Most homes in Florida are struggling to keep up the maintenance of their exterior walls because of moisture. If moisture is ignored for a long time, it can damage the walls and other parts of the house. Eventually, costs hundreds of dollars on repair and renovation that re-occurs, again and again. At worst, living in a house rotting from the inside out is risky and dangerous for you and your family. With the right stucco remediation application, you can prevent and avoid harm, at the same time save more money from costly maintenance expenses.
Simple as it seems, stucco remediation is not just about installing stucco on the affected area but, it also requires the right procedures and tools to avoid the hassles and costly expenses to remediate the same problem all over again.
What is Stucco Remediation?
Stucco remediation is a complex yet effective comprehensive repair of the whole wall system. Usually, moisture penetration is the main cause of the damages to the space between layers of the stucco and the walls. Possible causes due to inefficient stucco job or the stucco works are old and expired in function.
When Should You Remediate?
Remediating stucco is a must when the damage is critical and is caused by deeper issues. Though a little bit costly than a simple repair, understandably do not make the decision if necessary. However, if procrastinated in addressing the problem, it will be got worst and more costly. If the stucco is showing signs of mold, moisture penetration, or already aging, probably it’s timely to remediate.
Benefits of Stucco Remediation
- Permanent Fix
- Less Maintenance
- Saves Money and Time
- Peace of Mind
Signs of Stucco Failure
- Caulking – Doors and Windows
- Cracks and Damages – Fixtures
- Dark Spots -Exterior facing Interior Wall or Ceiling
- Interior Leaks -Walls
- Staining -Windows, Cracks, or Missing Pieces
Areas Indicating Stucco Damage
- Doors / Doorsteps
- Ground Clearances
- Masonry & Window Sills
- Roof Transitions
- Other Open Areas
Steps in Stucco Remediation
Step 1 – Search Damaged Areas
Check all areas of the house for damaged stucco materials, both exterior and interior. Probably, you might find some premature signs of stucco damages that need pre-emptive treatments.
Step 2 – Remove Damaged Materials
This involves removing the stucco, materials damaged such as lumber and plywood, and materials affected by molds or moisture like OSB and insulation board.
Step 3 – Locate the Source
Identifying the source of the problem is important to ensure proper treatment and will not re-occur again. Determining how it occurred or how it originated like moisture or water getting in, can be avoided and prevented from happening again.
Step 4 – Apply the Stucco
After removing all damaged materials such as lumber, plywood, and other materials, install fresh stucco to the affected area. Place the right amount of stucco using the six-layer method :
- Asphalt paper
- Rain barrier
- Three separate layers of stucco
Step 5 – Replace New Materials
Properly replace the damaged materials with new ones like OSB boards and insulations, at the affected areas which cause the problem like on doors, windows, and points where water is running off to ensure no recurrence.
Tips to Remediate Stucco
1. To prevent further moisture penetration, use several layers of Tyvek or tar paper. Properly install them under bottom windows and side flanges and paper sealed with tape or caulk.
2. Correctly install metal flashings like step and kick-out flashings to create a water-tight seal on windows and doors. Kick-out flashings are for wall intersections, either for roof lines that do not extend past the stucco wall, or the lower roofline running into the stucco wall.
3. Use weep creeds at the bottom of the stucco to drain out the water.
4. Install gutters if needed, to ensure no rainwater may cause problems to the stucco. Keep gutters properly maintained by keeping them clean from falling leaves and other roof obstructions.
5. Never pressure-wash your stucco walls after the remediation process.
6. If necessary, remove landscaping to avoid in contact with stucco walls. They tend to create moisture as it is trapped on the walls.
7. Make use of alternative tools to repel off water and moisture such as:
- water barriers
- drip caps
- flex flashing
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