05:18AM | 11/16/00
Member Since: 10/18/00
1 lifetime posts
I read an article about winterizing your home and there was a comment that chalky substance on brick can indicate a serious problem, yet they never state the problem. I own a 1940's Georgian and the only area where we can see the brick is in the basement where the water heater and furnace are located. There is a white chalky substance on the brick and floor. What is it, is it dangerous, and who do I contact?


08:03AM | 11/16/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
It's not dangerous. (I read about it awhile back in a book about bricklaying.) Now, I don't remember the precise cause, but I believe it has to do with the mortar setting up improperly. I believe the way to get rid of the white stuff is with a very mild wash of muratic acid.


11:00AM | 11/16/00
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
The response I got from a bricklayer was that moisture is pushing salts/minerals out of the brick and/or morter.I believe that there is some concern if you cannot determine why there is moisture.In a basement, I would expect to see these "salts".


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... For windows, doors, and mirrors that could use a little definition, the Naples Etched Glass Border adds a decorative flora... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... Need a window and a door in a tight space? A Dutch door with a window may be your answer. These useful doors are split hor...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon