Preventing Summer Mold While Away From Home

 

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During the summer, some of us are lucky enough to take extended trips and get out of town for a couple of weeks.  While this gives us time to recharge and create new memories, there is the presence of mold in your home that continues to be an issue that needs to be monitored and controlled.

While your home may sit vacant, the mold present in the home will continue to grow as long as conditions are present that facilitate the growth.  Take steps prior to your leaving to ensure that mold doesn’t get an adequate foothold in the home while you are away.

The first thing to consider when preventing summer mold is that mold growth in these months is dependent on the relative humidity indoors.  Remember that mold grows by having enough moisture present to feed the spore growth.  The key is to remove the moisture present to deprive the mold of an essential building block.

Use of a programmable thermostat is critical to the success of the mold prevention.  You want to run your air conditioner at roughly 72 degrees for several hours in the morning before sunrise.  The remainder of the time, the thermostat should be set for 88 degrees in order to remove any moisture in the air, creating a dry heat in the home.  This takes moisture from the air during periods of the day when the relative humidity is at its highest, but this also gets other appliances, such as the AC unit to run more effectively.

Another set of appliances to consider is a portable dehumidifier.  These units help to take the moisture out of the air, but you need to exercise extreme caution when using these systems.  If you are going to be out of your home for extended periods, it would be wise to hire someone to empty the moisture catches in the dehumidifier as these run the risk of filling too quickly due to the amount of water in the catches.  You do not want the dehumidifier to overflow from not being emptied.  This exchanges one issue for another.  If you can’t have someone empty the catch for you, try to have the drain tube of the dehumidifier empty into a nearby drain.

During the summer months, it is always good to get out of town for extended periods.  It is a great way to create long-lasting memories with your family.  Protect your home with some simple prep, and you will come home to a clean home from your time away.

 

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Mold in Gyms

Macro mold colonies

When you are working out, it is in an attempt to re-shape your body.  In this process, it is natural to break a sweat as the body begins the change that routine exercise can provide. However, there is something that also wants you to exert sweat because your sweat is as good for it as the exercise is for you.  That something is mold, and the gym, whether it is the local gym or the one in your home is a perfect breeding ground for mold.

Let’s begin by stating that mold and mold spores are everywhere.  They travel on air currents looking for a suitable place to land and begin to grow.  In most cases, molds prefer areas with access to moisture, humidity and consistently warm temperatures for optimum growth. The gym is the perfect environment for mold, because all of the conditions that mold seek are present there.  The temperatures are constantly in a warmer range promoting mold growth.  There is moisture in the air from the heating and cooling systems, but also from the sweat being exerted in addition to the basic moisture in the exhaling of people working out.  This moisture can create a base humidity that mold can thrive in.

Where would mold grow in a gym?  First off, it can grow anywhere.  With people working out, it can grow on the machines that are being used, particularly if these are not being wiped down or disinfected regularly.  There is a possibility that you could be using a machine that has mold growing on and in it. Also, the showers and sauna rooms of gyms can be prime breeding grounds for mold.  With the constant moisture that is in and splashed outside of the areas, mold can take hold anywhere.  These areas should be consistently and regularly disinfected along mold cleaning standards to limit the growth of mildew and mold. Since many gyms are large open structures similar to warehouses, sometimes leaks can occur in the plumbing and in areas that are not regularly examined.  Building checks should be conducted on a regular basis to prevent the development and growth of mold.

Will the mold make you sick?  There is potential for that, but it depends on the mold.  In many cases, mold can trigger respiratory ailments such as wheezing, shortness of breath and asthma.  While not always fatal, the presence of mold can severely limit your ability to achieve fitness, particularly if you are looking to improve your cardio.  In other cases, molds can trigger severe reactions that will require medical assistance and hospitalization, but these are usually dependent on extreme cases and issues with the respiratory system.Mold is present in every aspect of our lives, and in most cases we have learned to live with it.  In the gym, mold has the potential to grow rapidly.  Make sure that if you use the gym to wipe the machines down after you use them and wear slippers into and out of the shower/sauna rooms to limit the affect of mold on your body.

