How Quickly Does Mold Grow?

Mold is one of the fastest spreading and quickest growing fungi that exists in nature. Mildew is also mold, so if you have mildew in your home then this means that you also have mold. You’re probably wondering how long it takes for mold to start growing in your home. This article is going to address some of the questions that you may have about the forming of mold around and inside of your home.

Only 12 Hours

Mold can begin to form in as little as 12 hours. This means that all it needs to begin forming within this time period is a source of food, warm temperatures, and moisture. If all of these things are available it won’t take mold long to start growing at all. Within 2 days the mold will form into larger colonizations and begin to spread to other areas in your home.

Mold Smells Bad

You will notice that as the mold is forming it creates a musty odor in your home. The scent that you’re smelling has to do with the chemical reactions that take place as the mold is growing and feeding. What you smell are the waste products that the mold gives off as it gets rid of things that it cannot consume. You may notice that you have increased headaches, dizziness, and nausea when you spend time around the mold infestation.

How Do You Prevent Mold Growth?

Mold spores can be prevented by frequently cleaning your home. You need to ensure that there is air movement in the home so that mold can be filtered out of the air in the house. Air filters should be consistently cleaned and replaced and water shouldn’t be allowed to sit for extended periods anywhere in the home. If you notice moisture building up or high humidity in any areas, this problem will need to be fixed as soon as possible to prevent the mold from beginning to grow. If you notice that the mold growth has gotten too far out of hand, it is best to call professionals like Water Damage Zone that know how to eradicate it once and for all from your residence.

 

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

Mold in Your AC Could Be Making You Sick

You may think that because your air conditioner is cold that it can’t grow mold inside of it. If you think this, then you’re not only wrong but you may have mold in your air conditioner already. Once mold has begun to grow it is nearly impossible to remove from your home.

Mold is a Type of Fungi

Mold exists in the same family as mushrooms and types of yeast. This makes it extremely adaptable and able to grow and spread quickly from one area to another. Mold spores are the seeds of the fungi and they will spread through air in your home. This is why it is very dangerous for mold to find its way into your air conditioner. It will use the air current from your AC to spread around in the air inside of your home.

Breathing in Mold

If there is mold in your AC, then you can bet that you’re inhaling mold spores whenever you are inside of your home. The condensation that collects on the outside of your AC unit will continue to feed the mold spores as they rapidly grow and spread to other areas in your house. When the spores are airborne they can travel large distances and settle on other objects as well as being inhaled into your lungs.

Health Problems from Mold

Mold on your AC can cause a variety of health problems that range from allergic reactions to more serious complications such as illnesses and diseases. People living in moldy environments also have a chance for their preexisting health problems to become worse. This means that it can be especially dangerous for young children, the elderly, and those with autoimmune diseases.

Removing Mold from Your AC

Once you have determined that your AC has mold you will need to have it professionally removed. By the time you have found the filter covered in mold you can imagine how much mold is elsewhere in the air conditioner as well as in your home. It is best to have everything professionally inspected because all it takes is one spore for a mold infestation to start all over again. Completely removing mold from your home on your own is nearly impossible. Trust the professionals at Water Damage Zone and other certified mold removal companies to do the job the right way instead of botching it by yourself.

 

 

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

Removing Carpet Mold with Professional Cleaner

 

The best way to remove mold from carpet in your home is to purchase an anti-mold spray at your local hardware store. By looking at the label on the product you should be able to determine it’s safety and how to use it. Some of these treatments have been known to damage the carpet so be sure to test it before you spray it all over the affected area. The benefit of using these products is that they not only eliminate mold but they prevent it from growing back in the future.

Steam Cleaning

You can rent a steam cleaner from a store specializing in home maintenance in order to kill the mold and clean it off of the carpet. Some of these specialized machines also have a vacuum function that allows you to simultaneously steam and vacuum your carpets. By steaming the carpet and then drying it quickly afterwards you will remove present mold and prevent it from regaining a foothold while the carpet is still wet.

Carpet Cleaner

After this process is complete you may notice that the carpet still has a mildew smell to it. In order to remove this it is recommended that you purchase a heavy duty carpet cleaning product. This will ensure that the carpet is not only clean after mold removal, but that it is deodorized. This way the whole apartment won’t hold the smell of the mold that you just eliminated.

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Remove Moldy Carpet

If the carpet is overly moldy in certain spots it is best to just remove and replace the carpet. Once carpets are overgrown with mold it can be nearly impossible to completely clean them. In these cases it is best to just remove the sections of the carpet that are affected with large amounts of mold and replace them. By removing these sections of carpet you are also removing the mold spores that will continue to reinfect and grow in your home.

