When it comes to working with business owners on getting their flooring issues resolved, concrete and moisture is one of the most common. Moisture-related concrete problems can lead to all kinds of problems, from the integrity of the concrete itself to problems with any flooring installed over the concrete. No business owner wants to struggle with flooring issues, so flooring inspectors can be called in to help resolve the issue.
Here are 4 ways to correct moisture problems in concrete:
1. Let concrete fully cure
Curing is the chemical process that happens when the aggregate, sand, water and cement powder bond together. A four-inch slab takes approximately 28 days to fully cure and is an extremely important step in installing a concrete floor.
2. Correct outside slope and drainage
When a concrete floor is not sloping in the right direction, it can result in water flowing in the wrong direction. This can lead to moisture problems, like puddles near doorways or in major trafficked areas. Concrete can be fixed by adding a slope to the surface using concrete repair products.
Sealing concrete flooring will not only enhance the appearance, but provide strength and protection for many years. Penetrating sealers will go deep into the concrete to provide a barrier against moisture and boost durability for surfaces, especially exterior concrete that is exposed to harsh weather.
4. Moisture Barriers
To eliminate the effects of water vapor emanating from the concrete, moisture barriers can be installed to help relieve the problem. Excess moisture can cause lots of damage, so these barriers are an essential part of resolving the issue.
When done properly, a concrete floor can last for centuries. However, if the job has been rushed or done incorrectly, there are instances where concrete installation has been rushed, leading to failures and too much moisture. Business owners that suspect a flooring failure that is a result of moisture should contact an experienced flooring inspector to provide the proper advice on fixing it.
If you have concerns about correcting moisture problems in concrete, please contact Rob McNealy of Flooristics.