Stucco soft spots or indentations
Unfortunately, soft spots or indentations in your stucco is some of the worst news that you can receive, and I always hate being the bearer of bad news when I inspect homes and noticed this. Usually, soft spots or indentations in your stucco mean that there is water damage hiding beneath your exterior, and at that point you’re usually at the mercy of a very expensive costing job Besides just redoing your stucco exterior. Water damage is already your homes worst enemy, but if enough water has worked its way behind your exterior to the point where it’s now causing you are very strong rigid stucco to be soft and dented inwards, that means a lot of water has worked its way behind your wall and is now wreaking havoc on everything back there.
Behind your stucco exterior, you have a couple of Important pieces of I’m construction, the first one I want to mention is your insulation. The good news about stucco is that it’s a fantastic insulator on its own, but most homes built nowadays have extra insulation in the walls, especially here in Dallas where we reached extreme highs of over 110° and we will also Experience extreme lows for a short period of time in the winter where we will experience ice or snow. Because of that, a majority of homes have their walls insulated, and the problem with having extreme water damage behind your walls touching your insulation, is that your insulation will now get wet, and it will stay wet because insulation works like a sponge. So now you were looking at a fantastic breeding ground for mold and mildew which as I mentioned before, is extremely costly and could be detrimental to your health.
The next thing I want to point out is the fact that you have structural pieces of wood back there, and as we know, water seeping into word for an extended period of time leads to that wood rotting. If you now have riding studs, you’re looking at replacing studs on the home so your wall doesn’t collapse, and each stud requires removing the exterior, propping up the rest of that wall for structural integrity, and then replacing that stud. This kind of work cost thousands of dollars and you definitely want to avoid that.
The third thing I wanna point out is that your walls are sitting directly on top of your foundation, and if you have enough water getting inside of your walls to cause soft spots or indentations, then that water is more than likely sitting right on top of that concrete foundation, which is what causes it to crack a lot faster. Everybody knows how expensive foundations are and you definitely want to avoid that if possible.
For all these reasons and more, if you notice any soft spots or indentations in your stucco wall, please, for your own sake, give us a call and we will give you a free inspection and estimate on repairing the damages before they get extremely expensive.