Ways to Discover Hidden Water Leaks in your Bathroom

Most of us aren’t new to the concept of a water leak in the bathroom. They happen all the time and sometimes when it’s really inconvenient for us. If you see any of these 5 signs, it may be time to call a professional to make some repairs.

 1. Appearance of Mold or Mildew

If you see mold or mildew in your bathroom it could mean that you have a hidden leak somewhere. Mold loves moist, dark areas to grow in and in order to find a starting point it will need a source of water. This is where your hidden bathroom leak comes in. Start looking at where the mold is forming and follow it to its area of highest concentration. You should be able to find a source of water at this point and need to now figure out how to repair it. Keep in mind that the longer you let this one go, the more mold you will have on your hands.

2. Warped or Stained Walls

You will notice walls that are warping or stained in the bathroom, this most likely means that you have a hidden leak on your hands. When drywall becomes too moist it will begin to bubble and warp. Over time it will continue to break apart until it falls apart into pieces. You may even notice your ceiling sagging and leaking with some of the water that built up in the area. In this case, professionals must remove all of the drywall and replace it.

3. Blistering Paint

If the paint in your bathroom appears to be blistering up from the wall, it is a telltale sign that water has leaked between the wall and the paint. This will separate the two from one another and cause the paint to rise up and fall off of the wall into pieces. The same thing will happen with wallpaper and you will need to replace the adhesive that you used to stick the paper to the wall.

4. Ruined Flooring

The flooring in your bathroom will buckle or crack. This shows you that the leak has been going on for long enough to soak into the floor. This can be particularly dangerous and must be repaired quickly before more damage is caused or someone gets hurt. You may notice that the floor feels soft like a sponge when you walk on it. This is because the water has soaked in and caused it to become unstable. Tiles will also become loose and you may notice staining on the floor as well. You will definitely need to call a professional to repair this issue.

5. Stained Ceilings

You may notice that the ceilings on the floor beneath your bathroom are becoming stained or damaged. Check in the room below the suspected bathroom leak to see if it is traveling down to the bottom floor. If you see a brown, copper, or other dark colored stain, it is a sign that you have a dangerous water leak in your ceiling. The ceiling may also begin to sag. Don’t wait to fix this! The moment you notice something like this you need to call professionals in to come and inspect the situation before it ends up causing more destruction and costing you more out of pocket. Colyer Services has emergency response teams to address these and other issues.

Trust the Professionals

The certified professionals at Colyer Services understand that a water leak can be a dangerous and costly situation. That is why we are open 24/7 to respond to any type of water leak or water damage situation. Don’t hesitate to give us a call, our team will work quickly and around the clock to restore your home back to its original condition. We will fix your home the right way the first time, so you don’t have to waste any of your own precious time or risk injuring yourself.

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People often ask us, does bleach kill mold? While people often try using bleach for mold, it may not be a viable solution. There is not a simple yes or no answer to this question, but it is important to know how bleach works when you’re trying to eliminate a mold problem in your home.


The North Dakota State University recommends using bleach for mold. The Clorox Company, a company that makes bleach, says bleach and water will kill some types of mold on hard, non-porous surfaces. They claim it will kill Aspergillus niger and Trichophyton mentagrophytes (the mold that causes Athlete’s foot) but don’t say whether or not it will kill any other types of mold.

Since there are more than 100 types of mold commonly found growing in American homes, using bleach for mold seems unwise unless you know for certain what type of mold you’re dealing with. You can have Colyer Services come in and test your mold for you if you want to know for sure, and will will perform a comprehensive mold assessment on your home


Both the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) used to answer the question – does bleach kill mold? – with a “yes” but both agencies have changed their opinions and advice on the matter. They no longer recommend using bleach for mold.

