Should I Use Bleach on Mold?

This is a question that mold experts get asked frequently and the answer changes based on who you ask. What you need to know is that yes, bleach will kill mold, but not on all surfaces. Other cleaners work a lot better than bleach does when it comes to killing mold, you just have to know what to look for when you’re shopping at your local home improvement store.

Bleach Kills Mold Sometimes

The fact of the matter is, bleach will sometimes kill mold, not all the time. Because of this, you should really not rely on bleach to kill off mold spores in your home. Bleach is great for tiles, glass, bathtubs, or counter tops but it really fails at getting mold out of things like wood, grout, drywall, and other porous materials. Bleach won’t penetrate deeply enough into these materials to efficiently kill off all of the mold. It will return time and time again until it is properly removed at the root.

Bleach is Toxic

Remember that even when using bleach it can be extremely dangerous to inhale. If you decide to try and use bleach you must open up all the windows in the room and have a fan going to blow the toxic air from the bleach out of the room. If you do this it will at least lower the damage you will cause to yourself from breathing in the fumes.

Using Bleach and Calling Professionals

We recommend that instead of using bleach you try a mold killer and mold protector that you can buy from your local home improvement store. This two things will kill off the mold and prevent it from returning. If these two products fail to keep the mold away, then it is time to call a professional company like Water Damage Zone. Companies like ours will go above and beyond at inspecting your residence for any mold infestation and completely treating it from beginning to end so that it does not 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:

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

A little bit about us

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

Why Professionals Should Clean Smoke Damage From A Fire

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After a fire has been put out it might seem like a home is safe. However, without proper smoke damage repair, the building will never be completely safe or comfortable to live in. Fire restoration takes a lot of skill to do the right way and this is why a homeowner should never try to repair smoke damage on their own. Look for home restoration companies with the proper smoke damage repair certification.

Leftover Damage from a Fire

The smoke damage that a fire leaves behind continues to impact the house until it is removed. Ash and smoke for instance continue to cause discoloration, corrosion, and lingering odors. By hiring professionals to work on cleaning the fire and smoke damage immediately, you can prevent the problem from becoming worse than it already is. Many companies will advertise that they can perform fire repairs on your home. Only go with professionals that have the proper training and certification because they know how to properly repair the damage. By trusting someone that isn’t certified you could be causing more damage to your home.

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Properly Repairing

Properly repairing smoke damage takes a lot of prep work and quickness. Any of the items that are being restored will need to be brought out from the home in order to stop any additional smoke damage from occurring to them. By doing this professionals can ensure that additional damage won’t occur to items such as plastic, finished appliances, metals, clothing, and upholstery. All of these items need to be removed and cleaned separately. Metals, woods, vinyls, and leather will all need to be refinished or replaced.

Waiting Too Long

If you hire someone inexperienced at cleaning fire damage or don’t do anything immediately after the fire, prices will go way up for your repairs. The time that it takes for smoke damage to cause severe damage to a home is short, usually only a few weeks. The odors from the fire will be strong and the ash is acid so it will continue to corrode and cause damage to your home. Professionals understand how to identify and remove affected materials to stop the decay of your home. Once your home is cleaned professionally, the risk of damage from smoke will go away and your home will be odor free.

 

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

What to Look for in a Home Restoration Company

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Look for a business that has many certifications in the area that you are looking to seek restoration in. Whether it’s water damage, fire damage, or some other form of damage. Look for certificates from the IIRC so you can be sure that your professionals understand the best practices within their industry. You will always have lots of different restoration companies to choose from so it’s up to you to do your research and choose the best one.

Natural Disasters

Things such as flooding and hurricanes can cause damage to homes that we can’t anticipate. The building must be repaired as soon as possible after the event so it doesn’t take on more damage and become worse off. Companies without the proper certification often won’t know how to tackle these problems and won’t fix them completely. Select companies that have certifications that show approval from trusted, professional agencies.

Different Certifications

Companies can take different classes of certifications with different ranks. Check their certifications to see what specifically they are in and what level of expertise they have in them. Once organizations have professionals engaged in these courses they can become well trained in specific areas of restoration. Eventually, they will become masters of their trade. These are the companies that you should look to before all others because you know that they are going to get the job done right the first time.

