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

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!

407-388-8800 – Orlando

352-390-7328 – Tampa/Sarasota

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!.

Mold and Your Insurance Company

Does Homeowners Insurance
Cover Mold Removal?

Don’t wait until you have a household mold problem to ask “does homeowners insurance cover mold removal?” Find out in advance if your insurance will cover a problem if one arises. Mold removal can be extremely costly, so you don’t want to find out too late that you’re not covered.

Coverage really varies from policy to policy, so the only way to know for sure if your policy will cover mold removal is to read your policy carefully. Colyer Services will analyze your policy for you, if you believe you have mold. Some insurance policies contain exclusions, specifically saying they will not cover mold removal. Some will cover mold removal only under certain circumstances. Some will pay for mold removal but not for mold testing, even though you may need to have your home tested for mold in order to find out if there is mold there that needs to be removed. Some will pay only a limited amount for mold removal, even if the actual mold removal process costs more. In some cases, you can pay extra to have insurance for mold remediation.

Contact your insurance agent if you have any questions about your policy. If your policy doesn’t currently cover mold removal, find out if you can add that coverage to your policy. It could save you thousands of dollars down the road.

The Cause of the Mold Problem

In many cases, homeowners insurance mold coverage depends on the cause of the mold problem. Many different things can lead to the growth of mold in the home. If mold results due to a sudden and accidental issue, like a burst pipe, which is covered, insurance is more likely to cover mold removal than if the mold is a result of neglected home maintenance.

Here are some examples:

Water Damage Following a Fire

Homeowners insurance usually covers fire damage. Unfortunately sometimes the water used to put out a fire can lead to later mold problems. If mold results from a fire that is covered by your homeowners insurance, your insurance policy will probably cover the mold removal, as well. Colyer Services covers Fire, Water, and Mold Damage

Water Damage Following a Flood

Mold is a common occurrence after a home has been flooded. Homeowners insurance often does not cover flooding, unless you specifically purchase flood insurance. If your insurance policy does not cover flooding, it probably will not cover mold that results from flooding. It may, however, cover mold following a flood if you have flood insurance. If you live in an area prone to flooding, this is definitely something you should look into.

Water Damage from a Leaky Roof

Homeowners insurance usually won’t pay for water damage that results from a leaky roof, and most policies won’t cover mold damage that results from a leaky roof, either. However, if something happens like a tree limb falls and crashes through your roof, leaving a hole in the middle of a rain storm, that damage usually will be covered by homeowners insurance. In that case, your insurance policy might also cover any resulting mold damage.

Water Damage Due to Broken or Leaky Pipe

Homeowners insurance does not usually cover water damage due to something like a leaky pipe. If your insurance policy doesn’t cover the damage due to the leaky pipe, it probably will not cover a mold problem caused by leaky pipe, either. Some insurance policies will pay for damage resulting from a burst pipe, though, and in that case, they may cover a mold problem resulting from that burst pipe, as well.

Mold Remediation

If you’ve got a mold problem and hope to get your insurance to cover the cost, you’ll need to start by having a consultation with a mold removal professional, like Colyer Services. Our services include Mold Analysis by a third party Lab, inspection, and write up that explains the scope of the problem, the work needed, and the estimated cost that you can give to your insurance company. They may also find “hidden mold” that you weren’t even aware of.

Colyer Services works with all insurance carriers to help you get your claim paid, as well as repair your home!

2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Activity Forecast

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season forecast released Thursday from Colorado State University calls for the number of named storms and hurricanes to be slightly below historical averages.

A total of 11 named storms, 4 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes are expected this season, according to the forecast prepared by the CSU Tropical Meteorology Project, headed by Dr. Phil Klotzbach.

Q: What Does This Mean For Central Florida?

There is no strong correlation between the number of storms or hurricanes and U.S. landfalls in any given season. One or more of the 12 named storms forecast to develop this season could hit the U.S., or none at all. Therefore, residents of the coastal United States should prepare each year no matter the forecast.

Being prepared includes knowing a contractor who provides an immediate response, and works directly with your insurance company to repair your property quickly with no hassle to you, so that you can reclaim your home quickly.