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.

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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!

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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!

Handling Smoke Damage

How to Deal With Smoke Damage in Your Home

Smoke damage affects the ceilings and walls of a property. This problem is unpleasant and cleaning it is not easy. Smoke is a fuel that fails to burn properly and it is seen in the form of small carbon particles and other elements. After complete combustion, heat, light and carbon dioxide as well as water vapor are produced. These are some of the components of smoke and tiny particles called PM10. PM10 means Particulate Matter whose diameter is below 10 microns. These include small wood tars droplets, soot, ash and gases. Actually, most elements of a smoke have a diameter that is below one micron.

Charring and Soot

Smoke damage causes discoloration and black marks on the ceiling and walls. These are mainly caused by charring and soot. Soot refers to a residue that smoke leaves behind while charring is paint burning. The first thing that you should do when dealing with smoke damage is assessing the damage extent in order to determine if cleaning will solve the problem. Cleaning heavy soot as well as charring that come from flat-painted wall may not be possible. As such, re-painting and priming might be the only option. If charring is not deep, you can use semi-gloss or satin finishes in solving the problem. Colyer Services specializes in Fire and Smoke Damaged buildings.

Fixing the Problem

To fix a damage caused by smoke, you will need Trisodium Phosphate which is a cleaner, 2 buckets, a large sponge, warm water, goggles, cleaning gloves, and cleaning rugs. It is important to note that Trisodium Phosphate is harsh. Therefore, wearing gloves is important to prevent skin irritation. It can also cause eye irritation which can be prevented by the use of goggles.

Blistering and Bubbling

Blistering and bubbling of paints on the ceiling or walls might be due to excessive heat. A blister or bubble can only be repaired instead of being undone.

Dealing With Bad Smoke Odor

Apart from the visible soot buildup and charring, smoke also leaves a bad odor behind. This odor takes some time to disappear and it can be really stubborn. Depending on the strength of smoke odor, there are different methods that can be used to deal with it.

You need to note that if the bad odor caused by smoke has already permeated into the draperies, carets and furnishings, you have to replace or remove them since there is no much that you can do to eliminate the odor.

Call the professionals at Colyer Services to eliminate your smoke damage issues! We work with all insurance companies to assist in getting your claims paid!

If you have issues with Smoke Damage caused by either an internal fire or external fire, contact the emergency response team at Colyer Services immediately!

If You Have Roof Leak, Read This!

Got a Leak in Your Roof? Here’s What You Should Do

Over time, roofs weaken due to exposure to the elements, making roof leaks almost inevitable. Unfortunately, leaking roofs lead to water damage and mold growth if they are not repaired within 24 to 48 hours of the water intrusion. If you are unsure how long your roof has leaked, have Colyer Services perform a Mold Assessment Here are some tips to mitigate and handle roof leaks:

Minimize interior water damage

  • Contact Colyer Services for an immediate response.
  • Move any items that might get damaged by water, such as furniture, electronics, and valuables to a dry area. Cover furniture with plastic sheets if you cannot move it.
  • Place a bucket under the leak to collect the water. If the water is splashing into the bucket and onto the floor, pin a piece of string to the ceiling to let the water travel down the string into the bucket.
  • Water leaks may cause paint on the ceiling to bubble or blister. In this case, take a small pin and puncture a hole in the paint to release the water in the area.

Locate and repair the leak

  • If you have access to your attic, trace the water path in the attic to find the source of the leak. Look for water marks, stains or discolorations on the wood made by moisture.
  • Be aware that the point where the water is leaking into the interior does not necessarily indicate the location of the crack in the roof. Water may travel down trusses and beams from the entry point on the roof until it enters a weak spot on the attic floor, causing a leak in the interior.
  • Note the many causes of leaky roofs, such as old moisture barriers, deteriorated shingles or pipe flashing, missing flashing, caps or shingles, or clogged gutters and downspouts.
  • Have your roof inspected and your gutters and downspouts cleaned twice a year to help prevent roof leaks and structural water damage.
  • Contact Colyer Services if you are not comfortable doing the above tasks.

Repairing roof leaks often requires the services of trained professionals so it’s best to hire a Certified General Contractor, such as Colyer Services. It’s also important to act quickly when you have a leaky roof to prevent water damage and mold growth. For mold remediation service and flood water damage repair, contact Colyer Services right away!.