Protecting Documents from Water Damage

One of the most important things you can do is to protect your important documents before a flood. By placing documents in protective casings or in places where it is hard for them to be damaged, you ensure that insurance papers, leases, and other important documents don’t get destroyed.

Prioritize

Sort your documents by the ones that are most important to the ones that are less important. The most important documents will need to be moved as far away from flood damage as possible. This means upstairs or in an attic. You can even go the extra measure of storing them off of the property in a storage unit or a safety deposit box at a bank.

Make Copies

Make extra copies of your important documents and store them in different locations in case of a flood. You can also scan your documents for storage on an external hard drive that you can store in a safe place. Copies of documents are one of the best ways to make sure that you will have one even if another is destroyed.

Use Protective Storage

If you must keep your documents in your home, you can also research water-resistant and fire-resistant storage options. There are cabinets and other storage boxes built to withstand damage from fire or water. Putting one of these in a home can be a great option for keeping documents close by, but also protected in the event of a fire.

After a Flood

Calling professionals like Water Damage Zone after a flood will put them at your service to protect as much of your damaged belongings as possible. We realize that it’s not always possible to save everything in the event of a natural disaster. That’s why companies like Water Damage Zone exist, to salvage as many of a client’s belongings as we can.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

How to Stop an Overflowing Toilet

 

Seeing a toilet begin to overflow is often like watching a car crash. You know it’s coming, but there’s not much you can do to stop it. Toilet overflows can be stopped if you act quickly and follow these steps:

1. Switch the water supply off to the toilet as quickly as possible. It is a metal valve that is usually located near the bottom side of the bowl. Turn it counterclockwise to shut it off. This will prevent the toilet from having the water that it needs to keep overflowing.

2. Take the top off from the tank on the back of the toilet. Lift the float ball high so that the water stops running. Now all the water should be off so that you can begin to figure out what you need to do to fix your toilet.

3. Grab a plunger and apply it to the hole inside of the toilet bowl. It should be covering the entire hole completely. Continue to pump the toilet, increasing in power as you work. This should dislodge difficult clogs and allow water to pass through your pipes.

4. Also, if the issue is with the float mechanism in the tank of the toilet, it can be adjusted to be lower in the tank. This will prevent the tank of your toilet from overflowing. Check to make sure that the chain on the float mechanism isn’t caught on anything.

5. If this problem persists or becomes unmanageable, call a plumber or water damage professionals like Water Damage Zone to fix your overflowing toilet.

By catching a toilet overflow early and fixing it, you can prevent yourself from dealing with worse problems in the future. If your pipes become heavily clogged, it can often be impossible to clear all of the debris from them. Professionals have the expertise needed to effectively and completely restore your toilet to its original condition.

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  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Reasons to remove Dirty Caulk from Bathroom

The appearance of dirty caulk might be enough of a reason for getting rid of it, however it doesn’t just stop there. Dirty caulk also presents health hazards and a spreading medium for mold.

Health Hazards

Rest assured that anything related to mold will have a bad impact on the health of any inhabitants living in its presence. This is one of the primary reasons why you need to get rid of dirty caulk from bathrooms. If the water in a bathtub makes contact with the caulk and your skin at the same time it can definitely create problems such as skin rashes and irritation etc.

Spreading Medium

Dirty caulk has the ability to spread mold across the whole bathroom gradually and effectively. Therefore, it is highly advised to get rid of the dirty caulk as soon as you discover its presence. The sooner the caulk is removed, the more effective the eradication process will be.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Mold Damage

As we move into Spring from Winter, the conditions for mold can begin to rise in your home.  As rains come and snow melts, then you will need to be vigilant about the condition of your home as water can find ways to enter.  If too much water gets into your home then you run the risk of increased mold until you take care of the issue.

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The Basement

In the basement, you will want to make sure that you are routinely checking the foundation of the home.  Examine and fill any cracks that you might find in the basement walls.  As the ground around your home becomes overly saturated, then excess water will be able to travel into your home via the cracks.  If this occurs, then make sure that you move the materials that may be waterlogged and dry them out thoroughly.  Run a humidifier regularly in order to remove the moisture from the basement.  Be thorough.

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The Ceilings

As snow melts on the roof, pay attention to any water stains that might emerge on the ceilings inside the homes as this would be indicative of water damage in the attic of the home.  Water dams can create an abscess in the roof where water can enter.  This abscess also would allow melt water to enter the home increasing the level of moisture in the home.  Any moisture in the attic runs the risk of creating mold.

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 The Attic

The other contributors to attic mold come from venting that leads into the attic, but then has no way to vent the moisture to the outside.  What happens is that the moisture becomes trapped in the attic, and then it is promotes mold.  This accumulation of attic moisture is especially prominent in winter when fans are not run to prevent cooling.  Mold can grow unchecked during this season.

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The Roof

Finally, if you have installed a new roof on the house, you might think that the home is prepared to repel water from the outside, but it is best to check on a regular basis after the roof has been installed.  In some cases, the work of the roofers may not be complete, and this allows water and moisture into the home.  This can result in physical damage to the house, but it can also give mold the moisture that it needs to grow in the attic.

