Those who know the construction process through and through will know about the phrase moisture mitigation. Well, this issue isn’t new; in fact, it has grown over the past 10 years.
When is moisture mitigation used?
Moisture mitigation is used for a number of reasons:
The concrete slab has been freshly poured out and hasn’t dried properly
Construction timelines today have been greatly condensed. There is such an immediate demand for housing and commercial buildings that construction companies have to find ways to make this happen. Most construction projects are fast-tracked, which results in not enough time to let the slabs dry completely.
The moisture level within such slabs is higher than required which makes floor installation impossible. Their levels must also be met to maintain the manufacturer’s warranty.
Use of sustainable materials
Due to the pressure to use environmentally products in building projects, many construction companies have had to move to sustainable materials for their projects. In an effort to go green, manufacturers of flooring solutions removed toxic chemicals in glue for water-based components. This makes the glue safer to use but it does hamper the drying time.
The concrete mixture used to form the slabs is made of limestone and calcium silicate. When the flooring adhesives are used on the concrete slabs and then followed by rubber, the water vapors move through the slab and into the glue. Since hospitals and health care facilities use this method the most, many have complained that the rubber adhesion comes apart, creating a bubbling on the floor or peeling.
Composition of the concrete
The concrete itself can be a problem here. Experts reveal that concrete comes in a number of mixes for each kind of application. The different ingredients and their quantities are added to make the specific mixture which affects the drying time and physical characteristic of the concrete. This is known to directly impact the adhesive ability to bond.
Before the concrete slab is applied, eliminate moisture from the surface. Moisture mitigation affects the project timeline and it can skew your budget too.
Some people suggest waiting it out. While that may seem like a viable option, it’s time consuming. You also need to administer a moisture test so that flooring can correctly be installed. The flooring can only be installed once the relative humidity test is at a low enough level. Time is money when it comes to construction projects. Instead of waiting a couple of days, getting this procedure done ensures efficiency and effective flooring installation.
If you are dealing with moisture in a fully constructed building, there are a few signs to look out for that can tell you if the slabs still have moisture in them.
Hairline cracks in concrete floors are common when concrete floors haven’t been allowed an adequate time to dry. Moisture or air humidity trapped in your floor will try to escape, resulting in small cracks on the surface. Luckily such cracks don’t pose a threat to the structure.
Bubbling on the surface or even pinholes forming are signs of moisture within the slab. The excess vapors within concrete rise to the surface to evaporate and bring along the salts within the material as well.
Tiny bubbles appear to the surface as a result. They are small in size but affect the smoothness of the surface. Ignoring such signs will cause major flooring problems later.
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