An EIFS moisture inspection is intended to identify installation defects, locate areas of high moisture content in the sheathing and framing, to identify areas where the substrate has already been damaged by water, and to identify areas of potential moisture intrusion.
The three ways EIFS can be inspected:
The inspector will first walk around your home and look for signs of moisture – mostly staining, cracks, improper flashing, and stucco running below grade. Photographs are taken to document all findings during the visual inspection.
An infrared image of the home can often show areas that have high levels of moisture which can in some cases confirm what was found with the moisture probes (step 3).
Moisture probes are inserted into the EIFS system to determine the moisture content in the substrate. The probe holes are then filled with a silicone caulk that ideally matches the color of the stucco and generally blend into the system. Photographs are taken during the inspection process. These will be provided to you on a detailed inspection report provided by Next Generation Walls.
It is recommended that you have your stucco visually inspected every two years or so to ensure that it's showing no signs of damage.
Cost depends on the size of the home and amount of stucco on the home. Keep in mind that costs are influenced by service area, square footage, accessibility and other factors.
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