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Old 07-29-2013, 10:08 PM   #1
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I have a few spots where this white fluffy stuff is showing up. Anyone know what it is and if I should be worried??

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Looks like efflorescence, which is a harmless mineral or salt build up. Its usually indicative of excess moisture though.

Wipe it off and scrub with vinegar.

Work on the water penetration problem

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Remember the movie "The Blob".....

Well....it's the "White Blob".
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Remember the movie "The Blob".....

Well....it's the "White Blob".
Lol ok... I am concerned with this basement of ours... There are spots under a few carpet tiles where it's wet. Not like a puddle just discoloured concrete that looks damp. This place has two sump holes fully working as well... Does this make me a swamp person?? Lol

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Hi Fantastic Swampy,

The good news is unless you have gators in the basement and find yourself suddenly saying y'all you are not actually a swamp person.....yet....

The bad news is that your house may be floating. After all there has been an enormous amount of rain in our province this spring/summer.

Have you noticed the horsefly's that are almost as big as a kinder egg??

Get a dehumidifier going to help keep mould from growing on yourselves and your stuff. keeping your furnace fan on all the time helps too.
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Hi Fantastic Swampy,

The good news is unless you have gators in the basement and find yourself suddenly saying y'all you are not actually a swamp person.....yet....

The bad news is that your house may be floating. After all there has been an enormous amount of rain in our province this spring/summer.

Have you noticed the horsefly's that are almost as big as a kinder egg??

Get a dehumidifier going to help keep mould from growing on yourselves and your stuff. keeping your furnace fan on all the time helps too.
The furnace fan... Funny you mention that as I've been procrastinating getting a guy in to have it on low cycle 24-7. (Pulse Furnace, I know its easy as changing a wire contact but what one is the hard part) I've been putting the fan on auto to cycle the cool air from the basement around.... I have notice the giant horseflies this year especially since we are not living in the heart of a city! The windshield has taken a beating from a couple as well!!

Thanks y'all for the help.... Oh crud... It's started
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Oh we've also got a dehumidifier running... Our basement is huge and pretty much divided into two parts so we are getting a second one. One for each side
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probably efflorescence ( lime salts ) - a result of soil-acid laden moisture attacking the cement's lime ingredient,,, a tsp scrub & dehumidifiers should do the trick,,, have it in our home, too,,, some dumbbell drylock's the block bsmt wall & made it worser its there but not a big deal right now,,, i'll fix it before selling in 4yrs
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Thanks y'all for the help.... Oh crud... It's started
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