So what does a small crack, large hole, and damaged stucco have in common?
The answer is all three of these can be sources of water intrusion into the framing of your home. The possibility of water leaking in through stucco and damaging the wood framing of your homes is highly likely if you have leaks coming from large holes in your stucco walls, small cracks in the stucco around doors or windows, and especially in areas where the stucco has been damaged. If water gets behind the stucco and can’t get out the wood sheathing behind the stucco starts to rot. The rot is fungus running into the wood framing of the house causing Algae, greenish black stains under the windows, often referred to as “stucco tears”. To see an example of one homeowner’s nightmare, see this report here.