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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.

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!

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.

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
 

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.

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.