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Is Efflorescence a Sign of Damp?

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Key Takeaways:

  • Efflorescence as a Moisture Indicator: Efflorescence is not a direct sign of damp but serves as an indicator of a general moisture problem. While it may not cause structural or health harm by itself, unaddressed moisture issues can escalate into more severe damp problems over time.
  • Addressing Efflorescence Promptly: Efflorescence, characterized by a powdery white deposit on surfaces, should be remedied promptly. Although it may not pose an immediate threat, prolonged water exposure can lead to fungus growth and salt deposits on brickwork.
  • Crumbling Plaster and Rising Damp Connection: Crumbling plaster, especially in the form of big bubbles falling off brickwork, indicates a progression from simple efflorescence to potential damp issues. This deterioration may be more noticeable at lower wall levels and could be associated with rising damp.

Good question! In simple, everyday terms efflorescence is just a fancy trade name for having water in your walls.

Any talk of long-term water exposure instantly makes many of us panic and start thinking about penetrating damp, rising damp and toxic black mould, but is that what we’re really talking about here?

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Is efflorescence a sign of damp in your home?

While it’s not a sign of damp, it is a sign of a general moisture problem which can turn into more severe damp if you do nothing about it.

Get in touch with the experts here at Advanced Damp nice and quickly and you’ll be able to sleep easy knowing you’re doing everything you can to give your home some well-deserved TLC. 

What should you do when you have efflorescence?

Efflorescence by itself will not do your home any harm from a structural or personal health point of view, but it is still something that needs to be remedied sooner rather than later.

Having water in your walls can cause fungus to grow and salt deposits to form on the outer surfaces of your brickwork.

If you’ve seen what looks like a powdery white deposit slowly spreading over the years, the chances are you’ve been looking at efflorescence. 

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Is efflorescence a sign of damp if you have crumbling plaster?

Big bubbles of flaking plaster that fall off your brickwork are a sure sign that what started as simple efflorescence is turning to damp.

This will be particularly noticeable lower down the walls if you also have an accompanying issue involving rising damp. 

We know all you want is your home to be warm and cosy so you can spend time picking out your decor, so why not give us a quick call?

Staying on top of these routine bits of maintenance really does make a world of difference in the long term. 

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Jake Fitzgerald - Damp Surveyor

Surveyor of Timber & Dampness in Buildings (CSTDB) & ( MRICS ) Chartered Quantity Surveyor

Jake is a qualified chartered quantity surveyor and experienced damp specialist with a unique skill set in thermal imaging. With a focus on effective solutions, Jake combines his expertise in quantity surveying and thermal imaging to accurately assess and address damp-related issues. He utilises advanced technology to identify hidden moisture sources and develop targeted strategies, ensuring comprehensive and cost-effective solutions for his clients. With a commitment to open communication and client satisfaction, Jake delivers cutting-edge solutions that tackle damp challenges head-on.

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