Masonry Wall Discoloration and Degradation


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Old 12-31-22, 11:28 AM
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Masonry Wall Discoloration and Degradation

Made a video showing my masonry wall:

https://youtu.be/7hADWLLyNYk

The backyard itself is a few feet lower than my neighbors. Is there corrective action I need to take?



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Old 12-31-22, 02:41 PM
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The backyard itself is a few feet lower than my neighbors.
That is effervescence, as water flows through the porous blocks and evaporates it leaves behind salts/minerals.

It's cosmetic, manual bush/power wash away!!
 
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Efflorescence is the word. It could have been slowed down had a waterproof membrane been applied to the other side of the wall prior to backfilling. Now you have to live with it. You can power wash it or use a MILD acid solution and rinse it well. Get used to it. It will be an annual maintenance job. You said you have been there a year. Is this house new? Is the wall only a year old? Other than cleaning there is not much you can do from your side. Fortunately this is not an onerous task. Does your neighbor have a nice, lush lawn?
 
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Thanks Marq, but theres no threat that it will become worse? My home inspector said to treat it when I can or the wall will fail.
 
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but there's no threat that it will become worse?
It's some what a natural occurrence and is cosmetic, nothing is going to fail!
 
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Is this house new? Is the wall only a year old? Other than cleaning there is not much you can do from your side. Fortunately this is not an onerous task. Does your neighbor have a nice, lush lawn?
No lawn. It's all stones and a pool.

I'll leave it alone for now.
 
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How old is the wall? The amount of deterioration looks excessive for a new wall. You have been there a year. How long has the wall been there?
Does splash and run off from the pool back up against the wall?
Still, the wall is not going to collapse because of this.
 
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Where do you live? Weather is a big factor. Freeze and thaw cycle will destroy it eventually.
 
 

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