Fire Damage Repair – Condo Case Study

Many times, construction firms will make mistakes that can cause unseen structural damage. In this case, the previous construction company used blow torches to seal new asphalt and during the process accidentally torched the adjacent structure.

Colyer Services was retained to fix the damage. The first step was to assess the damage through demolition of the exterior stucco and then repair the underlying structure. At the end of the project, the client was very happy with the results.

Benefits of working with Colyer Services:

  • Saved client time and money.
  • Dealt directly with the insurance company.
  • Expedited the repairs in less than 2 weeks beginning to end.

If you or anyone you know has a need for Fire Damage Restoration, contact Colyer Services! 🙂



Colyer Services’ News

Welcome to Colyer Services’ news blog, where we will post articles detailing past projects, industry news and commentary, as well as tips and tricks when looking to renovate, get a new roof, or fix problems relating to mold, water damage, fire damage and storms.


Florida Governor Says Be Prepared

The newest hurricane that could threaten North America intensified Monday morning, though its future path remains uncertain.

As of 8 a.m. ET, Hurricane Irma was about 610 miles (980 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands, the National Hurricane Center said. It’s packing maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (195 kph) as it headed west-northwest at 14 mph (22 kph).
The islands of Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Saint Martin and Nevis, at the eastern edge of the Caribbean, are now under hurricane watches. More hurricane or tropical storm watches could follow for the British and US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

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Hurricane watches are in effect for the Nrn Leeward Islands. TS force winds are most likely to begin late Tuesday. http://hurricanes.gov/#Irma 

“Swells generated by Irma will begin affecting the northern Leeward Islands today,” the NHC said Monday. “These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”

Puerto Ricans warned

Irma is expected to remain a “dangerous major hurricane” through the week and could directly affect the British and US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas, the agency said.
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello warned the public on Sunday that the island could feel Irma’s wrath around noon Wednesday.
Puerto Rico’s State Agency for the Management of Emergencies and Disaster Management (AEMEAD) is monitoring Irma and has opened an information hotline.

Florida governor says be prepared

It’s too soon to know the impact Irma could have on the continental United States, where no warnings or watches are currently in effect.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott urged the state’s residents to ensure their disaster supply kits were ready.
“FL knows how important it is to be prepared. Encourage your loved ones to have a plan ahead of any potential storm,” Scott tweeted Sunday. “Disaster preparedness should be a priority for every Florida family.”

Why Irma could be especially intense

Irma is a classic “Cape Verde hurricane,” meaning it formed in the far eastern Atlantic, near the Cape Verde Islands (now known as the Cabo Verde Islands), then tracks all the way across the Atlantic, CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.
And Cape Verde storms frequently become some of the largest and most intense hurricanes. Examples include Hurricane Hugo, Hurricane Floyd, and Hurricane Ivan.

Floods and Mold Growth

Mold growth may be a problem after flooding. Excess moisture in the home is cause for concern about indoor air quality primarily because it provides breeding conditions for pests, molds and other microorganisms.

EPA’s Fact Sheet Flood Cleanup: Avoiding Indoor Air Quality Problems discusses steps to take when cleaning and repairing a home after flooding to avoid creating indoor air quality problems during cleanup. U.S. EPA, EPA Document Number 402-F-93-005, August 1993.

For more information on Flood Cleanup see:

Replacing your flooring after a flood: If you are repairing your home or building after a flood or hurricane, to prevent mold growth you should be sure your foundation is dry before you replace the flooring. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) issued a standard which describes an easy way to check if your concrete slab is dry enough to replace the flooring. The basic approach is to fasten the edges of a clear piece of plastic sheeting to a concrete slab, and wait for approximately 16 hours. If moisture is visible on the plastic sheeting, it is still too wet to replace the flooring. For more details, visit the ASTM’s portal for standard, testing, learning and more.

Colyer Services are experts in all of the above mentioned matters, and have been performing water damage restoration, mold prevention and remediation in Central Florida since 2005.

Colyer Services:

Tampa – 813-734-2552

Sarasota – 941-201-8520

Orlando – 407-388-8800

Ways to Discover Hidden Water Leaks in your Bathroom

Most of us aren’t new to the concept of a water leak in the bathroom. They happen all the time and sometimes when it’s really inconvenient for us. If you see any of these 5 signs, it may be time to call a professional to make some repairs.

 1. Appearance of Mold or Mildew

If you see mold or mildew in your bathroom it could mean that you have a hidden leak somewhere. Mold loves moist, dark areas to grow in and in order to find a starting point it will need a source of water. This is where your hidden bathroom leak comes in. Start looking at where the mold is forming and follow it to its area of highest concentration. You should be able to find a source of water at this point and need to now figure out how to repair it. Keep in mind that the longer you let this one go, the more mold you will have on your hands.

