Moved here a month ago from NC where I was an inspector and G.C…
Appears we have a serious problem in the sunshine state…
So, anyways, this guy owns a one year old DR Horton townhouse that, along with most of the other townhouses in the neighborhood got some serious water leakage during Fay.
I was using a GE Aquant moisture meter and was getting readings from 300 all the way up to 900 through the exterior stucco. It should be noted that it had not rained for a few days there.
The upper story moisture readings were much higher than the first floor CBS on the side of the townhouse, which is also the part of the house that did not seem to be leaking into the house.
Now, the back of the house was where most of the leaks were. I would get high readings over 400 even several feet to either side of a window.
If you ran the meter along an expansion joint the reading wasnt as high, and would read a consistent 150 to 200. I suspect this is because they are drying out faster as they are not air tight.
Water stains on the sills on inside of most of the windows of the townhouse.
I am thinking that the solution to this is to seal the expansion joints, around the windows, and then paint with a good polyurethane paint to better seal the stucco.
I did notice that the paint seemed a little thin in spots.
The second photo is of what may be a weep hole? I couldnt see any consistancy with weep holes, so I am thinking it is another one of many little imperfections in the stucco and water found its way out…no weep holes above the windows.
The fifth photo is of another stucco opening next to a window.
I’ll get more pics up.