Tips on Preventing Mold
There are a few different ways to prevent mold and mildew growth in your home.
For instance, if you don’t have an exhaust fan in your bathroom, you need to install one. Keep it running during and after baths and showers. Anytime there is more moisture in the air than normal, using the exhaust fan can help clear it out so that it doesn’t seep into walls.
If you already have an exhaust fan but it’s not working well enough, install a stronger one that will provide better ventilation. You may also want to install a window with a screen to open to help dry out the room.
Clean your bathroom with a diluted bleach-and-water mixture every now and then to kill germs within the room, as well.
Whether you’re renovating your entire bathroom or making smaller updates, you can refresh the look of your bath and prevent mold growth.
When you're ready to repaint your bathroom, be sure to use the right paint. Semi-gloss paint is what you want for your bathroom to prevent mold growth.
There's a basic rule to follow when choosing paint sheen's... The higher the sheen, the higher the shine — and the higher the shine, the more durable it will be, and harder for mold to grow on.
Tsunamis in California
Living in beautiful California is probably on the best places to live in the world, especially in Southern California. We have the best weather, surrounded by the ocean, mountains, and desert... but have you ever thought about a Tsunami hitting our land?
Tsunamis are more common in the Pacific Ocean where the megathrusts (subduction zones) are so common (Aleutian Islands, Alaska, Chile, Philippines, Japan etc). Even though these places are more likely to see a Tsunami, we can also experience the scary disaster any day and any time of the day!
Tsunamis are a big threat to anyone who lives along the coast. Most tsunamis, about 80 percent, happen within the Pacific Ocean's Ring of Fire, a geologically active area where tectonic shifts make volcanoes and earthquakes common.
In 2004, more than 200,000 people the most ever recorded—died in an Indian Ocean tsunami that was triggered by an earthquake off Sumatra, Indonesia.
Tsunamis can travel as far as 10 miles inland, depending on the shape and slope of the shoreline.
Living in Carson California, you are less than 10 miles away from the ocean which makes you vulnerable to Tsunamis... Do you have a plan of action for the unexpected?
What to Do if a Tsunami Hits LA...
STAY READY! A study says that the California coast, including the Port of Long Beach, could be hit by a tsunami... But just off the coast, scientists say another danger lurks: several major faults capable of producing major earthquakes that could send tsunamis crashing into Los Angeles and San Diego.
With that being said, living in the city of Carson California, the residents are vulnerable and should be prepared! Each family should have a disaster kit set in place for the unexpected.
Have a flashlight for each member of the family and extra batteries. Avoid foods that make you thirsty, have a few cases of water, canned food, dried fruits and protein bars, powdered milk, blankets, can opener, portable radio, and toothbrushes/toothpaste are all things that should be considered in your disaster kit.
Once you have all your family and belongings in place, and set to evacuate the premises. Have a map of your city set in place for different evacuation routes to look over.
Remember... more than likely its going to be chaos and outrageous traffic jams if everyone has the same exit plans. Look over small streets to get inland as quick as possible, head towards higher elevation and most importantly, stay calm!
Every Home Should Have an Air Purifier
Clean Air? Don't Care?
Are you one of the millions who suffer from asthma or allergies everyday??? Do you own an air purifier? Do you think about the air quality of your home?
Maybe its time to invest in a air purifier for yourself. You can buy one these days under $80, the cost of a monthly cell phone service bill, to keep forever...
Most people who buy air purifiers do so in hopes of easing asthma, allergies or even dust in there homes... The very best portable air purifiers are very effective at cleaning the air, mold spores, smoke,dust, and pollen at their highest and lowest speed.
Mold spores range from 1-30 microns, and air purifiers remove mold as small as .003 microns. UV light is helpful but is not required for removing spores... Mold spores die inside the HEPA filter due to the fact that it's a dry sterile environment. A quality HEPA air purifier remove's airborne mold spores and keeps the air quality of your home at par.
If your kids or loved one's constantly suffers from asthma and allergies, try and test out a good quality air purifier to see if you notice a difference prior to buying one.
Clogged Main Line
Think Twice Before You Pour!
Are you pouring and flushing the wrong things down your pipes? Have you ever had water damage at your property because water was coming out of your toilets, bathtubs, or sinks?
