What is Efflorescence & how do we remedy it?

Efflorescence What Is It & How Do We Remedy It?

Efflorescence is a common problem that property owners face in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Central Scotland. This unsightly white deposit appears on the surface of concrete, masonry, and brick products, often caused by the evaporation of water, leaving behind salt deposits. Although it might not cause immediate damage, it can lead to cracks, weakening the structure over time and compromising its integrity.

To tackle this issue, it’s crucial to identify the root cause of the moisture. It may stem from leaks in the plumbing system, inadequate ventilation or cracks in the foundation. Once identified, repair or maintenance work can be performed to prevent further efflorescence from occurring.

Then comes the laborious task of removing existing efflorescence. Depending on the situation, you can use a stiff bristle brush with water or seek commercial products explicitly designed for efflorescence removal. After cleaning the surface, you can seal it with a water-repellent sealer that prevents moisture from penetrating the surface, thus avoiding future efflorescence.

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