EIFS/ Driv-it

Whats the best way to test for moisture inside of wall? Owner does not want it probed with moisture probe.
Does anyone turn down doing EFIS walls?

Ron, given that the client does not want any invaisive proceedures done, that realy only leaves you with Infrared thermography.



I don’t do EIFS Inspections.

Recommend further review and inspection by a Certified EIFS Inspector.


EIFS is eaiser then hardcoat stucco. At least the meters will work. Like the tr220 tramex.
It won,t work with hardcoat stucco they claim the metal lath will drive it crazy!

The metal lathe will give you false readings…Probing is the better option and less expensive…Why does the client not want you to probe? Its not like your gonna saw out a 1X1 hole in the wall. Then tiny pinholes can be refilled with colored caulking and no one will even know.

Just my 2cents

Paul Pendley
Premier Property Inspections

Check your local regs, here in AL you must have seperate certification to do EIFS (more liability).

Generations Home Inspections, LLC

“Dry-vit” not “Driv-it” has been the subject of much litigation.


Remember, EIFS is not Dry-vit and Dry-vit is not EIFS.

EIFS is a method (Exterior Insulation Finish System), whereas Dry-vit is a particular product, manufactured and installed by a particular vendor.

Dry-vit has been very good about training their installers and branding.

Infortunately, many people use a copyrighted product name (Dry-Vit) to mean a general class of product (EIFS).

Kind of like using the word ‘Coke’, as in Cola-Cola to designate all types of cola drinks.

Hope this helps;

And dry-vit/EIFS should not be mixed up and be called stucco. IMO

Kind of like Jello and Gelatin… Kleenex and tissues Right Will…:smiley:



The Tramex Wet Wall Detector retails for about $1,340.00 It can read through the extruded polystyrene to the substrate without the use of pins. All fenestration, wall penetrations, deck bands, and roof/sidewall areas should be scanned. Any high readings are then confirmed with a pin-type moisture meter. Then, in order to determine the condition of the substrate, a special punch is forced into the OSB, plywood, or whatever wall sheathing was used. The amount of force needed to puncture the sheathing is recorded by the punch (sort of like a fisherman’s scale in reverse) and gives the inspector an idea of how much sheathing damage and rot has occurred. The Exterior Design Institute (EDI) is the premier EIFS testing certification body. Good Luck!

Dan Cullen