Steps You Can Take After a Flood or Water Damage

We understand- it can be a terrible sight when a homeowner unexpectedly finds water damage in their property. Furniture and other appliances and electronics can be destroyed as well as home structures can be threatened.

There are many reasons why water leaks occur and many sources, like an overflowing toilet, a burst pipe, or other factors. But the most important thing is to get help immediately.

Call FastFix Restoration

After you have called a water restoration expert like FastFix, turn off the main valve or shut down the direct water supply. Also while waiting for the FastFix team to arrive- take safety precautions before starting the clean-up process, like cutting off the electricity supply if the water is near the electrical outlets. Turn off the electricity through the fuse/breaker box and contact an electrician before trying anything else.

Take First Emergency Steps to Extract Water

After turning off the power, you should assess the area and look for structural damage to your house. Place a bucket underneath the leak if you see water dripping from the ceiling. If you see sagging floorboards or sagging ceilings, stay away from them, and wait for the professionals.

Once you feel the property is safe,  take the following steps:

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture.
  • Use a wet vacuum, mops, and fans to remove as much moisture as possible.
  • Turn on the AC to dry off the area if it is during the summer.
  • Take all your belongings and move them to a safe place.
  • Take all art objects from your walls and floor and move them to a safe place.
  • Gather loose items from the floor.
  • Remove wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Pull away colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Collect all the loose items from the floor.

Now is the time for FastFix Restoration

If you have a water damage issue in the Los Angeles area, we are here to help you. Our team will arrive at your property at your earliest convenience to inspect the water-damaged area and make a strategy to eliminate the consequences of the disaster quickly.

We want this blog to not only offer our services but to educate and make you aware of what you can do to protect you, your family, and your home.  FastFix Restoration understands the hardship that homeowners can face when experiencing flooding in their house.

Our work is guaranteed, and we provide emergency water damage restoration services in the following areas:

Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Encino, Woodland Hills, Calabasas, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Bel Air.

CALL US @ (818)-688-6288

Why Dry Fogging Doesn’t Work For Mold Remediation

Many companies are advertising a new technology called “Dry Fog” and are even going so far as to say that it is the “Future Of Mold Remediation.”

Is it for real?

Dry fogging can not actually destroy the source of the spore growth causing mold damage in your home. It’s simple- Your mold will return because it was not destroyed at its source. That is why we would never waste your money on this gimmick.  Real mold removal eliminates all traces and spores of mold by seeping through her floor and drywall, all the way to the studs, to eliminate the source of the problem. Fogging is cheaper and less invasive but we can not guarantee that dry fogging will work… So do you want to take a chance?

True Story:

A woman came to FastFix Restoration because she had recently paid for dry fogging services in her home and the mold returned after a few days. We explained to her that even though the Fogging Company promised it would remove mold…dry fogging in fact is not a real mold removal solution. She had to start over and do it right


The Bottom Line – Dry Fogging Does Not Penetrate Hard Surfaces

This process of dry fogging is that the microbial Volatile Organic Compound vapor might  eliminate the MUSTY smell in the air. But, it can not kill the spores. Nor does it  kill the source of the mold, which will continue to release spores into the air. Your house might smell better. The air might test cleaner, but in a matter of hours, days or weeks, your mold will return.

FastFix does it right

Dry Fogging is just  not invasive enough and does not affect the underlying surfaces that contain the source of your mold. In essence, this is a band-aid fix.

Our process is simple- we  inspect the damage, apply treatments, and ensure that the mold does not return. We use HEPA filtered equipment, protective gear, and antimicrobial chemicals to remove any traces of mold from your property.

You can Trust FastFix

FastFix Restoration understands the hardship that homeowners can face when experiencing mold in their house. No one wants to demolish their property, but we also know that no one wants to live in a home with mold. We all know how dangerous it can become.

Let a professional take a look and see what is best. We guarantee our work and stand by the traditional method approved by the IICRC S520 for successful mold remediation.

Call us For FREE MOLD inspection

We are providing mold removal and remediation services in the following areas: 

Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Encino, Woodland Hills, Calabasas, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Bel Air.

CALL US @ (818)-688-6288

Why Is Mold Dangerous And How To Protect Your Home And Health From It?

Mold is a substance that is found in a lot of homes and people are typically always concerned about the mold in their houses. This blog post will provide reasons why mold is dangerous for health and home structure and provide some tips on how to protect yourself and your home from the mold.

Mold is a word that is thrown around a lot these days, but what does it mean, exactly?

Molds are a natural part of our environment and are constantly decomposing organic materials outdoors, such as leaves, wood, soil, etc. Molds are ubiquitous, meaning they are found everywhere in outdoor and indoor environments. For instance, Mold could be found in the food that you eat, the air that you breathe, and even the walls of your home.

Some molds like different environmental conditions. Some mold like cold (check in the back of your refrigerator), and some like hot environments. Different types of mold also like wet conditions and some like somewhat dry.

Molds, like all living things, need various things to grow and survive.

  1. They need organic materials like drywall, wood, carpet, paper, etc.
  2. Time: Usually 48-72 hours.
  3. Temperature – generally the same temperature that we like.
  4. Low airflow.
  5. Water – is the main ingredient for mold growth.

The route of exposure to molds is through inhalation or breathing in spores and hyphal fragments. Moreover, some fungi under certain conditions can release Mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are complex chemical toxins that can be inhaled, ingested, and absorb thru the skin which are incredibly harmful to humans and animals. One of the most toxic and dangerous mycotoxin producers is Stachybotrys.

Stachybotrys (black toxic mold) is a hydrophilic mold that loves to grow on continuously wet drywall and other low-nitrogen building materials. It’s a slow grower and is sticky due to the mucous enzyme it produces. Generally taking between 7-12 days.

It can cause several health problems including headaches, fatigue, and allergic reactions. Molds are also associated with the development of asthma, allergies, and other respiratory problems. Molds can also cause vast structural damage to your building.

Mold remediation is the process of removing mold and restoring the area to its natural, healthy state. The health of the individual and the quality of the air in the area is the top priority. Remediation is typically done by professionals and it is best to contact a professional for help with mold.

We hope you enjoyed our blog post about why you should avoid mold. We appreciate the attention this topic has received and want to make sure that you are aware of the dangers that it poses. Mold can be found in a variety of places in your home, but luckily, there are steps you can take to prevent these spots from becoming moldy. We want to make sure people are aware of the dangers that mold poses. Please feel free to reach out to us at (818)-688-6288. Thank you for reading, we would love to hear from you!