How to Deal with Fire and Smoke Damage

Burning building

 When your home has had a fire whether large or small, you have a lot on your mind and a lot to deal with post-fire. Life after a fire is tough and getting your home cleaned up after is a huge challenge. If you want your life to get back to normal, you will need to focus on mitigating the fire damage and removing the odor and the damaged items.

Something that most people do not know is that there are a variety of different types of fire damage and subsequent smoke damage. They all must be treated differently and the damage from them must be addressed with the appropriate and fitting plan. Some of the main types of fire and smoke damage that can occur in your home are: dry or wet smoke, protein fire, fuel oil soot, fire extinguisher powder and water damage. Due to all of the different types of fire and smoke damage that can occur, it is important not to try to mitigate the damage yourself. You should look for a company that is experienced at dealing with fire damage, smoke damage and water damage and have them come in for a consultation.

They should take care to explore the areas of your home that have been directly affected by the fire as well as the immediate areas. They should carefully examine your flooring particularly if it is carpet because the ashes and soot may have become embedded in the carpet. They should also carefully check for water damage because they will need to be mitigated first to prevent mold from growing. It is critical that you take action immediately after the fire has been put out (i.e., the same day or next day if it happens at night) in order to get rid of the fire and smoke damage in your home.

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Help My Toilet is Overflowing!

 

When you start to see the water level rising in your toilet it can be alarming. When you are unsure what to do it makes this situation all the more stressful. That’s why it’s important to remember some important tips when it comes to dealing with an overflowing toilet.

Shut Off the Water

By turning the valve that is located on the pipe at the back of the toilet, you can turn off the water to the toilet. This will prevent it from overflowing and spilling all over your bathroom floor. After the water has been turned off to the toilet, you can begin to determine what has caused it to overflow in the first place.

Fixing a Clog

One of the easiest fixes is a clogged toilet. This can be simply fixed by using applied pressure with a plunger. Just put the mouth of the plunger around the hole at the bottom of the toilet and plunge repeatedly until you notice that water starts draining out of the toilet. Once the clog is fixed you can turn the water back on and flush the toilet.

Fixing the Float Mechanism

You can easily fix the float mechanism in your toilet by bending it so that it sits lower in the back area of the toilet bowl. This will prevent the back area of your toilet from filling up with so much water that can cause overflows to happen more easily. Toilets need regular maintenance like anything else in your house. It is important to check the parts from time to time in the back of the toilet bowl to make sure that they are all functioning properly.

Chronic Overflow

If your toilet is chronically overflowing, then it is important to deal with it by calling professionals. Chronic overflows are a symptom of something being severely backed up in your plumbing. This problem could become much worse and cost a lot more money if a pipe bursts. That is why it is important to have professionals, like Water Damage Zone, deal with the problem because they ensure that the proper repair process will be followed.

 

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

Black Mold- Health Risks

There are several kinds and types of mold that can be divided into several categories and sub-categories. Black mold, also known as Stachybotrys chartarum, is one of the most common species. It is not only toxic, but also causes several problems related to skin and the respiratory system. However, not all mold that is black by appearance is Stachybotrys chartarum. Here are some of the symptoms you may experience if your home has black mold.

Respiratory Problems

The respiratory system is usually one of the first things that will be effected due to breathing in the area of the black mold. The toxic fumes are breathed in and then enter the respiratory system, which immediately leads to difficulty breathing. Major symptoms may include breathlessness, wheezing, coughing, swelling of the lungs, sore throat, bleeding in the lungs, runny nose, itchy nose and nose bleeds.
These symptoms may vary based on the age, and the immune system of the person.

Circulatory Problems

The irritation doesn’t stop at the respiratory system, encountering black mold can also effect the circulatory system if it’s absorbed through breathing or the skin. The toxins in the black mold can find their way into the bloodstream and cause complications such as, heart damage, blood clotting and external or internal hemorrhaging.
If you or someone you know has been in direct contact with black mold, see a doctor if they have any of the following symptoms: irregular heartbeat, heart inflammation, low blood pressure, vomiting of blood, bone marrow disruption and bleeding tendency.
The severity of the symptoms may vary from one person to another, but immediate care should be taken in order to eradicate the chances of further damage to other organs. To ensure safety contact a doctor immediately following the presence of any of the above symptoms in order to minimize damage. The person having these symptoms should be moved to a mold free area, in order for them to be safe from any more damage or difficulties.

