If there is moisture present in the concrete, it can ruin any flooring placed on top of it. One of the biggest causes for moisture coming up through the carpet is a slab leak. If the sub floor is not prepared properly, then it might mean the installer is liable for damages and more.
Moisture can penetrate a concrete slab in several ways. Sometimes due to a ground shift, the earth under the structure shifts and settles. This can cause all kinds of problems, from groundwater to a broken pipe. Plumbing issues with pipes may cause cracks and leaks, bringing increased H2O to the concrete. No matter the cause, when there is too much moisture in the concrete, it will affect the carpeting.
The most obvious sign is damp carpeting and warped hard surface flooring. As the concrete becomes saturated, the water seeps up into the padding and carpet. Where there is water and warmth, mold usually follows. Clients may notice a damp organic smell that indicates mold and mildew are forming.
The minute a client discovers a water problem with the concrete, they need to take action and contact a professional. It’s difficult but not impossible to correct moisture in the concrete. Clients will see significant damage to the carpet as well as other areas of the structure If the issue remains unresolved.