MOLD AND WATER DAMAGE SPECIALISTS

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.

WATER DAMAGE REMEDIATION

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

The 4 most common questions about home flooding

Flood damage isn’t something homeowners deal with often. Unlike “routine” services like a plumber or carpet cleaner, it’s fortunately very rare when you need a flood damage company like us. But because it isn’t very common, it’s also very confusing to most homeowners. And you can only imagine how much stress is added to the equation when you’re dealing with an emergency event like substantial flooding. Many people have no idea where to turn or what actions to take. In some cases, that can lead to paralysis. In other cases, it can lead to making poor decisions that can either put your health and safety at risk or cause you significant financial hardship down the road. We always tell people in your situation that it’s a good idea to ask as many questions as possible as soon as possible. That goes for any flood restoration service company you are talking to, your insurance adjuster, or anyone else that might be involved in the recovery process.

Here are the most common questions we get from home or business owners that have experienced significant flooding damage to their property. If you find yourself in their shoes, you’d be wise to make sure you have the answers you need to make the best decisions to protect yourself, your family and your bank account.

Does my homeowners insurance cover flooding?

This depends on your policy. Homeowners insurance typically covers flooding due to internal plumbing or roof issues, but you would need special flood insurance for cover for storm flooding, usually. If your home is located within a flood zone, then you likely are covered. Colyer Services have experience insurance adjusters to help identify your coverage, and see to it that your claim is paid!

What should I do immediately to protect my safety?

During a flood event, your life is at risk from a number of dangers. Obviously rising water levels and quickly moving water can cause drowning, but there are other dangers you should be aware of. If it’s the case you find yourself unable to leave your home due to the rapidly rising water levels, seek the highest position in your home possible. If you live in a 2 story home, go to the second story and call for help. If you’re unable to stay dry, it’s important you turn off the electricity to your home as well as your gas. In some instances, electrocution or gas leaks can occur due to flooding.

Who should I call to help me?

If you’re in danger, always call 911. If the danger has subsided but you don’t know where to turn, you have a variety of resources. Locally, you may have some non-profit organizations that can help you put the pieces back in place and begin the recovery process. The Red Cross is always a good resource in the event of a natural disaster. They typically put employees and volunteers on the ground after large-scale flood events to help people in your situation.

If you do have flood insurance and aren’t sure what to do, we would encourage you to call us to begin the process of assessing your loss. It’s probably a good opportunity to remind you that costs for our services are dictated by your insurer. So as long as you hire a company that is using Xactimate, such as Colyer Services, to estimate the cost of your flooding damage cleanup services, that company is going to ultimately work with your insurer to determine the cost of the loss. We say that to remind you that you don’t need to worry about whether or not the cost of your loss will be covered by your insurer. Sometimes people wait around for their adjuster to take the lead on the claim, and when there has been a major flood event, they’re often overloaded with claims and can’t get to you in a timely fashion. That means your property ends up with even more damage to it, and not to mention the risk of health hazards increase as your property sits waterlogged.

How much will it cost?

It’s impossible to say. Every property is unique and every situation differs. What does remain constant is the unit cost of every single item that must be replaced and every action that must be taken by whichever restoration company you hire.

If you have a flooded property, contact the Emergency Response Team at Colyer Services right away

Tampa – 813-734-2552

Sarasota – 941-201-8520

Orlando – 407-388-8800

Pictures of Black Mold

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so we’d like to show you some pictures of black mold. You might think household mold is not such a big deal, but when you see a picture of toxic black mold covering a wall, well, you might think again. Black mold spreads rapidly, so what starts out as a little bit of mold in a corner can quickly grow to nightmarish proportions.

Black Mold Pictures

Black mold, officially known as stachybotrys chartarum and sometimes referred to as toxic mold, is typically black and slimy in appearance. Its appearance may vary somewhat depending on what type of surface it’s found growing on, though. It is typically found in areas that stay damp, whether from a leak in the roof, leaky pipes, leaky toilets, or leaky windows. It can also begin to grow after a home has been flooded. We’ll show you some examples of what black mold may look like.

Here is a picture of toxic black mold growing on a wall. When you see a lot of black mold on a wall like this, there is often mold growing inside the wall, as well. It’s usually impossible to clean walls like this. In such cases, it’s usually necessary to remove the drywall and insulation and replace them with new, mold-free materials.

Mold in corner of walls

Here is a picture of black mold growing on a ceiling, which often happens after a roof has been leaking for a while. If you see mold on your ceiling, there is a good chance you have mold in your attic, as well.