2. Warped or Stained Walls

You will notice walls that are warping or stained in the bathroom, this most likely means that you have a hidden leak on your hands. When drywall becomes too moist it will begin to bubble and warp. Over time it will continue to break apart until it falls apart into pieces. You may even notice your ceiling sagging and leaking with some of the water that built up in the area. In this case, professionals must remove all of the drywall and replace it.

3. Blistering Paint

If the paint in your bathroom appears to be blistering up from the wall, it is a telltale sign that water has leaked between the wall and the paint. This will separate the two from one another and cause the paint to rise up and fall off of the wall into pieces. The same thing will happen with wallpaper and you will need to replace the adhesive that you used to stick the paper to the wall.

4. Ruined Flooring

The flooring in your bathroom will buckle or crack. This shows you that the leak has been going on for long enough to soak into the floor. This can be particularly dangerous and must be repaired quickly before more damage is caused or someone gets hurt. You may notice that the floor feels soft like a sponge when you walk on it. This is because the water has soaked in and caused it to become unstable. Tiles will also become loose and you may notice staining on the floor as well. You will definitely need to call a professional to repair this issue.

5. Stained Ceilings

You may notice that the ceilings on the floor beneath your bathroom are becoming stained or damaged. Check in the room below the suspected bathroom leak to see if it is traveling down to the bottom floor. If you see a brown, copper, or other dark colored stain, it is a sign that you have a dangerous water leak in your ceiling. The ceiling may also begin to sag. Don’t wait to fix this! The moment you notice something like this you need to call professionals in to come and inspect the situation before it ends up causing more destruction and costing you more out of pocket. Colyer Services has emergency response teams to address these and other issues.

Trust the Professionals

The certified professionals at Colyer Services understand that a water leak can be a dangerous and costly situation. That is why we are open 24/7 to respond to any type of water leak or water damage situation. Don’t hesitate to give us a call, our team will work quickly and around the clock to restore your home back to its original condition. We will fix your home the right way the first time, so you don’t have to waste any of your own precious time or risk injuring yourself.

Contact us Today!

Tampa – 813-734-2552

Sarasota – 941-201-8520

Orlando – 407-388-8800


People often ask us, does bleach kill mold? While people often try using bleach for mold, it may not be a viable solution. There is not a simple yes or no answer to this question, but it is important to know how bleach works when you’re trying to eliminate a mold problem in your home.


The North Dakota State University recommends using bleach for mold. The Clorox Company, a company that makes bleach, says bleach and water will kill some types of mold on hard, non-porous surfaces. They claim it will kill Aspergillus niger and Trichophyton mentagrophytes (the mold that causes Athlete’s foot) but don’t say whether or not it will kill any other types of mold.

Since there are more than 100 types of mold commonly found growing in American homes, using bleach for mold seems unwise unless you know for certain what type of mold you’re dealing with. You can have Colyer Services come in and test your mold for you if you want to know for sure, and will will perform a comprehensive mold assessment on your home


Both the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) used to answer the question – does bleach kill mold? – with a “yes” but both agencies have changed their opinions and advice on the matter. They no longer recommend using bleach for mold.

Bleach may kill some strains of mold but not others. Bleach is corrosive and many damage some surfaces. In addition, bleach will not penetrate deeply into semi-porous materials like wood, so it may remove mold on the surface but leave traces of mold behind that will just grow back and spread. Water that is in bleach may penetrate deep into the wood which can actually help any mold that is in there to grow.


Many products on the market today, advertised to kill mold, contain bleach. They appear to answer the question – does bleach kill mold – with a “yes” but it appears they often based their answer on popular opinion, not science.

Despite the advice of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, many people that have not read their recommendation still mistakenly believe bleach kills just about everything. Companies know that people will feel comfortable using bleach for mold because people won’t realize it’s not an effective way to get rid of mold.


Unfortunately, there is not a real simple answer to that question. It depends on what type of mold you have.

You can purchase a variety of mold killers at most hardware stores, some of which work better than others, and some of which work for some types of mold but not others.

It’s hard to remove all of the mold on some surfaces, such as the wooden studs in your walls. You’re better off hiring a licensed professional to perform the job, as they will have all of the necessary safety equipment tools and chemicals to perform the job.

It’s often impossible to kill mold or remove mold from some surfaces, like carpet, drywall and the insulation inside your walls. Even if you kill some of the mold, if you don’t remove it all from these materials the dead mold spores of some types of mold can still make you sick. These items need to be disposed of and replaced. When disturbing mold on surfaces, spores can contaminate the air throughout the home and cause health problems.

It should be noted that the EPA recommends calling a professional if you have mold that covers a large area, or if it was caused by contaminated water or sewage. Professionals should know what kills different types of mold and how to handle it safely.

Keep these in mind if you believe you have mold:

  • A mold removal specialist will know what type of biocide will work best against the strain or stains of mold growing in your home.
  • A mold removal specialist will know what materials in your home can be cleaned and saved and which must be removed and replaced.
  • A mold removal specialist will have any special equipment needed to complete the mold removal job, including safety gear, respirator masks, vacuums with HEPA filters, and negative air machines.
  • A mold removal specialist will know how to handle mold safely and to prevent the spread of mold spores to other areas of your home.
  • You can get plenty of helpful advice by consulting with a mold removal specialist even if you decide to handle the mold removal job yourself.

