What is Efflorescence?

Have you ever noticed a white or chalky-looking substance on the bricks in your basement or crawl space? This can be a sign of efflorescence and it may be time to bring the professionals in to check out the situation.

What Causes Efflorescence?

Many bricks, stone, and concrete contain water soluble salts. When water flows through the brick, stone, or concrete, it carries the salt to the surface. Once the water evaporates, it leaves a deposit on the surface which appears in the form of white marks on the bricks. 

Is Efflorescence In Concrete, Bricks, or Stone Dangerous?

Obviously the appearance of the efflorescence is not visually appealing, but the salt on the surface in and of itself is not dangerous. It can, however, be the sign of a more serious problem. If there is a lot of water flowing through these supporting materials in the home, it can indicate a drainage problem which can lead to foundation issues.

If you notice efflorescence in your crawlspace or basement, it may be time to contact one of our expert foundation specialists. An inspection by a foundation expert can help you identify if there is a problem and what the best course of action may be to protect your home.