Church evaluation reveals damage caused by changes to exterior

MPS recently completed an evaluation of a stone bell tower at a church in Eastern Pennsylvania. The bell tower had suffered significant damage caused by ongoing moisture infiltration which occurred over a period of decades. MPS found that the bell tower originally had a stucco finish which was removed to expose the stone backup wall. This stone wall was never intended nor constructed to be exposed to the elements, and the tower’s walls had been taking on excessive amounts of moisture since the stucco was removed. Repointing the stone walls was not a practical or cost-effective solution and in the end the re-installation of stucco on the stone walls was the only solution for this building.