Call Professionals

If you are dealing with carpet mold that takes up a whole room or multiple rooms in your home it is best to just call professionals. Removing the mold once it has reached this point can be extremely time consuming and difficult. If just one spot of mold is missed, it will be able to regrow and ruin your whole house time and time again. By hiring a professional you will not only save time but ensure that you don’t have to go through the mold removal process more than once. Consider calling a well-certified home restoration company like Water Damage Zone to come to your home and give you an evaluation of your mold situation.

 

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

When to Call a Mold Removal Specialist

 

Finding mold in your home is never a secure feeling. That’s why it’s important to assess the situation to determine if you need professional help dealing with its removal. You should begin to look around your home to see if there is mold located anywhere else and how far it has spread. Mold can sometimes be hard to detect because it grows in hard to see places.

Learn about Mold Growth

One of the best things that you can do is to educate yourself more about how mold forms so you can begin to understand how to prevent it from spreading. You will learn that there are many chemicals that are sold to eliminate mold and some work better than others. These can work great for mold that hasn’t spread a lot and exists in a small area. Once mold has begun to spread to larger areas that’s when it is nearly impossible to remove by yourself.

Mold is Airborne

Mold spores travel through the air allowing them to travel great distances through your home to start infestations in different areas. In order to treat mold infestations that have spread to large areas it is imperative that you contact professionals that have specific experience in dealing with these situations. You can’t expect to treat your whole home and remove all of the toxins from it on your own without the help of trained professionals with the right equipment.

Get an Estimate

Call a professional mold remediation company in your area that is known and trusted like Water Damage Zone. Ensure that they are certified in mold removal and have them send someone over to give you an estimate of the damage and how quickly it can be repaired. Don’t try to deal with the problem on your own if it has spread to a large area. The likelihood of you incorrectly cleaning mold at this level is very high meaning that it will most likely return and continue to wreak havoc on your home.

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.

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

Flash Flooding Season

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With a powerful new storm coming our way it’s easy to see that flash flooding season is upon Southern California. It is important to be on the lookout during flash flooding season in order to prevent potential backups and floods near your home. This post will help you know what to do before flooding starts around your home.

Situate Equipment and Appliances in the Home

In your home there should be no electrical outlets or components where flood water could reach. If there are outlets low to the floor in a downstairs area, they may have to be raised by a professional. Knowing your base flood elevation will help determine where the outlets should be raised to. Any appliances on this level should be elevated as well so if it floods, they will not be sitting in water.

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Direct Water Away

You will need to ensure that the slope of your yard will direct water away from the house and not towards it. This is important so that the water won’t build up around your home and start leaking through any cracks or weak spots. Over time, water collecting around the home will start to erode it. This is why it’s important to check that drains near the home are also working properly.

Backflow Valves

Installing backflow valves in your drain pipes will help to prevent the drain from backing up. It will block the drains temporarily so that they don’t begin flowing back inside of the home. In addition to these you can also purchase and install a sump pump. If this is working properly it should actively work to move water away from your home. By taking some precautionary measures you can prevent damage from occurring when a flash flood happens.

 

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.

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

Is Mold Toxic for Your Health?

 

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It’s obvious to most that mold is dangerous for your health. There are so many articles circulating on the Internet nowadays from professionals that describe the vast array of problems that arise from mold exposure. So, what’s the best way to protect yourself? Get rid of the mold. Here are some of the signs and symptoms that you’ve been exposed to mold in your home or workplace.

Mold is Fungus

An important thing to know about mold is that it is a type of fungus. This means that it grows in warm and damp environments. It spreads by spores that travel through the air. If you are in the presence of mold there is a good chance that you will inhale mold spores without even realizing it. The people who are most commonly affected are the elderly and pregnant.

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People that are exposed to mold usually exhibit allergic symptoms. Some of these symptoms include:

Runny Nose
Coughing
Wheezing
Itchy Skin
Headache
Depression
Fatigue
Asthma

Fungal Infection

Another type of illness caused by mold is mycosis. This is an infection that occurs in your sinuses or digestive tract and is extremely dangerous for those with weakened immune systems. It is important that if you suspect that you have an infection due to mold or any other reason that you seek medical help immediately.

Mycotoxins

Mold is known to give off a toxic compound known as mycotoxin. People or animals that are exposed to high levels of these toxins over time will experience the effects of mycotoxin toxicity. This can weaken the immune system and even cause death in some cases. Look for symptoms such as shortness of breath, sore throat, headaches, and nose bleeds.

Mold Removal

If you suspect that you have mold in your home it is important that you contact professionals to diagnose and treat the situation. They will know exactly where to look and how to chemically treat and repair the mold infestation so that it does not return. Water Damage Zone is one of the companies that has extensive experience with mold eradication and we take our job very seriously. Do not hesitate to give us a call to inspect your home if you believe that you have a mold problem.

 

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