More Blog Posts  on Similar Subjects:

  1. There’s old insulation in the attic labeled “rock wool.” Is it really dangerous asbestos?

  2. What does freeze damaged brick look like?

  3. What causes stair-step cracks in a block or brick wall?

  4. Why is the concrete window sill cracking?

  5. Do stucco walls mean a house is concrete block?

  6. What causes a horizontal crack in a block or brick wall?

  7. How can I tell if a diagonal crack in drywall at the corner of a window or door indicates a structural problem?

  8. The house walls look like stucco, but the inspector says that it’s EIFS. What’s the difference?

  9. Should I use bleach to clean up mold?

  10. What’s is my chance of buying a Gainesville home over a sinkhole?

  11. How can I prevent mold in my Florida winter home when I’m gone for the summer?

  12. There’s an old fuel oil tank underground in the yard. Is it a problem?

  13. Should I buy a fixer-upper?

  14. What do you look for when inspecting vinyl siding?

  15. Why does my concrete floor slab sweat and get slippery?

  16. How can I tell when it’s time to paint the house?

  17. What are the common problems of different types of house foundations?

  18. Does bleach kill mold?

  19. How can I tell if the exterior walls of a house are concrete block (CBS) or wood or brick?

  20. Why is my stucco cracking?

  21. What causes the surface of old bricks to erode away into sandy powder?

  22. Why is a horizontal board running along the bottom of the plywood siding of the house?

  23. Why would a house with Hardieplank siding have exterior wood rot problems?

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   One common cause of minor efflorescence is a sprinkler head that sprays on the wall, like in the photo below. A pressure washer and/or a diluted acid solution is typically used for removal of efflorescence, with the surface promptly dried afterwards to prevent reabsorption of the water.


    Also, efflorescence can form on concrete that is repeated wetted, such as the garage floor in the photo below with an adjoining driveway that was incorrectly sloped to let water puddle at the garage door after every rain.


  A final note: a new masonry building will sometimes have a minor efflorescence bloom, as the moisture still in the material from the manufacturing process is evaporated away during the first months following construction.


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