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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.

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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 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.

Placerville General Contractor – Four years of Dry Rot

 A general contractor in Placerville had the good fortune of having some old pictures of a previous site inspection. this video shows the effect of untreated dry rot, and its progression over time.

This video was produced in Placerville, the property in Sacramento, by Tromler Construction.

Tromler Construction is a general contractor located in Placerville, CA

Detecting Water Damage Early – A Contractor’s View

Water damage, dry rot, mold, and fungus are not the type of words most people talk about on a regular basis. Contractors, those who repair water damage material, talk about it plenty! I have had countless conversations with owners and managers about the cause, how to detect water damage, early signs of rot, and removal of damaged materials. And yes, what is it going to cost to get rid of it.

Placerville, Cameron Park, Sacramento, general contractor

Nobody want to pay good money to do repairs on their home, but a good maintenance program will go a long way in saving you money in the long run. Often times the homeowner can do the work themselves, you’d be surprised how easy some of the things are to keep up on the property. What can I do to reduce the dry rot, fungus, and water damage type of problems? Glad you asked.

A good starting point to remember: Wood always loses to water and dirt. That’s why we paint, stain, treat, and clean our homes.  Let look at some examples. If you have a deck with planter boxes, make sure water and dirt aren’t building up around and under the boxes. That does not mean that if you spill some dirt and it rains, your deck boards will decay. Moist dirt sitting under the boxes over time will be a problem one day. Move the boxes occasionally, hose off the deck let things dry up for a little while. Pretty simple.

Keep an eye out for vegetation growing where it should not be growing. Grass or weeds growing out of the top of some trim boards in the back of the house is not normal. That probably means both water and dirt have gathered to germinate some seeds. This is not good. Clean it up with a brush, hose, and let it dry out. Sometimes you may see mushroom like growth on the wood siding, this is not normal, this would indicate a problem. Do not ignore the problem it will only get worse if nothing changes.

If these types of water and dirt issues are not addressed, the problem will grow into bigger problem and outside help may be necessary. Imagine what a deck post or some siding may look like if the irrigation sprinklers have been spraying on the wood for years, day after day. Or dirt has eroded down the side yard and onto the siding bottom. Sitting in the moist ground for a couple of years can cause the siding to decay.

This may sound a bit extreme, but we see it all the time. Sometimes it is a leaking window frame, or a clogged gutter spilling over the top, or paint pealing off on the sun side of the house. The beginning of water damage comes in all sorts of ways, but they do come. I believe that all homes have some sort of water damage – to some degree. Most homeowners just do not realize it yet. Checking for early signs, and potential problems is the answer.

If you discover that you do have a water damage, dry rot, fungus or some form decay that you have a concern with ask for help. Ask a friend or relative if they know something about your situation. If they can help that would be a good start. But do not be afraid to call someone who has done this before. A licensed contractor in your area will be more than willing to give you good advice. I’d call a couple of them. Talk to them get some knowledge about what is involved. If he’s there for a free estimate, do not burn up his day picking his brain. You may need his help with this situation, see if you are comfortable with what he has to say.

Tromler Construction is based in Placerville, but we work in surrounding areas like Cameron Park, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Sacramento and beyond. We are always willing to explain what has happened and what we would recommend that you do to resolve the problem – for free.

Early detection is important, and can save you a bunch of money in the long run.

Who’s the Top Google Search Result for General Contractors in Placerville?

I got a call from a contractor in San Diego today, he said he was moving to Placerville, Ca and will be looking for work. The contractor said he had his General Contractors License, his own business, but since he would be moving to Placerville he was starting over again. He wanted to know if I had a need for his contracting services. I told him that I have been working regularly and have been blessed with a steady stream of new calls. We did some small talk but I was in the middle of a water damage repair. He offered to send me his resume, I will take a look at it soon. Then it struck me, so I asked him (this general contractor from Southern California). How did you get my name?

I don’t know why I didn’t ask earlier. How did this contractor from San Diego get my name and number in Placerville? So he says that he searched on Google for general contractors in Placerville, and my name was at the top of the list. Of course I had to verify myself on a computer later tonight. Sure enough there it was Tromler Construction, top of 21, 600 results. WOW!

The Uncommon Contractor

I am very grateful to be a working General Contractor here in Placerville, and look forward to new opportunities in the future.

Placerville Contractor Repairs Dry Rot In Cameron Park

Tromler Construction was called to repair some areas that was damaged by dry rot. The damage was discovered in the lightweight concrete decking in a second story unit. The concrete was cracked and loose, the hot mopped tar cracked and no longer water tight. Once water starts getting below the waterproofing, its just a matter of time before water damage and dry rot destroys the structural wood. The damage can always be corrected be sure to get a couple of opinions before doing any repairs.
If you would like our opinion on your dry rot or water damage situation, we would be willing to help evaluate at no charge.

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Lightweight concrete deck

Here are some pictures from the demolition and rebuilding of a patio deck, the lightweight concrete had become a hazard.

Original concrete decking  New wood framing members

Wood sheathing  Ready for the Hot Mop Contractor

The concrete had to be hand carried in 5 gallon buckets up to the second floor. Here are the pictures after the concrete had beed poured.

lightweight concrete  Final lightweight concrete

Work performed at an apartment community in Cameron Park, CA. References available upon request.

Understanding Dry Rot and Wet Rot

I came across an article describing dry rot and wet rot, it describes the two for a better understanding. Thought you might like to read it. Written in the UK but wood is wood anywhere in the world.

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