Efflorescence is often confused with mold growth. Both of them occur in damp environments and exhibit similar growth characteristics. A common place for both to occur is in the basement on the concrete block. Since we have already discussed mold growth, lets learn about efflorescence, it’s causes, prevention, and removal.
Efflorescence is a white chalky powder like substance, that you might find on the surface of a concrete or brick wall.
Efflorescence occurs when water migrates through cement structures, carrying salts to the surface.
These salts are then deposited on the surface when the moisture evaporates, leaving behind a crystalline-like structure.
Efflorescence is primarily found on concrete or brick surfaces.
The most common area of occurrence is on basements walls.
It can be a cosmetic issue, or it can be an indication of moisture intrusion that could lead to major structural and indoor air quality issues.
A few major differences between efflorescence and mold growth:
Efflorescence is not necessary to remove. However, if you want to remove it for aesthetic purposes there us the following:
Efflorescense will come back if the issues that cause the occurrence are not addressed.
If you come across a substance in you basement and are concerned, call a professional to perform an inspection. An inspector will help ease your concerns. They will provide you with information on how to solve the moisture issues and how to fix the damage. In summary:
Efflorescence is a cosmetic issue, but it indicates a potential moisture problem.
Mold indicates moisture problems and possible health issues. Therefore, needs to be addressed and remediated as soon as possible.