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Apartment Dry Rot Repairs by Sacramento General Contractor

As we head into the rainy season, many of the apartment communities in the Sacramento area have realized that they may have dry rot repairs that still need to be addressed before the rains. These areas of rotted wood, if not corrected, can lead to further water damages. Apartment managers and owners need to be aware that the rains are coming and any repairs need to be started soon.

Dry rot repair in Sacramento Apartment community

Where does dry rot occur? Wood will rot if left unprotected, or exposed to frequent or continuous moisture. Siding and trim boards on the south side of buildings get a lot of extreme weather. The weathering of these painted or stained surfaces can lead to those surfaces to be unprotected and at risk of water and dry rot damages.

Wood exposed to irrigation water and rain water can weaken the protected wood and lead to water damage. Checking for these weakened areas, may expose problem areas that can be corrected if caught soon. Similarly, wood that is in contact with soil is especially at risk of dry rot. Wood should not come in contact with soil.

If you are in the Sacramento area and need help with dry rot or water damages, Tromler Construction can help in detecting, and correcting these problems. We specialize in this sort of repairs and are more than willing to help.

We can be reached at 916.765.5366

 

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Air Quality in Placerville

Now that summer is here, and temperatures reaching into the 90’s, it’s probably a good time to watch for air quailty. I have found an Air Quality Index for Placerville, Ca. The Image is a forecast of this week. I have linked the site for future reference and your local index.

Air Quality in Placerville this week.

 

 

Not sure what Air Quality is? Well here is a definition that is avaailable at the Weatherbug site.

What is AQI?

The AQI is an index for reporting daily air quality. It tells you how clean or polluted your air is, and what associated health concerns you should be aware of. The AQI focuses on health effects that can happen within a few hours or days after breathing polluted air. EPA uses the AQI for five major air pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act: ground-level ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. For each of these pollutants, EPA has established national air quality standards to protect against harmful health. (EPA-454K-03-002, August 2003, http://www.airnow.gov/)

 

Placerville Contractor Staying Busy In Sacramento

The need for dry rot and water damage repair in the Sacramento, Ca area is strong . This type of work often brings us into some unpleasant places. We don”t mind, that’s what we do. While we are general contractors, virtually all our work is dry rot and water damage related.

Need this type of contractor? Give us a call. We are located in Placerville, Ca but regularly work throughout the Sacramento area.

Enjoy this day,

Tom Arstingstall
(916) 765-5366

How To Find And Keep Loyal, Repeat Customers

There is a lot of talk about the value of the referrals in providing a service. Getting others to talk about you to their friends, relatives, and neighbors can be a great value to property owners. This happens on Facebook, LinkedIn, Yelp, and a whole host of other sites and networks, both online and offline. But I think the most valuable customer is the repeat customer.

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Give me a hand full of repeat customers any day. Those loyal owners that will call whenever your services are needed. The ones that would rather not use someone else.  Think of all your past customers, wouldn’t it be nice if all of them called you the next time they needed to buy or sell your product or service? It is probably best to keep an eye on these people. Satisfy them over and over. Sure, you will probably get new business and new referrals too, but getting and satisfying the loyal, repeat customer should be the ultimate task. Find and keep them.

So how do you find these loyal, repeat customers? You don’t, they will find you!

In business, we do our best the give the customer value. That value can be in many different forms. To some it may be getting a great price for and expensive project. For others, it may be in the form of saving time, knowing that things will be done without a lot of supervision. Some may even value “peace of mind”,  knowing that you will come through with a solution to the problem. Whatever form this value possesses is determined by the customer. If I do the same job for two different customers – each will value that job differently. The work is the same, the value to the customer is their own. The loyal, repeat customers will come back because of the value that they received.

So then the question is this: What value do you want to give to your customer?

That is where you must concentrate your efforts. By doing this, those loyal, repeat customers will find and keep you because you give them the value that they are looking for in a service. It’s that simple.

Enjoy this day!

A Need To Rest

Sometimes we just need to rest.

A Non-Smoking Apartment Community?

I don’t know of any apartment communities that are non-smoking, but apparently this may soon change. I read an article in Unit Magazine that was very interesting. I know what kind of damage that smoking can do to the smoker and those around them. That is documented and common sense to most of us.

The problem that the smoker brings to an apartment community is not as well understood. For example, the nicotine collects on the surfaces within the unit making it more difficult to restore when the tenant moves out. The odor can linger despite rigorous attempts at removing the smell. If you’ve stayed in a hotel which has that nasty aroma, you know what I’m talking about.

Interestingly, the article states that tenants would be willing to spend more for a smoke-free community. Apparently there is a demand for this kind of housing. Housing that is more comfortable, safer, with the rights of the non-smoker in mind.

The lawmakers have already begun making changes for this change. California is included in the list of states on this bandwagon. I don’t smoke but personally I would prefer to live in a smoke-free environment.

Here is a link to that article!

Chili Cook-Off in Cameron Park

 I was invited to attend a Chili Cook-Off at Cameron Oaks Apartments here in Cameron Park. Several residents brought their own special chili dishes, each one that I tried was very tasty. But this Chili Feast had more to offer than just good food. The management at Cameron Oaks went to great lengths for this event.

In addition to the chili, there was a costume contest for all ages. Customes were not required but many came and joined in the spirit of fun. There was a live band that played at the clubhouse for hours, many residents danced to the familiar tunes. And tons of prizes donated by businesses in the area. I think that nearly everyone who attended walked away with something that night.

This video was recorded that night if you would like to see that party for the residents there. Cameron Oaks puts together several events throughout the year for their residents, it looks like a great place to live. Here is that video.

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

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.