Efflorescence can change into several different forms which is why it’s not so easy to remove. Efflorescence in its basic form is made up of of water-soluble salts that form to the surface of things like bricks and concrete. Water is what brings the efflorescence to the top of the concrete surface. Retainer walls typically have this problem because the water in the ground is on one side “pushing” the water/vapor to the opposite “exposed” side of the wall. On top of that you have rain that is falling on the exposed side of the wall that is drawing those salts to the top. Efflorescence typically looks like a white salt but can also be greyish, black and sometimes mistaken for mildew or algae because it’s green.
Water brings the dissolved salts to top of the surface and as it evaporates, it leaves behind the crystal deposits. In this efflorescence development, you can typically just use a rust brush to grind it off the surface. However, you must act quickly because it’s only a matter of time before the carbon dioxide in the air converts the deposits into water insoluble (calcium) carbonates that harden and become difficult to remove. Over time the Efflorescence grows and hardens so much that even certain acid solutions have a difficult time removing it.
Once the carbonates have formed, it typically requires a combination of the right solution and equipment. At TMG Companies we have the right tools and solutions to get your property, walls and concrete looking new again and it is completely safe! Call us today to schedule a free home consultation!
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