A wall covering is a vertical surface that may define an area and provide security, shelter, or soundproofing. The surface provides a vertical separation between rooms or spaces and may provide security or privacy, soundproofing, climate control, and fire protection. This section includes wall and ceiling coverings and finishes, including drywall, plaster, baseboards, and molding. The standard is focused on two primary deficiencies – (1) holes and (2) bulging or buckling/unstable surfaces. Cosmetic issues such as peeling paint are not included under this standard. If there are possible lead-based paint hazards, they should be evaluated under the lead paint standards.

Def# Deficiency Severity Repair Due HCV Rating
1 Wall has a loose or detached surface covering Moderate 30 Days Fail
2 Wall is buckling, bulging, or bowing Moderate 30 Days Fail
2 Interior wall component(s) is not functionally adequate Moderate 30 Days Fail
3 Interior wall has hole greater than 2in. Moderate 30 Days Fail
3 Interior wall has holes affecting an area greater than 6×6in. Moderate 30 Days Fail

Wall Covering and Finish Standard V3.0 Updated 6/16/23

Revision: 8
Last modified: 18 July 2023


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