Efflorescence

A few days ago we were asked to do something about the efflorescence in this basement. Water penetration in basements and the resulting efflorescence, along with potential mold, mildew, mustiness, and humidity, is an extremely common problem. There are many causes and each situation is unique, but I thought I would post this here to let you guys know that we do indeed perform this service. Below is our before & after picture of the basement we completed a few days ago:
Basement Efflorescence - Before & After

Basement Efflorescence - Before & After

We used muriatic acid and a whole lot of elbow grease to scrub that stuff off and rinse it out of the basement. We allowed it to dry and came back in the next day with Sherwin Williams' Water Blocking Primer/Finish (here's the Product Data Sheet), a product that is basically identical to Drylok Extreme but without the fancy price tag. At the time of the estimate there were definitely damp areas in this basement and we needed a fairly cost effective and quick solution, not to come in with dehumidifiers and heaters and blast the place dry for a couple weeks, etc... so finally I located this product. It inhibits the growth of mold and mildew, it seals bare interior masonry walls from hydrostatic moisture penetration, contains odor eliminating technology to keep out those typical damp musty basement smells.... but best of all it can be applied over a damp (not wet!) surface! I think the after picture pretty much says everything else. Do you have similar efflorescence in your basement/garage? Give us a call and we'll take care of it for you hassle-free.