Should You Finish Your Basement?

An unfinished basement can be a project that adds value and purpose to a home, but is it right for every home?  Perhaps the basement is just being used as storage or it just has an old feeling.  Maybe it has already been finished, and it just needs a new direction and touched up.  Whatever you choose, finishing a basement can be a great decision for a home.

 

The first decision that should be considered is the cost of the project.  The basement remodeling cost is going to depend on the size and dimensions of the basement, types of rooms that are being created, materials selected, the location of the home in the country and the overall housing market.  Intensive additions like kitchens and bathrooms are great, but these will still add more to the overall cost of the job.  You can expect to spend roughly $50 per square foot to finish your basement, and this estimate would rise depending on the materials and intent of the remodeling.

 

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 The Pros

Why should you finish your basement?  The first reason is to increase the living space of the home.  In many cases, this can actually be cheaper than having an addition to the home.  These rooms can fulfill many different functions such as a living area, bar or even a play area for children.  One of the greatest benefits of the finished basement is that it can become an area separate from the rest of the home and noises outside.  It can give the illusion of being removed when you are still in the middle of everything.  In the reverse, if you want your children to be as loud as they want, then the basement is a great place for a play area.

 The Cons

What are the cons to finishing a basement?  First, the price of the project can be expensive.  Having a finished basement is great, but if you have leaks in your basement then you have a potential for a bigger repair issue than the investment is worth.  The basement also takes time to finish.  In order to make the basement ready for finishing, then you will need to potentially move appliances such as the furnace and water heater.  You will need to have the foundation checked and leveled.  These are among many other things.  It could be weeks before a basement is finished.  Finally, the potential investment return is a potential con.  You can make more money on your home’s value for less money if you look at remodeling the bathroom, kitchen, adding a room than a basement remodel.  If you are looking to sell quickly, then this kind of project is not ideal for you.

 

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 Be Prepared

If you commit to the basement finish then take some time beforehand, and figure out exactly what you want with the room.  If you want a leisure area, kids playroom then it is best to know this in the early stages.  Knowing the square footage of the basement will let you understand what you can do.  Remember that larger basements will offer more opportunities, but understanding the space will further allow for a proper finish.  You want to make sure that you set a budget.  Don’t put yourself in debt over this.  Wait until you can afford it.  The greatest point is to be very comfortable with your contractor.  Do your research and get multiple bids, and select your contractor wisely.  Make sure that you and they can work together to make your ideas a reality.

 

 

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

Proper use and cleaning of a Humidifier

There are many benefits to using a humidifier in your home.  They can help relieve sinus infections, helps to recover from colds and flus faster.  Humidifiers can help keep the air from being too dry resulting in nose bleeds.  It can help alleviate snoring and it keeps your skin looking great.

With all the benefits of using a humidifier, would you know how to keep your humidifier running and clean?  It is very important to make sure that your humidifier is running at its best in order to prevent it from actually harming your home.

With the water inside a humidifier, it can grow bacteria and mold like any water source.  If this water is allowed to sit in the humidifier for extended periods, then next time you use your humidifier, you might not only be spreading beneficial moisture around the home, but harmful bacteria and mold as well.  These bacterium and molds can result in allergies and sickness.  Just what the humidifier is trying to help you overcome.

In order to prevent this from happening to your humidifier, there are some simple steps to follow.  The first step is to clean the filter of the humidifier.  Unplug the humidifier and remove the filter.  Hold under a faucet and rinse to wash away any grime that might be present.  Leave the filter to dry.  Now you can clean the rest of the unit.  It is important to remember, don’t use cleaning solutions on the filter as these can damage the filter.  Most humidifiers require you to change the filter.  Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the frequency for change.

