Efflorescence Problem

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Crusher Run, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. Crusher Run

    Crusher Run LawnSite Member
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    I used Rockwood SRW to build a raised patio. Have a look, I think it's all coming from the caps. I first noticed it after all the snow melted in the spring. It looks like someone dumped milk on top of my wall. I am NOT Impressed.

    I just bought more caps to finish the wall and they look pretty bad to start. I'm thinking of returning them. How can I get rid of this.

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  2. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    can be cleaned but what a pita it is. I would return them or get a rep involved. He should be able to help you.
     
  3. Crusher Run

    Crusher Run LawnSite Member
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    How do you clean them? And if it's sort of "bleeding" Then wont more just reappear until all of the deposits are gone? Can I flush it out some how?

    I will get a Rep. involved, but I know some of you guys might know more than the Rep.
     
  4. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    I've had that issue many times with permacon and their solution was to pressure steam it with hot water. I know effloresence cleaner can remove some of it but you're right it will continue to bleed thru. You need to have your rep solve the problem by either replacing or washing them. Then you need to find a better product to sell to your customers. good luck
     
  5. Crusher Run

    Crusher Run LawnSite Member
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    The product is for my home, so I'll be the one to look at it all day.
     
  6. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    Now you know how your customers will feel about having that product in their yard. Don't need to tell you any more about it do I!
     
  7. Paver Gangster

    Paver Gangster LawnSite Member
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    Right, as if a rep is going to go out and clean every time there is efflorescence. What planet does that happen?:rolleyes:

    No manufacturer will guarantee against it, either, so the manufacturer has zero obligation in this instance. These stains can also be caused by hard water from sprinklers behind the wall, lime, and mulch as well as concrete adhesive.

    Or, if the installer was a total dumbass, cement slurry that he used to supposedly adhere the caps to the top of the wall.

    Slurry remover will get rid of it, just wait a year or two for all the efflo to fully develop because slurry remover will also expose aggregate on the face of the wall, so one cleaning is preferable to two.
     
  8. Crusher Run

    Crusher Run LawnSite Member
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    Nope. I don't have a business to sell my services, but if I did, customer satisfaction would be number one.

    I'm going to call and B*TCH anyway, for the price we pay for these products, they should be flawless!!
     
  9. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
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    I've had serious issues with eff. in the past and I've had them come out more than once. On my planet they listen to me.:canadaflag:
     
  10. Crusher Run

    Crusher Run LawnSite Member
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    I called them (Rockwood authorized batch plant) They told me that there was really no way to prevent it and it will go away eventually. I didn't complain like I do with Verizon or Comcast, so I didn't really get anywhere. I'm going to try to cycle it out with fresh water and sunlight.
     

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