Bleach may kill some strains of mold but not others. Bleach is corrosive and many damage some surfaces. In addition, bleach will not penetrate deeply into semi-porous materials like wood, so it may remove mold on the surface but leave traces of mold behind that will just grow back and spread. Water that is in bleach may penetrate deep into the wood which can actually help any mold that is in there to grow.


Many products on the market today, advertised to kill mold, contain bleach. They appear to answer the question – does bleach kill mold – with a “yes” but it appears they often based their answer on popular opinion, not science.

Despite the advice of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, many people that have not read their recommendation still mistakenly believe bleach kills just about everything. Companies know that people will feel comfortable using bleach for mold because people won’t realize it’s not an effective way to get rid of mold.


Unfortunately, there is not a real simple answer to that question. It depends on what type of mold you have.

You can purchase a variety of mold killers at most hardware stores, some of which work better than others, and some of which work for some types of mold but not others.

It’s hard to remove all of the mold on some surfaces, such as the wooden studs in your walls. You’re better off hiring a licensed professional to perform the job, as they will have all of the necessary safety equipment tools and chemicals to perform the job.

It’s often impossible to kill mold or remove mold from some surfaces, like carpet, drywall and the insulation inside your walls. Even if you kill some of the mold, if you don’t remove it all from these materials the dead mold spores of some types of mold can still make you sick. These items need to be disposed of and replaced. When disturbing mold on surfaces, spores can contaminate the air throughout the home and cause health problems.

It should be noted that the EPA recommends calling a professional if you have mold that covers a large area, or if it was caused by contaminated water or sewage. Professionals should know what kills different types of mold and how to handle it safely.

Keep these in mind if you believe you have mold:

  • A mold removal specialist will know what type of biocide will work best against the strain or stains of mold growing in your home.
  • A mold removal specialist will know what materials in your home can be cleaned and saved and which must be removed and replaced.
  • A mold removal specialist will have any special equipment needed to complete the mold removal job, including safety gear, respirator masks, vacuums with HEPA filters, and negative air machines.
  • A mold removal specialist will know how to handle mold safely and to prevent the spread of mold spores to other areas of your home.
  • You can get plenty of helpful advice by consulting with a mold removal specialist even if you decide to handle the mold removal job yourself.

Contact Colyer Services, Today!

Tampa – 813-734-2552

Sarasota – 941-21-8520

Orlando – 407-388-8800

The Average Cost of Mold Removal

People often email to ask us about the cost of mold removal. If you’ve discovered mold in your home, you’re probably concerned for the health of your family, but you may also be worried about how you’re going to pay the mold remediation costs. We can tell you about the average costs, but because there are so many variables, there’s no accurate way for us to predict what it may cost to have mold removed from your home. However, you can get a Mold Test and written assessment from State of Florida licensed Mold Assessors, Colyer Services.

The Average Cost of Mold Removal

The cost of mold remediation varies widely, depending on numerous factors. Factors that influence the cost of mold remediation include:

  • The size of the area affected by mold
  • Whether or not there is mold in your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system
  • Whether or not moldy materials can be cleaned or must be removed, safely disposed of, and replaced (like insulation, drywall or carpet)
  • Whether or not mold developed after flooding with water that may have been contaminated with sewage or other hazardous substances
  • Cost may also vary according to geographical region

A simple mold removal job may cost as little as $3,000 while a larger, more complicated job may cost $15,000 to $20,000 or even more. Don’t panic if you’re reading this and thinking you cannot afford to pay $20,000 for mold removal. Your mold removal job may not cost that much and it’s possible your home owner’s insurance might even cover some of the cost or all of it. Colyer Services has experienced Insurance Adjusters to help with your insurance claim.

Will Insurance Help with Mold Remediation Costs?

You homeowner’s insurance may help with the cost of mold remediation. Some insurance policies do not cover mold remediation at all, while others only cover it under certain circumstances. Read your policy carefully to see what it covers and contact your insurance agent if you have any questions. If your insurance does cover mold remediation, it probably requires the work to be completed by a qualified professional. Mold remediation professionals are accustomed to dealing with insurance companies and will know how to help you with your claim. As a State of Florida Licensed General Contractor, Colyer Services deals directly with your insurance company.

