Efflorescence is a common problem this time of year throughout Kentucky and Indiana. Mineral rich groundwater penetrates the concrete blocks of the foundation wall and evaporates, leaving behind a rust-colored mineral deposit.
The best way to combat this problem is to prevent the basement from flooding by installing a Waterguard system and accompanying that installation with a wall system like ZenWall. These non-warping, mold resistent panels can help direct wall moisture into the Waterguard system and prevent that moisture from evaporating inside the basement. In some cases, the homeowner may elect to have a treatment like Cactus juice applied. Here, you can see the before an after of the effloresence and it's removal and the application of Cactus juice. Once the hooks have been removed from the wall, the wall system will be ready to install. The Waterguard system, previously installed in 2013, has been functioning perfectly! The homeowners are once step closer to the basement of their dreams!