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Tiled Floor Leak
updated: Nov 30, 2012, 1:47 PM

My second floor tiled balcony (25 x 14 feet) has sprung a leak into the room below. Need a reliable contractor to give me an estimate to fix the problem. Cannot see any similar reference in Referrals. Any suggestions as to who to call?

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 COMMENT 348886 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 02:24 PM

Integrity Builder 805-455-0134


 COMMENT 348887 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 02:24 PM

Leaks like that are notoriously challenging and expensive to repair. At least get a quote from Santa Barbara surfacing. They can be expensive but they'll fix it right if you go with them. You should also check on your insurance policy with regards to coverage and deductibles if the estimates come in high.


 COMMENT 348892P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 02:28 PM

Call Qwik Response to get someone out for an estimate. They only use local contractors and they are AWESOME! :) 805-962-6626.


 COMMENT 348893P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 02:30 PM

Another big positive about QR is that their specialty is dealing with leaks and water damage and they have some amazing tools to dry up water fast. They also know how to deal with homeowner's insurance and that is HUGE in my book.


 ELAZ agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 02:59 PM

Dan Lovelace Construction! Dan is the best! He's done extensive additions and remodels for us and several of our friends. Couldn't work with a nicer, more honest and capable contractor! He's not the cheapest... but you get what you pay for!


 COMMENT 348921P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 03:14 PM

...and get a tarp over it in the meantime. Watch for mold downstairs. Sorry for your troubles. Every time I pass a house with a balcony or patio upstairs and enclosed space downstairs I think about the architect who blew it.


 COMMENT 348931 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 03:24 PM

If you have interior moisture, get fans on it asap and DO NOT TURN ON THE HEAT! Heat and moisture equal massive mold growth not "faster drying". Fans and air conditioning are the best tools to dry out the interior, which is priority one. Sorry you have to deal with this.


 COMMENT 348939 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 03:31 PM

If you involve qwik response, service master, or the like they'll freak you out about mold. You will be horrified at how much of your home gets ripped apart once they start on a path of "remediation". If your insurance is involved they'll engage with these firms and it will feel like an out if body experience as they take total control of the project. You'll have some control if you pay out of pocket. Make sure you and the insurance adjuster have a good relationship. Good luck.


 COMMENT 348948 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 03:39 PM

This is my Dad and my little brother. If you need any remodeling, cabinet work, doors, etc. These guys do it all! Integrity Builders 805-455-0134:

My son, Josiah and I have teamed up to make Integrity Builders your very best choice when it come to your construction, repair, and remodeling needs!
No job is too small, or we will build your custom Dream Home!
Try us, then refer us with confidence... over four decades of combined experience!

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 COMMENT 348990 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 05:10 PM

My neighbor and I had the same problem. My neighbor used J.W. Mead 805-963-3974 and recommended him to me. We were both very pleased with his work. BTW - he used SB Surfacing as a sub-contractor. He acted like a General Contractor and really made a VERY difficult situtation better.


 COMMENT 349090 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 06:41 AM

I have SB Surfacing coming by on Tuesday. Meanwhile, lots of plastic sheeting may be holding the leak, which is a lot of drips through a lighting fixture. Thanks for all the leads and advice.


 CALTEX agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 07:31 AM

Tom Curry 805-896-6797. He is the best


 COMMENT 349107 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 07:39 AM

I have seen water leaks that were over 20 ft away from the dripping water. Remember that it can travel horizontally before coming out so the leak is not always where the water is.


 COMMENT 349190 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 10:44 AM

The posters pointing out these type of leaks can be very difficult to repair and can be very expensive are right. It is important that the repairs be done correctly which often involves going down to the deck frame or subfloor and installing (if it wasnt installed in the first place) or re-installing a seamless membrane like a shower pan membrane and replacing the tile or other top cover. Particular attention has to be paid to the edges and junctures with the wall or any door accessing the deck which is often where the leak originated especially in driving rains. I agree with the poster who points out that the interior leak may be a considerable distance from the exterior source, which might be an improperly contructed deck waterproofing, the flashing around vents, chimneys. skylights, doors and windows or punctures in the roof tar paper.


 COMMENT 349202 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 10:57 AM

You don't need a contractor. 107 is right about horizontal spread, especially along beams. Our meticulous tiler/ carpenter can do it. He will also make sure you have the proper metal edges, flanges. Adan Arrellaga 252-5428 is worth every penny. He works for a local contractor, but also does his own jobs.


 COMMENT 349215 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 11:19 AM

Giffin & Crane.


 COMMENT 627827 agree helpful negative off topic

2015-07-06 08:32 PM

Integrity builders is anything but!

Took 5 days to do a 3 day job, damaged a pressure valve, caused flooding, and then tried to charge for the extra work they created. I don't know how Larry Bilow keeps his license!

My neighbor used Pat Combs, and was very happy with his work.



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