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Saturday, April 23, 2011

All In A Days Work - Sometimes It Just Needs To Get Done The Same Day.

One of the things we have found in working at apartment communities in the Sacramento area is that you don't always get the luxury of finishing on the second day. Sometimes it is because there is a "move-in" tomorrow, or the storm is coming. Usually it is because a situation comes up unexpectantly which requires immediate attention, and the repair has opened up the unit to the outside.

For example, we discovered this while rebuilding a deck in a Sacramento apartment community. The upstairs deck, which serviced two upstairs units, needed to be demolitioned and rebuilt with new material the same day. The tenants had no way of getting to their unit until the job was completed.

How's that for pressure? Nobody is happy if they come home and can't get in their own home. But it gets done, we enjoy the challange.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Rip Out The Rotted Wood And Rebuild

When faced with a bunch of dry rot repairs, property owner too often want to hold off on making the necessary repairs. The cost of the work, the inconvenience to the property, and the mess of tearing things open are all valid concerns. Putting off the work may not be the best choice.

Getting rid of the dry rot and water damaged wood will do several things.

  1. Add value to the property. The building will look better to a buyer or tenant.
  2. Eliminate a growing problem, the problem will only get worse. Check out this video of water damage that was left untreated for four years.
  3. Peace of mind. Knowing that the moisture issue is taken care of will ease the mind.

Using an experienced contractor to do the work has its benefits. Experience in controlling dust and debris on the job site, protective barriers, and proper disposal of debris from the site are all recommended in the proper completion of this sort of work.

The contractor today will be willing to work for less than you may expect. Projects have become scarce and if you can find a good contractor you may be surprised what the cost will be. Get a free estimate.

The important thing is to move forward. Get the ball rolling before the moisture issue gets much greater.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Exterior Dry Rot In Upper Redwood Deck And Framing

The underside of a deck can tell you about the condition of your deck boards. If the deck framing is rotting, chances are the deck is bad also. Most owners have no idea how bad the moisture problem has gotten until the deck has failed. If the decking is soft to the foot, there is a danger of "stepping through" the wood.

The advantage of a second story deck is that you can easily see the underside framing members. The deck in the pictures shows how dry rot has destroyed the structural strength of the deck. It was removed and replaced before the new decking was installed.

If you are unsure about the condition of your deck, ask a qualified general contractor in your area to help evaluate the condition. Most contractors will do this free of charge.

Placerville general contractor working in Sacramento, Ca

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Completely Rotted Wood Posts, and Framing in Sacramento, Ca

Saw this wood framed patio wall that is covered with vinyl siding today. The siding no longer has anything to hold it up because of moisture, and water damage. The Sacramento property is in need of repair, the problem will only get worse. Often times the vinyl siding hides any dry rot or water damage until it is too late. The vinyl siding will last forever, it takes something like this before the moisture problem can be seen.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wood Siding Repair In Sacramento

If you think that you have dry rot on the exterior wood siding and trim of your property, chances are you probably do! But how do you know for sure?

You don't have to be an expert to see that the wood on the building has areas that is soft or discolored. Touch it with your hand, is it soft to the touch? Good wood trim and siding should be as solid as the original product. If the wood is soft then the decay has begun to destroy the wood.

Are there areas on the exterior of the building that have changed colors over time? This change in color can be an early warning sign to future problems and should be looked at to find the cause of the change. The wood may not be rotting yet but will likely begin soon. The discolored wood is getting moisture behind it, from a roof leak, plumbing pipe leak or some source of water that should not be there.

Luckily, these problem areas can be repaired and precautions taken to help prevent this sort of thing from happening again in the future. The problem never gets better, only worse, so doing something now is important. If you are capable, do the repairs yourself. If not, contact someone who knows how to make these repairs. Early correction of these areas can save your property from extensive repairs in the future.