Introduction to Stucco Inspections with Michael Spadaccini
- A fine plaster used for coating wall surfaces or molding into architectural decorations.
- Copy-cat companies emerged in residential communications without passing specification tests and national building codes.
- The rapid growth of residential EIFS began in the expanding southern suburban residential market.
- In 1994, almost 35% of new homes used EIFS.
- In 1995, nearly 50% of new homes in Virginia, Texas, and the Carolinas had at least some type of EIFS system.
- System failures became evident.
- Moisture and mold issues have become prevalent.
- A load of complaints flooded building inspectors and manufacturers.
- They found poor quality windows, no flashing, no sealants, allowing water behind the EIFS system.
You need to identify what kind of system the house is using – are they using EIFS or Stucco? The applications are the same, but the materials can drastically change.
Options for evaluations:
- Visual evaluation
- Wall meters and infrared devices
- Perfect for masonry substrate
- Preliminary visual evaluation
- Plus, physical data:
- Overall thickness
- Substrate resistance
- Moisture content percentage
- Full report and photos
- Drilling holes at suspect locations
- Typical locations of visible concern
- Beneath windows at the corner
- Minor cracking
- Roof and wall intersections
- Areas in contact with bulk water
- The surface pinless moisture meter device
- Infrared device
Tablet or phone allows you to take detailed pictures on HomeGauge.
Visit Michael’s site: www.stuccotesting.net
Email Michael: firstname.lastname@example.org