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  • "Growth" on bricks

    Hi All

    While the picture quality is bad, perhaps you can see the “fungi-like” growth on the brick edges. I know it must be the cement & the bricks & the water interacting, but can anybody tell me a bit more on what is happening here please ? very interesting!

    Dolf
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    Re: "Growth" on bricks

    Its called efflorescence, aka, salt crystals.
    It will wash off once it rains, or you can wash it off, repeated washing will eventually get rid of the salt but it may take time.

    The salt was probably in the sand or water you used, bore or dam water is full of salt..
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    • #3
      Re: "Growth" on bricks

      Thanks !
      Most probably the water as it is borehole water. Actually very neat detail in the little webs. Nature rocks!! :-)

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      • #4
        Re: "Growth" on bricks

        I've had the same 'growth' on my bricks. I thought it was mold too.

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        • #5
          Re: "Growth" on bricks

          What did we do before forums to make us clever? Thanks all for sharing

          Special thanks to James for giving us the forum platform!

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          • #6
            Re: "Growth" on bricks

            Originally posted by Dolf View Post
            What did we do before forums to make us clever?
            We used to go to the pub and chat face to face with real people....
            The English language was invented by people who couldnt spell.

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            • #7
              Re: "Growth" on bricks

              I had it too and it did just wash away eventually

              Peter
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              • #8
                Re: "Growth" on bricks

                Added advantage is that beer is cheaper than refractory bricks!
                ...but then again at some stage you stop needing bricks :-)

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                • #9
                  Re: "Growth" on bricks

                  On concrete distilled white vinegar will quickly clean it, I'd expect that it'll work for you as well.

                  Chris

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                  • #10
                    Re: "Growth" on bricks

                    These actually wiped off under my thumb, I was more intrigued than worried, but there are some other kinds of stains for which I will be sure to try your advice thanks Chris

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                    • #11
                      Re: "Growth" on bricks

                      I had it too. It's goes away...to be replaced by smoke smudges...that don't.

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                      • #12
                        Re: "Growth" on bricks

                        Tnx, but thats ok. Smoke & hair cracks are like grey hair - adds character :-)

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