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Stucco and Exterior Cladding Moisture Inspections

We are one of the first and most experienced stucco inspectors on the Gulf Coast. Much of what is used as inspection protocol today was developed in part by us since 1995. Many inspectors today use Report Maker Pro developed by Scott Stephens. We specialize in stucco and moisture intrusion inspection and testing with both residential and commercial buildings. Many Home inspectors over the last several years have moved into our field, and some are good at what they do. But to have a good understanding of moisture intrusion issues with stucco takes years of experience and participation in remediation/ restoration. More than what you can learn in a 4 day class certification. That is why many Home Inspectors refer their clients to us when a problem is suspected. We are some times referred to as "The Inspectors Inspector"

We offer a choice of protocols for a moisture intrusion, stucco or other cladding systems.

The Basic Inspection Level 1 or Level 2 -Generally these protocols provides enough information, if there are no signs of water intrusion and no suspected problems in the cladding system. In the inspection process if problems are found a customer can upgrade to the next level of inspection protocol.

This protocol is a good choice for a preemptive inspection of a stucco house before it is but on the market. That way IF any problems are discovered, they can be repaired before any potential buyers see the house. Finding problems during the closing process can scare a buyer away.

Procedure

  • Visual check of specific details known to cause the majority of problems in stucco and other cladding systems.

  • Random exterior and interior electronic scans for moisture.

  • Delmhorst meter probes at suspected areas, generally 8 to 10 probes (Level 1) or 15 to 20 probes (Level 2).

  • A report provided, including digital photographs with pointers and text, with comments on details observed.

  • A summary discussing the findings.

  • Phone support or clarification of the report findings.

  • Follow up inspection, if needed of repairs at a discounted rate.

Full Probe / ITA (Inspection Testing Analysis) - A more thorough investigation with more Delmhorst meter probing as described below. May include additional moisture testing, test repairs, etc.  This level of inspection is customized and priced according to the size of the house and complexity of design and / or problems.

Procedure

  • Visual check of specific details known to cause the majority of problems in stucco and other cladding systems.

  • Random exterior and interior electronic scans for moisture.

  • Delmhorst meter probes at all ready accessible windows corners and every deck termination and suspected areas of high moisture scans or wood rot. The number of probes could be from 40 to 100 or more depending on the size of the house and design.

  • A larger detailed report provided, including digital photographs with pointers and text, with comments on details observed.

  • A summary discussing the findings.

  • Phone support or clarification of the report findings.

  • Follow up inspection, if needed of repairs at a discounted rate.

Leak Testing and consulting
 

We offer 3rd party leak testing to identify the source of trouble some leaks. This testing is completed using advance techniques combined with years of experience and understanding of the forces at work with water intrusion issues. This type of service has carried us all over the Southeast to condominiums, commercial buildings, high rise buildings, and military bases. Included with this testing (if requested) are test repairs, where we find a working  solution to stop the water intrusion problems.

In testing we may use the AAMA 501.2 leakage test method on a specimen, or we are often involved in pressure chamber testing, such as the (ASTM E 1105) and AAMA 502-08 test methods or variations.