Brake the Mold! SERVPRO Anaheim Hills: Experts in Mold Remediation.
SERVPRO Anaheim Hills has been serving families and businesses for over fifteen years. We work throughout Southern California, including from Anaheim, Fullerton, and Orange in the northern end of Orange County, clear down to San Juan Capistrano at the southern end of the county and all points in-between. Besides water damage and fire damage remediation, we also offer professional mold abatement services.
If you’ve got a leak someplace, and if it’s there long enough, chances are you’ll eventually have a mold problem, too. The first task is to eliminate the leak, but this may be complicated since water travels along parts of a building’s structure. The presence of water someplace does not guarantee you’ve found the leak. Without the right training or experience, fixing leaks can be an endless source of frustration
It’s important to understand this since mold can grow wherever it’s warm and moist. Common places for mold to grow include ductwork, attics, crawl spaces, walls and floors. Is there a musty odor in a room? You may have a mold problem. Look for these tell-tale signs of a possible leak that could lead to mold growth: Unexpected increases in your water bill, stains on walls, floors or ceilings, damaged or warped flooring, warped bottom panels in under-sink cabinets, peeling paint or wallpaper, or corrosion on plumbing valves and fittings
Mold can damage your property and can create health challenges. The best advise is ‘Deal with it quickly.’ The bigger the affected area, the more you’re going to need the help of a professional mold abatement company like SERVPRO Anaheim Hills. The EPA recommends calling in a professional mold abatement company – and SERVPRO Anaheim Hills has an excellent reputation in Southern California – whenever a mold affected area is larger than three feet by three feet.
Hopefully your leak detection efforts are timely, and your mold problem is still manageable. For smaller areas, you can clean nonporous surfaces with commercial cleaning products, soap and water or a solution of a cup of bleach to each gallon of water.
Early Leak Detection Stops Mold in Its Tracks.
- Inspect Your Plumbing
Be sure and check all the water lines, shut-off valves, fittings for fixtures such as sinks, tubs, toilets, clothes and dish washers, and even your ice maker. Kinks, corrosion and cracks should
- Check all Your Water Fixtures
Every 6 to 12 months, inspect water lines, shut-off valves and fittings for fixtures such as sinks, toilets and tubs and for appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers and ice makers. Check for cracks, loose connections, kinks and corrosion. If you find a leak, shut off the water supply leading to that particular faucet or appliance until things are repaired.
- Replace Supply Hoses Regularly
Replacing the hoses on your clothes washer, dishwasher, refrigerate/ ice-maker and other fixtures every five years will reduce leaks. You can improve on that by switching to stainless-steel mesh hoses. Keep your washer and dryer balanced, too. Shaking, wobbling appliances tend to pull the hoses away from the fixtures over time.
- Leaving the house? Be Prepared.
Be sure and shut off the water supply to the washing machine, just in case. Likewise, never leave home with an appliance running. If something goes wrong, you want to know about it early, not after the washing machine has fallen through the living room ceiling (oh, no!)
- Inspect Your Home’s Exterior – Walls, Foundation, Roof, Yard and Garden
- Be sure all your windows and door frames are properly caulked without cracks, or crumbles in the caulking.
- Have any large trees? Make sure their roots are not damaging your home’s foundation where water can seep in. Better to lose a tree than damage your home!
- Large Roots can also obstruct pipes, creating a potential for in-door sewage back-ups.
- Plan your garden so that all water flows away from your home toward drains.
- Roof leaks typically stem from one of several causes:
- Cracked flashing.
- Broken shingles.
- In homes where different planes of roof come together, typically both areas being sloped, water tends to collect in the ‘seam’ and can leak into a home if there is a leak.
- Cracked vent booting.
- Improperly installed skylights.
- Clogged gutters.
- Cracked chimney – look for wear and tear around the top of the chimney, in a mortared area called the ‘mud cap’.
- Condensation and a strong, musty odor (mold!) in your attic.
- Inspect your attic insulation and ventilation.
A residential mold problem may impact the health of your friends or family. If you find yourself challenged by a section larger than three feet by three feet, be sure and call in the professionals at SERVPRO Anaheim Hills. We are personally committed to treating every customer’s challenge as if it were our own. You can count on us for immediate response, cleanliness, knowledge, integrity, and consistent performance at the highest standards. Call us at 714-766-6222 or visit us online at http://www.SERVPROanaheimhills.com