Efflorescence build-up is a common sight on many bare cement and brick surfaces, and often affects newly built homes not long after the construction process has finished. This can leave the owners of the home feeling frustrated that their beautiful new property is soon showing signs of stains.
Efflorescence occurs when soluble salts, lime and other water dispersible materials come to the surface of bare substrates like concrete and mortar. It’s usually triggered by low temperatures, moist conditions, or water that has been added to the surface of fresh concrete to assist trowelling.
This can occur very soon after exposure to moist or cool conditions, which is why it often affects newly completed projects.
Another cause can be from moisture that exists behind the substrate. This is a common cause for efflorescence build-up on surfaces like pavers, steps or retaining walls.
If efflorescence is left on the surface, eventually it will calcify and become rock hard. When this happens, the build-up bonds to the surface like stone and can be almost impossible to remove.
Therefore, it’s best to deal with efflorescence as quickly as possible. The white stain that can be seen on bare surfaces is often difficult to remove and common house-hold cleaning products have little or no impact on removing efflorescence stains.
Our team of Technicians are highly experienced in treating such stains on a wide range of substrates and can provide you with the best results possible at your property.
Depending on the type of substrate and build, the use of a suitable sealer can be used to help protect the surface from efflorescence stains. By stopping moisture from making its way into the substrate, a sealer can protect the area and keep moisture out, which will help prevent the efflorescence process from being triggered.
For more information on this treatment process, give our customer service team a call.