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Old 04-17-2011, 06:22 PM  
perkins_j99
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Default Bubble in stucco w/powder substance

Hoping someone can point me in the right direction with an issue I am having with my house. The house was constructed in 1963 and the last exterior paint job was probably about 8 years ago. In various places on the exterior bubbles in the paint are appearing. Behind the bubbles is a powdery white substance that easily scrapes off down to the cement (sorry if "cement" is incorrect term).

Here's a picture of a bubble before I open it up:


Here's a couple pictures of the bubble after peeling away the paint:



And, finally, here's a picture of the area with the white powdery substance scraped away:


I would like to correct this issue before I get into real trouble with damage but need to know what its doing before I can correct it. Thanks in advance for your help.



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Old 04-19-2011, 06:12 AM  
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It’s called Efflorescence, which is basically mineral salt left behind as moisture comes through the wall and evaporates.

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