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

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Water Damage Zone and Restoration Inc., is a full service Water Damage, Fire, Smoke Cleanup and Restoration Company, providing 24/7 water damage and fire, smoke cleanup emergency response and immediate services to Beverly Hills CA.

Water Damage Services for Beverly Hills, California and Surrounding Cities Include:

* 24 Hour Emergency Service
* Residential Water Damage Loss
* Water Damage Mitigation and Restoration
* Basement drying
* Crawl Space Damage Cleanup and drying
* Flood Damage and Cleanup
* Water and Sewage Extraction
* Sewage Cleanup
* Mold Remediation
* Structural Drying
* Disinfection & Sanitization
* Pack-out/Pack-back Water Damage Repair
* Surface Area Drying
* Decontamination & Sanitation
* Disinfecting
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  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
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Corporate Office

15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

 

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Water Damage Zone and Restoration Inc., is a full service Water Extraction, Water Damage Repair and Restoration Company providing 24/7 water extraction, water damage and flood cleanup emergency services to Los Angeles County and surrounding cities. 

Water Extraction and Water Damage Services for Los Angeles County Include:

* 24 Hour Emergency Service
* Residential Water Damage Loss
* Water Damage Mitigation and Restoration
* Basement Drying
* Crawl Space Damage Cleanup and Drying
* Flood Damage and Cleanup
* Water and Sewage Extraction
* Sewage Cleanup
* Mold Remediation
* Structural Drying
* Disinfection & Sanitization
* Pack-out/Pack-back Water Damage Repair
* Surface Area Drying
* Decontamination & Sanitation
* Disinfecting
* Dehumidification
* Damaged Carpet Removal
* Direct Billing to Insurance

Water Damage Zone and Restoration is Insured, Licensed and Bonded. Providing 24/7 emergency water damage, water extraction and flood cleanup services to Los Angeles County.

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

Mold Removal for a Healthy Home

Mold Removal for a Healthy Home…

Exposure to mold can cause cold-like symptoms, respiratory problems, nasal and sinus congestion, watery eyes, sore throat, coughing and skin irritations, and can trigger asthma attacks. Because some mold spores are very small and can easily be breathed deeply into the lungs, it is not safe to live in houses with high mold levels. Exposure to high mold spore levels can cause development of an allergy to mold. People can react to mold whether it is living or dead.

Everyone should minimize their exposure to mold. Children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with existing respiratory sensitivities are at higher risk for adverse health effects from mold. Some people are affected when exposed to very little mold, while others may show no adverse health symptoms when exposed to mold.

If you can smell a musty odor or see mold, you have a mold problem. Reliable sampling for mold can be expensive since it requires special equipment and training. Testing is not generally recommended as a first step.

Where to Look for Mold

Mold grows on organic materials, such as paper, dirt, wood and soap scum. Mold grows on moist materials, so mold growth is likely in areas wet by water leaks, flooding, humidity levels above about 70 percent and condensation. Any flooded area that was not completely dried within about one day is likely to have mold growth. Walls need to be opened and rapidly dried to prevent mold growth. Any area that is stained from water should be examined for mold growth. Peeling paint may be an indication of wet walls.

Moisture seeping through concrete walls and floors will cause moist conditions likely to cause mold growth on or in walls, carpeting and materials stored in the basement. Mold often grows under cabinets, behind base-boards, inside walls, in carpet padding and under vinyl wall coverings.

An unvented clothes dryer creates a very humid, warm environment conducive to mold growth. Closets may have mold growth if clothing is damp or if there is a cool outside wall in the closet. Also, there is a chance mold might be growing behind furniture, particularly against an outside wall.

Mold will not normally be found in furnace or air-conditioning ducts unless they were flooded because the heated or air-conditioned air is very dry.

Moisture coming through a basement floor or wall may deposit a light-colored salt and other minerals that are sometimes thought to be mold. The deposits should quickly dissolve and disappear when wet with water if they are a salt.

Mold Removal

Since people react to mold whether it is living or dead, the mold must be removed.

Take steps to protect your health during mold removal. Use a mask or respirator that will filter out mold spores. Usually it will be designated as an N95, 3M #1860 or TC-21C particulate respirator. Wear eye protection, rubber gloves and clothing that can be immediately laundered.

