Water damage in the bathroom

Almost nothing is quite as annoying as the discovery that your shower or bath club has sprung a leak. Unless you find the leak in its inception you have no idea how long the leak may have been happening and how much water may have accumulated underneath the shower or bathtub. Water can travel great distances within houses structure and you may be looking at quite massive bills to deal with the fallout from even a very small leak.

One of the most common areas that shower or bathtub can leak from is the faucet leading into it. Often this is due to the O-rings or rubber washers that form part of the faucet wearing out with time. In order to replace this part you will first need to disconnect the faucet from the bath or shower and this can sometimes be very difficult. Oftentimes a buildup of hard water deposits encrusts the faucet and makes it very difficult to remove but with patients it can be done.

Always be sure to switch off the water at the main before you undergo any major plumbing work. This will prevent untoward accidents from occurring while you are working on your bath or shower. If you find that the water damage has become too much for you to deal with on your own you should call in a water damage restoration company to help you with the work. These professionals will not only deal with the issue but also take away the stress of the situation from you.

Even if your bathroom hasn’t suffered water damage it always has the possibility of doing so and when you’re remodeling your home it’s the perfect time to put in place some preventative measures. The worst thing is to find out after years that mold is developed and structural damage has occurred. The following is a list some steps that you can implement the new bathroom plan to ensure that moisture will not be a problem.

  • Due to the extreme temperature variations on the pipes leading to and from your bathroom any point phased on exterior walls can start to sweat and cause water damage over time. Where possible put or pipes inside of interior walls to avoid this issue.
  • No matter whether you have a steam shower or a regular shower in your bathroom of vast amounts of steam are created. The found in the ceiling of your bathroom is there not only to get rid of smells but also to vent steam and prevent the buildup of water. Make sure your fan is in working condition and that it is large enough to accommodate the size of the bathroom. After your bath or shower leave the fan running for a minimum of 30 minutes to remove all moisture in the air.
  • Condensation in the tank of your toilet is typical especially in summer months where homes that don’t use air conditioning. The best and least expensive way to avoid this is to purchase a and installation kit for your toilet

Tiled shower floors look very nice but they also have a downside. The grout between each of those tiles is an excellent way for water to penetrate and for Malta form below the shower. If this happens to you consider replacing the tiles with a one-piece shower floor pan. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes hopefully there will be one to fit your Shower design.

Simple plumbing tips to prevent water damage

In general terms the average water damage repair job takes about 45 days to complete. That’s a month and a half of inconvenience that could be avoided by regular maintenance on your part. These are professionals who will do the work as fast and as efficiently as possible but it will be unavoidably inconvenient. There are a few things you can do to limit or eliminate the potential damage to your home.

 

  • If you’re planning on leaving your home for any great length of time you should switch off the water at the main source to your home. This will prevent water leaks from happening while you’re away and are unable to deal with them. Even if only leaving for an hour you should switch off any running water such as a washing machine.
  • If you have rubber supply lines leading to your washing machine, dishwasher or other appliance you should consider replacing them with metal ones. The rubber lines distend, burst and we are out with age. Metal supply lines have a much longer life expectancy and are able to deal with much more pressure.
  • You should flush your water heater tank twice a year to prevent the harmful buildup of minerals inside of it. By flushing it twice a year you are much more likely to get the full life expectancy out of your appliance and to not wake up one day to find your house flooded by a broken water heater.

The Fridge: molds’ breeding ground

It’s a common experience in the life of a college student (and some of us old enough to know better). It’s late at night and you’re hungry. The top Ramen is all gone and you go questing in the fridge for something to eat. Last week’s pizza has started to look a bit crusty and that sandwich you told yourself you’d eat later has started to grow fur. You hunt through the fridge and in your search you find something truly horrifying. It’s a plastic container containing chocolate pudding that you put there 10 months ago and completely forgot about! An entire ecosystem of mold has formed and it’s only the plastic lid that is holding back the noxious odors from carrying out an attack run on your olfactory senses. The best thing you can do is sacrifice the Tupperware by throwing it and its contents away.

 In most cases food mold is not dangerous (except to your sense of smell). Here is some advice from Andrew Weil, M.D. About how to deal with mold in your refrigerator.

“Molds are microscopic fungi that live on plant or animal matter. We don’t know how many species of fungi exist, but according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the total might range from tens of thousands to upwards of 300,000. Most are threadlike organisms that produce spores that can be transported by air, water, or insects.

