How To Spot Bad Stucco – Signs And Symptoms

Stucco has received a bad reputation over the last couple of decades. Poor quality products combined with rushed installations have resulted in stucco pulling away from walls and moisture or damp setting in. It is important to recognize bad stucco in order to remedy the situation as soon as possible whether you are a homeowner or are wanting to buy or sell a property.

How To Spot Bad Stucco

Fortunately, it is actually very easy to spot the signs and symptoms of bad stucco if you are paying attention. Look for the following visible and not so visible signs:

  • Bad stucco effects houses that were built around 20 years ago located primarily in the Northeast region of the country. So if you own a house that falls into this category or you are looking to buy one that is in that age range, it probably has stucco problems.
  • Check for visible signs of mold. The moisture that collects behind the stucco creates the ideal environment for mold growth. Keep in mind that mold can be a health hazard. Stucco that has turned black or has black patches has been affected by mold.
  • A musty, dank odor is another sign of bad stucco. This odor comes from the moisture and may also be a result of mold growth.
  • Leaks that do not originate from plumbing could be due to bad stucco. Whether the leak occurred recently or years ago, this is a sign that needs attention.
  • Crumbling or missing caulking that has become aged.
  • Siding that is pulling away from the house or has become cracked.
  • Wood rot in the exterior walls or fixtures in the home.

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