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20. What is the white powdery substance I have near the base of my stucco wall? How can I remove it?

  • This is probably “efflorescence,” also known as “alkali.” Efflorescence or alkali consists of salts leached from your soil when exposed to excessive, saturating moisture. It appears as a whitish powdery “bloom” on the surface of the wall. A wash down with white vinegar or another approved dilute acid solution, followed by a thorough flush with clear water will usually remove efflorescence. Taking care to direct sprinklers, irrigation systems, or other sources of water away from stucco walls will help prevent it.

 

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