We received a call at our office from a potential customer who had a chronic
leak in their upstairs bedroom floor. They had tried to get this problem
resolved in the past but could not find anyone to address it properly.
Most contractors they had called just speculated on the source and caulked
around the windows.
After hearing their history of problems we set up an appointment to meet
them on-site for a complete forensic inspection. After seeing the home
in person we almost immediately found clear deficiencies in the original
construction details. The roof flashing ended well short of the stucco
siding, leaving a gap with exposed wall framing below.
For over 10 years water from torrential rain had been finding its way through
this gap, continuously damaging the structure of this home.
Now that we had found the source of the leak it was time to determine the
extent of the damage. We began by removing a section of stucco from under
the lowest point of the upstairs bedroom. We chose this area because it
was the most likely place for the water to settle and would gives us a
very good snap shot of the extent of the damage.
Once this damage was exposed we had the client inspect it with us and asked
for permission to remove the remaining stucco and siding areas from other
areas where damage was likely. Once all the damage was exposed we had
our Associate Structural Engineer & Architect inspect it all.
Next our Associate Engineer & Architect provided a set of drawings
and engineering details to submit with our permit application to the building
deptartment. These drawings/details also help us to accurately determine
a final fixed cost for the project. The entire process from original inspection
to pulling permit is usually about one week.
The next step in the process is to remove all damage and begin restoration.
Like all of our work we were completing this project “Turn Key”.
This means when we are done our clients are ready to move right back in
and there are no other trade workers needed. We include all paint to match
and often install new rain gutters or railings if required. The reconstruction
process from start to finish with respect to this project or one like
it is 4-5 weeks.
Our schedules are often completed twice as fast as others due to our veteran
crew and vast experience.
The best compliment a client can give us when we are completed with their
project is “It looks like nothing was ever done” This resonates
with us because there are very few trades which can make these repairs
and tie into existing areas of structure where the transitions of new
to old or virtually invisible.