Inspecting Your Interior Stucco

Despite being less visible to the public, it is still equally important to inspect and take care of your interior stucco to ensure it lasts. Stucco inspections are also important when selling your home. This ensures that repairs are done so the sale price of the home can increase. Similarly, stucco inspections are important when buying a home to ensure repairs will not be needed soon after the purchase. 

How Often Should You Inspect Your Stucco?

Luckily, stucco is a very strong and durable material; made to last decades. Simple inspections, where you are just looking visually at the stucco, should be done at least twice a year. It is also recommended to do a visual inspection after severe weather, although not common in Nevada. An intensive inspection, where holes are drilled to look inside the stucco, is only needed if there is reason to believe there is interior damage. 

What to Look for During Stucco Inspection

Unlike the inspection for exterior stucco, when it comes to interior stucco, damage may not be as visible with a simple glance. Most of the interior damage occurs internally, and by the time it is visible externally, major repairs are needed. The most common reason for interior stucco damage is water intrusion. This means water has snuck through the house’s exterior and into the walls or ceiling. What to specifically look out for:

  • Cracks- Different cracks could mean different damages, but in general, they are not a good sign. 
  • Missing pieces- If there are chunks or chips of stucco missing from the wall, this probably means there is damage, probably water, coming from underneath.
  • Discoloration-  Discoloration in the stucco is another potentially major issue that is probably derived from moisture.

Specific areas can be known to be more problematic because moisture tends to collect there. Specific areas to look out for include:

  • The areas surrounding windows – A common place for moisture to sneak in is around windows.
  • The bottom of walls – Water may seep through the wall and collect at the bottom, causing bubbles.

How to Patch Stucco Walls and Ceilings

If you like doing home improvement projects on your own, stucco repairs to the walls and ceilings are possible to complete. Follow the guidelines below to learn how to patch up your stucco damages:

  • Remove all damaged stucco – Before adding the new stucco, remove any that are unwanted or have been damaged to ensure a fresh base.
  • Make the stucco mixture. This is probably the most complex part of patching up stucco because if the mixture is made incorrectly, everything else is destined to go wrong. Here is an example of a mixture recipe:

The most basic recipe is three parts sand and one part plastic cement. This can get the job done but may not be the best option. Another more modern recipe is sand, cement, lime, and water. Mixes may also consist of fibers and synthetic acrylics to make the stucco even stronger and more durable. 

  • Wet the edges of the old stucco. Wetting the edges will ensure the new and old stucco blend together.
  • Apply the stucco. Scoop out the stucco and apply it to the desired area. Then smooth out the area with a finishing trowel. Keep adding the mixture as needed, until the new stucco is half an inch thinner than the surrounding area. 
  • Apply multiple layers. Some stucco may require a few layers to make the area as strong as possible. These layers should be added within three days of the first layer.
  • Paint. Painting the stucco is not required, but if it is done, wait until it is fully dry. This could take anywhere from a few days to an entire week. 

When to Call and Interior Stucco Contractor

As previously mentioned, most stucco damage happens internally and requires more complex repairs. If the damage is internal, small holes, via a drill, are needed to inspect inside the walls or ceilings. Following the inspection, or repairs if they are needed, the holes will then need to be refilled. 

Work with an Interior Stucco Contractor Near You

When it comes to the interior of your home, you don’t want to mess around. Hiring an interior stucco contractor will be beneficial to repair damages before they get worse. Although it is possible to complete repairs on your own, hiring a contractor like Sparks Stucco, for your stucco services will ensure that the repairs are done correctly and won’t require further work for the time to come.