 

Skin Problems

One of the several ways through which mold makes it into the human body is by getting absorbed into the skin. Skin can be highly damaged due to mold. Areas that can get sweaty, like armpits or creases in the skin, have a higher tendency to be effected by black mold.
Symptoms may include, crawling of the skin, dermatitis and jaundice.

 

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

Removing and Preventing Carpet Mold

Moldy carpets are smelly and unsightly. Not only that but it’s extremely hard to completely remove mold from carpets. Removing moisture from carpeting is just the beginning of removing any mold that has grown on it. It has been found true that carpets with dirt in them are far more likely to have mold growth. The following are some tips and precautions for preventing and eliminating mold growth in your carpets.

Humidity and Temperature

One of the best things you can do to prevent mold growth in your carpets is to keep the humidity in your home low as well as the temperature. By doing this you are creating an environment that is unfavorable for mold growth. You can reduce your home’s humidity by installing a dehumidifier in the room that is affected. By keeping your thermostat low, you will also prevent the temperatures in your home from being too high and encouraging the growth of mold.

Clean Your Carpet

When you spill something on the carpet, clean it up. Doing this as well as vacuuming on a weekly basis will ensure that the carpets in the home remain clean. Clean carpets don’t grow mold as easily as carpets that have dirt and spills on them. By maintaining the cleanliness of your home you also prevent mold from growing in unnoticeable places.

Organic Isn’t the Answer

There is a lot of talk in the news about how much healthier organic products are for us. While this may be true of foods, it is certainly not true of carpeting. Organic carpet made out of materials such as wool, houses mold much easier than a synthetic carpet. This is because mold can actively break down organic compounds in things like wool and use them for food. In order to best protect your carpets from mold make sure they are made from synthetic materials.

Have you ever had mold in your home’s carpet? What did you do to get rid of 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.

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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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Water Damage Zone, Inc.

Corporate Office

15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411

Dangers of Standing Water

Every single living thing needs water. However, when water is left to stand for long periods of time, it can get you into a lot of trouble. Standing water is one of the biggest threats to human life and most people are not even aware of what it does to their health. We are going to go through the main health problems that are generated from standing water and methods to eradicate this problem.

Health Problems Caused by Standing Water

There are several dangers when it comes to stagnant water. It is the favored breeding ground of mosquitoes, dragon flies and flies in general. Standing water is a nest that mosquitoes breed and grow within. Stagnant water is normally undisturbed by people for a long enough amount of time for disease causing mosquitoes to grow in.
Bacteria and viruses from all surrounding areas are attracted towards stagnant water like a magnet and it is there that they make contact with breeding insects. Eventually they will be carried around by the mosquitoes and flies that have been hatched in the stagnant water. If you think you’re safe from standing water in the street by staying inside your home, you’re wrong. Stagnant water serves as a nest to the mosquitoes, which means that once they grow up they start spreading disease in adjacent areas.
If the insects and disease don’t bother you, realize that standing water offers additional risks. It also is one of the main causes of the growth of mold inside the home. Mold presents a separate, but even deadlier threat to your health.
How to Minimize the Risk?

There are three things you need to carefully do upon the discovery of stagnant water:
1. Cover the stagnant water with sand, so that bacteria and the viruses are unable to grow and breed in it.

2. Make sure everything inside your home is properly covered and that there is no water left standing in your kitchen sink or bathrooms, this will help keep the mold from growing and ensure your safety.

3. Contact water damage professionals to assess the situation and take any additional steps that are necessary to completely sanitize the area.

 

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  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
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Water Damage Zone, Inc.

