When you are searching for signs of water intrusion, look for noticeable clues of water issues on the walls of your home.

1. Cracks in Stucco — Look for either large cracks or small hairline ones. Stucco cracks do not always mean damage, but it is a common sign of moisture problems.

2. Missing chips and chunks of stucco — Surface damage to your stucco is an indication of water damage. If you find that your stucco flakes or breaks off, it is worth bringing out an expert to investigate further.

3. Window caulk tearing or cracking — The windows and the caulking around them are common places where water can enter a wall. Also, look at your windows for signs of damage. If you see damage here, you may need to have your windows repaired or replaced to prevent moisture damage.

4. Staining or fungal growth — Wet stucco after the rain is normal. However, if the stucco is still wet a week after a rainstorm, that is a sign of a water intrusion. Pay attention to spots on the wall that ALWAYS look damp or discolored and be on the lookout for dark streaks that always reappear.

5. Cracks and bubbles in the wall — Poor drainage will contribute to damage, water leaking through stucco walls shows up along the bottom edge. If you see cracks or odd bubbles, you are seeing the signs of stucco damage.

6. Inside of drywall below the window feels soft — Water can make its way inside. Physically feel your drywall. If it feels soft to the touch or you see cracking at the baseboard, that is a sign that moisture is deteriorating your walls from the outside in.

Quite often your stucco walls may leak but will not show any signs until damage has already started. Truly, the only way to ensure your stucco is safe is to schedule professional stucco inspection by a certified stucco inspector. Contact Bowman Building Assessment to schedule your stucco inspection today.