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Old 02-18-2013, 05:48 PM   #1
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These steps are at my mothers house. They are under a large overhang and very rarely get wet.
They are 35 years old and have never effloresced until this year.
The only connection I can point to is the railing. It was put in as a Christmas present in 2011. I probably used 5 gallons of water when I bored the one railing hole.
Just goes to show how water can migrate and efflorescence can appear with very little moisture.

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Old 02-18-2013, 06:37 PM   #2
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There is absolutely no place water may now be finding its way? No broken gutters, building additions near bye affecting wind driven rain? Nothing? That is peculiar.

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You sure she ain't salting them? Wind driven snow getting on there? Rising damp from a bad downspout? Kinda strange, but no doubt efflorescence.

Hard to believe 5 gal of water would trigger efflor. a year later.

I guess you could have soaked them enough to migrate some old salts to the surface...has to be. Can't really think of anything else.
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3M...we think alike don't we

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Now we need some pictures of sketchy scaffolding set-ups and year old boots that look like they just came out of the box. That will really clinch it!
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Sometimes you can get that just from quick weather changes. Have you had any periods where you have gone from damp and mild to low humidity and hot?
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to me that much efflorescence on stone that old almost has to be coarse salt. From someones boots even
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Now we need some pictures of sketchy scaffolding set-ups and year old boots that look like they just came out of the box. That will really clinch it!
Since I bought all new scaffolding, I can't afford shoes! Sorry I couldn't help. LOL
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Did I hear someone mention sketchy scaffolding
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Did I hear someone mention sketchy scaffolding
a couple of 5 gallon buckets away from being a superseal special!
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That scaffolding is literally 5x safer then walking around Chicago...
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Dang! I got a lil' sick, just looking up!
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Did I hear someone mention sketchy scaffolding
Yeah, but I bet his boots look like crap.
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Never salted or any ice melters. Could be tracked in though.
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Never salted or any ice melters. Could be tracked in though.
5 gal you poured could be sound explanation.

Only other two things I can think of, would be either you have internal leak of sorts (pipe,sump pump maybe,underground water moving due to shifts in basement) or tracked in salt...

Try cleaning it off with good efflorescence remover and see if it reappears.

Then you will know if you have an issue or not.

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