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Inspector Continuing Education (1/9/2014)

 I belong to the Northern Colorado Chapter of ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors). We meet once a month for some chit chat, refreshments and our 1 hour session of continuing education. This is one of the reasons why belonging to ASHI makes us better inspectors. First off we set around talking about some of the different issues we all found during the last month. Which is good because we can all learn from other's experiences. Then one of our affiliates will give a short talk with some Q&A. We have some great affiliates that council us during the month when we call with an issue we can't figure out. Just like so many other businesses home inspectors are better when they network. When you network with folks who are good at what they do it only makes you better at what you do. January's topic was about how to inspect EIFS (exterior insulation finishing system) stucco. This type of exterior wall cladding has been known for moisture issues. It is not like the old original stucco doesn't have its problems because it does. But EIFS tends to hold moisture more which in turn ends up causing more damage. To make a long presentation short we found out how to detect different kinds of damage what causes them and the possible repercussions of not getting the damaged repaired ASAP. We were shown what the usual installation defects are and how that issue should have been installed. We saw home owner heart attack pictures that took thousands of dollars to fix or spoiled the real estate transaction (sale). If stucco or EIFS is installed correctly and does not accrue any physical damage it will last a long time and protect your home. There are a lot of homes in the Fort Collins/Loveland area with EIFS installed at the exterior. For the most part the majority of those homes will be fine even with a few poorly installed parts of the system. As codes and enforcement of stucco products gets better we will see less of the few issues we have today making buying a stucco home less worrisome. That will also lessen the amount of repair needed. For now it is smart to have someone with education or practical experience look at the home or commercial building before you buy it to lessen your risk.  

Submitted by AaronLore on Thu, 01/23/2014 - 02:43.

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