Hot Water Heater Leaks Can Cause Mold

Mold From a
Hot Water Heater Leak

A hot water heater leak can cause a lot of damage to your floor and it can also lead to the growth of mold in your home. Mold from a hot water heater that leaks can do further damage to your flooring and can also cause numerous health problems, including allergic reactions and respiratory disorders. Unfortunately, homeowners don’t always spot a leaking hot water heater until the problem has been going on for a while. Hot water heaters are often located in areas of the home where homeowners don’t go very often and in some instances, are rather difficult to access.

Signs of a Hot Water Heater Leak

Mold from hot water heater leak

Signs of a leak from your hot water heater include water on the floor around the hot water heater, discoloration of the floor and/or wall around the hot water heater, mold on the floor and/or wall around the hot water heater, and a musty odor in the area where your hot water heater is located. A musty odor is a sign of mold, and if you smell that odor, it means you likely have mold somewhere in your home, even if you don’t see it. Since mold often grows in hard-to-spot areas, like inside walls, under carpet and linoleum, and inside heating and ventilation ducts, it’s not unusual to smell mold but not see it.

Sometimes it’s difficult to tell if your hot water heater is leaking or if something else is going on. Condensation around the hot water heater can sometimes make the floor wet and cause mold to begin to grow. Other plumbing leaks can cause similar issues. Obviously in order to fix the problem, you need to identify it correctly. Any of these problems can lead to damaged flooring and mold growth, so they all need to be corrected as soon as possible.

Dealing with Mold from a Hot Water Heater

If you’ve got mold around your hot water heater (or anywhere else in the home, for that matter), it’s important to have it thoroughly removed as soon as possible because exposure to household mold can lead to numerous health problems, some of them quite serious. Exposure to mold can cause respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia, asthma attacks, allergic reactions, difficulty breathing, digestive problems, depression and severe chronic fatigue.

If you are experiencing any mold-related health problems or if you have respiratory problems like asthma or any disorders of the immune system, we recommend not attempting to remove mold yourself because the mold removal process will expose you to more mold spores and can make your condition worse. Colyer Services are State of Florida Licensed General Contractors and Mold Assessors.

In order to prevent mold from returning, you’ll need to repair any hot water heater leak or other problem that led to the development of mold. Otherwise, you’ll soon find yourself dealing with mold again. Colyer Services are eaquipped with a variety of sub-contractors such as Plumbers and Electricians to perform these services.

Getting Help with a Hot Water Heater Leak

If your hot water heating is leaking or you have mold around your hot water heater, we recommend calling in our mold remediation professionals. We can diagnose the problem, figure out where the water is coming from and let you know how to fix it. We can also locate any mold in the home, including mold growing in hard-to-see places, and let you know what needs to be done to correct that problem.

Contact Colyer Services as soon as possible if you feel there is mold in your home.

407-388-8800 – Orlando

352-390-7328 – Tampa/Sarasota

WATER DAMAGE REMEDIATION

PREVENTING MOLD

Mold Under Carpet

When a flood or water damage occurs, there is a short window of time when water damage remediation is essential to prevent bigger problems. If water damage is left untreated or partially treated, mold water damage may begin… which can cause long-term problems and damage the health of people exposed to the mold growth in the building. If steps are taken within the first 24-48 hours after the water damage occurs, it is possible to avoid these mold problems.

INITIAL WATER CLEANUP PROCESSES

As soon as a building is exposed to water from flooding or leaking, a few steps can be followed in order to prevent mold water damage. The first step to water damage remediation is obviously to stop the source of the flooding problems, and this usually involves repairing pipes or stopping a leak from outside. Next, excess water needs to be removed with heavy duty vacuums, fans can be used to dry the affected area, and dehumidifiers help to remove the moisture from the air.

It may also be necessary to pull up any carpet or other flooring that was affected by the water. Insulation, ceiling tiles, and other porous surfaces may need to be removed and replaced depending on the damage that has occurred. If these materials are not replaced, they can provide the perfect breeding ground for mold water damage because they will continue to hold the moisture for a long time. If you are uncomfortable performing any of these steps, Colyer Services will dispatch a response team.

During the first 24 hours, it is possible to salvage some of the items within the building. For example, certain types of electronics may be usable such as computers, medical equipment, fax machines, printers, etc. When these things are removed from the flood site, it is necessary to turn off the power and keep them off for several days. Corrosion can be prevented by decreasing the humidity by drying out the equipment.

