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Old 02-25-2016, 07:36 AM   #1
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Hello All,

I am new to home ownership and am trying to figure it out. I came across this in my basement. It is the outside wall that is behind the finished basement walls in an access panel. It looks to extend behind the finished walls. I can't imagine it is too bad because it looks to have been applied. I know the white stuff is efflorescence and its, I think mostly just unsightly.

Any guidance would be most helpful.
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:53 AM   #2
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Ayuh,... Yer gettin' water intrusion,...

Probably caused by bad gradin' outside the house,....

Does the ground pitch Away from the house at that point,..??
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:56 AM   #3
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Yea it does, it was in the inspection report and is my first spring project, to have the soil graded away from the house. The inspector told me it can wait until spring
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And how long until it becomes a mold problem?
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And how long until it becomes a mold problem?
Ayuh,.... Hard to say, my crystal ball is broken,....
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I guess the inspector didn't lie...
Anything can wait..
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It looks like effervescence. It is caused by water intrusion. Not likely to mold on the concrete as there is nothing for the mold to eat. But if it is also happening behind the wood wall there is likely mold there now.
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Thanks...I've checked the wall there is nothing visible in terms of mold or smell for that matter. Also my question was also about the orange on top of the picture, I'm not sure what it is? It looks like it was applied because of how neat the line is with the bare concrete wall. Any ideas?

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What orange? I don't see it.
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Welcome to home ownership. This will have some ups and downs, but congratulations on a important investment. Personally I rather be a home owner than apartment renter haha.

Good luck with this project and hopefully mold isn't an issue.
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