The next step to clean the unit is to clean the water tank.  Remove the tank from the unit, and pour out all the old water.  Next, fill the tank with 2 cups of vinegar, and swish this around.  Make sure that it covers all points of the inside of the tank.  Vinegar acts as a solvent, and it loosens the grime in the water tank.  Rinse the tank thoroughly when you are done.  You may want to use a scrub brush to get the tough points of grime.  Stick with the vinegar as any other cleaning agent can stick to the tank, and it can be pumped into the air when the unit is in use.

Finally, use a damp sponge with a vinegar and water mixture to wipe out the rest of the humidifier.  This simple step will prohibit dust from entering the tank.  If you keep the dust out of the humidifier, then mold and bacteria have nothing to ‘feed’ upon to help grow.

There are many ways to clean out a humidifier, but this step is simple, and it is good for the environment.  If you take care of your humidifier, then your humidifier will take care of you.  Clean it regularly, and it will become one of your most trusted appliances.

 

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

 

Mold Prevention Tips for Homeowners

Mold prevention tips for homeowners on how to keep your home safe and mold free.

What to do about mold prevention? Mold seems to happen when and where you least expect it. This article below has several tips on how to remain a mold free home. You think that you have found mold. So, what is a homeowner to do if you find mold? Give Water Damage Zone, Inc.  a call to schedule an appointment for your free estimate.

We specialize in mold, mold removal, mold remediation and repair.

 

Mold Prevention Tips

When a water leak occurs it is important to act fast. If the damp material or area is dried out within the first 24 to 48 hours, typically mold will not grow. In the following days check the area regularly to ensure there is no mold.

Clean and repair gutters on a regular basis as mold can being to grow and spread into the home.

Ensure that the ground outside your home slopes away from the foundation so that water does not collect or enter the foundation.

Keep the air conditioning drip pans clean. Also ensure that the drain lines are not obstructed and are flowing properly.

Try to keep the indoor humidity low, below 60% but ideally somewhere between 30% and 50% relative humidity. An inexpensive moisture or humidity meter can be found at your local hardware store.

If you notice condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes, it is imperative to inspect your home in order to find the source of the increased humidity. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity or a possible plumbing leak. One found you should act quickly- dry the affected area,  and call a professional water damage or mold remediation specialist.

 

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

Don’t DELAY Water Damage Cleanup! why?

 

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Water damage can be caused due to several reasons and can occur at any instance. A blockage in the gutter, a pipe burst, a ceiling leakage and in worst scenario a flood, are few of the several issues that one can be a victim of. There is not much one can do in order to prevent this from happening, but you can certainly make sure that the damages caused by this are kept to the minimal amount.

Besides, the amplification of costs, it can also cause health problems including headaches, asthma, lung and respiratory problems. Mold is a kind of fungi and can easily spread in damp situations once they grow within the walls. Water damages spread towards a larger scale if proper care is not taken against it immediately. Mold can spread around the whole property if proper measures are not taken against them.

The most ideal situation is to avail the services of a mold remediation company, the trained professionals can help in cleaning the home effectively and efficiently which can keep the mold from causing damage to the air ducts and carpets.
It is not favorable for you to directly get exposed to mold because that can cause health problems. The best option is to contact a company which provides Emergency Water Damage Restoration for the speedy restoration of mold from your home. These companies make sure that the leakage is stopped and the area that is affected by the spread of the water is cleaned up, which helps in keeping the mold and water damage to spread any further.

 

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

Cons to Delaying Mold Removal

If you find that you have mold present in your home, it is in your best interest to remove it as soon as possible.  There are many different reasons from the integrity of the home to the health risks.  It is a serious issue that demands a serious response from you.

There are multiple issues with allowing mold to remain in your home.  These range from wall discoloring to ceiling stains to increases in allergens present in the home.  By looking at several of the issues, you can judge for yourself the necessity of removing the mold.

First and foremost, the major issues with mold come from the adverse effects that it can have on your home.  Remember that in most cases, mold forms from unchecked or unknown moisture being present that feeds a mold colony.  Because of this it is imperative that before you make any restorations in your home that you identify the cause of the leaks and fix them immediately.  Only in this way will you prevent the mold from returning and ruining all the hard work and money that went into the repairs.  It is important to get it right the first time.

