Stucco Damage At Sidewalk
This type of stucco damage is going
to be more of a problem in an area where it snows or rains for more than
four months out of the year. If this type of construction was located in
a dry desert climate, you probably wouldn't have this problem.
Could you imagine snow sitting on top of the sidewalk, up against the home for more than three months out of the year without any damage to the stucco? You've got to keep the moisture away from your home.
If you look close enough, you will see that the stucco weep screed is at least a quarter of an inch above the concrete sidewalk. If the homeowners would have lowered the sidewalk and maintained the property, they wouldn't have stucco damage like this next to their house.
Home Repair Tip: There's not a lot that you can do about a situation like this, unless you plan on removing the sidewalk and lowering it. This could cost a lot of money right now, but could save you a lot of money in home repair bills in the future.
If your house is surrounded by concrete and you have stucco damage like this around your building, you could find yourself making some tough choices. It would probably be cheaper to remove the weep screed and raise it above the sidewalk than it would be to remove an extremely large amount of concrete and soil, to lower the sidewalk.
I really don't have a good fix for this type of problem, but I would like you to remember something else. If you're a home builder, contractor or home remodeler and you run into a situation where you're going to pour some concrete up against a home, make sure that it's at the least 1 inches below the weep screed.