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

352-390-7328 – Tampa/Sarasota

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!

Choosing a Mold Removal Service

Mold on Walls

Do you need to hire a mold removal service to help you with a household mold problem? Mold removal can be expensive and you’ll want to make sure you hire the right company for the job. Since your health and the health of your family rest on making sure the job is done right, it’s not a decision to be made lightly. While you probably want to get the mold removed from your home as soon as possible, and we recommend getting it taken care of as soon as possible to prevent any mold-related health problems from worsening, it’s still best to take the time you need to find the right company for the job.

Questions to Ask a Mold Remediation Service

Here are a few questions we recommend asking before hiring a mold removal service. Add any additional questions you may have and make sure you are satisfied with the answers before choosing a company to hire. It’s acceptable to contact more than one company, and even to have more than one company come to your home to inspect the problem and give you written estimates of the cost, before making a decision about which to hire.

  1. Are employees certified by any organization, like the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, the Mold Inspection Consulting and Remediation Organization (MICRO), the Professional Mold Inspection Institute (PMII) and RespirNet (in association with The Environmental Solutions Association)? If so, what are the organization’s criteria for certification?
  2. How much experience do your employees have?
  3. Can you provide references, names and numbers of other customers for whom you’ve worked? (We recommend contacting more than one previous customer of a company when checking references.)
  4. Are you able to remove mold from heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems? Do you comply with the standards established by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association?
  5. Do you offer free in-home consultations?
  6. Can I get a free written estimate with no obligation before I decide if I want to hire you?
  7. I plan to file a claim with my homeowner’s insurance company to cover the cost of mold remediation. Are you accustomed to working with insurance companies? Can you provide the documentation my insurance company requires? (If you want the work to be covered by your homeowner’s insurance, check with your insurance company to see if they require you to use any particular mold removal service or if you can choose any company you like.)
  8. Do you offer any kind of guarantee for your work? What happens if I have my home tested for mold after the mold remediation is completed and mold is still found? (And we do recommend you have your home tested for mold after the job has been completed.)
  9. How soon could you begin the job if I decide to hire you?

Colyer Services has the answers to these and all other questions surrounding mold testing and removal.

Contact us today!