Asked on Jul 1, 2018

How can we repair out stucco cinder block wall?

SharonSharonNanaBeth85
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Most yards in southern NV have cinder block walls. Sadly, we stucco'd ours - twice & it needs it again. Neighbor's yard is 2-3' higher & the ground moisture kills lower 3' stucco. The last contractor used rubberized/elasto basement/block paint. Now it just comes off in neater, larger elastic pieces. At $5K each time, we need long lasting solution - other than taller landscaping. Desert landscaping is just not lush!

9 answers
  • Sadly the developer of your area used cinder block and not slumpstone. I would ditch the stucco and just paint the cinder block the same as your house and call it a day. Or if you are adventurous, get a muralist to come in and paint a scene on it for you, which could be way cool and a conversation piece. I have seen several done (but done well), and they add to the feel of the yard and a pleasant attraction rather than a sad blank wall.
  • Oliva
    Oliva
    on Jul 1, 2018

    Can you switch to artificial wood fencing with a support system behind it, or plant something inside the top holes of the cinder blocks (bamboo, prairie grass, cactus)? You might be able to attch lattice against the cinder block, and grow vining vegetation. Your watering capabilities are probably rationed, so perhaps trailing Lantana is an option? Do you want to block out your neighbor's yard height? You're right. $5K is far too much to have to spend, repeatedly, when a long lasting alternative might exist.
    • NanaBeth85
      NanaBeth85
      on Jul 2, 2018

      Installing artificial wood products on the inside wall may be a great solution! Using wood here isn't recommended as it rots. I have lantana that works well in one area only-- unfortunately, areas with our full summer sun usually do best with just palms & cacti. 🙄 Thank you!
  • Deb K
    Deb K
    on Jul 1, 2018

    Plant vines to grow over and cover it

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    on Jul 1, 2018

    Hey Nana was the cinder block wall prepared before putting on stucco? Here's what I mean-what you are doing is basically putting cement to cement and that will not stick. If you do an acid wash on the block it opens up like small pores so when the stucco is applied it actually goes into the block. After putting on stucco before painting waterproof it (several coats). Then use elastomeric paint mixed with SEALCRETE. Seal Crete is waterproofer. Another way is to put on the outside of house the wire screen before putting stucco on. Some people use the screen inside their home if they are replastering their walls. Please get a hold of your city or county building dept and have them check on the water that keeps coming your way from your neighbor because they built up their property. Your neighbor might be responsible for having to put in some type of drain to keep this from happening. I know this is a lot but I hope this has helped.
  • Sharon
    Sharon
    on Jul 1, 2018

    Acid can be Muratic acid that used for pools.
    • NanaBeth85
      NanaBeth85
      on Jul 2, 2018

      Thank you. The area of our common wall below the neighbor's ground level is the only problematic area. Our subdivision & surrounding area is a large hill. We were told by a contractor that both sides of wall must be waterproofed, which realistically must be done in early stages of wall building & before both of our inground pool installations.
  • Shore grandmom
    Shore grandmom
    on Jul 1, 2018

    We had that problem too. We live on an island and the one house we built was in a lower area where we would get flooded at times. We ended up having it all scraped off and put stone around the whole foundation. Problem solved. The cost was quite a bit but in the end, we didn't have anymore problems and were not putting money out each year for repairs. Painting was a problem, too because it peeled like the stucco.
    And stay away from vines next to your house, they are very destructive, digging their roots into your house and compromising the structure.
    • Shore grandmom
      Shore grandmom
      on Jul 3, 2018

      First, I have to tell you that this house is 2 blocks from the beach in a low area of the island (Margate, NJ). If we got a heavy rain, we could have flood water up to the bottom of the top garden blocks and part way up the driveway. If we had municipal trucks go down our street, they caused waves! I have pictures of the stone we used on that house. The pictures were taken before we had to do the foundation all the way around the house. The stucco was put on several times and it would just peal off. It is real stone that was put on and mortared around it. It has held up great. It comes in a lot of different colors and sizes. My daughter put stacked stone on her house, but I don't have a picture of the house, but I have a picture of the stone she put on her outdoor kitchen. It's very near a huge pool and is also holding up very well.
      , Close up of my daughter s outdoor kitchen
  • NanaBeth85
    NanaBeth85
    on Jul 2, 2018

    Installing artificial wood products on the inside wall may be a great solution! Using wood here isn't recommended as it rots. I have lantana that works well in one area only-- unfortunately, areas with our full summer sun usually do best with just palms & cacti. 🙄 Thank you!

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    on Jul 2, 2018

    Before you redo the wall, have a French Drain put behind the wall where the water is coming from.
  • Sharon
    Sharon
    on Jul 4, 2018

    Have you gone to the original contractor? And I would just inquire from city or county if this would be part of inspection for the original contractor. Maybe a deal could be worked out between you and original contractor. St least it won't hurt to try.

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