Stucco Inspections (Water Intrusion)
Stucco siding is a popular exterior cladding system which when installed correctly is perfectly acceptable. Unfortunately, many contractors and installers of stucco hurry through the installation process and ignore essential design details that are required to provide moisture a way out from behind the stucco. These construction deficiencies can lead to large and costly issues down the road if they are not discovered and corrected.
Eagle has experience both conducting stucco inspections and testifying on behalf of home owners during litigation. We can assist you with the evaluation of possible water intrusion and damage to the building materials of your home. Potential mold growth conditions can also be evaluated during inspections, if needed. The scope of work associated with this evaluation typically includes the following tasks:
1. Conducting a visual inspection inside and outside of the house looking for:
Possible pathways for moisture infiltration, water leaks, condensation, or other uncontrolled sources of moisture;
Water damage to building materials, furniture or other household items; and
Visible mold colonization on building materials, furniture or other household items.
2. Gathering information about any observed water intrusion and related damage and reviewing any available inspection reports or repair documentation.
3. Conducting infrared thermography of ceiling, wall, and floor surfaces inside the house to identify any temperature differences that may be associated with wet building materials.
4. Measuring the moisture content of building materials inside the house in areas with suspected water damage.
5. Measuring relative humidity levels in the house to identify atmospheric environmental conditions that may be conducive for mold growth on susceptible building materials.
6. Measuring the moisture content of the exterior wall sheathing (behind the stucco), as needed. These measurements require drilling small (1/4") diameter holes through the stucco to access the wall sheathing. The holes will be filled with an exterior grade caulk of similar color to the color of the stucco.
7. Collecting air samples, if needed, from the potentially affected areas of the house, an unaffected area (if possible), and outside (used for comparison with the indoor samples) for evaluation of airborne fungal structure concentrations.
8. Collecting surface wipe, tape lift, and/or vacuum samples, if needed, to identify the presence of fungal growth or contamination on surfaces inside the house.
9. Analyzing the samples that are collected to identify the quantity and type of fungi present in the air or on the building material surfaces.
10. Preparing a written report outlining the inspection, measurement, interview, and sample analysis findings. The report will include pictures of observed conditions and recommendations for periodic maintenance, water damage repair, and mold remediation. This information can be provided to a qualified contractor as a scope of work.
All evaluation services are directed by a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), and are conducted in accordance with applicable government regulations and industry guidelines and recommendations for environmental quality evaluations.