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

How to Test for Black Mold?

BLACK MOLD TEST

 

Black mold test

Do you know how to test for black mold? You may need a black mold test if you find greenish-black mold in your house or your house has a strong musty smell, to find out if it’s Stachybotrys chartarum, a form of mold known to be particularly harmful to some people. It’s a common mold in the United States, though the New Mexico State University reports it’s found outdoors more than it’s found indoors. Sometimes it is found indoors, though, where it can lead to a variety of health problems.

In some cases, homeowner’s insurance policies will pay for a black mold test of your home. Otherwise, it’s worth the cost if you have to pay for it yourself, because black mold can be so harmful to your health, causing respiratory problems, rashes, seizures, fatigue and unusual bleeding. Small children, elderly people, pregnant women, those with respiratory disorders and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk.

HOW TO TEST FOR BLACK MOLD

There are black mold tests you can buy and do yourself but we recommend you have a professional come to your home and do the test. He or she will know how to test for black mold, where to find it, and can make recommendations for removing the mold. Professional tests are more accurate than home tests you can buy and conduct yourself, plus your homeowner’s insurance might pay for a professional tests but it won’t cover a do-it-yourself model. Call your insurance company and explain why you believe you need a black mold test; describe any visible mold in your home, any musty smell, and any symptoms your or any family members have been experiencing. In order to assist with this, Colyer Services are Florida licensed Mold Assessors, General Contractors, and seasoned insurance Adjusters.

There are two basic ways how to test for black mold. If you actually see mold growing somewhere in your house, that substance can be tested. If you don’t see any mold but you or your family members have symptoms of living in a home with black mold, there is a test that can be done of the air to search for traces of mold. The air test is much more accurate, and will detect mold that you may not have seen.

WHAT THE RESULTS MEAN

Regardless of how to test for black mold, there is some question of what the results mean. Neither the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) nor the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) have established levels that are considered safe. The CDC points out that if you or any family members seem to suffer ill effects that can be attributed to the presence of mold, you should leave the house if possible and invest in mold remediation.

However, even though no “safe” level has been established, if you have a black mold test performed before you clean up the mold, you can then perform another test to find out if the level is at least significantly reduced. If you have a professional perform the cleanup, make sure you get a test for the presence of black mold both before and after the cleanup. Colyer Services always contracts a third party to perform the final mold test. The mold tester should be able to advise you as to what level of mold in the home he believes to be dangerous; keep in mind, however, no amount of mold is really healthful to breathe day in and day out. Of course, you can also consult with a doctor about whether or not any health problems you are experiencing are related to black mold in your home.

You can also compare the results from one room to another by conducting air tests in several rooms. If you notice the mold level is much, much higher in your bedroom than in your living room or kitchen, that might explain why your sinuses act up every night.

WHY WE RECOMMEND HAVING A PROFESSIONAL TEST YOUR HOME FOR MOLD

  • Most professional mold testers like Colyer Services, are engineers. They are trained to conduct mold tests with precision and accuracy.
  • We are also trained to know where to look for mold and can often find mold in places homeowners have overlooked.
  • We can tell you what strains of mold are present in your home, which are present at dangerously high levels, and which pose the greatest health risks to you and your family.
  • We can advise you about important safety precautions to take while removing mold from your home.
  • We will return after mold has been removed to make sure none was missed.

Colyer Services:

Orlando – 407-388-8800

Tampa/Sarasota – 813-734-2552

Causes of Mold in Your Home

Understanding common causes of mold in the home allows you to take steps to prevent the development of a potentially serious household mold problem. Knowing what causes mold also allows you to prevent a mold problem from recurring if you’ve already dealt with the effort and expense of cleaning up household mold. If you don’t address the cause of the problem, it will likely return and you’ll be faced with cleaning up mold all over again.

Potential Mold Causes

Many different things can cause a household mold problem. Typically things that cause mold growth involve too much moisture in the home, since all types of mold require moisture in order to grow and spread.

Conditions that are often causes of mold in a household include:

  • Flooding (See picture below)
  • A leaky roof
  • Leaky window frames
  • Leaving windows open when it rains
  • Leaky or broken pipes
  • Leaky sinks, tubs or toilets
  • Leaky washing machines or dishwashers
  • Poorly ventilated bathrooms (simply turning on the exhaust fan or opening a window a bit when showering can help with this)
  • Poorly ventilated laundry rooms
  • Damp basements
  • High levels of relative humidity in the home (greater than 50 percent)
  • House fires (mold is actually caused by the water used to put out the fire, not by the fire itself)
  • Any type of significant water damage in the home
Basement Mold From Flood

To prevent mold from developing in the home, correct any of these conditions as soon as possible. That means repairing any leaks promptly. Clean up any water spills promptly, as well. If you have high levels of relative humidity in your home, or if your basement is damp, you can purchase a dehumidifier to reduce the amount of moisture in the air.

The above things aren’t the only possible causes of mold and sometime even the best preventative steps don’t keep household mold from developing. If you notice signs of a mold problem in your home, take steps to address it immediately. Most types of mold grow and spread rapidly, so every day you delay just allows the problem to get worse. We suggest a Mold Assessment from a licensed professional, such as Colyer Services

Testing for Mold

If you aren’t sure if you have mold in your home or not, you can have a professional come in and test for mold. This is a good idea after a flood, fire or other event involving significant water damage to the home. If you smell a musty odor in your home, you probably have mold somewhere even if you can’t see it, and you should also have a professional come in and test for mold. By catching mold early, you can prevent a problem from getting much worse. Contact Colyer Services, below, to address your Mold Issues.

For Help Finding out What Causes Mold in Your Home

If you’ve got a mold problem in your home and aren’t sure what caused it or how to prevent a problem from recurring in the future, we recommend consulting with a mold remediation professional. A trained and experienced professional will visit your home, inspect the areas affected by mold, explain the conditions that led to the development of the mold problem, and let you know what you can do to prevent future problems. Even if you want to take care of cleaning up a mold problem yourself, you can benefit from some professional advice about how to prevent future problems.

Colyer Services

Tampa – 813-734-2552

Sarasota – 941-210-8520

Orlando – 407-388-8800

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