Most water damage at times is caused due to the fact that a main line got clogged. If it's an indoor blockage, it could have occurred because of heavy materials or objects being flushed down into the drain. Blocked drains are often caused by sanitary products, paper towels or other hard to flush materials which can clog pipes and obstruct drains.
Grease. When you pour grease down the drain it sticks to the inside of your pipes and the pipes in the street. This can cause the entire pipe to become clogged over time. Other oil-based products are also dangerous to pour down your drain, such as... cooking oil, salad dressings, butter, mayonnaise, and fat.
The next time you flush or pour anything down your drains, think twice before you do it! Otherwise be prepared to pay for the consequences, literally!
Will My Insurance Cover a Water Leak???
PIPE LEAK COVERAGE
Its Friday night! you're off for the weekend, its just you and your wife, you ordered a pizza and a movie, what more can you ask for... right?
Unfortunately it was Friday the 13th and accidents do happen, in this case you have a pin hole leak coming from your upstairs bathroom... bummer! Of course with this situation, comes along a huge mess to clean up, headaches, and concern's on whether or not your insurance will cover this leak???
Virtually all home insurance policies today cover plumbing leaks that are sudden and accidental. In other words, you're covered for a pipe that abruptly springs a leak, as opposed to one that trickles out water over months or years.
If the leak is sudden and accidental, such as if a washing machine hose suddenly breaks off, or in this case a pipe bursts,you are more than likely covered. However, homeowners insurance does not cover damage resulting from poor maintenance.
Its always a good idea to call your local insurance agent and go over your policies to make sure you have the right coverage in situations like these.
What's " Indoor Air Quality" Should I Be Concerned???
Breathe With Me!
Have you ever been at work with a really bad headache, feeling a bit nauseous, or feeling fatigue... But once you get off work and leave the facility, your headache goes away, and you feel normal again?
That could indicate poor IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) at your work. Good indoor air quality should really be a priority to make sure you're constantly breathing the clean air that you deserve to breathe, in order to properly function at work, you need good indoor air quality.
Indoor air quality (also called "indoor environmental quality") describes how inside air can affect a person's health, comfort, and ability to work. It can include temperature, humidity, lack of outside air (poor ventilation), mold from water damage, or exposure to other chemicals.
If you suspect that your work environment has poor indoor air quality, let your facility manager know about your symptoms and get your facility checked out.
Does Mold Smell? Should I be concerned?
I SMELL MOLD BUT CANT SEE IT...
Mold can be a very tricky and irritating to identify if you're a homeowner. Usually you cant smell mold, but sometimes it can give a musty odor.
Mold produces gasses called microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOC). Many of these MVOC gasses are odorless, but at times will produce a musty odor.If
When mold isn't visible, but you have a gut feeling mold is growing somewhere in your property,Can be one of the most annoying things to deal with. Bathroom's are the most common rooms in the house for mold build up. Always be sure to use the proper paints when renavating a bathroom.
You can call SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson if you ever suspect mold growth at your property. Should you ever have any questions or concerns, or would like to properly get the mold issue resolved... CALL US! (310)637-7701
Asbestos at My Job
The Dangers of Asbestos
Asbestos is a very dangerous mineral that should always be avoided. Its microscopic fibers cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted and it usually does not cause any immediate symptoms at all. Actually, symptoms may not be seen for 10-40 years after exposure to asbestos. However there are some symptoms that should be looked out for. If you feel you may have been exposed to asbestos You can find out more information on the EPA website.
If you suspect you may have asbestos in your home or business, its very important to know what you're dealing with. When people tend to do the work on their own, they do more harm than good because they don't know the proper protocols when dealing with a situation like asbestos. Always do your homework before you start doing construction and opening walls as you can spread the cancerous mineral at your home or work facility.
Annual Community Night Out in Carson
United Force Against Crime & Violence
The Annual Committee Night Out is just around the corner!
Carson Sheriff’s Station personnel, the City of Carson, and the Community Advisory Committee invite you to participate in the 13th Annual Community Night Out, “March and Rally Against Crime and Violence.” The rally will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. This event will take place in front of the station located at 21356 South Avalon Boulevard, Carson, California.
The March and Rally will bring together business leaders, the community, and law enforcement, Carson firefighters, in a united force against crime and violence. The event will be a fun-filled evening of music, food, and entertainment.
Please contact Community Relations at
(310) 847-8386 with any questions.
We look forward to seeing you there!