Saturday, February 28, 2015
Flash floods are particularly dangerous because of the speed at which they develop. According to the National Weather Service’s Weather Forecast Office, thunderstorm rains can create a ten-foot-deep flood in as little as 60 seconds, potentially submerging houses in the process. Worse, water damage in Calabasas homes isn’t the only headache that residents face— when the deluge subsides, they also have to deal with the health risks associated with stagnant water, such as:
Friday, February 27, 2015
The instance of Highway 247 being washed out by heavy rain at this time of year may seem like a coincidence. However, meteorologists have recently been warning that this year’s El Niño may be much more powerful than it has been in recent years— which means heavier-than-expected rain may be in California’s future. Heavy rain can cause water damage to Santa Monica homes— but not for the reason you may be thinking. Although flash floods are a threat to your home, the threat of a flood invading your home should be the least of your worries as this doesn’t happen very often. What you should be worried about is sewage backup.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
In many cases, sewage backups are caused by blockage in the pipework, typically the sewage line of your home. The case of the blockage can be a variety of things, including items that shouldn’t be flushed (disposable wipes, cigarettes, condoms, etc.) or the presence of tree roots. The blockage then causes pressure to build within the pipe, and forces sewage to go back to where it came from. Fortunately, sewage backups usually do not blindside you. Your home will give you subtle hints that indicate a clog is starting to develop in your sewer line:
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
A water main break can be caused by a variety of factors. The most common reason for a break is extreme temperatures. Extreme weather causes the ground to expand or contract, adding unnecessary pressure on the pipe. When the pipe can no longer take the extra strain, it bursts. Other common causes include human error (as is the case in San Francisco), age, and corrosion. Although this incident happened in a commercial area in San Francisco, water main breaks can happen anywhere else in the state, especially residential areas in cities like Redondo Beach and Culver City. Water main breaks occurring in such neighborhoods can be more problematic. The flood that comes with a water main break can overflow from the streets and cause extensive water damage to Redondo Beach and Culver City homes, especially those with basements.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
When people think about water damage, floods due to rains are usually what come to mind first. However, there are times when water damage in Arcadia and its surrounding areas can spring from the unlikeliest places. Over at the Burbank Fire Department training center recently, a water main broke that caused several thousand gallons of water to erupt from the ground. The rupture caused a sudden sinkhole to form and created a miniature lake twenty feet in diameter and three to four feet deep in the facility’s parking lot.
Monday, February 23, 2015
There is a certain kind of joy that comes with buying a house, whether it be pre-owned or brand new. Moving into one can be one of the most exciting experiences for a family since new memories are bound to be made. However, there are times when families face the tough decision of relocating to another city, state, or even country, and are forced to sell their old houses. Selling a house in areas like Malibu, especially when you urgently need the money, can be challenging if you failed to give your house the proper care and maintenance it deserves. An article by The Nest enumerates some of the biggest reasons why some people find it harder to sell their houses.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Water can offer both good and bad things to people, depending on the situation. As much as the saying that “water gives life” holds true, it is also a reality that water can cause small and large-scale problems. One prime example of the latter is the damage caused by flooding or busted pipes, which has affected homes in California and other parts of the country. Water damage in Pasadena homes can impact sources of income, as well as the health of affected families.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Companies that provide restoration services for water damage in Thousand Oaks, like Water Damage Pros, can attest to this claim. Based on their experience, the carpet is one of the dirtiest places in a typical household, primarily because it inevitably accumulates dust, pet dander, dead skin flakes, and other particulates over time. However, the presence of moisture can further complicate matters because water stimulates the growth of bacteria, amoeba, molds, and other harmful organisms. If a wet carpet is not dried as soon as possible, it will become a potential vector for disease. Before cleaners start dehumidifying a wet carpet, they first take into account whether or not the water that came into contact with the carpet is contaminated. If the carpet soaked up rainwater or potable water, then it can be cleaned using conventional means. However, carpets and rugs drenched in groundwater or floodwater would have to be thoroughly disinfected.
