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What’s Involved in a Stucco Inspection?

Many people ask, “What’s involved in a stucco inspection?”

When we perform a Stucco Inspection we take a series of measurements used to determine if the stucco cladding system is properly managing moisture.  It involves the following steps:

Visual Inspection of the Stucco System

Stucco Inspection ProcessIn this step we look for obvious defects.  We also look for missing components and flashings that can lead to issues behind the stucco.

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Infrared Scan of the Stucco

Stucco Inspection Process Infrared

The Infrared images can lead us to potential locations  that have moisture accumulations.  These will show up as color variations on the inspector’s screen.  We add these locations to the invasive plan when detected.

Invasive Moisture Test

Stucco Inspection Meter Reading

In this step we drill small holes (1/4″) and insert a moisture meter.  The meter will display a moisture reading.  When normal moisture is detected we seal the holes and move on.  Higher moisture levels can lead to further investigation.

Core Sampling

Stucco Inspection Core Sampling

A core sample is a hole about the size of a quarter.  The core allows the inspector to view the substrate and either confirm that there is wet wood, or that a different condition exists.  Other conditions that can exist are generally non wood based substrate types such as polyisocyanurate, extruded polystyrene, Celotex or Thermoply.  Different substrate types can trigger inaccurate moisture meter readings, so it’s important to identify the material behind the stucco.

Holes Resealed

We inject all of our penetrations to the stucco system with a waterproof sealant.  After taking  core samples, we return the core to its original location. Most times, the test locations are not visible once the sealant dries because we carry many different colors to match the color of your stucco.

Stucco Inspection Test Holes after Sealant Installed

Test Location After Sealant Injected

Stucco Inspection drill holes

1/4 inch inspection holes prior to closure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Thorough Report is Produced

We produce a high quality, easy to understand report delivered to you the following day.  When needed we can provide same-day report.  We are always happy to review the results with customers and their agents.  Call us today to schedule or discuss your stucco inspection Stucco Safe Home

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