If You’re Concerned about Cost

Don’t put off dealing with a household mold problem because you’re worried about the potential cost. Most strains of household mold grow and spread rapidly and every day you delay just allows the problem to get worse. The longer you put off dealing with it, the more it’s likely to end up costing you in the end.

Don’t hire the cheapest professional you can find in order to save money, either. The most expensive is not necessarily the best, and it’s wise to get a couple of estimates to compare costs, but a bargain isn’t really a bargain if the person you pay can’t do the job correctly.

Contact Colyer Services:

Tampa – 813-734-2552

Sarasota- 941-201-8520

Orlando – 407-388-8800


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.


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

Mold Exposure Symptoms

You might be experiencing mold exposure symptoms if your allergies have been acting up lately or if you’ve been getting sick and don’t know why. People often don’t realize when they are experiencing mold health effects. Of course, if you see a lot of mold growing in your basement or your bathroom, you know you’ve got a mold problem. However, mold often grows in hidden places, like inside your walls or even inside your home’s air ducts, so you could have a mold problem and not even know it. Sometimes the first sign that you have a mold problem in your home is symptoms of exposure to mold.

Mold exposure symptoms

Mold Exposure Symptoms

Even short-term exposure to mold can trigger some common mold health effects, similar to short-term exposure to other environmental allergens. Symptoms usually start out mild and increase over time, although some individuals are particularly sensitive to mold and they may experience moderate to severe symptoms from the beginning. Symptoms of short-term exposure to mold often include:

  • Allergy symptoms, like itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and a stuffy head
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Headaches
  • Snoring at night, in people that did not previously snore
  • Rashes, itchy skin
  • Asthma attacks (1)

If you’re experiencing symptoms like these and you are aware of a mold problem in your home, let your doctor know because it may affect the prescribed treatment. If you’re having symptoms like these and don’t know why, especially if you’ve never had environmental allergy symptoms in the past, you might have a mold problem in your home that you don’t know about yet. Take some time to check for mold in your home.

Long-Term Mold Health Effects

Long-term mold exposure symptoms are more serious, and may include things like:

  • Worsening of asthma symptoms, which may be long-lasting
  • Development of asthma, or asthma-like symptoms, in people not previously diagnosed with asthma
  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Chronic sore throats
  • Respiratory infections, like bronchitis or pneumonia
  • Bleeding in the lungs
  • Depression
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Memory loss

Long-term exposure to mold can cause other symptoms, as well. Different people respond differently, though the very young, the elderly, and people with pre-existing health problems are more susceptible to mold-related health problems. In some cases, mold-related health problems can be very serious and even lead to life-threatening complications.

Treatment for Mold Exposure Symptoms

Treatment for mold-related symptoms depends upon the specific symptoms you’re experiencing. For instance, allergy-like symptoms typically respond to antihistamines, while respiratory infections like bronchitis generally require antibiotics. Let your doctor know if you think your symptoms might be related to mold exposure, though, as that might affect treatment.

Keep in mind the fact that symptoms will usually continue even with treatment as long as you continue to be exposed to mold. In fact, symptoms may grow worse over time. In addition to the appropriate medical treatment, you’ll need to make sure all traces of mold are removed from your home in order to return to good health.

Mold Removal

Removing mold from the home is a complicated process and if you’re experiencing mold-related health problems, it’s not recommended that you try to remove mold on your own. Doing so only exposes you to more mold and may make your symptoms much worse. If you have a mold problem in your home, we recommend contacting Colyer Services to assess the situation and handle the mold removal so that you can return to good health and avoid further mold-related health problems.

Colyer Services:

Tampa – 813-734-2552

Sarasota – 941-201-8520

Orlando – 407-388-8800