Contact Colyer Services, Today!

Tampa – 813-734-2552

Sarasota – 941-21-8520

Orlando – 407-388-8800

The Average Cost of Mold Removal

People often email to ask us about the cost of mold removal. If you’ve discovered mold in your home, you’re probably concerned for the health of your family, but you may also be worried about how you’re going to pay the mold remediation costs. We can tell you about the average costs, but because there are so many variables, there’s no accurate way for us to predict what it may cost to have mold removed from your home. However, you can get a Mold Test and written assessment from State of Florida licensed Mold Assessors, Colyer Services.

The Average Cost of Mold Removal

The cost of mold remediation varies widely, depending on numerous factors. Factors that influence the cost of mold remediation include:

  • The size of the area affected by mold
  • Whether or not there is mold in your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system
  • Whether or not moldy materials can be cleaned or must be removed, safely disposed of, and replaced (like insulation, drywall or carpet)
  • Whether or not mold developed after flooding with water that may have been contaminated with sewage or other hazardous substances
  • Cost may also vary according to geographical region

A simple mold removal job may cost as little as $3,000 while a larger, more complicated job may cost $15,000 to $20,000 or even more. Don’t panic if you’re reading this and thinking you cannot afford to pay $20,000 for mold removal. Your mold removal job may not cost that much and it’s possible your home owner’s insurance might even cover some of the cost or all of it. Colyer Services has experienced Insurance Adjusters to help with your insurance claim.

Will Insurance Help with Mold Remediation Costs?

You homeowner’s insurance may help with the cost of mold remediation. Some insurance policies do not cover mold remediation at all, while others only cover it under certain circumstances. Read your policy carefully to see what it covers and contact your insurance agent if you have any questions. If your insurance does cover mold remediation, it probably requires the work to be completed by a qualified professional. Mold remediation professionals are accustomed to dealing with insurance companies and will know how to help you with your claim. As a State of Florida Licensed General Contractor, Colyer Services deals directly with your insurance company.

If You’re Concerned about Cost

Don’t put off dealing with a household mold problem because you’re worried about the potential cost. Most strains of household mold grow and spread rapidly and every day you delay just allows the problem to get worse. The longer you put off dealing with it, the more it’s likely to end up costing you in the end.

Don’t hire the cheapest professional you can find in order to save money, either. The most expensive is not necessarily the best, and it’s wise to get a couple of estimates to compare costs, but a bargain isn’t really a bargain if the person you pay can’t do the job correctly.

Contact Colyer Services:

Tampa – 813-734-2552

Sarasota- 941-201-8520

Orlando – 407-388-8800


Water mitigation dryers and pumps


Colyer Services cleans up black mold and other toxic molds, as well as repairing water damage that can cause mold growth. The need for mold and water damage remediation can sometimes be avoided if the problem is addressed within 48 hours of severe leaking or flooding; otherwise the cleanup can be quite a bit of work. We can advise you about what needs to be done in order to resolve the problem.


If you’ve experienced flooding in your home, a broken pipe, a serious leak in your roof or other severe water damage, prompt cleanup may prevent the growth of harmful mold, such as Stachybotrys chartarum, commonly known as black mold. Insulation, drywall, ceiling tiles and carpeting, including the backing, may need to be discarded and replaced.

In some cases, carpeting and the backing can be dried out and saved if treated within 24 – 48 hours. Continue reading “MOLD AND WATER DAMAGE SPECIALISTS”

How A Water Restoration Technician Assists After Disaster

A water restoration technician has an extremely important job when a home is affected by excess moisture or a Flood. Colyer Services can quickly reverse the extensive damage that a flood or sewage back-flow can cause, and save as many items as possible in the process. And when dealing with contaminated fluids, especially when it has pooled in the home, only certified professionals should be allowed to manage the cleanup. Attempting to perform cleanup efforts without expert assistance can lead to injury or illness, both of which can be severe.

Colyer Services will be on call around the clock, including those times when an entire community has been affected by a major disaster. As soon as a professional is on site, we will assess the situation and determine what items need immediate rescuing. If fluid has pooled in areas around the home, then pumps will be used to remove it.

The home will be dried using a configuration of heavy duty air movers and dehumidifiers, and while it dries, the we will move through the building and look for any evidence of mold or pathogen contamination. If pathogens or mold are present, they will be eliminated using special  procedures. This should only be achieved by State of Florida licensed professionals. This will ensure the home is safe to return to, and with concerted drying efforts, the building will as good as new once professionals have completed their work.

Colyer Services are State of Florida licensed Mold Assessors and General Contractors

Colyer Services:

Tampa – 813-734-2552

Sarasota – 941-241-8520

Orlando – 407-388-8800