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Cracked Drainage Pipe Repair In Placerville

 

As a General Contractor, I am called to look at all sorts of repairs and improvements to properties. Dry Rot and Water Damage Repair is my job of choice, not because it is glamorous and sexy, but rather because its messy and disgusting. High on the list of messy and disgusting repairs usually involves the drainage pipes. If one of these cracks, you have a situation. Anything that you wash, rinse, soak, flush, or dispose down a drain flows through the drain pipes. Obviously, you don’t want this kind of leak for very long. But why do pipes crack?

Drainage Pipes installed in the last several decades have been primarily ABS pipe. This black plastic pipe is used in most residential construction today.

Drainage pipes break or leak for a number of reason. Here are a few…

1.  Nail and screw holes. I’ve see several cases where people have used a long nail to hang a picture and the nail hit and punctured the drain pipe.

2. Pipes that have been hit with great force. Know anyone who drove to far into the garage and hit the wall? In many homes, that wall is the laundry room with drain pipes within the wall.

3. Poor installation. The pipes were not glued correctly when originally installed. Sometimes the pipes were never glued at all!

4. Drainage Pipes that are bent to fit. These plastic pipes have some flexiblity. Pipes that maintain constant pressure will eventually crack under the stress.

5. Manufacturers defects. There has been cases were manufacturers have produced defective pipes and or glue. If you have several areas on your property with breakage and cracking, you may want to check into this possibility.

These are just 5 examples of how drainage pipes can leak or crack. The important thing is to identify that you have a leak and get it corrected as soon as possible.

Sacramento, Cameron Park, Placerville

Gutter Maintenance And Repairs

There is truth in what I have to say here. Gutters do not last forever, but you can extend its life by doing some things during the year.

Nobody seems to notice when the gutters on our homes are functioning correctly. During the heavy storms, tons of water comes racing down the roof and into the metal gutters and flows smoothly downstream into the downspout and away from the home. It’s a perfect system of water collection and placement. Over time, debris gets into the system. Leaves, sticks, dirt, maybe even a tennis ball, can all start to accumulate and ruin the perfect gutter / downspout physics. You can’t see it from the ground but a bunch of stuff can get into the mix. Once things stop working as it should, we have a problem. How can we prevent this from happening?

Five important things that the property owner can do to maintain a properly working gutter system.

  1. Check your gutters and downspouts regularly. Do this at least twice annually. Look to see if anything is building up in the gutters and the downspouts are clear. Check for signs of rusting of the metal.
  2. Clean the gutters at least once a year. Get a gutter scooper to clear out the leaves and dirt. If possible, wash out thoroughly. This will also verify a clear downspout.
  3. Repair any rusted or damaged areas. This will eliminate any leaks and restriction in the flow of water.
  4. Clear away overhanging trees limbs. Low hanging branches can crush and bend the gutters. Trees limbs overhanging the roof will also add the the amount of leaves stuck in the gutters.
  5. If necessary, replace the gutters. Gutters that do not function correctly will allow a lot of water to flow in places that can easily lead to much greater problems.

Doing these things may seem a little excessive, but it will benefit the property owner in the long run. It will add to the life of the gutters, eliminate problems during the rainy season, and keep the water flowing where it needs to go.

Placerville General Contractor Replaces Two Decks In One Day in Sacramento, Ca

We had the opportunity to replace two wood decks in an apartment complex in Sacramento, Ca today. This is not the easiest task to do in a day. Freezing cold weather in the morning, digging through lumber outside in the dark, in beautiful Placerville, Ca. Setting in the morning commute traffic was next, fighting our way into Sacramento to get to the job site. Then we got to the apartment complex to work on the second story decks.

After clearing the decks demolition could begin. The condition of the wood was poor. Dry Rot and moisture damage made the removal of the structure pretty easy. In a matter of hours the first deck was done. The second deck was slightly larger, it too was rotten and easy to demolish. By 5:00 the second deck was completed and the apartment community was clear of all construction debris.

When we first bid on this project, we were not the low bidder. When asked if we would consider doing two deck to get a better price, the numbers made sense – if we could get it done in a day. So by working with the management company, this become a win-win situation. The apartment community got a lower price per unit, and saved money!

We, of course, got the privilege of working a full day in a beautiful apartment community. Do you have a similar situation? Let us know how we can help you get your project completed.

Cloudy, foggy, moisture in dual pane windows

You have probably seen this happen in dual pane windows. You may not even think it is a problem, except the window looks a little cloudy and hard to see through. It usually starts by looking like a dusty window that need to be cleaned. Over time, the window gets more and more foggy and harder to see outside clearly. Then one day you notice that the glass actually looks wet – it may even have droplets running down between the two panes of glass in the dual pane window.

We see it here in Placerville, down in Sacramento, and just about anywhere that there are dual pane windows installed. It actually is moisture that has accumulated inside the window. How does the water get inside the window? Glad you asked. As the window gets older the gasket can fail, allowing moisture to get inside. The windows now has lost its insulation value and condensation begins to form between the two pieces of glass.

Dual pane window before repair
Dual pane window after repair
There are several factors that can lead to the foggy, cloudy window gasket to fail. The primary reason is temperature changes, and that is usually a result of direct sunlight. Metal window frames can get extremely hot in the sun, then cool down at night. These temperature extremes causes cracks in the rubber window gaskets that hold the window in place.
Can the window panes be replaced without removing the entire window? Yes, and if the rest of the window is in good working order, this can be done at a reasonable cost. It’s a whole lot cheaper than replacing the entire window and frame and replaceing it with a new unit.
Good Luck in all your window projects.
Sacramento, Placerville, Cameron Park
 

Roofs, Gutters And Downspouts

With the first major rainfall in the Sacramento Region the past 48 hours, your roof, gutters and downspouts were probably given quite a test. Lots of water, leaves, branches, and some pretty strong winds throughout the area may have caused some problems for you. With the break in the weather, now would be the time to check around the property and correct some of these issues.

