Efflorescence On Basement Walls
Efflorescence is made up of the minerals found in concrete, soil and water. This white chalky powder is left behind on your basement walls when the water evaporates. While efflorescence isn’t toxic and can easily be brushed off, it’s a sign there’s water leaking into your basement foundation.
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Why Do I Have Efflorescence?
Efflorescence needs to have three things before it can make its debut on your basement walls:
There must be salts that can be dissolved by water in the basement wall. The concrete or brick in your basement walls are made of a variety of natural sources like limestone, clay or sand. These sources are rich in natural minerals which contain, you guessed it, salt.
A Water Source
There has to be a water source. Whether there’s water outside of your basement foundation from poor grading, heavy rain or ground water; the hydrostatic pressure will find a way to push the moisture into your basement.
The water has to be able to pass through the basement wall. The water can enter your basement foundation through the floor wall joint, wall cracks or pores in the concrete.
If you have all three of these things then you have the recipe for efflorescence. If you find efflorescence on your basement walls then you have a moisture problem. If left untreated efflorescence could turn into a flooded basement or cracked basement foundation.
How Can I Stop Efflorescence?
Efflorescence is easy to just wipe off your basement walls but that doesn’t fix the real problem: you have a wet basement.
To stop efflorescence you have to stop the water from coming into your basement. Waterproofing your basement is a labor intensive and precise project, one best left to the professionals.
If done improperly you’ll have more water in your basement or a damaged basement foundation.
What Do I Do Now?
Don’t wait until the efflorescence turns into a flooded basement or a cracked basement wall.
Have a basement waterproofing expert take a look.
Our basement waterproofing specialists are extensively trained by our team of Professional Engineers in waterproofing technologies and foundation repair. They will work with you to create the best basement waterproofing solution for your home.
If we find that you have a basement water problem then we may recommend one of these solutions: FlexiSpan, BasementGutter and JES Dehumidifier.
These products aren’t always the solution to your wet basement, so it’s important to consult with a basement waterproofing expert to find the best solution for your home.
Our professional basement waterproofing consultants will work with you, every step of the way, to design the best basement waterproofing solution for your home’s efflorescence problem. We want to hear your questions and concerns; after all we’re here to help you!
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