Stucco Inspection and Testing in Chester County, PA
Stucco Safe is the foremost expert in Stucco Inspection, Stucco Testing, and EIFS Inspection services in Chester County, PA. Our primary commitment revolves around providing precise inspections for homeowners, prospective homebuyers, and proprietors of commercial properties. Contact us today to arrange your no-cost consultation and delve deeper into our unique $1 Million Dollar Certification Program. Count on us for all your Stucco Inspection requirements.
Chester County, PA Stucco Inspection
Stucco Testing in Chester County, PA
When it comes to stucco testing in Chester County Stucco Safe stands as the ultimate choice. We provide top-notch testing services for both stucco inspection and EIFS inspections, ensuring unparalleled accuracy. Our comprehensive multi-point process is capable of detecting moisture issues that remain invisible to the naked eye. Don’t hesitate to call us today and speak with our team of experts for all your stucco testing needs.
Our Professional Stucco Inspections Identify hidden leaks and rot behind the stucco. Due to the high cost of repairs, getting an accurate Stucco Inspection by Stucco Safe is important to knowing the health of your home.
Performing stucco testing allows our inspectors to evaluate the conditions behind the stucco system. We can tell if there is mold and rot of the structure. Our Experts have performed thousands of stucco tests.
EIFS (Externally Insulated Finishing System) is often times referred to as synthetic stucco. While its exterior is a polymer instead of concrete, it suffers from the same issues and should be inspected in the same way as standard stucco.
Stucco Inspection Costs range depending on the size of the property and the complexity of the inspection ordered. Our least expensive inspections typically cost $395 and larger more expansive homes or commercial properties will cost more.
Invasive stucco inspection is also referred to as stucco testing. The invasive part of the testing refers to the drilling of tiny holes in the stucco system. The holes allow for testing of the substrate, and they are closed with a color matching sealant.
Drivit is a brand name of a popular product called EIFS. EIFS systems hold moisture very well. Because of this, when flashed incorrectly, mold will form and rot the wood behind the stucco system. It is very important to have Drivit systems checked for moisture every few years.
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In a stucco inspection with stucco testing, the inspector will first perform a visual inspection. They will observe the absence or presence of flashings, sealants and other design details. They will then proceed with a thermal imaging scan using an infrared camera. Following this, the stucco testing will occur where the stucco is probe tested for moisture.
If your home has never received a stucco inspection with stucco testing this should be done immediately. It is always cheaper to fix a stucco problem today than it is to let it get worse. Properly maintained homes only need to be inspected every 5-10 years, or when they are being transacted.
Stucco Homes can suffer from a very common issue of leakage. This condition is from the improper installation of the waterproofing and flashing behind the stucco. Because stucco is not a waterproof material, steps must be taken to protect the wood sheathing and framing from becoming wet and rotted. In 50% of the stucco homes, this waterproofing and flashing is not sufficient to keep the wood dry and the house rots from the inside. This condition is completely invisible from the outside.
To test for the type of stucco we typically take a core sample of the material. This way we can document whether the stucco is hard coat stucco or EIFS. Many times insurance companies require the stucco be tested. This is due to the fact that especially in northeastern climate, EIFS in particular does not perform well. Many homeowners insurance companies (but not most) will not insure homes with EIFS cladding due to these issues.
Yes, stucco issues are often covered by insurance – if you file the claim properly. Most homeowners will be denied these claims if left to deal with the insurance companies on their own. There is a process to get a successful claim paid from an insurance company. This involves experience and documentation, and sometimes legal help. Stucco Safe has been instrumental in getting claims paid on these claims in several cases over $250K was paid by the insurer.
The worst years for stucco installations are from 1988 to 2015. In Many cases, stucco homes which are older that were painted with masonry paint will be bad at any year. In urban areas, where new codes are slow to be adopted, even 1 year old stucco can fail.
You only need to wait 30 minutes after it stops raining to perform a stucco inspection. The reason for this is, the areas being inspected should always be dry. Just like the drywall in your house. You don’t expect that to be wet after it rains, right? Neither should be your wood sheathing. Inspectors that don’t take precautions to avoid lateral moisture by manually insulating their meters should wait 3 days (or should probably not be doing inspections at all).
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