Roofing – Check for anyloose or missing roofing tiles, or shingles. The wind and falling debris may have knocked some roofing out of place. Are there any signs of moisture inside your property? This will need to be addressed right away. Fixing a roof leak is best when it is not raining. In checking for moisture, look at the walls and ceilings for both water discolorations. The strong winds may have forced water to the sides of the building as well, check windows and wall penetrations while you’re at it.

Local General ContractorGutters – A lot of leaves, dirt, twigs and stuff has fallen into the gutters since the last major rain. It doesn’t take much to block the gutters from flowing correctly. During the rains, was water cascading over the top of the gutters? If so, now would be a great time to get up there and scoop up the debris that has collected in the gutter.

Downspouts – The purpose of a downspout is to divert the water away from the property. This means that the water flows through the downspout and away from the foundation. Water from the gutter should not be running down the outside of the downspout. If it is, you have a clogged downspout or a bad connection to the gutter. When the water exits the downspout and floods the area at the foundation. You may need to add add an extension to the downspout or grade the soil so that the water flows away from the property.

Hope you have a dry winter season inside your property.

Sacramento General Contrator

Removing Hardwood Flooring

Tearing things apart at the beginning of a project kind of clears the slate for the home improvement project that is about to start. I like this part. Ripping into walls, floors and demolishing the outdated stuff has it’s own satisfaction within itself. This is usually the case. Some projects are just not fun to start. We are starting such a project, glued down hardwood floors. The idea of chiveling out wood for days is tidious work. The plywood subfloor can lose chunks, making for an uneven surface.

But it has to be done to get the new flooring in. Like many home improvement projects, if you want the results, you have to put in the effort. Even the scraping of glued wood on wood is worth the effort. So I will take the steps necessary for the home project to progress, however begrudgingly. Hour by hour until it is completed.

In the end, I will look back and say “I’m glad we decided to do this” and probably not even remember how difficult it seems right now.

Good Luck in all your home improment projects.

Testimonial for a General Contractor in Sacramento, Ca

I recently had the previldge of attending a Vendor Trade Show here in Sacramento, Ca. The event was the 17th Annual FPI Management’s Managers Meeting and Vendor Trade Show located at The Hyatt in Sacramento, Ca. Included in the show were contractors, General Contractors, service companies, apartment rental publications, and others companies that provide services to the apartment rental community. Tromler Construction was fortunate to have a video camera at the show and did some recording that day.

The video of the show that we produced can be found on YouTube if you would like to see the Western Theme.

Having done work for many of the property managers at the show, we were lucky to get some great testimonials right there at the show. These mangers did not know they were going to be asked about Tromler Construction, what they said must have been how they truely feel about us. Lori Spaulding from Cameron Oaks Apartments in Cameron Park, Ca was one of those brave manager’s willing to go in front of the video camera. Check out what she had to say!

Speaking of Cameron Park, Ca…

We have also recorded some videos of two apartment communities in Cameron Park. The videos allow the viewer to see the apartment community before spending time driving around town. If you have an interest in moving to Cameron Park, or know someone who is interested, check these videos out.

Cameron Oaks Apartments and Cameron Ridge Apartments

Construction Projects Are Still Available

Building permits have been very limited in the Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer Counties the last few years. Seems like the economy has gotten a hold of a lot of the local contractors. Judging by the shoppers in Home Depot, the plumbing supply house, and lumber yards; there hasn’t been a lot of activity. So I asked myself a simple question. What are the people, who are buying supplies, doing to get jobs that others aren’t doing?

I see general contractors, specialty trades contractors, handymen, maintenance workers and, of course, homeowners. These people are working. There phone rang with someone wanting them to perform services for money. Why did they get called and not the next guy? I have a couple of ideas.

Marketing is key!

If people do not know that you provide a service, they will not call. Sounds simple enough, so market your business! There are numberous local services search engines (most are free), find out some simple forms and start using them to get your services noticed. And that’s just the tip of the iceburg.

How about writing about your trade or expertise? Anyone can create a blog, write something about what you do and post it. Two of the larger free blog formats can be found at www.blogger.com and www.wordpress.com . It’s a great place to get started. Don’t like to write? How about video? Give it a try and see what happens. Video editing takes a little while to learn, but it gets easier all the time. You never know what will become of it. People call me from sources that I would have never guessed.

This useless 12 second video has been viewed over 700 times.

Marketing your business is very important, in good times and bad. Those that work at getting the results that they would like, have a much greater chance of producing the results. The important thing is to get started. Nothing happens by itself. Take a chance at doing something new.

Good luck in all your marketing.

Placerville Contractor Removes Dry Rot Damaged Siding in Sacramento Apartment Community

A number of general contractors have been doing a lot of dry rot repairs lately. Over time, wood products need to be replaced. Water damages wood siding and trim, and if untreated, the problem gets worse. Wet and dry rot happens in areas where the wood is unprotected. Unpainted, unsealed, and improper flashing are some of the culprits that leads to dry rot.

In an apartment community this can be a very large project if the maintenance of the siding and trim has been neglected for years. We have been removing wood siding and trim at an apartment community in Sacramento for several weeks. Tromler Construction, a general contractor in Placerville, prefers using the cemenious siding products that is available today. This siding is sold by companies like  Hardi Plank and Certain Teed.

These cementious products are very hard and must be cut with a special blade – it is made with cement! This also means that the product is brittle. If something were to put pressure on the siding, it will crack. The good news is the fact that the product will not rot. There is no wood in this siding, so it will not be damaged by water or soil.