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Solving Efflorescence Problems2018-12-19T16:16:38-05:00

SOLVING

EFFLORESCENCE PROBLEMS

EFFLORESCENCE

Crusty, white salt deposits, leached from mortar or masonry as water passes through it.

POSSIBLE CAUSES:

  • Failure to adequately prepare surface by removing all previous efflorescence.
  • Excess moisture escaping through the exterior masonry walls from behind.

SOLUTION:

  • If excess moisture is the cause, eliminate the source by repairing the roof, cleaning out gutters and downspouts, and sealing any cracks in the masonry with a high quality, water-based all-acrylic or siliconized acrylic caulk.
  • If moist air is originating inside the building, consider installing vents or exhaust fans, especially in kitchen, bathroom and laundry areas.
  • Remove the efflorescence and all other loose material with a wire brush, power brush or power washer; then thoroughly rinse the surface.
  • Apply a quality water-based or solvent-based masonry sealer or primer, and allow it to dry completely; then apply a coat of top quality exterior house paint, masonry paint or elastomeric wall coating.

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