When faced with stucco problems (like leaks and stains), most homeowners want to fix the problem as quickly and as inexpensively as possible. Naturally, when it comes to things like stucco leak repair, a band aid solution can be tempting. However, the quick fix doesn’t do anything to address the underlying problems, which is why it’s important to have a professional evaluate the leak and help you decide what to do next.
Signs of Leaky Stucco
We’ve already discussed some of the more obvious (and tempting to fix yourself) signs of stucco leaks, so today we’re going to dive into some of the more subtle signs that you may not notice until it’s too late.
Wet stucco during rain is perfectly normal. Stucco that still looks damp a week later? Not so much. If your stucco looks like it’s been through a monsoon and you can’t remember the last time it rained, that’s a major sign that there is a leak or underlying water damage that should be addressed by an expert.
Cracks and Bubbles on Interior Walls
Stucco isn’t supposed to leak, so your interior walls aren’t designed to handle excess moisture. If your home has leaky stucco, the bottom edges of your walls can appear cracked and bubbly. In the short term this just means that water is lingering longer than it is supposed to, but the long term impacts include mold and rot.
Soft Drywall (Especially Around Windows)
Drywall is called drywall for a reason – it’s not supposed to get very wet! However, if your stucco is leaking and allowing water from the outside to permeate your drywall, you could experience a damp, soft, or downright mushy patch of drywall, especially near windows.
Finding the Right Remediation Expert
All of these symptoms of stucco leaks are more subtle than the most common causes of water leaks, but that means it’s even more important to call a company specializing in remediation to evaluate the severity of the problem. The experts at Ai Restoration are dedicated to educating our customers about stucco leaks, all while providing exceptional customer service and the best warranties in the region.