Unfortunately, with mold, what you see is not always all you get. The visible mold that can develop on food may have invisible thread-like branches and roots that reach deep under the surface. Mold on food is not only unsightly – it can cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems, and given the right conditions, a few molds can produce poisonous “mycotoxins” capable of making you sick. If you see heavy mold growth on the surface of food, you can assume that its roots run deep. Sometimes the same conditions that favor mold allow unseen bacteria to grow along with the fungi.

You can safely cut the mold away from some foods and eat the rest, but this applies largely to hard food including hard cheese. The USDA advises cutting off at least one inch around and below the mold. Be sure to keep the knife out of the mold so it will not cross-contaminate other parts of the cheese. After trimming off the mold, use a fresh wrap.

If you encounter mold that is not part of the manufacturing process (as with Brie and Camembert), throw out the cheese. If surface mold is on hard cheeses made with mold such as Gorgonzola and Stilton, cut off at least one inch around and below the mold spot as you would with other hard cheeses.

You can control mold by keeping your refrigerator, dishcloths and other cleaning utensils clean. A musty smell means that dishcloths, towels, sponges and mops are harboring mold. Throw away any you can’t get clean. The USDA also recommends cleaning the inside of your refrigerator every few months with one tablespoon of baking soda dissolved in a quart of water. Rinse with clear water and dry. Scrub visible mold (usually black) on rubber casings using three teaspoons of bleach in a quart of water.”

For those of you who find mold running rampant in your refrigerator, perhaps tonight is a night to order a pizza!

Mold and your new child

It’s a joyous moment when you first bring your new baby home. The baby’s crib is prepared, the toys are all shiny and new and all is right in the world. If you bring a child home to a relatively new house or apartment you can be fairly certain that mold will be a nonissue. However if your home is of a certain age and is located in an area that is subject to frequent flooding or humidity it would be wise to seek a professional opinion on your homes safety.

Babies generally have robust health but any outside force can have lasting influence on the long-term health. If you attempt about or mold yourself you may get all of it but what happens if you don’t? Even dead mold spores if spread through the air can cause health problems. Once your baby starts to crawl and explore everything by putting it in their mouth your problems of Just been multiplied a thousand fold.

So what can you do to protect your little one and yourself from the harmful effects of mold? Firstly seek out a mold remediation company that can come in and identify the problem and propose a solution. They will find where the mold is and what is causing it grow. Then they will provide you with options for how to deal with it. Once you leave it in their hands will be able to be confident that on only is your mold problem being dealt with now but they will also leave you with helpful knowledge on how to prevent it from coming back. The health of your child comes first.

Mold and children’s drinks: a success story

In this age of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all other forms of social media it’s difficult to decide on the face of it what is true and what is false. People are misquoted, pictures are falsified and stories are fabricated but there are times when the truth really is stranger than fiction. In 2013 a woman posted a picture on Facebook other Capri Sun juice Pack that was brimming with mold.

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Her post said, “WARNING TO ALL PARENTS: my friend Jennifer gave her son a caprisun Saturday and he told her it tasted funny. She took a sip and said it tasted like straight alcohol. Cut it open and it was nothing but mold inside. Evidently, this happens a lot. They say the lack of preservatives leaves them susceptible to fermentation. I will never let Delo drink another. FYI: this pouch expires April 2013 and we don’t own a delorian to go “back to the future” so it wasn’t expired.

God bless, have a great day!”

 

 

Now it was up to capri sun to see what they would do about this and their reaction was better than anyone could have hoped. They pointed out that since their product uses no artificial preservatives there is always a chance for mold to grow. Then they had the mold tested and found that it was the same type that forms on bread and fruit. This mold, unless ingested regularly poses no danger to people. Then the company went on to invest millions in new packaging and a new design for their drink pouches. All Capri Sun pouches now have a see-through plastic bottom so that you can tell at a glance whether the drink is fresh.

 

This is a success story. The company heard the concern of its patrons and went extreme lengths to reassure the public. When it comes to mold it is always better to be sure.

How damaged is your roof? – 9 signs to look out for

Of all the essential elements that make up home perhaps top of the list is your roof but as a homeowner sometimes you just forget that it’s there. It sits there on top of your house protecting you from the sun, rain and all the vicissitudes of the weather but while serving the noble function it can take a real beating.

