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Daleeman 03-13-2010 05:27 PM

Stucco problem
I'm new to the forums and I'm not really sure where to start here with my problem...

I have a hairline crack in my stucco that has apparently been there for quite some time. I patched it up, and proceeded to pull up carpet finding that my tack strips are molded about 6' in each direction and on my carpet. The house is block construction and this is on an outside wall. The builder put a 1x4 at the bottom of the block (presumably to hold baseboard) which is molded as well. The area where the mold seems to be the greatest is right at the back-side of my shower (buts up to an interior wall). I pulled drywall out and verified that my plumbing isn't leaking... Hard to explain, I suppose.

So 2 questions:

1) The crack was so small it was barely visible. Over time, could this kind of fine crack present a problem like this?
2) Who/what kind of contractor would I call to even begin to address this?

Thanks in advance for the help.

EDIT: This is the current situation

kwikfishron 03-14-2010 01:02 PM

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If the moisture barrier behind the stucco is in good shape and done properly a small crack shouldn’t matter.

Are there any windows or other openings above this area?

Have you ever felt it wet there?

Daleeman 03-14-2010 01:17 PM

Its somewhat below a window. If you take a peek at the picture link I posted in my original post, you'll see what I mean. But I'll say this, there's no sign of water running (water spots, mold, etc) further up the wall. That said, I HAVE felt moisture on the sill, but it was condensation and I felt it on all my windows.

kwikfishron 03-14-2010 01:32 PM

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It’s kind of hard to see in the picture but I doesn’t look like it’s been wet above the sill but since you have it opened up get out there with a hose and try to make it leak.

I’ve been in the siding business a long time and before I rip anything apart on the outside to find a “Mystery Leak” I’ll take the hose to it. A few min. with a hose and someone on the inside looking can answer a lot of questions and maybe save a lot of $$$

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