Cracks in stucco - what to do?
My wife and I purchased our very first home in June of 2008 in Dade City, FL. It was our dream home and we planned on growing old together in it.
Very soon after purchasing we started noticing cracks in the stucco beginning to form. Everyone that we talked to at the builders, Maronda Homes, we were told they were just ”cosmetic”.
As the years went by the cracks became very large and we even developed “stair step“ cracks, where (on the garage) side, we have matching through and through cracks in the block wall in the garage. We have had water intrusion and have had a constant battle with mold and mildew in that wall.
We have the same exact “stair step“ cracks on the opposite side of the house. Unlike the garage, however, we cannot see what is behind the kitchen wall. Common sense would say there would be water intrusion and mold just like the garage.
We have another horizontal crack on the back of the house where water intrusion is obvious. In the internal wall, opposite the crack, we have had water damage to the baseboard and carpet.
Every window upper and lower have cracks coming from the corners. The first floor windows have cracks in the sills. To be clear, there are cracks everywhere you look on the house.
We obtained a law firm approximately 2 years ago. They sent inspectors and specialists to our home. They took roughly eight 2-inch core samples of the stucco on every wall and level. All 8 of these holes were filled and are STILL filled with white shrunken silicon. When the report came out, there was not a single thing about the stucco that passed the inspection. Every core sample was not up to code. It was also noted that no “beading” was found around any of the windows or sliding glass doors. We were also told that the separator between the lower and upper level was not up to code. We’ve already tried mediation but the builder, Maronda Homes, was not willing to budge. They offered to “patch and paint”, which our counsel advised against because the inspection shows that eventually the stucco will start sloughing off. Our lawyers have yet been able to get Maronda Homes to either 1.) Remove the stucco, windows, door, and redo UP TO CODE, nor 2.) Make an offer and cut a check so that we can have our home repaired.
So we are stuck. I developed an undiagnosed lung mass since moving into the home. The doctors cannot pinpoint what it is or what caused it. The cancer center would like to remove my entire middle lobe to diagnose but for quality of life, my wife and I decided not to proceed. Infectious Disease specialists tried to “kill” the mass and I had a severe reaction to the antibiotics and developed Steven Johnson Syndrome and I almost died. I have since been deemed permanently disabled and I have no immune system and I have to have 4-hour infusions once a month to keep me alive. Having no immune system means that my body cannot fight off any infection caused by mold or mildew spores.
So as you can see, we are stuck in quite the dilemma and we do not know what to do. It’s not like anyone will be willing to fix it pro bono Being disabled we are now in a very fixed income and can not afford to even attempt to fix what is supposed to be our dream home.
We are hoping to get your advice.
Thank you in advance!
Mr. & Mrs. Jason & Randi Kinney
[Examples of cracking attached]