is very important to vacuum and clean your carpets on a regular basis.  All the above can have negative effects on the presentation of the home and the ability to sell, but they can also have negative health effects as well.  Many of the issues that arise are related to breathing.  Copious amounts of dirt, dust and molds make it difficult to breathe properly in a home resulting in shortness of breath, wheezing, allergies.

The good news is that these issues can be easily managed.  Taking off shoes can prevent dirt from entering the home.  Using rugs that can be maintained and washed help to eliminate the debris from entering the carpet.  Vacuuming on a regular basis helps to mitigate the effects of many of these issues.  The more of the signs that you have, the more frequently you may want to vacuum.  For example, if you have multiple pets, you may want to think about vacuuming every other day.

The best way to keep the carpets clean is to shampoo and deep clean them.  It can be tedious to rent bulky equipment, so you can hire a company that is trained in carpet cleaning and will be guaranteed to do the best job, the first time.  These cleaning services not only clean the visible sections of carpet, but they get into the carpet to get whatever might be lurking in the very bottom.

You might think that your carpet looks great, but after years of use, you would be amazed at knowing what is present.  In order to improve your home, make sure that all carpets are cleaned on a regular basis so you can truly enjoy 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