Friday, February 20, 2015
According to Houma Today, the lack of proper building inspection and maintenance may have contributed to Champagne’s plight. Though this incident took place in Louisiana, it does illustrate the need for California residents to enlist the services of experts like Water Damage Pros when it comes to water damage in their properties. Property owners who insist on DIY mold removal measures without regard for the extent of the infestation often only end up sick or worse. People who are allergic to dust, pollen, and other particulates are very likely to be allergic to mold spores as well. Common allergic reactions to mold include eye irritation, asthma, and skin rashes. These problems may not be extremely worrisome were it not for the fact that some species of mold, like Stachybotrys chartarum, also produce mycotoxins that have been linked to heart problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, and an even worse form of asthma.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
As strange as it sounds, a fire can also be a good reason to contact a Santa Monica water damage restoration company. This was demonstrated by a Merced Sun-Star news story about a fire that broke out in a historic community hall in Gustine, Merced County. While the fire was quelled before it got worse, it caused serious damage to the community hall’s roof and attic, as well as water damage to much of the building. Firefighters say that the community hall’s fire sprinklers were responsible for the water damage, extinguishing the flames but also drenching many of the areas untouched by the blaze. While this is normally nothing to worry about, the building might need repairs sooner than expected, considering that it was built between 1935 and 1940. Repairing building as old as this one may require the services of meticulous restoration experts like Water Damage Pros since preserving the community hall’s vintage aesthetics is just as important as repairing the damage done to it.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Although the CPC also says that their prediction isn’t necessarily conclusive, residents of Southern California should take it as a sign to start looking for reliable Sherman Oaks water damage companies like Water Damage Pros. After all, history is quick to remind everyone that the SoCal region usually experiences the heaviest downpours during El Niño. SoCal residents have no way to completely protect themselves from such weather conditions aside from responding to statewide evacuation orders and coping with water damage on their properties. Should floodwaters make their way indoors, homeowners are encouraged to salvage or protect their personal items from further water damage using any means necessary. Carpets, documents, furnishings, and upholsteries should be prioritized because these items are fragile and most likely to sustain permanent damage.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
The basement is often, if not always, at the receiving end of flood damage. The flood may not reach your ground floor, but the basement gets turned into a cesspool either way. Owning a man cave or workshop below ground level, in this case, may as well be the biggest insurance pinch of your life. Flood and homeowner's insurance does not always guarantee recompense, writes CNBC's Kelli Grant. Even if your policy covers this event, that doesn't mean you'll get the full amount. Basements were originally meant to serve as storage rooms. Above-ground storage rooms aren't always possible due to zoning laws. As the basement extends downward instead of in a lateral direction, homes can have extra storage space without violating local zoning regulations. In recent years, however, basements have seen their function expand to include leisure and lodging.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Your house can get flooded when you least expect it and even when the skies are clear. For instance, a sudden drop in the water pressure toward your home can create a siphon effect that draws contaminated water back into your potable water supply. With no more room for toilet water to go down, it's forced to come back up. Congratulations. Your bathroom is now flooded. To prevent sewer backups from happening, plumbers install backwater valves. The valve is a simple construction that houses a flapper that can be opened and closed to control the flow of water. The valve is usually installed beneath the house in the private main, complete with surface access. Interestingly, the California Plumbing Code does not require backwater valves in homes, namely the California Plumbing Code. As per Section 710.1 of the Code, authorities only require these valves when a fixture on ground level is placed lower than the closest uphill manhole cover outside.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Beachfront properties aren't uncommon in California, especially in the south. Some residents can’t get enough of the abundant surf, sand, and sea. Sadly, the closer you are to water, the more prone your house is to mold infestation and the attendant health risks such as severe allergies, breathing difficulty, and skin irritation. Many miles up north, in Oostburg, WI, homebuilders are alarmed at the "moldy" state of certain properties. One couple's lakefront retreat was found to have a mold problem that wasn’t there when they bought the house several years ago. By the time mold inspectors got to the root of the problem, the home was already on the verge of structural failure.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
The popular belief surrounding chickenpox is that you can only get it once. By the time you recover, the body would have produced the proper antibodies to counter a second invasion by the same strain. As with other diseases, this implies that you need to get sick first to develop resistance. As Pasadena water damage experts like Water Damage Pros would agree, it is never wise to leave mold growth unattended. After all, mold exposure entails certain health risks. Mold and Asthma Mold and asthma are two peas in a pod. Spores attack the respiratory tract, causing all sorts of allergic reactions that include runny nose, constant sneezing, and itchiness. Mold spores can stick to the nasal lining, resulting in complications like hay fever. Arguably, a person's only chance of steering clear of mold spores is to stay away from patches of mold growth on walls and ceilings. Otherwise, one would have to take medications or wear a dust mask in a spore-ridden zone.
