Water leaking through stucco walls is certainly an alarming sight for any homeowner. Perhaps you’re seeing water stains on your walls, seeing water collect near windows and doors, or noticing bowing in your stucco. Whatever the sign of water damage, you’re most likely wondering how the problem happened, what is the extent of the damage and what is the proper course for repair.
Water Leaking Through Stucco Walls
The three main causes of water leaks are pretty simple – but that doesn’t make them any less concerning to a homeowner. In this article we’ll walk you through the top three reasons water might be leaking through stucco walls.
Cracks in Stucco
This one is pretty obvious to spot. If your stucco exterior is cracking, it’s making it easy for water from the outside to make its way into your home. While there are many different causes for cracks in stucco, our biggest recommendation is always to consult with a professional stucco restoration expert. Only a professional will be able to fix your cracked stucco and address any underlying damage that could lead to bigger problems down the road.
Missing Stucco Chunks
This one’s a two-parter. Missing chunks of stucco can clearly make it easy for water to get in and leak into your home, but stucco that can be chipped away or pulled apart easily also signifies water damage deeper down. To get to the root of the problem, we suggest a moisture test to help unveil the extent of the damage. Then, work with a remediation expert to develop the best restoration plan for your home.
Door & Window Gaps
The final common cause of water leaking through stucco walls are gaps and cracks around your windows. While it can be tempting to fix them with caulk, it’s best to undergo a professional assessment to ensure you are addressing the root of the problem and not just covering it up.
Determining the Extent of Water Damage & Proper Repair
While these are the three most common causes of water leaking through stucco walls, there could always be another issue causing your leak. A consultation with a remediation expert is the first step to understanding your leaks and other issues. Our professionals understand how exterior building systems work together to keep water out, and what happens when those systems fail. We use that knowledge to educate homeowners and develop a remediation plan that keeps water out for good.
Contact Ai Restoration to learn more about how we solve moisture problems and keep homes dry!