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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

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
 

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

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

Contractor Needed – Find A Contractor In Your Area.

The fence is in desparate need of repair, adding an addition to your home, or building that dream house in the foothills. The need for a qualified contractor can come in many different forms. Property owners have used many different sources to find a qualified contractor in the past, some of those sources have gotten a little thin today.

How can I find a qualified contractor to do repairs or improvements? That may be the more pressing issue facing home owners today. It seems that the economy has removed many of the contractors and supply houses; I have to check my phone contact list regularly to make sure businesses are still around. The good news is that many of us are still here. Now how do you find us.

There hasn’t been a flood of construction going on, a referral from three years ago may not be so fresh today. Construction advertising has been light, ask anybody selling advertising space. How about the internet? Many contractors are turning to the internet to market there business, it’s low or no cost to do and it puts your name out there for property owners to find.

There are countless sites where you can search for businesses; there are even companies that will search at no cost to you. These companies charge the contractor for finding the homeowner “lead”. There are other sources to find businesses in your area. Here are just a small sample, most are very well established. Here are some examples.

Go to Google and do a search. Type in the type of contractor and your city. If I search “general contractors in Placerville” here is what the results look like.

You can do the same with Yahoo, Bing, Yelp, and many others. Give it a try! See a lot of the same names in all the searches? Start there. Can I trust these people? Isn’t the internet full of con-artists and thieves? That may be a little extreme! What you are trying to do is find a contractor, than follow the same steps that you would to qualify a contractor that you found be any means. Check for State Contractors License number, check business license, insurance, past customers, see past projects, etc. Be very thorough in checking the contractor, just because he is on the internet – do not assume anything. The Contractors Board here in California has a checklist for consumers dealing with contractors, your state may offer a similar checklist.

Good Luck in all your Contractor and business searches.

Concrete grinding, repair, and replacement – Placerville, Sacramento

Concrete is one of those things we take for granted, until it becomes a problem. The sidewalk in front of your house is just a clean dry area to walk until the tree roots push up the surface and becomes it becomes a “trip hazard”. Or maybe your beautiful backyard patio is the meeting area for family get-together, but it has a big spot from a spilt quart of furniture stain accident. What are your options?

As a general contractor, my experience is that many of these concrete problems can be solved. Many can be done by the homeowner themselves. Apartment communities can have their own maintenance staff complete many of the issues they face. Here is a list of options with the pros and cons.

Concrete Grinding – This is usually done by professional concrete grinders, they have special equipment that grinds the high areas to eliminate the “trip hazards”. This is often used when tree roots have started to push a section of sidewalk up higher than the adjoining section. If you have several areas where to is occurring, the cost is pretty inexpensive.

Concrete Repair – This can be done in a variety of ways. Small holes and depressions can be filled with a concrete filler or patch. These are usually for areas of approximately one foot square in area. Larger repairs would include whole sections of concrete. In a sidewalk, this usually includes an entire section of sidewalk – maybe 4 feet by 10 feet in size. Larger pads would have to be cut using a concrete cutting tool to remove the damaged area.

Concrete Replacement – This would be the most expensive option. The good news is that you will have a new concrete surface – new sidewalk, walkway, deck, patio or driveway. The best part of getting a replacement is that you can make changes. Change the color, the surface, the design, you can change the whole look of the area.

I would suggest using a licensed contractor in your area. Get several estimates. And listen to what the contractor has to say. The contractor has years of experience doing this type of work, let him share his experience with you.

Good luck with all your property improvements!

“Trust Me, I’m a Contractor”

One of the biggest hurdles that general contractors have to get past is the trust factor. Are we who we say we are? Will we do what we say we will do? Can we produce what we say we can produce? As a contractor we expect a total stranger to call us, schedule to meet, enter their home or business, tear something apart, then rebuild it to look awesome. That’s asking a lot from someone we just met or talked to on the phone.

That’s what it is all about in the service business – trust. 

Today the property owner has ways of getting to know the contractor before ever meeting them face-to-face.

Thanks to social networks like Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter, the general contractor can be “checked out” long before ever meeting him. Before the internet boom, you had a square box in the yellow pages, or a flyer shoved into your door as a first impression to the contractor. 

Today we can look at companies and people in a different way. We can see the contractors work, comments they have posted, who they associate with – and maybe that trust can be increased a little by getting to know them better.  And there is more that we can do.

In searching for the right contractor that you can trust you probably want someone near you. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way that we could finding someone that we could trust nearby. There are ways to look up general contractors in your area. Here are a few popular sites.

Google , Yahoo, and Bing all have local search directories. Yelp is another. These local searches may help pinpoint contractors near you to help get started on your quest for the trusted contractor. Are there any other ways to finding a service business? Many more. How about the most trusted source of finding a contractor ever – Word-Of-Mouth.

That’s right, people are most comfortable getting a referral based on what their friends and family have experienced. Someone they know has already tried using the contractor and was happy with the results. Don’t have friends and family that have used a general contractor?

Maybe the contractor has a list of past customers for you to contact. Don’t be afraid to make contact with the past customers, it may help you build that trust. And in this business, trust is very important to both you and the general contractor.