When you are searching for those early warning signs of water leakages through the stuccoing walls of your house, you are looking for those telltale clues of wet stucco. These are basically the same signs that stucco restoration team uses when they repair stuccoing damaged. In fact, the very first thing to check is that the damaged area is not totally covered by the original stuccoing on the wall.
If the damage is all over the place, it could just mean that the water has damaged the surface of the stuccoing material itself or has penetrated deep within the surface. Other signs of water damage include a moist or damp smell, cracks in the stucco and moisture seeping into the structure from the ground and even from the outside.
Surface damage to the stuccos, especially to the joints of the material, is usually a warning sign of a leaky pipe or water leakage. However, it is not a sign that you should immediately call in a repair team because this can also be an early sign of more serious problems such as structural damage caused by moisture seeping into the floor of your house. You should instead make use of a quality stuccoing repair company to carry out the necessary repairs.
On the other hand, if there is dry patch or a discoloration on the surface of the stuccos, this means that the water has penetrated into the basement. The water might have penetrated so deep that you cannot see it anymore or it might not be visible at all. If your basement is flooded with water, the only way that you will know that your house is actually under water is if you hear a lot of rumbling and a whole lot of activity.
However, it is important to note that minor repairs that can still be done by the homeowner can still lead to some major damage. Minor repairs that involve the removal of excess water stains or the removal of excess grime on the wall are the ones that can still cause major damage if the homeowner does not take care of them properly.
Once the repair work is complete, the homeowner can then start looking for more advanced signs of major damage to the structure of the house. One of the most common symptoms of damaged stucco is the appearance of cracks in the stucco. This can easily be spotted by looking for a discolored pattern on the wall surface or by looking for a patch or a spot where the original stuccoing is missing. A discolored patch or patchy surface on the wall is often the sign of internal water leaks or structural damage.