While stucco is a great decorative surface option for many homes, most stucco applications completed within the past 15 to 30 years are improperly installed. In fact, it is estimated that more than 90% of all stucco applications installed within this time frame are defective. When stucco is not installed correctly, it can lead to leaks, mold, and structural damages. Of course, many of these problems may be unknown to a homeowner until it’s too late to fix.
Stucco issues go unseen because the damage is inside the wall. A professional stucco inspection can help detect these issues, and in some cases, the problems are found early enough that the stucco does not need to be removed. However, if untreated for too long, the surface may need to be taken off, or a section of the house may even need to be torn down. The longer issues go undetected, the more expensive the repairs can be.
What Is a Stucco Inspection?
The stucco inspection consists of observational findings combined with moisture readings taken by drilling into the stucco and inserting a moisture probe to determine if moisture is present behind the stucco. We also check the installation materials and method by taking a small core sample. All drill holes and core samples are repaired with high quality sealant that is chosen to match the color of the stucco as closely as possible.
A typical inspection for a home buyer includes:
- Trim and Eaves
- Basement/Crawl Spaces
- Interior Walls
- Heating and Cooling
- Ventilation System
- Air Quality
Unlike other home inspectors, Liberty Inspection Group performs a thorough examination of more than just your home’s structural integrity and system function. We also evaluate how the systems are working together and offer recommendations for maintaining value of the home.
At the conclusion of a property inspection, you will receive a full report, which includes an easy-to-use summary. View our Sample Home Inspection Report.
Feel free to join us during the inspection so you can better understand the systems in your home. That way, you’ll have a full understanding of areas that need maintenance.
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