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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DOES BLEACH KILL MOLD?

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.

SOME SAY BLEACH KILLS MOLD

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

SOME SAY BLEACH DOESN’T WORK WELL ON MOLD

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.

BLEACH AS A COMPONENT IN MOLD KILLING PRODUCTS

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.

SO WHAT DOES KILL 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

MOLD AND WATER DAMAGE SPECIALISTS

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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.

WATER DAMAGE REMEDIATION

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”

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

Does Mold Cause Sinus Infections?

Two of the most common respiratory conditions are asthma and sinusitis.

The purpose of this article is to provide you with information pertaining to research on the link between mold and sinus infections.

If you have asthma, sinusitis, or other respiratory conditions, please explore the possibility that mold may be the cause.

Medications and treatment can only be effective if it deals with the cause of the health condition.

In short, if the root cause of your health problems are mold, then the only way to get healthy is to do something about the mold concern.

10 Key Stats and Facts About Sinusitis!

  1. Acute sinusitis is caused by bacterial infections that usually last a month or less.
  2. Chronic sinusitis lasts three months or longer.
  3. Chronic sinusitis is an inflammation of the membranes of the nose and sinus cavity.
  4. Small growths, referred to as polyps, often develop in the nasal passages of chronic sinusitis patients causing significant breathing challenges.
  5. Signs of sinusitis include the following: facial and/or teeth pain; tenderness and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose, and forehead; sinus pressure or congestion; difficulty breathing through the nose; loss of the sense of smell or taste; sinus headache.
  6. Approximately 37 million Americans or 12% of the population suffer from chronic sinusitis.
  7. Every week there are about 308,000 doctor visits or 16 million per year by sinusitis patients.
  8. Over $150 million is spent each year on prescription medications to treat sinusitis patients.
  9. Over $1 billion is spent each year on over-the-counter medications by sinusitis patients.
  10. Direct healthcare expenditures due to sinusitis cost are well over $8 billion each year.

Sinusitis Treatments

Antibiotics, over-the-counter medications, and balloon sinuplasty (BSP) are the mainstream treatments currently offered to patients that suffer from sinusitis.

Antibiotics may help acute sinusitis patients because these drugs are able to target the bacterial cause. Such drugs, however, are not effective for chronic sinusitis patients because it likely does not address the actual cause of the problem (explained below).

There are many over-the-counter drugs also available which do provide some temporary relief, but are not long term solutions because they do not reduce the inflammation which is causing the discomfort.

A medical procedure, Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP), is performed in outpatient surgical facilities under local anesthetic. This procedure widens the sinus cavity to allow for better sinus drainage and function.

MAYO Clinic Researchers Believe That MOLD Is The Primary Cause Of Chronic Sinusitis

Mayo Clinic Doctors: David Sherris; Eugene Kern; and Jens Ponikau, believe chronic sinusitis is caused by a fungus that causes an immune reaction:

Medications haven’t worked for chronic sinusitis because we didn’t know what the cause of the problem was. Fungus allergy was thought to be involved in less than ten percent of cases. Our studies indicate that, in fact, fungus is likely the cause of nearly all of these problems. And it is not an allergic reaction, but an immune reaction. This is a potential breakthrough that offers great hope for the millions of people who suffer from this problem. We can now begin to treat the cause of the problem instead of the symptoms. Finally we are on the trail of a treatment that may actually work.

The researchers studied 210 patients with chronic sinusitis, collecting mucus samples from the noses of the patients. They discovered fungus in 96 percent and identified 40 different kinds of fungi, each patient averaging 2.7 kinds.

Nasal polyps were also removed from 101 of these patients. The researchers found eosiniphils, which are a type of white blood cell activated by the body’s immune system, in the nasal tissue and mucus of the patients.

This discovery shows that in sensitive individuals, the body’s immune system is sending the eosinophils to attack the fungi, which in turn irritates the membranes of the nose. Consequently, traditional treatments do not work because they do not rid the body of the fungi that is irritating the membranes and causing the inflammation.

