The nuisance of efflorescence and how to treat it
Efflorescence in brick pavers can be a real problem for homeowners. If you’re not familiar with the term, efflorescence is the white powdery residue that often appears on brick and stone surfaces, particularly when new or after being recently laid. It’s caused by moisture and can damage your paver surface over time. This blog post will discuss what efflorescence is, how to identify it, and what you can do about it if it appears on your pavers.
What causes efflorescence?
Efflorescence is caused by water seeping into the pores of your pavers. As the water evaporates, it leaves behind salt deposits. These salt deposits can damage your pavers over time, causing them to become dull and chipped. Efflorescence can also cause efflorescence stains, which are difficult to remove.
If you suspect that your pavers may be suffering from efflorescence, it’s essential to have them inspected and treated by a professional. Efflorescence can be challenging to identify, and you don’t want to damage your pavers inadvertently by trying to remove it yourself.
How is efflorescence treated?
Efflorescence is a salt deposit that resides inside the paver in a moist form. As that moisture evaporates, the salt migrates to the surface leaving a whitish residue. This evaporation cycle will typically enable to the efflorescence to be eliminated by itself, but sometimes it remains on the surface.
A professional will be able to tell you whether or not your pavers have Efflorescence and will be able to recommend the best course of action for removing it.
If you do have Efflorescence on your pavers, you can do a few things to remove it. Efflorescence is often removed with a power washer, but this can damage your pavers if not done carefully. Another option is to use a chemical stripper, but a professional should do this. Once the Efflorescence has been removed, you can prevent it from coming back by sealing your pavers. It will create a barrier that will prevent moisture from seeping into the pores of your pavers and causing Efflorescence.
Sealing your pavers is the best way to prevent Efflorescence from happening in the first place. Sealing your pavers will create a barrier that will prevent moisture from seeping into the pores of your pavers and causing efflorescence. Suppose you do suspect that your pavers may be suffering from efflorescence. In that case, it’s essential to have them inspected by a professional and to take action to remove the efflorescence as soon as possible.
Efflorescence can be a real problem for homeowners, but with a bit of knowledge and the help of a professional, you can remove it and prevent it from coming back. If you think your pavers may have efflorescence, contact us today to know more about it and get rid of it.