Water Leaching through walls

Tony Shelton

BS Detector, Esquire
Can this be cleaned? I see it all the time around here. You guys from the southwest probably see it a lot.

This is a neighborhood wall. For Russ and all you other guys down south, we don't all have lawns that have to be mowed with John Deere tractors, and the neighborhoods are walled in so we can go swimmin' nekkid!

Who would I talk to about cleaning these? They city? Individual homeowners? I know in the private communities I'd have to talk to the HOA.

Is there a money potential here?

Also, how can I post pictures inline with the post instead of at the bottom of the post?
 

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Tony Shelton

BS Detector, Esquire
Whats on the other side of the wall? Is it below grade on the other side?

I really think the level is the same on both sides. I'm absolutely positive that the difference on each side isn't more than a foot or so.

My own wall does this 3 feet above the ground. I don't know if if's sprinklers or what, but it happens.

Maybe by code the bottom 3 or 4 ft have to be filled with concrete and that's water from rain leaching out once it reaches the area where they are concrete filled.
 

Ron Musgraves

Exterior Restoration Specialist
Staff member
HCL will clean it.

For pictures I use photobucket to host them, then I copy and paste the HTML code.


Be carefull, it will. But it will also be back in a few weeks. You need to check out a efforecents company and find a product that will keep it off.

Lime has leached out of the block. HCl will remove it but could cause it to be worse.
 

810f250

Griffs Services PowerWash
Be carefull, it will. But it will also be back in a few weeks. You need to check out a efforecents company and find a product that will keep it off.

Lime has leached out of the block. HCl will remove it but could cause it to be worse.

You are right Ron it will be back, water just dissolves it and sends it under the surface to be precipitated out the brick/stone when it dries. I used aldon treatment on affected areas and sealed the remainder of the stone. Not a trace 2 years and counting.
 

Tony Shelton

BS Detector, Esquire
You are right Ron it will be back, water just dissolves it and sends it under the surface to be precipitated out the brick/stone when it dries. I used aldon treatment on affected areas and sealed the remainder of the stone. Not a trace 2 years and counting.

Ok, I don't want to mess with it then. I just thought some HOA or the city might pay to get it cleaned up. I don't want to try to mess with something that will be too expensive to make a buck with.
 

810f250

Griffs Services PowerWash
It may not be that expensive Tony. The treatment is only needed in the affected areas. The only thing I did not like is, if you don't seal the brick/stone you risk it coming in new areas that was not treated. Then the job looks crappy. I guess you could sell it 3 ways,

1) clean;
2)clean entire and treat affected area;
3)clean entire and treat affected and seal entire
 
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