If you have not invested in stucco remediation for your Bucks, Chester, Delaware or Montgomery County home, it is especially important to be on guard for storm damage during the warmer months. Wind, rain, and hail can all affect stucco in different ways. Without intervention, destruction from the elements can put your home at serious structural risk. Here are four common signs of storm damage on stucco. By knowing what to look for, you can stop problems before they get worse.
1. Lasting Water Spots
Stucco is naturally designed to retain some moisture, but it shouldn’t stick around for long. When you notice water spots on your exterior long after rain has passed, it can be a sign that stucco isn’t draining properly. Without repair, this water can sit inside your walls and lead to extensive damage including rot, mold, and structural compromise.
2. New Cracking
Cracks can be the bane of one’s existence when it comes to stucco. Once one appears, it can be nearly impossible to fix. Unfortunately, cracking is a common symptom of stucco damage. Whether wind flings debris onto the side of your house or rain exacerbates an existing crack, you may find yourself scheduling stucco remediation in Villanova, PA, following severe weather.
3. Extending Below Grade
Although this problem is more commonly associated with improper installation, stucco that extends below grade can also be the result of stormwater retention. When stucco sinks below grade, any water trapped inside has nowhere to go. Additionally, the stucco will start to pull up even more moisture from the ground.
4. Impact Marks
Hail can have a distinct effect on stucco. Impact marks from hail look different from typical cracking, as they are usually circular in shape. Unfortunately, these indentations can send cracks shooting out from the point of impact without intervention and create exponentially more damage.
To avoid storm damage on stucco, talk to your local stucco remediation expert by giving us a call or requesting a free consultation here.