Damp concrete can cause costly repairs for business owners and is hazardous to the health of those working in the building. It results in flooring failures and can compromise the construction of the building. One way to deal with the elevated moisture vapor transmission rate is moisture mitigation.
Our experts have put together a guide covering all aspects of moisture mitigation:
What is moisture mitigation?
When concrete is laid out to form flooring, it’s meant to dry completely before any other processes are done on it. However, this isn’t always the case. Concrete can remain damp in some areas due to the ineffective ventilation of an area. Moisture mitigation is the process of adding a barrier that won’t compromise the installation of flooring options.
Signs that moisture mitigation is needed:
The concrete slab hasn’t dried properly
Construction timelines have been condensed to a great extent. While every construction job is different and has its own timeline, on average custom homes take 10 to 16 months to build. In the past, each process took much longer to complete due to the lack of technology. The driving force behind the expedited building process is the increase in demand for housing as well as commercial buildings.
The result of having fast-tracked construction results in damp concrete slabs since they aren’t given enough time to dry. The moisture levels within these slabs are higher than necessary, which can make flooring installation difficult. Moisture levels of the concrete must be met for the manufacturer’s warranty of the flooring to be valid.
The use of green products and materials
The constant pressure of environmental issues has led construction companies to move to more sustainable products and materials in their processes. While the effort to go green is commendable, it does cause the issue of increased moisture.
Flooring manufacturers have removed toxins from the glue used for install floors, replacing it with water-based components. While this makes the glue safe to use, it does prolong the drying time.
The concrete mixture of the slabs is made of calcium silicate and limestone. Flooring adhesives are applied to concrete slabs, followed by rubber. The water vapor within the concrete passes through the slab into the glue. As a result, the rubber adhesion comes apart. Many hospitals and healthcare facilities use this method, which is why they have the most complaints of faulty rubber adhesion and bubbling on the floor.
Composition of concrete
In some cases, the concrete itself can be the problem. There are many compositions of concrete available in the market, each for a specific purpose. The different quantities of components affect the drying time and physical characteristics of the concrete. Get these issues dealt with before the flooring is installed. Moisture mitigation affects the timeline for a project and can skew your budget requirements.
Cracks appearing on the floor
Hairline cracks tend to develop on concrete floors when they haven’t dried properly. Moisture and air pockets in the concrete will try to escape, causing these cracks. These cracks don’t pose a threat to the structure.
Another sign of excess moisture in a concrete slab is bubbling and pinholes on the surface. The excess vapor left in the slab rises to the surfaces and evaporates. This vapor also brings along the salts in the mixture as well.
Tiny bubbles form on the surface. Even though they are really small, they affect the smooth appearance of the concrete. A rough concrete surface makes the installation of flooring options very tricky.
If you’re looking for a solution to excess moisture in concrete floors, moisture mitigation is your best bet! CSS Coatings provides premium-quality flooring options that are highly durable and economical. We also provide the best quality metallic epoxy flooring, epoxy flooring and MMA flooring in Florida.
Learn more about our services or contact us for quotes and other details by getting in touch with us today at 270-793-9069.