Did you choose to adorn your house entirely of stucco? Genius. Not only is stucco visually appealing, but it’s also long-lasting. It does an excellent job at hiding flaws (shout out to the speckled carpet in the living room for hiding all the messes) and naturally regulates the internal temperature of a home. Our favorite feature of stucco is that it’s water-resistant. If your corner of Minneapolis has been plastered with rain this spring season (let’s face it, everyone has been) then it’s time to learn about spring water damage. This post will deal primarily with stucco water damage, but for other spring water damage prevention tips, see our last posts.
So, how can you tell? Stucco water damage can be hard to spot, especially if your landscaping covers the base of your house. After doing some investigative work, you’ll see that water damage usually manifests itself in bumps on the surface and discoloration. In the advanced stages, the stucco will begin to peel off the house, causing unsightly layering and cracking.
Since discoloration in stucco can be caused by dirt, soot, grease, mold, or drastic temperature changes, it can be a misleading clue to water damage. In order to be fully sure of interior damage, a water damage restoration company can perform a moisture test.
Improper stucco composition
Stucco is made from a precise combination of Portland cement, sand, and water. If the ratios are imprecise, the stucco is susceptible to water damage. Before installing stucco for your Minneapolis home, be sure it conforms to the specifications set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology of the Department of Commerce. Apart from that, the mixture should be cured well to prevent it from cracking. Not all contractors are created equal. Research the reputation of the installers to be sure that they consistently perform high-quality work.
Even if stucco is procured at a top-notch facility, it won’t respond well to water if it’s poorly installed. For example, some installers choose to use aluminum flashing as a barrier between water and the seam of the house. Once the flashing decays, water easily oozes into the framework of the house, causing water damage that may not be identified for many months.
When most homeowners see cracks, they immediately notice how unappealing the cracks are. While cracks are unsightly, they can also be detrimental to a home. Any type of crack arising from wind, a minor earthquake, or direct impact will allow water to seep into the layers of the stucco. Cracks are one of the most common sources of water damage, so it’s wise to act quickly when a crack arises.
Pro Tip: Before you fix the water-damaged stucco, fix the cause of the water damage. Trust us, you won’t want to repair the same water damage site twice. After the root cause has been identified and remediated, there are several steps you can take to repair the damage. These steps involve applying a drainage plane material, a vapor barrier, a sealing agent, or a patching compound to the damage site. These materials can be found online or at your local Minneapolis hardware store. Water damage restoration costs vary by the size and scope of the project, but local water damage restoration companies can perform the work for you. Contact 24 Restore if you notice signs of stucco water damage. Our professionals are trained to spot, diagnose, and treat both minor and major cases of water damage. Feel free to contact us with any of your water damage needs, stucco or otherwise.