Efflorescence is a common occurrence and is not a cause for immediate concern on its own. However, it can be an indication of underlying moisture issues or water intrusion, which can lead to more significant problems if not properly addressed. Proper identification and management of efflorescence are essential to prevent potential long-term damage to the building materials and maintain the aesthetics and structural integrity of the surfaces.
What to do if you suspect efflorescence on your building
When facing efflorescence or any other exterior surface issues, it’s important to act promptly and take preventive measures to avoid potential long-term damage.
Efflorescence is a crystalline deposit of salts that can form on various building surfaces like brick, concrete, stone, stucco, and others. It occurs when water containing dissolved salts migrates through the porous material and reaches the surface. As the water evaporates, it leaves behind the salt deposits, resulting in the characteristic white or greyish tint on the surface.
Concerns when Efflorescence is present
Structural Damage: The continued presence of moisture can weaken and deteriorate building materials like brick and wood over time. This can lead to spalling, structural damage, compromising the integrity of the building and potentially requiring costly repairs.
Underlying Issues: Efflorescence can serve as a warning sign of more severe problems within the building, such as leaks, poor drainage, or water infiltration. Ignoring these issues can lead to further damage to the building structure and exacerbate the efflorescence problem.
Identifying and resolving the source of moisture is crucial to preventing efflorescence from recurring in the future. Seeking the assistance of a professional restoration service with expertise in dealing with efflorescence and moisture-related masonry issues can help ensure the problem is properly diagnosed and effectively addressed.
Our professional restoration service at BRC, specializes in diagnosing and removing efflorescence from various exterior surfaces like concrete, brick, granite, marble, and stucco. Our knowledgeable and experienced technicians can correctly and safely remove efflorescence without harming the underlying surface. If you are a building manager or property owner dealing with efflorescence issues, contact us today to discuss the process and come up a with a plan to get the results you want.