Dampen moldy materials before removal to minimize the number of airborne mold spores.

Mold can be removed from hard surfaces such as hard plastic, glass, metal and counter tops by scrubbing with a non-ammonia soap or detergent. (Do not mix ammonia and bleach; the fumes are toxic.)

It is impossible to completely remove mold from porous surfaces such as paper, Sheetrock (drywall) and carpet padding, so these materials should be removed and discarded.

Scrubbing may not completely remove mold growth on structural wood, such as wall studs, so it may need to be removed by sanding. Wear personal protective gear and isolate the work area from the rest of the home.

After the mold is removed, disinfect the area using a bleach and water solution or another disinfectant. The amount of bleach recommended per gallon of water varies considerably. A clean surface requires less bleach than a dirty surface. A solution of 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water should be adequate for clean surfaces. The surface must remain wet for about 15 minutes to allow the solution to disinfect. Concentrations as high as 1½ cups of bleach per gallon of water are recommended for wood and concrete surfaces that could not be thoroughly cleaned. Provide adequate ventilation during disinfecting and wear rubber gloves.

Finally, rinse the entire area with clean water, and then rapidly dry the surfaces. Use fans and dehumidifiers or natural ventilation that exchanges inside air with outside air

Preventing Mold Growth

The moisture problem must be fixed to prevent future mold growth. Since there are some mold spores everywhere and since mold grows on any wet organic surface, the only way to prevent mold growth is to keep things dry.

Air Cleaners

Air cleaners will not solve a mold problem. A high-efficiency air filter that removes mold spores may reduce the number of spores in the air, but mold spores rapidly settle onto surfaces, such as the floor, where air filters cannot remove them. Filters may reduce the number of mold spores in the air but are not substitutes for removing the mold. Air cleaners that produce ozone are not effective at eliminating mold. Ozone is a lung irritant that should not be in an occupied space.

Source: http://www.ag.ndsu.edu
Kenneth Hellevang, Ph.D., Engineer, NDSU Extension Service

The Basics of Water Damage Restoration

Basics of Water Damage Restoration

Water damage restoration is a very involved process, and you must remember that not all water damage is readily apparent. The novice homeowner or handyman may not always know where to look forhidden problems, and the overall process may take a period of days,weeks, or in some cases even months to correct, making it important to call in a professional.

The basics of water damage restoration can be broken down into four steps:

1) Extraction
This is the process wherein the excess water is removed from the home. Depending on the depth and severity of the spill, eitherwet-dry vacuum units or gas powered submersible pumps will beutilized. Electric pumps are discouraged as electricity and water do not mix, and any attempt to remove water with a normal vacuum cleaner will only result in the purchase of a new vacuum. Most of the water can be removed from the property using water extraction.

2) Drying
Once the excess is out, surfaces may appear dry, but a cursoryinspection will reveal they will be wet to the touch. Most everysurface has the ability to retain a certain amount of moisture.The only way to remove this moisture is through air circulation.Open all windows and doors to get fresh air moving through thehome. High velocity fans, blowers, and dehumidifiers areinvaluable tools to help the process along; the more units, the better. Moving them around every few hours or so will insure complete drying coverage. The drying process should take three days to complete.

3) Repair
This step involved the cleaning, repair, and disinfecting of all items or structures that were damaged by the water. Carpets will need major treatment, and electrical appliances and systems will need to be inspected by a qualified electrician before further use.
This is probably the single most time consuming part of the process.

4) Restoration
The final step in the process, this is the process of restoring your home to its pre-loss condition. Restoration may involve the repair or replacing of drywall, flooring, or ceilings, as well as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in the home. Some water damage is beyond repair, so reconstruction is the only viable option. Re-landscaping may be required to provide proper runoff and drainage for the property. The water restoration service can also document the materials and possessions affected by water damage and use industry pricing guides to determine proper value. The final steps in the process involve taking care of the final little detail touches designed to return your home to its former beauty and make it ready for the occupants to return.

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
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Water Damage Zone, Inc.

Corporate Office

15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411