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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.

Using Painter’s Tape

I saw this at Home Depot a few days back, and had to take a picture. We have of course painted stripes before, but this Shape Tape definitely brings that to a whole new level. As a professional painter I have used all types of painter's tape, and I can personally vouch for Frogtape being the ONLY tape that actually does what it claims. 99% of all painter's tape will not leave a sharp, straight line when you remove it, but Frogtape will. It is definitely not cheap, but you do get what you pay for!
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Frogtape - Shape Tape

 

Huge Interior

Apologies for the lack of content so far this week, we are on a huge complete interior painting job in Greystone once again, we have been working very long days and I have just not had the time. It's also all being done simultaneously, so I have a ton of before images and no afters just yet. Good content forthcoming though, please stay tuned! 🙂

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