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There is a white stain on my concrete.. What is it?

The Meaning of efflorescence on your concrete wall

Stains are evidence of dampness in that area of the wall the acidic residue that you see is also called efflorescence. You will recognize efflorescence as it will be white and may even be fuzzy in appearance or to the touch.

Efflorescence forms when water infiltrates a concrete wall and dissolves minerals. As the water evaporates from the surface of the wall the mineral deposits are left behind. Usually, efflorescence is a visual problem, sometimes the efflorescence crystals grow inside the surface of the wall, and it causes spalling. Spalling is when the surface peels, or flakes off. The salt is pushing from the inside out and may be the cause of crumbling and deterioration.

In this video, you will see a lot of examples of efflorescence appearing. The setting is an underground parkade of a fairly new apartment. The situation is a commercial application but the principle is the same for residential and commercial. You may find in a residential house setting the process could be a little different depending on access and the types of foundation crack repair needed to do the repair.

If you see efflorescence you could have a moisture problem and if gone untreated it can cause deterioration.

If the efflorescence is removed, and then returns, it is a sign that water is entering the wall and forcing the salts out. If the efflorescence does not return, then it was probably caused by initial moisture and salts from when the concrete was placed.

If you are concerned about efflorescence on your concrete walls or if you are experiencing a leaky basement and are in need of wet basement repair of some time call an expert.

Phil Russell of CrackMaster Concrete is easy to talk to and is a Master in dry basements.

Call Phil 604 -614-2615 for all of your concrete foundation needs.

Wet Basement? – CrackMaster Concrete – the Masters in Dry Basements Since 1994

CrackMaster Concrete

Masters in Dry Basements Since 1994

CrackMaster Concrete is a full-service foundation repair and waterproofing company serving greater Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. We have been in business sinse 1994 and we have clients in most areas including, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley, Maple Ridge, Port Moody, Surrey, Coquitllam, Port Coquitlam, Burnaby, New Westminster,Vancouver, North Vancouver Nanaimo and Victoria.

If you have a Leaky basement, are in need of a wet basement repair, or have a foundation crack, CrackMaster Concrete should be your first choice. CrackMaster’s years of experience and advanced foundation repair techniques will save you time and money.

                                        

                                                                               Our services include:

  • Crack Repair – from the inside and outside
  • Drain Cleaning – Storm and Sewer (part of our Question Series)
  • Weeping Tile – interior and exterior
  • Sump pump installations
  • Waterproofing membranes
  • Repair Wet or Dry
  • Pools & Ponds
  • Crawl Spaces
  • Leaky Window Wells
  • Video Drain Inspections
  • Water-Jet Drain Flushing

Warranties

Our Warranties are second to none and we have proven that we are in this business for the long hall. The CrackMaster Concrete lifetime warranty on crack repair is fully transferable to  new property owners. Just notify us in writing, within 30 days of the transfer.

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If you have a wet basement in need of repair call Phil today. Our experience and advanced basement repair techniques will usually save you time and money. Our response time is quick and our Quotes are FREE with no hassle.

For sound friendly advice on wet basement repair call Phil today 604-614-2615

What Is a French Drain?

French Drain

Example of one type of French Drain

A French drain is highly effective and you will find it in a variety of uses. Generally speaking it is a drain, normally along a footing, constructed of tile laid in a bed of gravel and designed to collect water and carry it away from a footing or unwanted location. Consequently the term French drain is often synoptic with the terms drain tile or perimeter drain.

In Vancouver you may find your neighbor’s land is at a higher elevation than yours and you may have problems with excessive moisture on your property. Water from your neighbor’s property may be running down the slope on to your property. One remedy here is to install a French drain.

Historically the French drain was as simple ditch with a pitch that was ample enough to run water away from the protected area. Today French drains are made with perforated pipe known as weeping tile. French Drains are commonly dug down 36-48 inches. Then 1 1/4” rock is placed at the bottom of the trench and a corrugated pipe is placed over this rock. Once in place, the trench is filled with more rock to approximately 4-6” below grade. The last 4-6” are then topped with soil and/or sod.

Landscaping textiles are used to prevent migration of the drainage material and to prevent dirt and roots from entering into and clogging the drainage pipes. The primary reason for the perforation in the pipe is to allow the water to drain along the full length of the pipe and to discharge any surplus water at the pipes end .
If land is flat a catch basin and discharge pump (sump pump) may be necessary to contain water

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