 

If when rain comes you start to run out of pots and pans as you run around helter-skelter trying to stop your house from flooding or you find that raccoons have moved in in your attic it may be time to repair your roof. The problem is that by the time this has happened the cost to repair will be high.

 

Here are 9 things to look out for that will tell you it’s time to call the repairman.

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  1. The Roof Shows Minor Discoloration. This could mean very simple repairs or more complex ones. Get an inspection or do the work on your own – but act now.

 

  1. The Roof Is Sagging. This indicates that your roof could collapse and you need immediate repair. Don’t wait if you see your roof sagging or buckling.

 

  1. Your Roof Looks Sun Damaged. Usually, this doesn’t indicate roof damage, but you might need new shingles or covering.

 

  1. You Can See the Sunshine. If this is happening you have almost no protection from the weather. Remedy it immediately or it could be a disaster when it rains.

 

  1. Dark Spots Indicate Minor Water Damage. Seek repair.

 

  1. Water Damage on the Ceiling. This means you have a moderate to serious roofing problem.

 

  1. The Roof Shows “Bald Spots.” This means you need new shingles or covering – at least in that area.

 

  1. There’s Roof Debris on Your Roof. This indicates that your roof is aging poorly.

 

  1. Mold Is Growing. Severe water damage has already started if you can see mold.

 

 

In cases of mold and water damage contact equality mold Remediation Company, there are types of mold that can literally consume the wood of your house and it’s never wise to delay too long.

Inland Empire Hot Topic: The Biggest Fires

When it comes to the Inland Empire, every season is fire season. It seems that with each ear, a new series of wildfires break out that draw the attention of worried onlookers and the news media. The most recent fire, the Lake Fire, has consumed over 30,000 acres. As destructive as that might sound, the Lake Fire doesn’t even manage to make Cal Fire’s top ten list. Even if these fire stories seem frightening, it’s important to know that it could always be worse. Here is a brief look at the top three biggest fires in California’s recent history.

Rim Fire

The Rim Fire was started by an illegal campfire in the Stanislaus National Forest and went on to burn over 257,000 acres of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in August 2013. The Rim fire is third on the CalFire list and though its acreage is considerably less than the second entry on the list (Rush fire), the Rim fire was closer to population centers. This resulted in the loss of 112 structures, but thankfully no loss of life. The fire was not technically declared “out” until over a year later in November 2014.

Rush Fire

The Rush Fire began its consumption after a lightning strike in Northeastern California in August 2012. While it has the second spot on Cal Fire’s list at around 271,000 acres burned, this acreage doesn’t account for the rough 43,000 acres that burned in Nevada. If considering the totality of acreage, the Rush fire would knock the Cedar fire from the top spot. Unlike the Cedar fire, the burning was mostly inuninhabited wilderness area resulting in no structure damage or death.

Cedar Fire

The Cedar Fire that devoured San Diego County was not just a notorious fire by itself, but also one of 15 different wildfires that were raging during the single month of October 2003. The Cedar Fire holds the top spot on Cal Fire’s list at over 273,000 acres scorched, 2,820 structures destroyed, and 15 deaths. The fire was caused by a lost hunter ineptly attempting to light a signal fire in hopes of being rescued. The 2003 fire season led to a variety of policy changes at state, local, and federal levels with how fires were fought.

What You Can Learn

Fire damage risk and wildfires are a part of everyday reality in the Inland Empire. It’sextremely important to keep the following steps in mind to ensure that you, your family, and your property areprotectedshould disaster strike:

You probably won’t prevent the next big wildfire that strikes the Inland Empire, but you can keep you and your family ready for when it happens. By taking these relatively simple steps and following them through, you can ensure that you, your family, and your property are given the best defense against wildfire and fire damage you can get.

Minor Mold Tips for Elsinore Residents

Lake Elsinore has the distinction of being a comparatively-moist area among the dry valleys of Southern California. However, with more moisture comes a greater chance of mold outbreak capable of comprising the value of your home and the safety of your family. Such incidents often require the use of a remediation service, although not every occurrence of household mold requires remediation. Minor spots or small growth can be easily taken care of, and preventative steps are fairly easy. Such steps can not only save time and money, but can prevent major occurrences that need remediation service. Here are the basics of taking care of in-house mold.

Cleaning

For small mold occurrences, the EPA suggestsscrubbing hard surfaces with a simple detergent and water solution. Do not paint over or retouch these surfaces until they are completely cleaned of mold. These hard, non-porous surfaces are the only types of surfaces the EPA recommends for cleaning yourself. More porous surfaces and objects may need to be removed or thrown away, since mold can easily grow in the pores and crevices of such surfaces, making conventional cleaning nearly impossible.