When you are ready to begin repairs, it is important that one of the biggest issues with mold is the combination that it has with moisture in the home.  Water can create a great deal of damage, so you will be repairing mold but also water damage.  Once cleanup is ready to begin, then it is necessary to begin removing items that were either contaminated by mold or soaked with water.  This is done to prevent future mold growth.

The issues that mold can create in homes include discoloration or stains on the walls, cracked/peeling paint, loosening drywall, ceiling stains and it can warp the wood in the home.  If your home has plaster, then this can begin to crumble as well.  It is necessary that once the source of the moisture has been dealt with then repairs can begin.  In many cases, you will want to check the integrity of the area affected by the water or mold.  If you are fortunate, then there may only be a need for some fresh paint after the area has been thoroughly cleaned.  Drywall, for instance can become very similar to mush when wet, so these sections may need to be replaced, then you can finish with paint.

Work in bathrooms can be a little trickier as these areas of the house has a constant moisture present from use.  Here you need to make sure that the tubs and sinks are caulked properly to prevent water seepage.  Once this is done and the walls are verified for durability, then new paint or tile can be applied to give the room new life.  If you choose paint over tile, it is recommended that a paint resistant to moisture be applied.

Mold can also affect the air qualities in a home.  Molds reproduce by spores, so it is important to make sure that the HVAC system of your home is cleaned, but also supported by a fresh air filter every 2-3 months.  If you find that you are constantly running your AC or heat, you may wish to change sooner.  If you have pets, this could be a beneficial practice as pet hair travels easily through the HVAC, and it isn’t until you change the filter that you understand how much your pets affect the air quality in your home.

Air filters should be chosen along their HEPA recommendations.  If you fit the categorization to have a stronger filter, then by all means get the most aggressive filter possible.  This will not only filter out the mold spores, but it will filter out other allergens as well making your home more pleasant.

Mold is a very serious issue, and it should be dealt with as soon as possible.  If you delay, then you run the risk of damage to your home and health.  If you suspect that you have mold growth present, call a professional mold removal service to assess your home and suggest plans to help you enjoy your home once again.

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

Water Damage can Happen at Anytime

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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  • Shutterstock Sequence Number: US-041C159DA-1

 

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

Recent Water Damage Leads to Mold

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When our homes become filled with water, whether through flooding or broken pipes, it becomes a breeding ground for mold. Besides causing mold to grow in your carpets and walls, it can also begin to grow in your belongings as well. Acting swiftly and drying out your home can save you and your possessions from mold infestation.

First Things First

Disconnect the power to the home and unplug any electronics that you can access without going into the water yourself. If you’re scared to do this, the best option is to leave the premises and call a mold remediation company to inspect the property for you. They have the proper training and equipment to ensure that injury does not occur.

Drain the Water

You need to eliminate the water from your home as quickly as possible. Using buckets and mops can work but is not nearly as effective as the equipment that a local water damage company will have. Be careful if you decide to use a wet/dry vacuum because the electrical cords can become dangerous if they come into contact with the water.

Completely Dry the Area

After all the water has been mopped up, fans and a dehumidifier must be used in order to completely dry out the area. Open up windows if it’s no longer humid and damp outside so that the moisture can leave the home. Baseboards will likely have to be removed as well as any drywall that has crumbled or buckled. After the area is completely dry it will need to be disinfected using a heavy-duty disinfectant that you can purchase at a local hardware store. After disinfecting, you can purchase a chemical called Concrobium that can be sprayed over the area to prevent mold from growing.

Call Us!

Remember that the easiest and best way to eliminate mold and water damage from your home is by calling professionals who deal with it on a daily basis. Water Damage Zone has the training and expertise to deal with all of you mold remediation needs. We are available 24/7 and offer free inspections. Don’t hesitate to call now.

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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
  • 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