Expose the bottom of the stucco. Use a shovel to clear any dirt away if necessary.
Score a line a 1/4 inch up from the bottom of the stucco using a straight edge and box knife. Cut off the bottom strip by guiding an angle grinder along the score line making sure to cut through the backing board. This creates a clean edge to seal.
Use a scrub brush to clean any dirt from around the edge so it does not contaminate the sealant. Make sure that where the backing board meets the foundation is free from debris so the sealant will adhere to the foundation.
Apply an elastomeric sealant or caulk between the foundation and the lower edge of the stucco. Completely fill the space between, making sure that the bottom of the backing board is covered as well. Use a caulk gun if necessary, although some sealants come in a tube that can be hand squeezed instead.
Shovel the earth back over the bottom edge of the stucco when the sealant or caulk is dry if necessary.
Things You Will Need
- Box knife
- Straight edge
- Angle grinder
- Scrub brush
- Elastomeric sealant or caulk
- Caulk gun (if needed)
- Exterior elastomeric paint
- Paint brush
- Paint the bottom of the stucco with an elastomeric exterior paint before replacing any earth. An extra barrier of paint will help the stucco resist moisture.