What is EIFS?
How does it fail?
Once water is allowed behind the cladding, it can intrude into the unprotected sheathing or the wood structural members and cause rot. If left undetected, damage can become serious. The location of water entry is often difficult to see and the damage to building materials underneath the EIFS frequently cannot be detected by visually examining it.
What is an EIFS inspection?
Any areas where the scanner indicates an elevated level of moisture should then be probed using a reliable moisture meter. Probing or drilling through the cladding will require permission in writing from the owner prior to performing any invasive testing. Holes are made in a pair of two holes (approx. 1/8” diameter and 1” apart) in each test location and will be filled afterwards with a paintable sealant recommended by an EIFS manufacturer. The final report will bring together a collection of pictures and observations with measurements and indicated moisture levels of the building cladding along with recommendations for corrections.