Prevention

The EPA also suggests addressing any pipe fixture leaks and finding the source of unusualmoisture as soon as possible. For rooms that will always have a lot of moisture, such as bathrooms, it’s recommended that the room be kept heavily ventilated. These rooms should also be more frequently cleaned than other rooms in the house. Taking such preventative measures decreases the likelihood of a mold occurrence and the size of the breakout if one shows up.

When Enough is Enough

Beyond small breakouts on hard, non-porous surfaces, the EPA recommends against taking on the work yourself. In the event of larger mold occurences, or mold outbreaks that affect softer, absorbent materials like carpet, the EPA recommends the usage of remediation services. Such services have a variety of advanced tools and procedures at their disposal to ensure that one’s home is mold free, thereby allowingLake Elsinore residents to continue on with their lives unthreatened by a moldy presence.

Mold in Murrieta: What to Look For

Water damage and mold damage aren’t exactly topics that are on the forefronts of Murrieta residents’ minds. Southern California is, after wall, notoriously dry. However, even the smallest amount of moisture in your home, especially after a big storm or flood, can significantly increase the chances of mold taking hold in your home. What should you look for when checking for mold? Here are three signs of the most common mold types.

Aspergillus

Aspergillus is the most common type of household mold. If your food ever gets moldy, the mold is probably aspergillus. This type of mold is also commonly found in air conditioners. The telltale signs of this mold are clusters of grey and black splotches. Its continued presence can trigger mild allergy symptoms

Cladosporium

Cladosporium is another fairly common type of mold, and is characterized by a blackish or greenish “speckled” texture. In a household, it’s most likely to show up in air ducts, on painted surfaces, or behind toilets. This mold, if left untreated, can release spores that can trigger allergy symptoms and other upper respiratory issues.

Stachybotrys

Known as “black mold” for its black, gooey appearance, stachybotrys is one of the deadlier types of mold. Growing in areas of constant moisture such as air conditioning systems or leaky pipes, stachybotrys secrete mycotoxins that can lead to a wide range of health problems to whoever’s exposed. Not only can the allergy symptoms of other molds appear, but more severe health problems such as asthma attacks, depression, cystic fibrosis, and immune system disorders can also be caused by mycotoxins.

Alternaria

Alternaria is primarily an outdoor mold, but can grow in households that have recently experienced water or flood damage. It has a grey or blackish “fuzzy” texture. Like most molds, exposure can trigger allergic or asthmatic symptoms. Alternaria can spread quickly after it takes hold, so having a recently-flooded area treated quickly is extremely important.

Tip of the Iceburg

This is just a few of the types of household mold types that can occur. A more extensive list of mold types can be found elsewhere online. By knowing what to look for, you can protect yourself against potential mold infestations and be ready to take earlier action.

Can water damage occur where I live?

You might want to ask yourself if it ever rains in your town or city; or if the property you own has plumbing lines. Unless you live out in the middle of the desert, you are certainly always at risk of experiencing some type of water damage to your home or place of business. Water can be equally as disastrous as fire; there is no difference when every item you own can be destroyed beyond recognition. Unfortunately, as is the case with a fire having engulfed an entire property, restoration of water damaged facilities is just as difficult to perform, if not impossible (often the case).

Water damage is obviously a matter that should be taken seriously. It occurs far more often than people may think. Statistics published by the U.S. Fire Administration indicate an average of approximately one and half million fires occur each year in the United States, resulting in losses of about 11 billion dollars. It can be said that all homeowners have experienced loss due to water damage, meaning a lot more cases than fires, and generally a much more costly situation overall. One can easily determine that water damage cleaning services are called out to locations more often than the fire department. What may seem mind-boggling is that if the water wasn’t from a natural disaster, such as a hurricane or flooding of river or lake, over 90% of them could have been prevented by taking precautionary measures.

Don’t let your guard down. A small drip from a leaking pipe in your home could, over time, collapse the house. You can prevent water damage by conducting a thorough check of pipes, hoses from appliances such as dishwashers or washing machines, roof shingles, air conditioning insulation, drains, and rain gutters. You will surely be far more satisfied with having saved your lifetime personal items than filing a claim with the insurance company for money that can’t replace those sentimental possessions. That is, if you are covered.