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EIFS Inspections

"Approximately 70% of all moisture problems related to stucco homes occur at window locations."
-Moisture Warranty Corporation

If you have not visited our EIFS page under the Services menu, we urge you to read the main EIFS page before you read further.
The following information pertains to EIFS inspections.

*** If you are interested in contacting us to do an EIFS inspection, please visit our contact page or give us a ring.***

What to Expect
Getting prepared for the inspection.

1. Contract

Any changes in the contract should be approved by the inspector prior to the inspection.
Please have the original signed contract ready for the inspector at the time of the inspection.
Please have the client and homeowner sign and/or initial the contract in the appropriate places.
If the client and the homeowner are the same person, please sign and/or initial under "client."

2. Preparation for inspection

Please move all furniture, grills, planters, etc. away from the house.
Turn off irrigation 2 days prior to inspection. Do Not have the house power washed prior to inspection.
For safety reasons, children and pets should be kept away from the inspection area during the inspection.

3. Inspection procedure

The walls will be scanned with the Tramex Wet-Wall-Detector. This is a non-invasive device that is placed against the exterior surface of the EIFS and passed over the wall area being tested while remaining in contact with the surface. The scanner is first zeroed on a wall area without any penetrations, and readings are taken relative to that reading. The scanner is designed to detect general areas of high moisture content within the wall, but cannot quantify moisture percentages.

The walls will be probed with an electrical resistance type meter with long probes. Interior surfaces will be scanned with the Tramex Moisture Encounter and probed with the Protimeter Survey Master where high moisture readings occurred on the exterior of the house, if applicable and access was available inside the house. The moisture probe meter is used to probe substrates and framing for indications of soft or rotted materials and to obtain moisture content measurements. These meters use hand held twin probes that have insulated electrodes. The probes are electrically conductive at the tip for measuring resistance of the material into which the tips are embedded.

The probe holes will be about 1/8 inch. The inspector will fill all probe holes after the inspection, using a manufacturer-approved sealant. The inspector will attempt to match the color of the EIFS as closely as possible.

Example of probe
holes before
probedimeopen       Example of probe
holes after

4. Payment

Payment is expected upon completion of the inspection unless other arrangements have been made prior to the inspection. We accept cash and checks. We also accept credit card payments through PayPal.

5. Reporting

Our standard procedure is to email to those clients who have email addresses and to mail to all others the inspection report within ten (10) business days. This procedure may vary according to client needs. If your report is a rush, an additional fee will apply.

Last modified on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 21:49