“Why is it important and what are the best methods?”
Moisture testing is important because it identifies areas where moisture intrusion is occurring and how severe the damage may be. If ignored, it can seriously damage a home’s wood structure through rot and mold within the wall cavity.
Although moisture intrusion has become a focus behind stucco-clad homes, the issue can exist behind other cladding materials like brick, stone, fiber cement or cedar siding. The issue is most common in homes built between 1985 to 2003. Building codes and practices have since been updated to include the installation of kick out flashing, weep screed, and pan flashing under windows, and as a result, many of the issues have been resolved.
However, other issues like excessive interior humidity and low perm vapor retarders continue to develop problem areas and further complicate the issue. In a nutshell, the wall cavity materials and design in the newer-built homes (both above and below grade) do not have the ability to dry like the older homes.
That is why Sunset Construction Group recommends that home buyers and owners spend one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of the value of the home on a quality moisture intrusion test. If damage or maintenance is required, as a certified repair contractor, Sunset CG is second-to-none when it comes to helping determine the best methods to protect your investment.
There are both invasive and non-invasive methods of testing, such as: Exterior Probe, Interior Probe, Infrared Photography, Radioscopic Scanning, Bore Scopes and Visual Inspection, to name a few. With generations of experience within the stucco industry and in-depth knowledge of the moisture intrusion industry, Sunset CG can help you determine which inspection method to invest in the first time around.
Contact Sunset Construction Group for guidance on what type of inspection is right for you.