Info on Stucco and Plastering-April, 2018-fifty-second issue
sprinklers hit the stucco everyday
I have a stucco construction question I hope you can help me with.
We had some french doors installed on a sheer wall which
had to be reinforced and eventually re-stuccoed. This was
about 1 1/2 years ago. We recently discovered mold growing
inside our house. Upon investigating possible water sources
we narrowed it down to a planted area outside where sprinklers
hit the stucco everyday. The contractor explained that the area
against the house every so often has a "weepscreed"
(not sure on spelling) installed the let the house breathe.
Exactly where the water source is entering the house the "weepscreed"
was not installed right up the the house, but approx. 1 1/2 inches from the
house...you can actually stick your hand between the house and the weepscreet.
This area is approximately 2 feet long, then the weepscreed goes right up to the
house from that point on.
Is this proper construction? or did the contractor possibly install this
Change the direction of the sprinklers !
Stucco is a porous material, like brick, and water will soak through.
Even tarpaper or grade D paper will soak through in an hour.
The stucco is fine. It is OK to have a gap at between the back of the weep screed and the
house, even if there is exposed wood. The fact the stucco contractor used weep screed shows they are better
It's OK to have a gap between the drip or weep and the house.