CAUSES OF STUCCO DAMAGES
Window leaks, a lack of kickout flashing, improper deck flashing, and grade above the wood framing are the primary causes that account for the majority of the damage. All other causes are secondary. Generally, walls without windows or other openings sustained little or no damage.
HOW DO WE INSPECT STUCCO
An inspector walks around your home, looking for any signs of moisture. We look at staining, cracks, improper flashing, and stucco running below grade.
It involves using an infrared camera (IR) to detect areas with elevated moisture. However, IR is not a panacea in itself. Invasive probing to ascertain the moisture level behind the wall is recommended.
The invasive investigation involves drilling 3/16” holes in stucco at strategic locations and then inserting a moisture probe into the wall to measure the moisture content. This is an accurate and reliable method for determining if there are water problems. Each hole is then filled with caulking and holes are visually nonexistent.