Paso Robles Deck Leak Fixed in Nick of Time Before This Weeks Storms!

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Out in the beautiful Paso Robles wine country near Pomar Junction is a hillside home that had a deck leak.

The owners had noticed a leak on their ceiling below last week after a rain storm sent water into their drywall ceiling. Their search on Google for deck repairs led them to Central Coast Waterproofing. I responded to their call and found that this deck had a Tufflex coating with a crack in it.

I opened the deck and discovered the reason for the crack, a failure to block the seams of abutting substrate. Blocking provides firm support for the plywood, when there isn’t any blocking, plywood seams can deflect under the weight of someone walking on it, allowing the coating to crack.

After opening the cracked area, I removed apx 8 square feet of wet damaged wood, exposing another hidden hazard-electric wires that weren’t in a box as code requires. An electrician fixed that up for the owner and I could continue the repairs.

I installed new blocking and glued & screwed the new plywood substrate to the joists and blocking. Using Life Deck brand waterproofing products, I was able to patch the deck to tie into the existing coating materials. The owners are very happy having a watertight deck again and even after the rain this past week they remain leak free for the New Year.

For less than $500 I can probably fix/patch your deck too. Don’t overpay for minor repairs or maintenance, call me, Bill Leys, the deck repair expert. I offer free initial inspections, free advice and low cost repairs. For convenience, I accept credit cards, cash and checks and I NEVER let you pay me until all work is done and you are 110% satisfied.

Bill Leys Saves Homeowner on El Viento $20,000

A homeowner on El Viento in Pismo Beach called me; he had received a bid from Deck Tech Inc from Grover Beach. They wanted an absurd amount of money, over $20,000, to replace two small decks off the bedroom & living room. Converted to square feet, the cost was over $90 per square foot! Could I come over and give my evaluation?  Of course I said…

Inspecting the deck, I found a waterproofing system that was in fairly good condition despite being nearly 20 years old. The problem I found was the drains had started leaking.

A Deck Repair That Would Cost the Price of a Good Used Car-

Deck Tech’s answer to this wasn’t oh we can fix those leaky drains..No, their answer was to tell the owner that for $20,000+ they would strip off the deck coating and the plywood, smash open stucco walls and redo everything. Now for that kind of money they were going to use copper flashings, not necessary IMO, and stainless steel metal lath for their decking system, again, way overkill. They sent the owner a Powerpoint display filled with scare tactics and conjecture. Until a deck is opened, the damage is unknown. Sometimes there is massive damage underneath, often times not.  For $20,000 + you can buy a very nice used car…or let Deck Tech steal your money doing unnecessary work.

A Second Opinion-

My answer was simple-start with opening the two drains by removing the coating around them, inspect and determine a scope of work then. So that is what the owner did, allowed me to open the drain area and inspect. We found solid plywood and a rusted drain flange.

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New drain with freshly painted deck is ready to serve for many more years.

I was able to replace the two drains on the deck, tie in new waterproofing with the existing, texture the repair and repaint the whole deck for less than $500.

The owner is very satisfied with my repairs and with yesterdays rain (Sunday 11/20) the deck passed with flying colors, no leaks and it’s ready for winter!

Don’t let Deck Tech’s scare tactics bamboozle you into parting with your money, call me, Bill Leys at 805-801-2380 today for a free inspection of your deck problem. Cracks, leaky drains, rusted flashing…fixed for $500 or less, in as little as a day.

 

Leak Under Sliding Door Gets Fixed

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A recent job of mine took place over in Shell Beach with a client who had a leak coming in at her sliding door. The maintenance person she had had the right idea on trying to patch the door area, but didn’t quite know how to do that and with what materials.

I was able to come up with a solution that will patch the leak and get the deck through til spring when more substantial repairs can be undertaken.

By hiring the right expert on deck waterproofing repairs, the owner was able to get the problem solved quickly and economically for less than $300.

Get your deck problems solved quickly and economically; this winter is already taking it’s toll. Avoid dry-rot problems, wet ceilings and painting projects-call Bill Leys, the Deck Expert at 801-2380 now for a free quote on your deck repair needs!