Perfect Example of Treating the Symptom, Not Solving the Problem

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Perfect Example of Treating the Dry Rot Symptom,

Not Solving the Dry Rot Problem

 

Dry Rot damage in Sacramento is much like any other city, dry rot and water damages happens in all sorts of places and causes all sorts of damages. We can probably all agree that correcting the problem is important and should be done. Left untreated, the rot will continue to get worse, and will cost more to fix in the future. It is critical that the source of the dry rot and water damage problem be corrected.

siding rotted from gutter leakWhat caused my dry rot problem?

We here this question often, and there are many different answers to the cause of the damage. The simple answer is that moisture is getting to an area that it should not be. Maybe there is improperly flashing installed, poorly maintained painted surfaces, and plumbing leaks are some of the reasons for moisture getting where it should not. The important point is that to correctly solve the dry rot and water damages, the source of the moisture needs to change.

 

Who can fix my dry rot damages?

If you are in the Sacramento area, we’d like you to call Tromler Construction; but there are other options. There are many contractors who have experience in these repairs in your area, you can search for them on the internet, ask friends and family, and give them a call. You can even do the work yourself. If you are handy and have knowledge of the correct way to do the repairs, you may save a few bucks. Just remember that the source of the moisture intrusion must be corrected.

 

Perfect Example of Dry Rot Damages Incorrectly Done

I saw this area of siding and felt that this is a perfect example of treating the symptom (the rotted siding) and not solving the problem (the moisture intrusion). Take a look at the previous repairs to this area.

 Dry Rot siding in Sacramento Apartment

The z-bar flashing at the bottom of the siding is new – 2 or 3 years old. This is a perfectly legal method of repair, if done right. It is less expensive because a smaller portion of the siding can be removed, rather than the entire sheet of siding. The only thing wrong with this approach is that you see the metal flashing and it is not as nice looking as a full sheet. This repair was done in several areas of this apartment community.

discoloration in drywall sheetrockThe fact that this type of repair was done leads me to believe that the siding was rotted and the siding was cut and patched. Problem solved right? No, not really! What caused the dry rot to occur? Were the sprinklers spraying on the wall? Was there a leak in the wall? Was there a roof leak? I know by looking at the photo, the problem was not solved. Whoever did the work only repaired the symptom of the problem.

Judging by the photo, the moisture is entering inside the siding from above. The damages are getting higher up the wall and in time will move even higher in the future. The lower repair work will also rot again in time.  

Is it too late to repair the dry rot damages?

With a little more investigation, I’m sure that the source of the moisture intrusion can be found. The important thing is to get the problem fixed, don’t just treat the symptom. If you are experiencing a similar problem in the Sacramento area, we can help you with you dry rot damage repairs. It is not too late to repair dry rot on your property.

 


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Rainmaker
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Mark Loewenberg
Keller Williams of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
PA 561-214-0370

I thought you could just use A LOT of paint to cover those problems just before you try to sell?  oh that isn't a solution!  better get solme of those sellers on board with the right way to do things...

Aug 18, 2012 07:17 AM #9
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Adrian Willanger
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Tom-This looks like a nasty problem, obviously one that has gone on for a long time. Thanks for the photos and explanation. 

Aug 18, 2012 07:19 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Pat & Steve Pribisko
Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West - Westlake, OH

Tom, we find dry rot in homes.  It is frustrating to find such neglect, other than in REOs.

 

Aug 18, 2012 07:23 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Brian Kuhns
Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber - Fort Wayne, IN
Fort Wayne Real Estate by Brian Kuhns

It's funny how much trouble some people will go through to mask an obvious problem. That is time better spent addresssing the problem rather than the symptom....well said Tom.

Aug 18, 2012 07:28 AM #12
Rainer
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Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

Had a homeowner do a rigged repair only this week. Totally a temporary and cosmetic repair. Semi-worthless.

Aug 18, 2012 08:51 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Water can certainly create problems for standing structures.  Soon they are no longer standing.

Aug 18, 2012 02:26 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I love water because I swim in it several times a week.  But when it comes to homes, it isn't always our friend.  I remember one home that had gone through a little "renovation" before a pest report was performed.  After escrow closed, the whole wall behind a new tub enclosure was found to be rotten to the core - studs and all. 

Aug 18, 2012 03:52 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
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Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Tom: Up here near the ocean and lots of rain during the winter, you better do a proper repair or you won't have much of a house left over. That's just part of smart maintenance. Thank you for the reminder because now is the time to get that work done.

Aug 18, 2012 06:27 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Thank you Richie for the vote of confidence. I hope that everyone would call someone qualified to do the job.

Aug 18, 2012 07:14 PM #17
Rainmaker
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I'm sure that people all have their reasons for not fixing the problem correctly Kathryn. Maybe with time they will change their mind.  :)

Aug 18, 2012 07:14 PM #18
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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The methods of hiding the problem are many and amazing to see Mark. Ultimately, someone will be correcting the problem.

Aug 18, 2012 07:14 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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It is pretty nasty looking Adrian, I hope that i have help explain it well.

Aug 18, 2012 07:16 PM #20
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Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
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I have dry rot around my front door that I intend to fix this year. 

Aug 18, 2012 08:10 PM #21
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
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Holy-Fungi-Batman! Tom, I will never understand why people don't find the source of a problem and fix that, rather than cover the same thing over and over! They are far better off to call Tromler Construction! I wish you lived closer!

Aug 18, 2012 08:41 PM #22
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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Good for you Erica, it is important to correct these problem. It would be great to see photos of the process that the contractor goes through. 

Thanks for the comment.

Aug 18, 2012 11:04 PM #23
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

You are a Fungi-rl Peg, it would be great to work for you!

Thanks for the recommendation!

 

Aug 18, 2012 11:08 PM #24
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Laura Murray
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I really enjoy your blogs on home improvement.  can you blog about what to look for when hire a contractor.  I hind dealing with contractors to be one of the most difficult part of real estate.

Aug 18, 2012 11:08 PM #25
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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I appreciate hearing what others would like to read about in a contractor post. You idea of what to look for in hiring a contractor is always a good one, maybe it's time to write something new.

In the mean time, here are a few posts that I have already posted about that may help you Laura.

 

Top 3 Benefits of Hiring a Local General Contractor For Your Repairs And Improvements.

Top Ten Tips for Hiring a Contractor

Look for these warning signs when hiring a contractor. 

Top Ten Tips to Find and Hire a General Contractor in Georgetown, Ca:

Finding a Fixer Upper Contractor in Sacramento

If your only criterion for hiring a contractor is price, good luck. 

Aug 18, 2012 11:21 PM #26
Rainer
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Robert Sole
REM Inspections LLC - Winter Springs, FL

Funny how those temporary reapirs seem to become permanent... until the problem returns.

Aug 19, 2012 12:44 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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You are so right Robert, the repair gets forgotten after the work is done. But wait... it's back again.  :)

Thanks for the comment!

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