A Little Beard On the Wall

Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

Some people like beards, I'm partially to them myself, and some don't. Getting rid of facial hair is a big industry. There seems to be a new and improved razor out every other month. Multi blade, lubricated, ergonomically designed beard scythes that make your face as smooth as an infants behind.

The bearded wallAnd that's just for the guys. The women have their own hair removal tools. Shaving, plucking and tweezing seem to occur on a routine basis. Not to mention some gals wax. OUCH! Of course if you're a European woman then hair removal may not be a major concern.

What got me thinking about hair removal was finding this little beard growing on a masonry block wall. It's a nice little beard, reminds me of a goatee.

This actually is a large crystalline growth of efflorescence. Efflorescence is common to see on cement surfaces and is usually white and powdery.  Efflorescence is formed by salts that are left behind after water has pushed the salts in the cement to the surface and then evaporated.

Happy guyEfflorescence may be unsightly, but is not detrimental to the wall. It also does not necessarily mean there is a water infiltration issue in the space.

The spot of my little beard was next to the basement bulk head stairs which were leaking. No doubt the extra moisture caused my friends whiskers to grow. He does seem quite pleased with his fuzzy face.


James Quarello
SNEC-ASHI President
NRSB #8SS0022
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

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Former SNEC-ASHI President
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

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Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

I give you an A for this one, LOL. The beard looks very nice on your new friend, rather Santa-ish! But the wood beam next to him looks like it has seen better days!

Nov 17, 2009 12:01 AM #1
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

James, so I took your advice and when down in the basement and shaved my walls----now you owe me a new razor:)

Nov 17, 2009 01:01 AM #2
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Good twist on an inspection story.  I still don't like the looks of that puddle next to the 'fuzz'.

Nov 17, 2009 02:02 AM #3
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

So you went and pulled off the old Alka Seltzer trick again?

Nov 17, 2009 08:40 AM #4
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Mr James,

I have never met a man with a beard that could be trusted. That includes both you and Mr Charles.


Nov 17, 2009 01:48 PM #5
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Andrea, The beam was part of the door jamb for the bulk head which was leaking.

Charlie, Time to grow a beard ;)

Lyn, The bulkhead door was leaking.

Jay, My stomach was fine.

Nutsy, I think you need to see an optometrist.

Nov 17, 2009 10:54 PM #6
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