Friday, February 13, 2015
In the midst of a significant weather disturbance dubbed as the “Pineapple Express”, Thousand Oaks is probably one of a handful of places that neither floods nor mudslides have touched. Constant improvements in the area’s drainage systems, even when the sun is high, prevented the city from sinking under several feet of muddy water. Some of its improvements, Kyle Jorrey of the Thousand Oaks Acorn reported, were bioswales. Also known as a vegetation swale, this retention mechanism works by treating storm water as it guides it away from critical infrastructure. Bioswales are common in parking lots and roadways, where its vegetation brings aesthetic value.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
The latest deluge to hit SoCal didn't just hit the state. The entire West Coast felt its fury, as well. As torrential rains inundated the streets of Los Angeles and nearby cities and towns, winds swept across the coastal states with the force of a tropical storm. Those close to the mountains (or within the mountains, in Calabasas's case) struggled with the triple threat of rain, wind, and landslides all over the place. On the bright side, the 10 to 15 inches of rain for two weeks provided much-needed relief for a drought-stricken California. It exceeded the July 2014 estimate of 12 to 15 inches for one month by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Nevertheless, water needs to go in the reservoirs, not in people’s living rooms.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Mold usually grows when five factors—food source, darkness, warmth, oxygen, and moisture—are present. As such, the most susceptible areas for mold infestation in a home are the basement, the attic, the bathroom, crawlspaces, and wall interiors, because these regions are where the aforementioned factors often convene. When your home is infested by mold that developed from water damage such as sudden leakage, flood, or overflow from plumbing, that growth needs to be removed right away. Is your mold problem serious? Mold may look disgusting, but it’s often not as bad as it looks. For example, a small amount of mold in your shower or basement is not a serious issue. You can get rid of it by rubbing a mixture of baking soda and distilled vinegar on it. Leave it to soak for a few minutes then wipe it away. There are also mold cleaning products you can buy at any home improvement store for any minor mold problems you may have.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Microscopic organisms called mold flourish in wet or damp areas. These organisms are a threat to the health of every occupant in your home; that’s why when observed, it’s necessary that they be removed completely. Unfortunately, the areas where mold gather are not always visible. That means that when you see signs of mold in your home, there could be more lurking somewhere else. For this reason, it’s important to call a Santa Clarita and Sherman Oaks water damage professional to have your home inspected. A job best done by professionals Mold inspection and removal is not a job you should do yourself even if you know how. Without the proper training and equipment, you could end up inhaling dangerous mold, touching it, or exposing other areas of your home to infestation. In addition, certain types of mold excrete toxic compounds called mycotoxins, which can cause serious diseases especially among those who suffer from conditions like sinus problems, asthma, and allergies.
