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    Efflorescence – Bubbles, Band or Bummer?

    Mention the word efflorescence and most people instantly think of the early 2000’s rock band Evanescence… or the fizzy effervescence of Alka-Seltzer. Trust me, while efflorescence may end up causing you to pop an antacid, if you own a home or building made or trimmed with brick or stone this word is definitely nothing to sing about as it can end up spelling trouble for your investment…

    The issue starts with rainwater soaking into masonry. It dissolves natural salts that recrystallize when the surface dries. The salts build up in the masonry pores from repeated wet/dry cycles. In cold weather, water freezes and expands inside the masonry pores. At first the cracks and fractures from wet/dry and freeze/thaw cycles are microscopic. If left untreated, brick deterioration and cracking will start and eventually lead to other masonry problems! One of the best preventative measures is to clean and seal your masonry, which can help prevent issues for years to come. I strongly suggest that if you have not protected your brick do so immediately before larger problems have a chance to develop. If you attempt to do the project yourself just be sure to do your research and know what materials your property was built with as different cleaners, tools, and sealers react differently to various surfaces.

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    Wes Langston

    Wes Langston is a masonry expert & owner of The Mason Medic restoration company in Cape Girardeau, MO. You can follow Wes on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest @theMasonMedic

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