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One of the most common risk you take when buying a home on the Gulf Coast is unseen wood rot and moisture damage! With over 65 inches of rain a year, moisture damage is a ever present threat.

It has been our experience that most wood rot goes undetected by visual observations only (as many inspectors do). It is not at all uncommon to find areas of substrate sheathing rot below windows, decks and roof terminations. Most Home Inspectors offer only visual observations when it comes to the cladding system. Their inspection protocol has them very busy inspecting several functions at a home outside of the stucco or cladding system. A few home inspectors do a more thorough investigation but may not have the proper training, necessary experience and undivided attention.

Do you know that the only certain way to obtain moisture readings in the wall and check for wood rot is doing slightly invasive probes! Moisture probing is required as part of any nationally recognized stucco inspection certification. AWCI, EDI, MWC.

Click here to see examples of hidden wood rot with stucco

In fact Delmhorst meter type probe data is the only instrument accepted in most courts as evidence! We use a combination of electronic inspection tools to help determine the condition of the stucco system and the underlying substrate, but the greatest tool we have is our experience!
Moisture intrusion issues is what we do and have been doing it for 18 years on the Gulf Coast. Often it is the realtor who sets up the inspections and we work with a lot of good realtors in the area. But the type of inspections performed is up to the buyer. Compared to the cost of repairs from moisture damage (can be in the thousands once found 2 -3 years after the house was purchased ) the small savings of not having a proper inspection is not worth the few dollars saved.

If you are a buyer we can represent your interest and work for you directly. If you are a seller we can provide information that will allow you to make corrective measure to your home in advance of the listing, so there are no surprises that can scare away a buyer. We have a choice of inspection protocol levels to choose from to fit your budget.

Give us a call at (850) 941-8600 to see how we can help.