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Full Service Restoration

When you hire a restoration company you are expecting them to repair any water damage as well as damage to flooring. They are also expected to remove any odors from carpet and fabrics as well as eliminating any mold that may have remained afterwards. Companies that have certifications in these areas know the best ways to rid your home of damage as well as eliminating unwanted mold and pests. By going with companies you can trust, like Water Damage Zone, you will ensure that your family doesn’t have to endure any of the potential health risks that could linger after these types of problems if they are not dealt with correctly.

 

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

Warning: Car Mold!

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People are well aware of the danger of mold in their homes but many don’t know that it could also be hiding in their cars. Mold is even more dangerous to have in your car. In this post we’re going to explain to you how mold can find its way into your car.

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Your car is a small space with air that is mostly circulating around. If there were to be mold spores in this space there would be nowhere for them to go except for around in a circle. The more you are exposed to the mold spores, the more prominent your allergic reaction to them will be. One of the main indications will be the occurrence of a respiratory infection or illness.

Don’t Run the A/C

If you suspect that your car contains mold, running the air conditioner is one of the worst things you can do. When you do this, the mold begins to spread around the car in the form of spores that travel through the air. When you are in this situation you will be inhaling mold spores at a higher rate than you would even normally be in a home setting. The mold spores are actually being blown in your face by your own air conditioner.

Musty Smell

One of the most prominent signs that mold is in your car is that it begins to take on a musty odor. This smell will pervade the whole car and it will be hard to get rid of. You will notice that something smells earthy and musty. No matter what you do, you won’t be able to get rid of this scent. The best thing to do in this case is to completely clean and wash and blow dry your car out. This will dry out any mold that is growing inside of the car.

 

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

6 Signs It’s Time to Repair Your Home

It’s easy to let things go in your home over time. Allowing them to gradually deteriorate and lose their functionality. The important key here is that these problems can cost thousands of dollars in repairs. These include rebuilding parts of the home that have become so damaged that there is no other option.

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1. Roof Damage

Your roof is the first place that water will enter your home if it is damaged. By regularly checking your roof, you can ensure that no leaks are forming and that your roof remains strong. Look for cracks or missing shingles, both of these signs will indicate that your roof is in need of some serious repairs.

2. Mold in Your Home

Check your home for moisture and monitor the level of humidity in all of the rooms. If it is too high in a certain room, purchase a dehumidifier to lower the level. Mold begins to form in areas where moisture has been allowed to build up for extended periods of time. The faster you get rid of mold, the less of a threat it poses to your health and home.

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Make sure that all of your gutters are properly connected and draining properly. You may have to unclog some of your gutters and drains to ensure that the whole system is working effectively to remove water from your home. Always ensure that you are using an appropriate ladder and safety equipment when performing repairs on your gutters.

4. Pest Infestation

Rotting wood and soil will attract pests such as ants and termites, who feed on these materials and use it to build their homes. These can be prevented by keeping landscaping away from the home’s foundation. That way pests can’t find their way inside the home. Once the structure of the home has been breached by pests the best thing a homeowner can do is call a pest control company to eliminate the bugs before they cause serious damage.

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5. Siding is Rotting or Deformed

When you notice that your siding is beginning to fall off, or that it has cracks, it is time to consider replacing the siding on your home. Siding is pretty cheap and easy to replace so you should take care of this problem right away before it becomes any more expensive. If your siding is damaged, you may also notice that your heating or cooling bill is much higher than usual. This is typical and should return to normal after you resolve this issue.

6. Cracks in Your Foundation

Walk around the home with a number 2 pencil and look at the foundation. Find all of the cracks and stick the pencil in starting with the lead tip. If the pencil goes all the way in, up to the yellow paint, then it is a sign that you need to call professionals to repair your foundation. Keep in mind that companies like Water Damage Zone are open 24/7 and able to assist you with problems such as these at any time. Don’t wait to fix issues like this until the last minute!

 

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