Cost to Cure Brick Efflorescence – 2021

| Last Updated: August 20, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 143

$ 20

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 65% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Cure Brick Efflorescence noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

What’s the cost to remove efflorescence on brick? The house cleaning service cost to remove efflorescence on brick is $143 vs. doing it yourself for $20. 

If you have a brick house or fireplace with blotchy white spots, it’s probably efflorescence, a condition that develops when moisture from within the bricks rises to the surface and evaporates. The residue is a deposit of mineral salts that looks like a white powdery substance.

Since the cause of the efflorescence is excessive moisture behind the brick, first find its source and correct the problem. It might be a leaky gutter or loose downspout that allows rain to run down the brick. Or it may be as simple as adding caulk around doors and windows to prevent moisture.

A handyman or house cleaning service will charge $143 to remove efflorescence from a 150-square-foot area, which includes the labor and material. You can remove the substance for $20, the cost of a clear water sealer, and save 86 percent. You need a stiff bristle wire brush and a garden hose or power washer to scrub the surface; then apply a clear water sealer to protect the bricks. And take precautions to protect the plants around it by covering them with a drop cloth.

If the efflorescence is located on bricks on the second story of your house, we think it’s definitely a job for a service who has a crew with ladders and the experience to work on them. If the white blotches are only on the first floor and easy to reach, it’s a doable job for a homeowner.

The Masonry Institute explains The Cause and Control of Efflorescence.

Wrapping up, given the average cost to remove brick efflorescence you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself.

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