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Does Your Concrete Floor Have a Moisture Problem? If So, What Can You Do?

Posted on Monday, November 16, 2015

Does Your Concrete Floor Have a Moisture Problem? If So, What Can You Do?

If you know that your concrete floor has a high moisture content, you likely are already seeing the signs. These include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Bubbles
  • Blisters
  • Staining
  • A brown liquid seeping up through the floor
  • Delamination
  • Damage to carpet and tiles
  • Growth of mold and mildew
  • ...and more

Floors are easy to take for granted, and when they begin to cause an issue it can be a frustrating experience. The key, above all else, is not to ignore the problem. It won’t simply go away, but will instead continue to grow and turn into a widespread issue.

Let’s take a closer look at what causes excess moisture, and how you can practically fix it.

What Causes Excess Moisture In Your Concrete Slab?

In short, many of the issues with concrete floors today can be traced back to either a malfunctioning or nonexistent vapor barrier under the slab. This barrier is designed to prevent water vapor from entering the slab from underneath, then being diffused through the concrete to the surface.

It’s odd to think of moisture traveling through concrete like this, but it does.

Outdated vapor barriers act as more of a retardant, simply slowing the moisture absorption down. Today’s more sophisticated systems can either limit or completely prevent the water vapor from entering the slab at all.

What Can You Do to Prevent Moisture Damage In Your Concrete Floor?

If you aren’t sure if you have an intact vapor barrier, it’s important to have the moisture levels in your slab tested right away. This kind of prevention is an investment you’ll never regret making!

If your moisture level is high, it is crucial to talk with a flooring professional about matching a moisture mitigation system with your specific needs. Here at Kaloutas's industrial flooring division, for example, we can install a cutting-edge system under our epoxy coatings, or under any type of flooring installed by someone else.

Do You Have Questions About Finding the Best Moisture Mitigation System for You?

If so, why not contact us? It would be a pleasure to discuss your specific needs and goals.

Kaloutas is New England's premier contractor for commercial & industrial painting, flooring, and related services. Established in 1987, Kaloutas has become a trusted resource for general contractors, facilities managers, and building owners from Connecticut to Maine. Our team prides itself on high quality workmanship, jobs done on time & budget, and tackling complex projects that other contractors don't have the experience or resources to handle. Contact us today for a painting or flooring estimate, or give us a call at 978-532-1414 to learn more.

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