Don’t Let Moisture Damage Go Unnoticed – Schedule a Stucco Inspection!
Stucco, the plaster used for covering the exterior walls and moldings of a building, is vulnerable to moisture damage and should be inspected. Moisture damage typically starts within the hidden surfaces of a property, such as inside walls, and therefore goes unnoticed until the problem has grown enough to become visible on the surface. By this time, the damage will require costly repairs and will have devalued the property. Avoid this unnecessary stress and expense by scheduling a Stucco Inspection before a moisture-related problem gets out of hand.
What the Stucco Inspection Entails
Visual Walk-Around Inspection
The first part of the Stucco Inspection process is a visual, non-invasive walk-around of the building. We will look for any noticeable issues with the stucco or signs that moisture in the walls has made its way to the surface. During our walkthrough, we will be thoroughly looking for:
- Discoloration in stucco
- Cracking, peeling, or splitting of building surfaces and molding
- Visually noticeable problems with flashing
- Flaws in stucco installation
- Defects in the sealing of stucco, windows, and doors
Non-Invasive Moisture Scanning
After completing a visual walk-around, we will use non-invasive tools and techniques to scan the home for moisture. The stucco will be electronically scanned using a thermal imaging camera or moisture meter. The thermal imaging camera, which picks up on heat loss that we can’t see with the naked eye, will show us the location of hidden moisture while the moisture meter measures the levels in different areas of the building. With this information, we will know if a severe problem exists and where to inspect more invasively or mark for repair.
Moisture Probing and Intrusive Inspections
If damage in the stucco was found during the walkthrough or if a scan turned up moisture damage behind a particular surface, then we may complete moisture probing on the suspicious area. Small holes will be drilled through the exterior stucco. Probes will then be inserted to confirm and assess the presence of moisture and its severity. After removing the probes, the small holes will be resealed. With all of the information collected from the Stucco Inspection, our inspector will be able to offer remediation advice and point to specific areas of the property that need to be repaired.