Stucco Water Damage, Lakeland, FL
Water may be the origin of life but it's living death for stucco. When water gets into your stucco coating and builds up between it and the wall then there are a variety of effects that can result but non of them are good. Discoloration, mold, rot, and eventual structural damage are all likely to end up as the results of water damage to your stucco. The good news is that not only can it be cured but the cure doesn't have to be painful or expensive – particularly if the water damage is caught early. Which is why at even the slightest suspicion that water is damaging your stucco you should call Lakeland Stucco Repair Pros right away.
How to Spot Water Damage in Stucco
There are a number of ways in which water damage makes itself known in stucco. The first is staining. You've probably noticed that stucco turns darker in contact with water, and that's only to be expected when it rains. What you may notice is that sometimes there are slightly darker spots in other areas though, and they aren't due to recent rainfall. Equally a lot of water leaves a white mark, if you see any white stains 'marbling' the surface of your stucco it means there has been water present there that has since dried but which wasn't affecting other areas of the stucco. Then there's efflorescence which is the next step and leaves a white crystalline deposit on the surface. That's a sign that water has passed through the stucco and dissolved mineral salts on the way and could show a water path in the material. Efflorescence can lead to blistering when the water finds its path blocked and builds up before drying out which causes local blisters which are not only a sign of damage in themselves but will eventually pop or crack and let more water in. Mold is another sure sign that water has been able to build up beneath the surface or on the surface but isn't being dried away effectively. Any of these signs means it's time to call in the pros from Lakeland.
Improper Preparation or Application
There are many possible causes for water damage in stucco but one of the most common is that the stucco hasn't been properly prepared or applied. We only use the highest quality materials in our stucco, whether acrylic or cement and that means that those materials have been properly cured to make them as water resistant as possible over time. Uneven application of stucco can also lead to weak problem patches. Let the pros check out your existing stucco and get to the bottom not only of the symptoms but also of the cures.
Staining or blistering in the stucco may be a sign that plumbing in the wall is leaking or drainage isn't working properly so as well as repairing your stucco we may also be doing you a favor by finding faults in other systems around your home.
Aluminum flashing, often used to protect the seams of your house, will eventually oxidize and corrode and that may lead to efflorescence and staining of your stucco. So like the plumbing problems mentioned above, calling in the stucco pros may save more than your stucco.