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Issues

Mold in the attic can be a very troublesome issue as it not only promotes health and mildew issues, but it can result in high cost damage to the home.  When dealing with attic mold, it is best to contact a specialist in mold removal quickly in order to eliminate the cause of moisture and remove the mold properly to prevent any long-term damage to your home and investment.

 

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  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
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Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

Health Risks Associated with Sewage Exposure

 

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Standing water and or Sewage Exposure is a huge health hazard. Water starts off by accumulating in areas such as construction sites or in potholes in neglected roadway pavement. This water attracts things such as fungi, viruses and parasites. Then the water travels into sewers and remains stagnant for long periods of time. This is how something begins completely clean until collecting in places such as sewers where viruses, bacteria and parasites start to grow. Eventually, if allowed to sit too long, these contaminants will produce health problems in the people exposed to the sewage site.

 

Health Problems

Sewage contains many hazards, ranging from a variety of gases including methane and hydrogen sulfide, both highly poisonous to human beings. These gases are a result of chemical reactions that take place within the sewage. If inhaled they begin to cause many health complications ranging from heart disease to muscular disorders.

The major diseases caused from exposure to sewage are malaria, hookworm infection, gastroenteritis, trachoma, diarrhea and hepatitis. However, by taking small steps, these deadly diseases can be avoided. The following are four precautionary measures to take against sewage exposure:

1. Wash your hands thoroughly, before and after using the washroom.

2. Wash your hands before and after eating.

3. Make sure that there is no stagnant water in places that you spend a lot of time.

4. Wear a protective mask while cleaning up garbage or around the home.
By following these four tips you can ensure that you and your family remain safe from diseases and harmful substances.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

How Does Mold Grow?

Mold is a common problem in homes. It accumulates in damp areas and begins to spread quickly. So what exactly causes mold and what does it need to spread? We’re going to go over some of the things that mold needs in order to survive and spread throughout your home.

Nutrients

Every living thing needs food in order to survive. Mold is no different. It can feed on materials such as: leather, wood, cotton, paper, bread, cheese, and other organic items. Mold also grows abundantly on porous materials such as sponges, couches, mattresses, etc. Once mold has begun to grow on a porous surface the only solution is usually to throw it out.

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Temperature

Another factor in mold growth is the temperature of the area that it is growing in. Mold can grow in any temperature between 32 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit but, it grows even more pervasively between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Even if the temperature is below 32 degrees, the mold will remain dormant until the area becomes warm enough for it to start growing again.

Water

Mold needs moisture in order to grow. Mold cannot grow without water in some form. Whether the room is extremely humid and water accumulates on walls, there is actually running water leaking, or water is left standing. Make sure you keep all areas of the home dry in order to prevent mold growth.

 

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  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
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Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

My water pipe broke what should I do?

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One of a homeowner’s worst fears is having a pipe break in their home. Not only can this be an expensive issue to correct, it has the potential to cause major damage to your home and your belongings. The moment that you realize that this has occurred, it is important to take the following steps so that you can attempt to stop as much of the damage as possible.

 

Cut off the Water

Before you do anything else, you will need to stop the main water supply by turning off the main stop tap. This is typically located in the area that connects the home to the main service pipe and can sometimes be found under the kitchen sink.

Find the Break

Next, you will need to find the location where the break occurred. Knowing which pipe is broken can help determine what you need to do next. For example, if you find that it is your main water pipe that has broken you will need to take special measures. However, if it is a small crack in an insignificant pipe, patchwork may suffice.

Find a Professional

It is important that you seek a professional’s assistance if there is water damage where water damage restoration may be necessary. This will be the case if you have a flood in your home where water needs to be removed and your home needs to be dried out. For safety reasons, your water supply should be shut off immediately and you should never touch anything electrical if it is wet.

File a Claim

You should begin the claim process with your homeowner’s insurance as soon as possible. Some steps that need to be taken will depend on your exact policy guidelines and you will need their guidance in order to get started properly. You should also begin documenting the damage immediately so that you will have the proper information to supply to your insurance company.

Educate Yourself

After you have had all the necessary repairs made, it will be important to educate yourself on the proper ways to prevent a broken pipe from occurring in the future. There are certain steps that you can take to help keep your pipes healthy and to make sure that your pipes do not break again in the future. You will find that preventing breaks from occurring is much more cost effective than attempting to make repairs when they do break.

Conclusion

Protecting your pipes during the winter is an important step so that you can avoid a broken pipe. Broken pipes can cause a lot of damage to a home and are very expensive to repair. Also, if the right steps are not followed after a pipe does break, further damage can be caused and the costs can be even greater than they were to begin with.

As a homeowner, it pays for you to protect your pipes during the winter. Make sure that you educate yourself on the proper steps to take so that you can keep your home safe from broken pipes and will never need to worry about your pipes breaking.

 

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.
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15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411