Water damage can have a serious impact on stucco homes. When stucco is exposed to too much moisture, it can be very easy for mold to develop. Whether it’s on the surface or hiding beneath the stucco, mold is a big problem. It can cause damage to your home’s foundation and it can have a negative impact on your health. However, there are many myths out there in regards to how mold affects your stucco home. Don’t fall victim to the mold, ignore these myths and seek out a stucco remediation expert right away.
Myth #1: Mold Is Always Visible
Many times, homeowners make the mistake of thinking that there is only a mold problem if you can actually see it but this is not the case. Even if you can’t see mold growing on your stucco, it can still be present. This myth is especially dangerous because, if ignored, mold can create dangerous problems for you and your home.
Mold is stealthy. It can hide in the smallest of places including underneath your stucco. The only way you’d be able to see this mold is by removing the stucco entirely. If the mold continues to grow and get worse, you will notice dark spots or discoloration on your stucco walls. In order to discover it before it’s too late, you’ll need to have a stucco remediation expert inspect your home.
Myth #2: Only Homes in Wet Climates Need to Worry About Mold
While homes in wet climates are more susceptible to stucco mold, those in dryer climates can still experience it. This is because outside moisture is not the only factor that causes mold to grow on or under your stucco. The only thing that mold needs to survive is trapped moisture. If your stucco is not installed correctly, moisture can easily seep behind the surface, causing mold to grow.
Myth #3: Simply Removing and Cleaning Mold Spots Will Work
Though it may seem as simple as removing the mold and cleaning the area where it existed, stucco remediation is a much more complicated process. Removing and cleaning the mold spots will not prevent mold from growing again if there is still moisture present. A stucco remediation expert will not just remove the mold but any areas that were exposed to water damage as well. Then the source of water will be removed before they begin to reinstall your new stucco with water-resistant barriers.
Myth #4: It’s Normal for Homes to Have Mold
There is nothing normal or “okay” about mold being present in your home. If your home has a mold problem under the stucco surface, it is most likely because the stucco was not installed correctly in the first place. If done right, the stucco’s water-resistant barriers should prevent mold from growing on or beneath the stucco surface.
Mold doesn’t just have a negative impact on your home; it can have a negative impact on your health as well. When mold is present it can cause allergic reactions, headaches, increased asthma problems, or even respiratory damage. While the effects will vary depending on the individual, removing a mold problem is still very important for your health.
Stucco Remediation for Your Home
Don’t believe anything you see about mold not being a problem for your stucco home. If ignored, it can cause serious structural damage to your home, causing you to pay much more for repairs than if you get it taken care of right away. Luckily with stucco remediation, you can have mold removed and new stucco installed correctly.
At Royal State Construction, we are experts in both exterior and interior stucco installation. Our stucco remediation experts will remove any mold spots and sources of water before installing your new stucco with the highest quality water-resistant barriers. When the job is done, you can trust that your stucco walls are protected from excess moisture in the future. Take a look at our gallery to see some the past work we’ve done or contact us today for more information on stucco remediation.