31 Years Experience

"Moisture Intrusion Experts"

(713) 319-5751

14903 Bellaire Boulevard
Houston, TX 77083

 

      

Frequently Asked Questions


We try to anticipate questions you might have about our PRODUCT / SERVICE and provide the answers here. If you need additional information send email to info@stuccocheck.com.

 

 

1.

Why Would I Even Need a Stucco Inspection

Any time one is buying or selling a stucco home, it is IMPERATIVE that they have a stucco inspection. Stucco is a delicate product that requires much attention. There are many codes and proper installation processes that builders need to abide by. It is our job to find what is incorrect AND correct in the stucco homes that we inspect. 

Now stucco inspections are not limited to people buying or selling stucco homes. If there are any signs that you may be experiencing some issues with the stucco at your current home, give us a call. 


2.

What are some of the signs that my EIFS/Stucco is failing or has failed?

Usually, there are very few visible "signs," especially to the untrained eye. This is why inspection and testing are so important. Some of the more obvious signs you may want to look for are bulging or cracking stucco, water stains on the outside or inside of the wall, and around the windows, doors, etc. If there are any signs that lead you to believe you might have a stucco problem, give us a call and we will have the answers. 


3.

Is EIFS really a problem in the Western USA?

Possibly. EIFS, as is the case with any cladding, may experience problems in home construction virtually anywhere. The culprit is usually improper or missing flashing, improper detailing, improper installation, improper caulking of the EIFS or any combination of these. Many home builders, general contractors and, in some cases, EIFS applicators either do not care, practice or do not know the proper procedure for applying EIFS which often leads to water intrusion and costly repairs. If problems are identified and remedied quickly, damage and costs can usually be prevented or limited. Thorough and complete inspection and testing are very important in identifying areas of potential and existing moisture intrusion.


4.

Will the probe holes be noticeable?

The answer is "NO". Probe holes are about the size of a chop-stick point. (~1/8”). The number of holes needed is determined by where moisture is found and how large the area of moisture is (usually no more than 15-20 probe locations). After testing is completed, sealant is used to fill and seal the holes. Unless one knows exactly where to look, the sealed holes are difficult to find.


5.

What are some of the signs that my EIFS is failing or has failed?

There can be very few "signs," especially to an untrained eye. What may appear innocuous on the exterior can mask serious problems lurking underneath. This is why inspection and testing are so important. Some of the more obvious signs you may want to look for are bulging or cracking EIFS, water stains on the outside or inside of the wall, and around the windows, doors, etc.