Stucco Mold Damage: A Common Problem

Stucco Mold Damage is a Common Complaint of Property Owners

Stucco mold damage often occurs. Numerous homeowners claim a major construction problem as a result of faulty stucco. Stucco mold damage occurs due to trapped moisture from faulty stucco. Exterior siding damage is a very common problem we find. Most home inspectors are good at finding the obvious like wood rot and obvious damage. However, we see lots of water and mold damage around windows. Stucco is also one of the worst exteriors that retains water and causes mold on exterior walls.  Finding mold or water damage that is less obvious is more difficult. We recommend you look for signs of moisture, especially around windows. Signs or warping wood, peeling paint, discoloration, condensation or mold are all signs of a potential bigger problem. Exterior siding issues commonly cause what we call hidden mold problems. Many times they are not see with the visible eye until the damage is significant.

There’s a reason why stucco has been used for so many decades primarily because of its aesthetic values. While the exterior may look so appealing and perfectly fine even as a substitute for vinyl siding, hidden beneath there could be thousands of expenses of structural cost and damaged issues. However, the problem is that the inspectors and builders fail to install them efficiently. Why is this only being realized now? Well, stucco has been used for many decades but the installation methods seem to vary, and that is based on the builder’s techniques. Some say it doesn’t matter how skilled the plasterer is, rain will still get behind the stucco and with time causing stucco mold damage. Stucco mold damage may be a more significant problem than anyone knows because it is close to being undetectable until a significant amount of mold forms. Many homes were built many years ago that have an issue but the owners are still unaware, and this might cause an enormous problem in the future.

To those living in places experiencing harsh climates with a lot of rain, humidity, and probably even snow, the majority of people don’t realize the potential of stucco mold damage. Stucco mold damage can cause destruction to their homes and cost them a great deal. Anytime it rains, or there’s high humidity, water makes its way especially on the windows and doors where the roof joins the house, and this can lead to hazardous damage of home including a proliferation of stucco mold because there’s water in the wall cavity that fails to dry. Basically, homes begin to rot on the inside without the knowledge of the homeowner and that are harbingers for mold. It’s not stucco per say that’s the problem; it’s what underneath; peeling back the stucco walls reveals rotten wood and mold. Perhaps there’s no escape to stucco construction problems because the windows are relatively weatherproofed and no matter how long in one way or the other issues related to rot and mold will harbinger either visible or undetectable. It is usually the fault of the builders since the exterior Insulation, and finishing systems are rather expensive and complicated thus builders may take shortcuts assuming the manufacturer’s instructions. Improper drainage as a result of these shortcuts can cause moisture to easily seep in roof-lines, exterior cracks, door edges, and windows accelerating the rotting of wood, formation of mold and causing damage to the interior of the stucco with or without the owner’s knowledge. Although stucco mold damage is inevitable, with proper management, the disaster can be put under control limiting its occurrence. Construction companies must be keen with their workers to ensure they are discreet in their use of stucco in delicate sections of their edifice.

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