Taz Concrete and Block Walls
Taz Concrete is a local, family owned company doing business in Mohave County for over 28 years. We are licensed, bonded and insured to work in Lake Havasu, Kingman, Parker, Fort Mohave, Bullhead City and surrounding areas. We are licensed to provide commercial and residential work. Our work experience includes extensive work on house slabs, driveways, patios, masonry and custom colored/stamped concrete as well as commercial buildings and parking lots/off sites. We also own a curb & gutter machine ready to work in subdivisions.
Concrete, of some form, has been used to create buildings and structures since about 1300 BC. It’s formidable make-up and affordable manufacturing, make concrete a viable option for most construction projects. Today’s concrete is made up of water, cement, and other aggregates. By utilizing the materials found in the environment to create formidable structures, construction has been able to leverage concrete to ensure that projects stay on budget and on time.
Due to its versatility, concrete can be used in a number of different ways. In particular, concrete blocks are lightweight, durable and fireproof, making them a useful building material. But, concrete can also be used to pave driveways, curbs, and gutters; to lay structural foundations; to build fortified walls; and using pre-made molds to precast concrete into many items, like piping. Concrete has even made its way into the luxury market with beautiful colored and stamped work.
Despite all of concrete’s versatility, a firm understanding of its limitations and applications is necessary to really utilize concrete in the most efficient way possible. Hiring a professional will help to determine when and where concrete can be used to enhance the construction project.
What is that white fuzz on my concrete after it rains and how do I get rid of it?
This “white fuzz” you are referring to is called efflorescence. Here’s what is happening, water on the surface of the concrete gets absorbed into the concrete. As the water dries, it escapes back up through the concrete’s pore structure as vapor carrying with it minerals and salts from the concrete. These minerals and salts get deposited on the surface of the concrete after the moisture vapor evaporates and leaves behind this white powdery looking substance.
If the efflorescence doesn’t rinse off with water, you can try a mild acid solution. Vinegar, citric acid, and muriatic acid are popular choices to try when the efflorescence becomes more difficult to remove. Muriatic acid comes in full strength and has to be diluted with water, if you decide to use this product take the proper precautions and read the instructions on the bottle carefully. Usually 10 parts water to 1 part acid solution is sufficient. Always test in an area that will be hidden if possible.
Once you’ve acid washed and lightly scrubbed the concrete, you have to neutralize the acid with a mixture of baking soda or ammonia and water (9 parts water to 1 part baking soda or ammonia). Mop or spray this solution on the surface of the concrete, lightly scrub it around, and rinse or wet-vac it off the concrete.