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Sacramento Apartment Community Improvements By Placerville General Contractor

 

 

Siding repairs

We have been given the opportunity to do some property improvements at several Apartment communities in the Sacramento area this year. We specialize in water damage and dry rot problem, and that is exactly what we have been doing. It’s not exactly a glamorous job but it is what we have been doing as a general contractor for many years now.

Most of the calls that we get are out of necessity. Repairs are needed before painting, moisture intrusion problem, or safety concerns top the list of reasons why property owners and managers call Tromler Construction. But you don’t have to wait until things are a necessity. We have looked at several communities to find potential problem areas. If we can help determine what can be changed now to prevent future dry rot or water damage, we can help with that too.

We look forward to an ongoing relationship with apartment community owners and property managers that can use our services. Maybe we can be helpful to someone you know.

Keep us in mind.

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Water Intrusion Problems Must Be Repaired

I am constantly reminded of the need to repair water related problems to homes, apartments, and commercial buildings. The building itself is not the issue, water will do damage to property, any property, if not corrected. During these winter months and the rainy season, water intrusion can start to show in ways that can lead to escalating damage as time goes by.

General Contractor can catch problems early!

I recently was called to repair some drywall in a storage closet that had some discoloration. Opening the wall exposed a leak in the unit above. The leak was coming through the exterior concrete decking, the hot mopped tar had failed. It was raining at the time and I noticed that the gutters had a small hole and water was streaming onto the concrete deck. In examining the hole, I noticed that the gutter was full of water because the downspout was clogged.

All of these things need to be addressed by the owner. Whether they do or not is not up to me. The clogged downspout causes water to flow in the wrong places – like down the wall and inside the building. The small hole caused splashing water to hit the building, doors and trim. The failed hot mopped tar will allow water to leak inside that storage closet until it is fixed. The drywall will continue to get wet, produce mildew and mold, and will need to be replaced regularly.

Most water intrusion problems can be done at minimal cost if detected and addressed in the early stages – before the damages have grown. This requires owners and managers to regularly inspect the property. A qualified contractor can help point out the areas that need to be watched. There are qualified contractors in your area that would probably be willing to do this type of inspection for you at no cost to you. It certainly would not hurt to give them a call.

Placerville General Contractor Repairs Stairs And Decks For Apartment Complex In Sacramento

It is not impossible to find a general contractor willing to work on stairs and decks in an apartment community, but it can be difficult sometimes.

Experience in doing the work, liability insurance, ability to plan project and frustration in working in busy work environments can eliminate many contractors from the pool of available tradesmen. If you are in need of a general contractor and manage a community what can you do?

Well, you can start by contacting other communities in your area, they may have contractors on a list that they can pass on to you. Contact these businesses and ask all the right questions. Are you insured? Do you have experience in doing this work? Do you have references? If you find someone, get started. A good general contractor can go a long way in making your job a lot easier.

Good Luck in you search.

Searching For General Contractors To Work At Apartment Communities

It’s hard sometimes to find the right general contractor for construction in an apartment community. The work is a little different working around a number of residents, hundreds of cars, multiple schedules; much different than working for a homeowner in a residential community. People are curious to see what is being done, they like to watch and ask questions.

There are many issues with working within the apartments. Safety is high on that list. It’s not unusual for people to walk up, cross barricades, signs, and caution tape just to see what you are doing. their intension is not to get hurt but they are in an unsafe work zone. Constant observation of the surrounding work space is necessary.

People are coming and going at all times of the day. Where you park, what is on the ground, and being available to move out of the way is another burden that the general contractor must face on a daily basis.

Also, scheduling with the office, notifying the residents in advance, planning the work crew to best serve the management of the community is vitally inportant. If it is not an emergency situation, the contractor can not just drop by and start a project.

The list can go on and on. Some general contractor are willing to do this sort of work. Working under pressure to complete in a timely fashion. Planning out the job to produce the least amount of disruption to the management and residents of the apartment complex. And be grateful for the work.

A Need To Rest

Sometimes we just need to rest.

Drainage Pipe Leak – This One Is Not Uncommon!

So you move into your home or apartment and start to get the pictures and things hung up on the walls, sometimes with nails, sometimes with screws. The key to getting things to look “just right” often times means centering on the wall, or above the television, or toilet. That’s right, I said toilet. This post deals with this location specifically.

It is common for an upstairs toilet to share the same drain line as the downstairs. Two bathrooms, one above the other, very common in apartment because they have the same floorplan. This drain line is centered on the toilet. I recently came across an apartment unit that was moist on the wall above the toilet.

The previous tenant had hung something centered above the toilet with a screw that drove through the plastic drain pipe. What are the odds of this happening? Well this pipe had 4 holes in it at different spots, I’d say the odds are higher than I originally thought.

Usually the pipes are set back far enough to eliminate this problem with the drain pipe, but that’s not always possible. The real “kicker” is that the problem does not start until the screw of nail is removed. In most homes and apartments, that means when the tenant or homeowner moves out.

The good news is that this can be fixed.

Problem solved!

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

Wood Rot Damage in Sacramento

It’s hard to say when the most wood damage happens. Is it when the moisture is the greatest and everything is getting wet? Or is it in the spring when things are starting the dry up and new growth is beginning? Or maybe in the hot summer months when the dry rot has grown and fungus is visible on the wood. Not real sure of the answer myself, but I do know that if something isn’t done to correct it – it will get worse.

As a property owner, your best bet is to find out if you have a wood rot issue. It may be that you can get by with a good wire brush and quality paint job, if you can catch it early enough. Have someone who knows what to look for check it for you if you are not sure. Better to be informed than to ignore the problem. Most contractors that I know are willing to inspect such problems at no cost to you.

The important thing here is to correct any wood rot issues before it grows into a major problem. If you do have a wood rot problem several repair options may be available. The extent of the work can only be determined after thoroughly checking each individual property.

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