Corporate Office

15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411

Black Mold in Rotting Wood

Most homeowners have encountered dry rot and know about its structural implications, but many do not know that it is a home for all types of mold including one of the most deadly, black mold. Mold causes dry rot to spread extremely fast and can cost you thousands of dollars in reconstruction costs. This doesn’t include the impact that mold has on the health of the home’s inhabitants.

Black Mold and Dry Rot is Often Unnoticed

Many don’t even become aware of the presence of dry rot and black mold in the home until it is renovated. When walls and fixtures are removed it allows you to look inside of the home where mold is allowed to grow undisturbed for extended periods of time. Anything can cause mold to grow in the walls including leaking pipes, high humidity, or mold spores spreading from another source.

 

Dry Rot and Black Mold Needs THIS to Grow

Water leaking

Black mold and dry rot can occur on wood in the home anywhere that is dark. It needs the following four things in order to establish itself on the wood of your home:

Oxygen
Moisture
Temperatures between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit
Food Source (in this case it is the cellulose in wood)

By eliminating access to these, mold will eventually wither and die. Unfortunately, when it is growing on wood, it has constant access to a food source and is hard to remove. For tricky situations like this it is best to call professionals.

Removing Dry Rot

Getting rid of dry rot is tricky and time consuming. It often requires chemicals, replacing whole parts of the structure of the home, and heavy detailing when cleaning. In order to ensure that this process is completely correctly, it is best to hire a home restoration company like Water Damage Zone, to inspect and repair the damage. By incorrectly repairing dry rot and black mold, you risk causing further damage to your home and the health of its inhabitants.

 

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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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15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411

 

How to clean up the fire and smoke residues – Water Damage San Marino

Now days it has become very much important for every household to dispose the smoke removal properly. Smokes and soot spread up very easily even from the smallest fire. You need to know the proper techniques of Fire & Smoke Clean Up.  You need to clean the air in your house. Open up as many windows as possible. You need to keep your household clean. Remove the dust particles from the articles of your home.

Tips for smoke and fire clean up:

  • Wash and disinfect the exterior surface of your homes like walls, windows, decks and other places.
  • For better Fire & Smoke Clean Up wash and rinse, well the interior walls with the help of soap.
  • Wash or clean the dust of all the other household articles like carpets, furniture’s, window coverings, and mattresses.
  • Clean the filters of air conditioners to remove the soot and smoke residues from them.
  • Clean up the ash residues and soot from the garden and vegetation area if it is left over there.
  • Fire & Smoke Clean Up methods may prove fruitful only if carried out in appropriate manner.
  • By these above-mentioned remedial measures, you can easily get rid of fire and smoke residues.

Kinds of smoke residues:

All fire damages are not alike various fire damages are of various kinds. When the natural items like paper wood etc are burn then the color of these residues is generally black or grey. These kinds of Fire & Smoke Clean Up could be done through vacuum or sponge. Similarly, cleaning the residues of protein related burns like chicken takes a lot of time. They spread all over in the form of greasy substance. The clean up of synthetic containing products is also a tedious job and needs training for it. Similarly, various kinds of smoke residues require various techniques for cleaning up.

How to clean fire and smoke damages on your own:

Fire & Smoke Clean Up process could be easy for you to carry out with following tips.

  • Before starting your cleanup process, you need to understand how to clean the various types of residues.
  • It is a big challenge for you to clean various kinds of residues on the same time.
  • One of the methods to understand kind of smoke residue is through its smell.
  • By smelling, you can find out and clean it accordingly. Sometimes even after cleaning you smell some kind of residue it means sump part of it is left to clean.

Take help from professionals for cleaning fire damages:

Sometimes it is not possible for you to clean all kinds of fire damages and smokes. For better smoke & fire cleanup you can take help of trained professionals or specialists as they have good past experience of cleaning up. As the fire damages are of different kinds, so the trained professional would survey the location so to determine the extent of fire smoke and damage. By this, he will be able to find out his scope of cleaning residues and he will be able to clean it better.

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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.

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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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Water Damage Zone, Inc.

Corporate Office

15115 Califa St. Ste. C

Van Nuys, CA 91411