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.

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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
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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

 

Home Selling and Mold

We are often asked about home selling and mold and how to make sure you aren’t buying a house with mold that might cause health problems in yourself or family members down the road. We definitely recommend checking a home for mold before buying it. You should also be aware of laws that offer you some protection against buying a home with mold.

What Laws Apply to Selling Homes With Mold?

It’s important to understand that laws vary from state to state and that laws change over time. Also, there are sometimes exceptions to laws that apply only in specific circumstances. We can give you some general information here but for specific advice about your situation, we recommend talking to a licensed attorney in your state.

In many states, laws about home selling and mold require the seller to disclose information about a past or present mold problem in the home. However, if the seller is not aware of a mold problem, and could not be reasonably expected to know, then he doesn’t have to disclose it. Basically, that means that if there is mold growing all over a wall, he has to tell you about it but he does not have to crawl into a crawlspace or look inside the walls to see if there is mold there. If he knows about mold in the crawlspace or walls, though, he must tell you about it. If the seller doesn’t tell you about a mold problem, he may be liable for any mold-related costs you end up incurring.

In some states, the real estate agent and/or appraiser is also required to disclose information about mold to potential buyers.

If you want to put an offer on a home but are concerned about the possibility of mold, you can put a contingency clause in the offer saying the offer is contingent upon the home testing negative for the presence of mold. Colyer Services can then perform a thorough Mold Assessment on the home.

How Do You Know if You Are Buying a House With Mold?

When you walk through a house, look for signs of mold or water damage. Check under sinks, behind toilets, in basements and attics and crawl spaces. Look for standing water, water stains on walls or ceilings, visible mold or a musty odor.

If you have your home inspected, ask the inspector to tell you about any signs of mold or water damage he or she notices. Better yet, hire an inspector that is also certified in mold testing.

Mold found under carpeting

 

 

 

 

 

Also ask the seller. In addition to asking if there has ever been a mold problem in the home, ask about things that are likely to lead to a mold problem, like if the home has ever flooded or if any pipes have ever burst. In many states, but not all, the seller is legally required to disclose information about a present or past mold problem in the home.

To know for sure whether or not there is mold in a home, you need to have the home tested for mold. If you suspect a mold problem, or if the seller tells you there used to be a mold problem but it’s gone now, we recommend having the home tested before you buy it. Colyer Services are State of Florida licensed Mold Assessors that can perform a full house inspection for you.

For More Information About Home Selling and Mold

For more information about the rights and responsibilities of either a home seller or buyer, you can talk to your licensed real estate agent. To learn about the specific laws in your state, though, we recommend consulting an attorney; while licensed real estate agents should be knowledgeable about the laws in the state in which they are licensed, they aren’t attorneys and may not always give correct legal information or advice. You can also try contacting your local department of health for more information.

Hidden Water leaks Lead to Mold

SOME SIGNS OF A HIDDEN LEAK INCLUDE:

The Presence of Mold

Mold must have moisture in order to grow. If you see mold growing under your sink, for example, there’s a very good chance you have a leaky pipe under there.

Discoloration of Walls

A discolored area on a wall usually means the wall is getting wet. If you can’t see where the water is coming from, it may be a leak inside the wall.

Paint or Wallpaper That Peels or Blisters

If the paint or wallpaper on a wall begins to peel or looks like it has developed blisters, that usually indicates water inside the wall. Unfortunately, when there is a water leak inside a wall, you may not see any signs until that leak has been there for quite a while. Therefore, when you do see signs of a hidden leak, it’s important to address it as soon as possible, before any additional damage can be done.

Discoloration of Ceiling

A dark spot or other discoloration on the ceiling is a sign of water, just like it is on a wall. It often indicates a leak in the roof, but if you have a bathroom upstairs and a discolored spot on the ceiling in the room below the bathroom, there may be something leaking in the bathroom. And again, you often don’t see any signs of a leak on the ceiling until the leak has been there a while, so you need to address it as soon as possible to prevent even greater damage.

Sagging Ceiling

A ceiling that sags is another indication of a leak. Often you’ll see discoloration along with a sagging ceiling. A sagging ceiling needs to be addressed right away before it collapses, which can be dangerous as well as extremely messy and costly to repair.

Floors That Buckle or Sag

Floors that buckle or sag are yet another indication of a hidden water leak. Depending on the type of flooring you have, repairs can be quite costly. It’s important to fix the leak as soon as possible, though, in order to prevent further damage. It’s also important to fix the leak as soon as possible in order to prevent the growth of mold beneath your floor.

Musty Odor

You know how basements sometimes smell musty? That’s the odor of mold. More precisely, it’s the microbial volatile organic compounds produced by mold that have a musty odor. If you notice a musty odor in your home, you almost certainly have mold growing. Of course, the presence of mold doesn’t always indicate a hidden water leak, but it often does.

IF YOU SEE SIGNS OF A HIDDEN WATER LEAK

If you see signs of a water leak, you need to investigate as soon as possible. If you don’t have the skills to do that yourself, contact Colyer Services. Our Emergency Response Team handles plumbing issues, roof leaks, and mold prevention/remediation.

Before doing those repairs, though, you should check for mold. Even if you don’t initially see any mold and even if you don’t smell the characteristic musty odor of mold, a hidden leak often leads to the development of mold, so you need to check for that before fixing the walls, floor or ceiling. Mold grows well in dark, damp places, so places where hidden water leaks spring up are excellent environments for mold.

We recommend performing a mold test if you see or smell any of the above mentioned symptoms. Colyer Services is a State of Florida licensed Mold Assessor, and the Central Florida experts in mold prevention and remediation.

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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

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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