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The walls of the foundation have become chalky. The home is

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The walls of the foundation have become chalky. The home is sixteen years old. Is this normal wear and tear or something else?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Rick replied 9 months ago.
Welcome to Just Answer, my name is ***** ***** I will do my best to help you with your issue. If my initial response doesn’t answer your question then let me know and we can continue our conversation.If this chalky-ness is uniform throughout the foundation then it's an artifact of too much water in the mix of the original pour. Since the load on a house foundation is not going to test the strength of the concrete this isn't a cause for concern.If the chalk is localized then it's efflorescence which results from ground water precipitating out the dissolved minerals in the water. This fairly common phenomenon also not a cause for concern

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