Since mold is found everywhere, the doctors believe that fungal spores, which become airborne and then are breathed in by the sufferers of chronic sinusitis, perpetuates their condition caused by the immune response. Further research is underway to set up trials to test medications to control the fungus.

If you are suffering from Chronic Sinusitis, and no medical treatments seem to work, it’s time to contact Colyer Servces for a Comprehensive Mold Examination of your home!

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Orlando – 407-388-8800

How to Test for Black Mold?

BLACK MOLD TEST

 

Black mold test

Do you know how to test for black mold? You may need a black mold test if you find greenish-black mold in your house or your house has a strong musty smell, to find out if it’s Stachybotrys chartarum, a form of mold known to be particularly harmful to some people. It’s a common mold in the United States, though the New Mexico State University reports it’s found outdoors more than it’s found indoors. Sometimes it is found indoors, though, where it can lead to a variety of health problems.

In some cases, homeowner’s insurance policies will pay for a black mold test of your home. Otherwise, it’s worth the cost if you have to pay for it yourself, because black mold can be so harmful to your health, causing respiratory problems, rashes, seizures, fatigue and unusual bleeding. Small children, elderly people, pregnant women, those with respiratory disorders and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk.

HOW TO TEST FOR BLACK MOLD

There are black mold tests you can buy and do yourself but we recommend you have a professional come to your home and do the test. He or she will know how to test for black mold, where to find it, and can make recommendations for removing the mold. Professional tests are more accurate than home tests you can buy and conduct yourself, plus your homeowner’s insurance might pay for a professional tests but it won’t cover a do-it-yourself model. Call your insurance company and explain why you believe you need a black mold test; describe any visible mold in your home, any musty smell, and any symptoms your or any family members have been experiencing. In order to assist with this, Colyer Services are Florida licensed Mold Assessors, General Contractors, and seasoned insurance Adjusters.

There are two basic ways how to test for black mold. If you actually see mold growing somewhere in your house, that substance can be tested. If you don’t see any mold but you or your family members have symptoms of living in a home with black mold, there is a test that can be done of the air to search for traces of mold. The air test is much more accurate, and will detect mold that you may not have seen.

WHAT THE RESULTS MEAN

Regardless of how to test for black mold, there is some question of what the results mean. Neither the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) nor the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) have established levels that are considered safe. The CDC points out that if you or any family members seem to suffer ill effects that can be attributed to the presence of mold, you should leave the house if possible and invest in mold remediation.

However, even though no “safe” level has been established, if you have a black mold test performed before you clean up the mold, you can then perform another test to find out if the level is at least significantly reduced. If you have a professional perform the cleanup, make sure you get a test for the presence of black mold both before and after the cleanup. Colyer Services always contracts a third party to perform the final mold test. The mold tester should be able to advise you as to what level of mold in the home he believes to be dangerous; keep in mind, however, no amount of mold is really healthful to breathe day in and day out. Of course, you can also consult with a doctor about whether or not any health problems you are experiencing are related to black mold in your home.

You can also compare the results from one room to another by conducting air tests in several rooms. If you notice the mold level is much, much higher in your bedroom than in your living room or kitchen, that might explain why your sinuses act up every night.

WHY WE RECOMMEND HAVING A PROFESSIONAL TEST YOUR HOME FOR MOLD

  • Most professional mold testers like Colyer Services, are engineers. They are trained to conduct mold tests with precision and accuracy.
  • We are also trained to know where to look for mold and can often find mold in places homeowners have overlooked.
  • We can tell you what strains of mold are present in your home, which are present at dangerously high levels, and which pose the greatest health risks to you and your family.
  • We can advise you about important safety precautions to take while removing mold from your home.
  • We will return after mold has been removed to make sure none was missed.

Colyer Services:

Orlando – 407-388-8800

Tampa/Sarasota – 813-734-2552