WHEN MOLD BEGINS TO GROW

It usually takes about 48 hours for the mold to begin to grow, and if areas within the building have been wet for this period of time it is necessary to take additional water damage remediation steps in order to stop the mold water damage. Keep in mind, 48 hours is a general rule of thumb and mold may begin to grow faster if the building is located in a humid area.

If there is doubt about whether or not the building materials may be affected by mold, professionals should be consulted in order to determine if there are mold spores present. If the mold is not visible to the naked eye, it can still be present, and the only way to be sure is with professional tests to determine the mold growth. Colyer Services is a State of Florida Licensed Mold Assessor.

THE EFFECTIVENESS OF WATER DAMAGE REMEDIATION

Taking immediate action can lower the costs of replacing the items within the home. Depending on the severity of the water damage, it is possible to salvage flooring and carpet if certain techniques are used immediately to dry them quickly.

If the dampness is left untreated and mold begins to grow, the costs will increase because of the mold spores that need to be removed. Some people try to cut costs by ignoring what seems to be a minor mold problem, however the mold will continue to grow and often result in a bigger problem because of mold cross contamination throughout the structure of the building.

Water damage remediation is a big project, and in most cases the situation should be handled by professionals in order to prevent more serious problems such as those seen in the picture below.

If you experience water damage and/or believe you have a mold issue in your home, contact Colyer Services today!

407-388-8800 – Orlando

352-390-7328 – Tampa/Sarasota

Water Damage? We Know What To Do!

Hurricane Season is upon us!

If you have water damage in your home or business as the result of a storm or plumbing issue, Colyer Services will help with our Emergency Response Team!

We respond with same day service in the Orlando, Tampa and Sarasota areas to dry out your home quickly and efficiently. No need to haggle with your insurance company! We are licensed General Contractors and know how to deal with them for you!

As a State of Florida licensed Mold Assessor, Colyer Sefvices are the experts in mold prevention, as well as mold remediation.

Don’t get caught without a plan for disaster during this active storm season. Contact Colyer Services when catastrophe strikes!

Call 407-388-8800 in Orlando

Call 352-390-7328 in Tampa/Sarasota

 

Indoor Air Quality

What You Should Know:

Indoor air quality is an issue that has captured a lot of attention over the last few years. As a nation we are doing more and more to control our environment in the workplace, our vehicles, and our home. Indeed, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that many individuals spend over 90 percent of their time in conditioned environments. Although controlled spaces protect us from the extremes of weather and temperature they can also serve to trap pollutants around us

The emphasis of IAQ in the workplace is prompted by the fact that a large number of people are gathered in a single location, which makes it easier to document the common complaints and symptoms. However, by its very nature of being a workplace, such locations are gathering places for the fittest members of our society (with the exceptions of schools, nursing homes, and hospitals which serve as workplaces for the staff but have contact with a broad spectrum of our population). It is the home where groups that can be more easily and severely impacted by indoor air quality spend most of their time. It is at home where we find important subgroups of our population that are more susceptible to illnesses exacerbated by indoor air quality problems, including infants, children, the elderly, and individuals recovering from significant injuries or illnesses.

Colyer Services is Central Florida’s leading Indoor Air Quality Inspector licensed for removal and remediation, providing testing and removal services for all indoor contaminants which may lead to health problems in people who are sensitized. If you believe you have symptoms of, or any issues with mold or any other indoor contaminants, give Colyer Services a call today! We work with all insurance companies!

Damaged home? How to get an insurer to pay up

Tornadoes. Hurricanes. Wildfires. Over the past decade, insurance companies have paid more than $450 billion in property damages to policyholders.

And now some insurers are looking for ways to limit their losses by denying claims and sticking homeowners with the bill, said David Barrack, executive director at National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters. “They’ve gone from ‘good hands’ to boxing gloves,” he said.

 Some insurers may write policies with exclusions that absolve them from paying for certain damages or use legal jargon that’s difficult to understand, said Chris Maranges, a Miami-based attorney with Higer Lichter & Givner, who represents homeowners in property insurance litigation.
The insurance industry refutes such claims. “Insurers strive to pay all legitimate claims as rapidly as possible,” said Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute, an industry trade group. He also noted that policyholders are protected by laws in all 50 states.
The best step you can take is to hire a General Contractor who is also a licensed insurance adjuster. Colyer Services is armed and ready to do battle directly with your insurance company to provide immediate service and rapid payout of your claim.
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