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PGLeo6

04:20AM | 03/14/07
Member Since: 03/13/07
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I have a 5 mo. old house in south Florida. It's a concrete block house with a stucco finish. I've noticed a couple of very fine cracks in the stucco. Is this normal? Could the house be settling?

Glenn Good

04:19PM | 03/18/07
Member Since: 09/10/03
314 lifetime posts
The size of the cracks is important as well as the direction the crack is taking. Keep monitoring the cracks and if they continue to get larger you could have a problem.

Seal small cracks to keep out water and monitor them to insure they are not growing larger. Small cracks are not normally a problem but it they continue to grow or widen it could be a sign of movement.

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carlbrown

03:59AM | 03/20/07
Member Since: 01/05/05
83 lifetime posts
Is it over block or wood framing?

http://www.badstucco.com

PGLeo6

01:19PM | 03/26/07
Member Since: 03/13/07
3 lifetime posts
The stucco is over block, very common here in south Florida. The cracks are very fine, you really have to look for them. There's 3 and they're vertical cracks about 20 to 24" long.

carlbrown

01:26PM | 03/26/07
Member Since: 01/05/05
83 lifetime posts
Any pictures by chance?

http://www.badstucco.com

bhorton60

08:42AM | 04/24/07
Member Since: 04/23/07
1 lifetime posts
After only five months of being in the home, you hsould not be seeing cracks. As a former resident and owner of a Florida home, I can tell you that most of the homes do have settling cracks, even new ones. However these cracks should be repaired soon. I would contact the builder and have it repaired. Hurricane season is coming and driving rain can easily penetrate those fine cracks and begin to cause problems for you; ie. mold and such.

Stucco is a three coat process and should have a considerable thickness when complete. There are often reports of poor stucco jobs (not adding all three coats for a proper thickness) and they usually found by homeowners after the storm when they have water in their home.

There is a very good paint that will help seal the stucco, but in my opinion it only masks the problem.

HammerTime01

09:14PM | 04/29/07
Member Since: 04/18/07
26 lifetime posts
yeah I heard mold can do that
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