Commercial Moisture Mitigation For Floor Coverings
What exactly is moisture mitigation? Moisture mitigation is limiting the amount of water vapor that moves through the concrete surface.
Water movement is not, by any means, limited to a downward movement. The vapors that are created in the evaporation process move in an upward direction causing moisture to reach into the foundations of businesses and homes. In order to mitigate the amount of vapor that seeps into the concrete, intricate systems are required to minimize or eliminate this problem altogether.
There are most certainly acceptable amounts of water vapor that will not cause the level of problems that are often faced, but many a time, these amounts are exceeded. Moisture in concrete is the leading and single largest cause of concrete resurfacing and floor covering failures. It breaks the bonds between the concrete and the products or systems that are applied. These failures become a costly and serious problem for commercial business owners, architects, manufacturers, installers, and the likes.
Construction projects are ALWAYS moving at a fast pace; the saying “time is money” is very real in the construction world. Because of this, concrete slabs are usually not given proper time to dry and cure properly. If given proper time to cure, the excess water that is in the concrete will have time to evaporate before a system is applied. If proper time is not given, then the foundations and concrete slabs are left with RH(relative humidity) levels that are too high for the floor to maintain strength and integrity.