Black mold on ceiling

Mold can also grow on floors, of course. Here’s a picture of toxic black mold growing on carpet. If you see mold on carpet, there’s probably mold under the carpet, as well. It’s usually impossible to remove mold from carpet; in most cases, the carpet must be removed and replaced.

Black mold on carpet

Black mold can be found in any part of the home. Here are some pictures of black mold in different areas.

Mold on basement wall
Black mold in a basement
Black mold in attic

Black mold in an attic

Black mold in bathroom behind tiles
Black mold in a bathroom
Black mold in air ducts
Black mold in heating ducts

What If You Have Mold That Looks Like This in Your Home?

So what if you have mold that looks like these pictures of black mold in your home? Well, your health, and the health of your entire family, is at risk. Black mold is sometimes referred to as toxic mold because it produces mycotoxins that can cause numerous health problems, including breathing problems, asthma attacks, respiratory infections such as pneumonia, coughing, sneezing, headaches, sore throats, exhaustion, and depression. It can even make your pets sick; some families have lost pets due to serious infections and other health problems related to exposure to black mold.

If you have mold like this in your home, you need to get it cleaned up as soon as possible in order to prevent health problems from beginning or worsening. If you have black mold covering a large area (greater than three square feet) or mold growing in your heating and ventilation ducts, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends having a professional handle the cleanup. If you have and mold-related health problem, or health issues such as asthma that might be worsened by exposure to mold, it’s also best to have a professional handle the job. If you need to hire a mold removal professional, or if you’d just like some expert advice about the mold in your home, you can schedule a consultation with Colyer Services. Fill out our contact form below, or call!

Orlando – 407-388-8800

Tampa/Sarasota – 813-734-2552

Protecting Your Home From Summer Storms

Summer is a season characterized by beautiful sunshine and blue skies. While this is often the case, we Floridians also receive a perilous pounding of summer storms. Beyond the inconvenience of cancelled soccer tournaments and finding your umbrella, these storms can also wreak havoc on your home. Here are a few tips to protect your home:

Clean gutters.

Even a bit of rain can have a negative impact on your property if gutters aren’t properly cleaned. If you don’t want to hire a professional to clean them out, be sure to take the proper safety precautions when cleaning them yourself. A pressure washer with the proper extension can prove quite useful.

Prepare your family for emergencies.

If severe weather strikes, your family needs to be on the same page. Establish a set meeting place, collect the necessary emergency supplies, and have a plan to communicate with loved ones. Consider purchasing a backup generator to minimize the inconvenience and stay safe. Get more details here.

Check your insurance policy.

Review your property insurance policy and become familiar with what coverages you have. For example, some policies pay the full replacement costs of a new roof, some pay lesser amounts, and some policies depreciate the useful life of the roof. Colyer Services has a seasoned Insurance Adjuster on-hand to help identify your coverage, in case of storm damage

Trim foliage.

Regularly trim your trees and remove large, dead branches. These branches can become hazardous during a storm, as they are easily ripped off by the wind and can become projectiles.

Look for roof damage afterward.

Even if your roof does not appear damaged, you should contact your insurance company and have it inspected. Chances are the roof has been damaged. Hail damage is not always readily apparent to untrained eyes looking at the roof from the ground. You should have an inspection performed on the roof itself.

Inspect the full exterior.

Make sure you look at the roofs, siding, windows, etc…. the full exterior envelope you your home. Siding can easily be damaged by hail, as can roofs. If you have a skylight even though it may not appear broken, the seals on the glass can be damaged. Again, careful inspection of all areas is needed.

Hire the right professionals.

If you contract with a firm to make repairs to your home, make sure the firm is licensed and insured. You should have a signed contract that clearly spells out what is going to be done, when it is going to be done, and how much it will cost.

You can check the status of a business license in Florida by going to sunbiz.org

You can also check the license status of an individual by clicking here

Contractors also should provide you with evidence of current liability insurance and Workers Compensation insurance. Without proper insurance, you could be exposed to various claims from workers.

For all of our services, contact our offices!

Orlando – 407-388-8800

Tampa/Sarasota – 813-734-2552

 

Emergency Commercial Services

Commercial Services

When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services, Colyer Services has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Government/Military

Have Questions? Call Today – (813) 734-2552

Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available 24 hours a day to get your Stuart business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. These are just a few of our Commercial Services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup
  • Disaster Recovery Team

 

Emergency Commercial Services

Commercial Services

When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services, Colyer Services has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Government/Military

Have Questions? Call Today – (813) 734-2552

Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available 24 hours a day to get your Stuart business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. These are just a few of our Commercial Services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup
  • Disaster Recovery Team