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The damage that unqualified contractors cause
I recently had an inspection ins a well-to-do suburb, north of Chicago.  The house was originally built in 1915 and was remodeled and added to in 1999.  After the addition, the house was about 4,500 SF, with an added 2nd floor and an added floor over the attached garage.  A really nice house, at first glance, and selling for more that 1 Mil.

When the house was remodeled, the house was sided with Exterior Insulation Finishing System (EIFS).  There are many manufacturers of this product and many fine installations I have seen.  But I have also seen many installations that were done by unqualified contractors.  Keep in mind that this work was inspected by the local building code inspectors and passed.
On the south side of the house, the EIFS framing around the window was not properly sealed against water leaking behind the wall covering.

When viewed with Thermal Imaging, this water infiltration is clearly seen (the purple area on the left side and under the window).  Radio Frequency moisture scanning further verified this problem.
The window frames were also not properly flashed and water had gotten behind the EIFS and was causing blistering.  Moisture readings taken on the exterior, and on ... more

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