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Cameron Park Bathroom Rehab, Plumbing Leak

Here are some pictures of a bathroom rehab done in an apartment home here in Cameron Park, CA. The drain leak was found and the repairs made, before air drying the wall damage. This unit in a Cameron Park community was completed in three working days. Finding an experienced general contractor can make bathroom repairs and remodel projects go smoothly. Let us know if we can help you found a qualified contractor in your area.

These pictures were taken after the plumbing repairs were completed. The wall behind the vanity cabinet was opened to remove the moisture condition in the damaged drywall, and to allow plumbing repairs to the leaking pipe inside the wall.

 

Tromler Construction is a General Contractor specializing in property restoration and repair. Tromler Construction is based in the Placerville area. Projects can be found in Placerville, Cameron Park, Shingle Springs, Rescue, Diamond Springs, El Dorado Hills, Folsom, as well as the Sacramento area. Many projects have extended into the San Francisco Bay area as well. Contact us at anytime with any questions.

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Understanding Dry Rot and Wet Rot

I came across an article describing dry rot and wet rot, it describes the two for a better understanding. Thought you might like to read it. Written in the UK but wood is wood anywhere in the world.

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Cabinet Repairs

It’s not easy finding a cabinet maker willing to repair one cabinet. If you aren’t replacing a whole kitchen, or redesigning an entertainment unit, they really aren’t interested in helping you out. I can see there side too. It’s not worth getting involved in such a small project. They would lose money by doing the job. I get calls for this a lot. It’s not the reason for the call, but the cabinets were damaged during the leak and now needs to be repaired to complete the job. Getting a new cabinet to match the existing stain and grain is next to impossible. Here is what I try to do.
First, I explain to the owner that I’m not a cabinet maker. No cabinet maker is willing to do this job.  Then I explain what I plan on doing. On this job, I salvaged the face and doors of the cabinet. I rebuilt the box using particle board. I used a circular saw, wood glue, and a nail gun. I let it dry and installed it the next day.
If you look real close and know what to look for, there are mistakes. To the average homeowner, it is a work of art.
I’ve included some before and after pictures just for fun.
Damaged Cabinet  Repaired Cabinet

Removing Water Damaged Materials

Water below the underlaymentWhen dealing with water damaged property, it is very important that all of the damage is removed. This can include drywall insulation, particle board, plywood, sub-flooring, etc. Water leaking for a long period of time can cause extensive damage, creating a larger and more costly repair.

This phase of the work can expose dry rot, fungus, mold, and many more problems. After all of the damage is removed, fans are brought in to dry out the surrounding areas. This may take several days. Moisture can be trapped inside if rebuilding begins before completely drying the areas of repair.

 

Remove and clean upMoisture meters will show how much moisture is in the materials. They are available at construction supply distributors. This will eliminate guessing if the area is ready. The  experience of an experienced professional may be needed in the removal and rebuilding of the water damage. Be sure to check out the contractor before hiring him for the project. A good check list would be helpful.