There are a few distinct warning signs that can indicate when it is time for yout stucco to be remediated.
Signs of age & damage:
Numerous cracks could be more than an aesthetic issue. If you have large cracks over a quarter inch wide, this can indicate a structural problem.
Stucco stains can require a simple cleaning, or they can indicate severe problems, including water damage and mold. Don't just paint over stains and mask the condition. You need to address the underlying problems first.
Crumbling stucco could be due to age, stress, pest infestations, settling, water damage, vibrations, impact accidents, and even improper stucco installation. The problem can worsen and water can seep inside.
Indentations or soft spots in your home’s stucco could indicitate water damage lurking beneath the plaster. Water damage can require extensive structural repairs.
It’s essential to address the moisture problem that creates such an inviting space for moss. Any steps that you can take to minimize the moisture at the walls and prevent water from soaking the area is beneficial.
Impact damage can stem from lawnmowers, weed whackers, kids, and woodpeckers (and more). If your stucco has cracks, stains, moss, crumbles, indentations, soft spots, or doesn’t look right, it’s a good idea to have the stucco inspected before further damage occurs.
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The major benefit of remediation is that it’s a permanent fix because it solves the underlying issues that were causing damage to the stucco.
With remediation, the problems are solved at the source. If moisture penetrates the exterior, it will keep coming back if only "repaired".
Stucco serves as a defense against moisture intrusion and professional remediation can properly protect the rest of your home from damage for a long period of time.
Most of the materials that a homeowner will have access to at any local hardware store will not be sufficient for a long term repair.
Stucco remediation can be done quickly and efficiently when skilled installers with their own specialized equipment and tools are on the job.