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Common Problems With Stucco Homes

Jan 17

Stucco homes are an excellent way to add a lot of style to your home, but they are also susceptible to many problems. These problems include foundation settling, mold, water damage and more.

Fortunately, you can fix these problems in a short period of time - making stucco a good choice for home siding in some climates.

Water damage

Water damage is one of the most common issues facing stucco homes. Unfortunately, it can lead to mold growth, wood rot, and structural damage. Fortunately, you can prevent water problems by repairing your stucco and roof early on.

Water intrusion into a home can occur through many different places, including cracks in the stucco or in the building envelope. In some cases, it can even be caused by an improper installation or application of the stucco.

If you notice any visible leaks, you should immediately have them repaired. Leaking water can saturate insulation, sheathing, and wood framing, all of which can result in permanent structural damage.

The best way to detect the cause of your water damage is to hire a certified water damage remediation expert. They can conduct a moisture test and filter out the root of the problem. This will give you an idea of the extent of the damage. You should also make sure that the contractor you hire is insured.

Mold

If you own a stucco home, it is possible that you may have a problem with mold. Mold can be a problem because it can affect your health. In some cases, it can cause respiratory problems. It can also reduce the value of your property.

There are a few simple things you can do to keep your stucco home clean and free of mold. One is to pressure wash your exterior walls.

Another is to install weatherproofing to prevent water penetration or opt for vinyl siding over stucco. You can also try using a dehumidifier to dry your walls.

Mold is one of the most common problems homeowners face. However, it isn't always easy to recognize when it happens. Thankfully, a qualified mold expert can help you identify it. They can inspect your stucco home to find the source of the mold and recommend the best way to remedy it.

Efflorescence

Efflorescence, or white chalky powder, is a substance that occurs on concrete and stucco surfaces when water is present. These materials are porous, and evaporation causes salts to be drawn out. This leaves behind a crystalline deposit that is white, powdery, and appears as a fuzzy or gray tint.

When efflorescence reaches a certain level, it can be a sign of a structural problem. It can be caused by a number of factors, but the main culprit is moisture. Moisture comes from the air, or the ground, or both. If it gets trapped, it can cause damage to a wood structure, rot, and attract bugs.

Depending on the severity of the problem, there are several possible remedies. Proper drainage, proper curing, and properly designed water stops can help prevent efflorescence.

Foundation settling

Stucco homes are particularly susceptible to foundation problems. This can lead to significant damage over time. However, there are steps you can take to avoid it.

First, check your windows and doors. Cracked window and door frames are a sign of foundation settling.

Second, look at the floor. If the slope of the floor is greater than two inches per 15 feet, you may have a foundation problem. Also, consider checking the wall-ceiling junction.

Finally, take note of the drywall. Cracks in the drywall are a common sign of a settling foundation.

Another indicator is a patched crack. Typically, a patched crack will be rougher on the outside and have a small hump on the inside. It is a good idea to check the drywall and other framing in the basement.

Wall rot

When it comes to stucco homes, one of the biggest problems is wall rot. This type of damage occurs when water penetrates the stucco and starts to rot. It can result in structural rot that could take years to resolve. In the worst case scenario, the rot could affect the framing of the exterior walls.

The best way to fix this issue is to do a complete remediation of the stucco. By doing so, you will be able to prevent the damage from happening again in the future.

The first step is to identify where the problem originates. You can do this by hiring an inspection or stucco company. They can use a video scope to find out exactly where the rot is happening.

Another way to identify the problem is by observing how the home looks from the outside. Cracks, mold and musty smells are common signs. Brown streaks on the walls and window openings can also indicate a problem.

Gilbert Stucco
857 E Warner Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85296
(480) 923-7433