If you’ve never heard of efflorescence, you could walk by it in your basement every day and never really pay attention to it. However, if you’ve ever had a basement flood, you know what a headache it can be, so the chances are good that you’ve taken a little time to learn more about the warning signs that the foundation of your home isn’t quite as secure as it should be.
Most people store their extra belongings in their basement, including memory items that are irreplaceable. Since basements are prone to flooding you should know the tell-tale signs that water is finding a way into your basement. To begin with, you need to know about basement efflorescence.
Efflorescence is a powdery white residue that you can find along the walls and floor of your basement. Efflorescence is a little like a clue in a great mystery television show. Efflorescence is the evidence that water leaves behind. When water evaporates it leaves behind salt deposits that dry up into this crystalline deposit. It is usually only seen on concrete, stucco, or masonry, so if you have finished your basement walls with drywall you will not be able to see efflorescence even if it is present.
The efflorescence is a clue that groundwater can, and is, making its way through your foundation into your basement. When you see any signs of efflorescence, you need to call a professional to come and help you fix the problem and waterproof your basement before the next big storm reveals just what a huge problem the efflorescence was pointing to.
Please contact us with any question you might have about protecting your basement.