Apartment tub has had a slow leak, it finally made itself known.

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Home Builder with Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 CSL#642819

 

This Citrus Heights Apartment tub has had a slow leak for years, it finally made itself known.

 

“I have a leaking tub in the upstairs unit, and water is pouring into the downstairs bathroom”

 

This is the frantic call that I received on Monday morning that changed my schedule for the day. Being a fixer of water related damages, I headed over to go to work. The maintenance staff 

Citrus Height water leak in drain

had opened the ceiling in a few places to get a look at the source of the water before calling me.
That always helps; I can get a feel for what I am up against before arriving. Sometimes they can help with some qualified instruction.

This Citrus Heights Apartment tub drain leak had been happening for some time, the staining and discoloration was pretty wide on the backside of the drywall. Often times a slow leak drips enough to moisten the materials but not enough to soak all the way through. It can dry up during the day and repeat again in the morning. The leak must have gotten stronger or the baths got longer because much more water came through on this day.

One of the reasons for the leak not showing itself in the bathroom ceiling is the paint itself. Semi-gloss paint can trap the moisture and discoloration until the water content reaches very high levels. In this case the water filled up and finally ran out the opening at the exhaust fan before anyone know of this leak.

Large sections of drywall were removed and the area dried out before we can patch things back up. We will be testing the moisture later today. Of course the source of the problem was corrected and tested to insure that this will not happen again.

 

This Citrus Heights Apartment leak will be back in working order soon.

 

 

 

 


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Comments (14)

Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

Yikes that is not the way you want to find a leak.  Have a great week.

Aug 06, 2013 12:19 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh boy, that's not good. I hate it when that happens. Good thing you're around to get things fixed up properly. Have a  great day Tom.

Aug 06, 2013 12:46 AM
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

I can't imagine having people living upstairs. And a leak like that would be awful!  Kathy

Aug 06, 2013 02:37 AM
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Water can be such a destructive force in a home, can't it?

Aug 06, 2013 02:54 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Tom, It's nice that the water was pouring into another bathroom. Seems there would be less damage than if it were pouring into a bedroom.  Water damage can be extensive if these things are not detected early. It seems it keeps you busy! 

Aug 06, 2013 06:13 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

If those holes were there all the time then the leaking would not have done any damage to the ceiling.

Just sayin'...

Aug 06, 2013 11:52 AM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Tom: Bet your clients love you. When there's a leak like that, you don't make an "appointment", you charge right over and take care of it.

Aug 06, 2013 12:36 PM
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

Tim - That's usually how I find it.  :)

Aug 06, 2013 04:48 PM
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

Debb - It is what I do!  :)

Aug 06, 2013 04:48 PM
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

 

Kathy - the awful part is that no one is at fault. The drain just started leaking over time, not misuse. Downstairs gets the brunt of the mess and they had nothing to do with any of it.

Aug 06, 2013 04:49 PM
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

Kathy - You are so right, water in the wrong place can do a lot of damage.

Aug 06, 2013 04:50 PM
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

Kathleen - That one thing about apartment repairs, the floorplans generally match the unit above.

Aug 06, 2013 04:50 PM
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

Jay - I often wondered if that would be exceptable. If the ceilings were open, the tenant would surely notify the management as soon as a leak started.

Aug 06, 2013 04:54 PM
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

Hella - I really do try to get there within 24 hours, usually an hour. It's important to many that they see us responding to their problem and follow through.

Aug 06, 2013 04:54 PM