Commonly Overlooked REAC Deficiencies: Building Exterior Wall Stains

Commonly Overlooked REAC Inspection Deficiencies

This summer we are starting a four-part series about some of the REAC deficiencies that clients are saying they have "never heard of before". With the recent addition of newly trained REAC inspectors, many of whom have a greater attention to detail, many deficiencies that had been overlooked for years are now becoming part of the everyday REAC inspection. In the next few issues of The Score, we will detail what these issues are and how you can best prepare for your inspection.

Stains on the Outside of Building Exterior Walls

One of the most frequent issues that we have heard that clients are surprised by are stains on the outside buildings. Just as with the rest of the issues in this series, this deficiency has been part of the UPCS Inspection code since its origin in 1999. The deficiency is recorded by the percentage of any one side of a building, what we commonly refer to as a "face" or "side" of a building. In any one side of the building, if less than 50% of the wall is affected by stains, it is a Level 1 (Minor) deficiency, and if it is more than 50% of the wall, it is a Level 2 (Major) deficiency. Stains can include moss, dirt, water stains, or any other discoloration on the walls or siding. This same deficiency also applies to peeling and deteriorated paint on exterior walls

Does This Apply to All Buildings?

Many clients have questioned whether this should apply to storage sheds and other appurtenant structures. If the building has power, a permanent foundation, and four enclosed walls, then it is an inspectable building, and the issue would apply just the same as to the other buildings. For any building, regardless of size, location, or the purpose of the structure, any wall that is affected by stains should be cited as being within the UPCS inspection code standard.

What Should You Do Before Your REAC

You should check all buildings for stains and peeling paint, make sure that you check all building exterior walls both up-close and from a distance to ensure that you see all possible issues of stains, discoloration, or peeling paint. You may resolve the issue by:

  1. Power-washing the building(s)
  2. Scrubbing stained areas on the building such as hard water stains near spigots, or stains on the wall around electrical or plumbing equipment. Frequently people use products such as CLR, acid wash, or degreaser for cleaning walls with hard to clean stains.
  3. Painting areas of the exterior wall(s) with peeling or deteriorated paint
Best Practices for REAC Preparation

The best practice to ensure that you have properly prepared for a REAC inspection is to have a complete and thorough inspection of your property at the beginning and end of your preparation. The Pre-REAC at the beginning of the inspection will establish what needs to be done, both in terms of what items are deficient and what items carry a significant point penalty. Directly before your inspection, another Pre-REAC will ensure that other issues have not occurred in the meantime and that everything was done properly. US Housing Consultants works with thousands of clients each year to help them through this process and ensure a high-performer score on every inspection. It's the only effective way to take the guesswork out of your next REAC inspection. Contact us today to find out about how you can effectively understand the process and make sure that you always get the best score possible. 

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