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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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!

Dealing With Mold in Your Home

YOUR GUIDE TO DEALING WITH MOLD

Black mold health symptoms are varied and many, and often quite severe. While black mold is perhaps the type of mold we hear about the most, there are other toxic molds with which to be concerned, as well. Black mold removal can be quite the challenge, and some other molds are difficult to remove, as well. We’d like to give you some important information about toxic mold, how it may affect you and what you can do about it. Becoming informed is the first step to protecting yourself and your family.

According to expert organizations like the Mayo Clinic and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is a frighteningly long list of black mold health symptoms, including chronic sinus infections; worsening of asthma symptoms in people previously diagnosed with asthma and the development of asthma or asthma-like symptoms in people that previously did not have asthma; allergic reactions; headaches; dizziness; difficulty concentrating; and infections of the lungs and respiratory tract. Young people, elderly people and people with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to health problems caused by black mold, but the mold has been known to cause symptoms, sometimes severe symptoms, even in previously healthy individuals. Some other molds cause similar symptoms.

REMOVAL

Black mold removal is a time-consuming and very involved process. Your contractor must be licensed, and must identify all areas of the home that are infected by the toxic mold, then seal off those areas of the house to prevent mold spores from spreading as they complete the black mold removal process. All affected areas Must be cleaned with a commercial grade anti microbial product, and in some cases, drywall and studs should be removed by your contractor. Any sources of moisture in the affected areas must be identified and stopped, or else the mold issue will just come back. Any porous materials that cannot be thoroughly cleaned such as carpeting or insulation, must be properly disposed of in appropriate environmental facility, by your contractor. All moldy materials must be handled with extreme caution by your contractor, so that mold spores are not spread to the rest of the house, then encapsulate any mold that can not be completely removed.

personal protective equipment

The above photo shows how a licensed, experienced Mold Remediation Technician should look, when removing mold from your home. Always be certain to check for the proper licensing before executing a contract for mold testing or removal.

If you fail to follow proper procedures during the black mold removal process, you can expect an increase in your black mold health symptoms. You can also contaminate other areas of your home. Some other types of mold are equally difficult to remove from your home, though some are a bit simpler to deal with.

It’s a great idea to have a licensed Mold Professional who is also an experienced Insurance Adjuster, to deal directly with your insurance company so that your claim is paid for you with no hassle.

Colyer Services are State of Florida licensed Mold Assessors, General Contractors, and seasoned Insurance Specialists.

If you have a mold issue in your home or Suspect mold, contact Colyer Services to guide you in the right direction!