Monday, February 9, 2015
If your home was recently flooded, like those that suffered extensive water damage in Redondo Beach, there could be a potential health hazard brewing. Unless your home’s interior was treated by a professional cleaning firm like Water Damage Pros, there is a possibility of mold forming in untouched areas. Mirel Ketchiff of Shape.com pinpointed the common areas of mold formation, some in the most unexpected places of the house. The usual suspect It’s not uncommon for allergy signs to manifest themselves in the springtime and even summer due to pollen. When symptoms such as itchy eyes, runny nose, and sneezing persist, especially after heavy rains, mold spores are usually to blame. While many homeowners are aware that mold grows in damp and dark areas, researchers recently discovered some unexpected places where mold can thrive.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Last December, the National Weather Service predicted 1-2 inches of rain together with severe wind over majority of Los Angeles County. On Friday, December 12th, residents woke up to torrential rains and strong winds that caused flash floods, mudslides, and power outages across the county that caused water damage in Arcadia, as reported by the Los Angeles Daily News. Storm preparations The forecast prompted the Los Angeles County Fire Department to go on standby alert, along with swift-water rescue teams, canine search teams, and dump truck and bulldozer crews. City maintenance crews worked around the clock to clear storm drains throughout the city, while residents were ordered to remove vehicles and other obstructions from roadways. Residents who chose not to evacuate were provided with sandbags for their protection.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Water damage significantly impacts a house’s resale value. After all, who would want to live in a place which smells of mold and appears that it might crumble anytime? Every new homeowner will definitely prioritize quality over savings since a newly purchased house would be where the buyer would live for a long time. If water damage is discovered, it can cause the prospect buyer to back out, or at the very least provide a valid reason for a significant price reduction. Water damage in Malibu homes have fairly obvious signs that you can check for: Discoloration. Look out for leakage that might be visible on your ceiling, walls, and floor. Peeling or blistering. Water on a wall may cause paint, wallpaper, or plaster to lose adhesion, which almost always results into unsightly peeling or blistering.
Friday, February 6, 2015
An oft-forgotten but no less dangerous cause of weakened houses is water damage to the foundations. For instance, last July 2014, two row houses in the state of Philadelphia reportedly collapsed, resulting into a number of homeless tenants. Four other homes sustained related damage. The occupants observed some cracks and bending on the doorway before the houses eventually came down. This type of damage stems from the intrusion of water brought about by heavy rains and rapidly melting snow. Damage can also result from downspouts, which are situations where landscape slopes do not direct water away from houses. These factors lead to indoors flooding and accumulation of moisture that permeates and weakens foundations. Flood waters or even wet earth surrounding the house may cause settlement of the foundation (particularly those built on poor soil) since the dampness applies pressure to the wall, causing it to lean or bend inwards.
Aside from the everyday use of organic or eco-friendly products, you should also think green after messy disasters or accidents. Storms or flash floods, for instance, may affect your residence and bring water damage to your upholstery, floors, and other parts of your property. When your home gets affected by water damage in Thousand Oaks, look for pros with green restoration services.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
The need for proper maintenance also becomes more crucial after disasters like storms or flash floods and accidents like sewage backups. Commercial carpets are often highly affected in the aftermath of water damage in Calabasas homes. Without proper professional cleaning, these carpets become significant health hazards. When the carpeting absorbs moisture or harbors contaminants, it can become a breeding ground for molds, fungi, bacteria, and other pollutants that can deteriorate your indoor air quality. This can start workplace respiratory infections or trigger allergies and asthma.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
If your living room has recently been inundated, make sure you keep your children away from it until a Santa Monica water damage expert can confirm that it is moisture-free. Studies have revealed that skin illnesses like eczema may be linked to water-damaged living areas. Reuters correspondent Shereen Lehman explains the necessity to address a household’s water damage in the shortest possible time before family members fall victim to related illnesses.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
The second most destructive force in the lives of homeowners is water. Water damage in Sherman Oaks residences like yours can lead to severe complications, thus emphasizing the need to act quickly once the flooding subsides.
Monday, February 2, 2015
In the aftermath of a flood, you’ll need to act quickly to address the water damage in Redondo Beach homes like yours and stop the growth of harmful mold. If the damage isn’t too extensive, these do-it-yourself tips from MoldBlogger will prove quite useful after a flash flood or a busted sprinkler douses your house’s interior.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
When something that shouldn’t be wet gets wet, a typical reaction is to expose it to heat to dry it out. In case of water damage in Arcadia homes, this can lead homeowners to turn up their thermostats in an attempt to remove moisture from damp walls and flooded floors. Unfortunately, the resulting humidity encourages unwanted and potentially toxic house guests: mold and mildew. In addition, such DIY solutions to water damage can make matters worse instead of making them better, eventually resulting to long-term consequences. A piece from The New York Times emphasizes why homeowners should leave the situation to the experts.