Is Moisture Damage Hiding in Your Industrial Flooring?
What to Know About Identifying and Treating Moisture Damage
Identifying Moisture Damage in Your Industrial Flooring
Water may be the essence of life as we know it, but it can certainly cause a lot of problems, especially when it comes to your industrial flooring. When an excess of moisture seeps into your foundation, it can pose a major threat not only to your floors, but to your entire facility.
But how can you know if moisture damage is hiding underneath your floors? And more importantly, what should you do about it? Here we’ll go over what causes water damage, the various signs that indicate this type of damage, and how to protect your floors from further moisture-related problems.
What Causes Moisture Damage in Floors?
The simplest answer is, of course, H2O combined with the salts in the concrete. The real question, however, is how water accesses and damages your floors in the first place. No matter where your industrial facility is built, its foundation rests on top of soil. And underneath all that dirt is the potential for groundwater. This moisture may be buried deep beneath the surface, potentially 50 feet or more, but it will nonetheless move upwards as heat and pressure increase. Eventually, this moisture, in the form of water vapor transfers through concrete which is porous so in effect the floor can “Breath”!!, If you install a flooring system that doesn’t “breath” the moisture vapor and salts will continually collect underneath the surface of your floors and seep through any voids it can find.
Moisture Damage: What to Look For
In some cases, water damage is fairly easy to identify. In others, not so much. This is because moisture can damage your floors slowly and in a number of ways, some more visible than others. For example, you may immediately notice staining, cracking, and blistering, but miss the early stages of tile delamination or mold growth. Every case is different. Of course, over time, all of these signs will become apparent, and they should all be dealt with as soon as possible to avoid a much larger problem.
What Can Be Done About Moisture Damage in Your Industrial Flooring?
Once you notice potential moisture damage in your floors, your first step should be to hire an experienced contractor to further inspect the issue and determine the root cause. These experts can test moisture levels and then suggest solutions for moisture mitigation. Some of these suggestions may include resurfacing your floors with a urethane cement system that will hold in slabs that have elevated moisture readings (RH 90%+), and/or investing in new industrial flooring solutions such as concrete polishing.
There may be no way to completely remove moisture from the equation, but you can take measures to limit the amount of water vapor that makes its way into your industrial floors. With proper flooring systems Kaloutas can help you keep your floors bonded and sturdy so they’re ready to withstand all of your operations. To learn more about us and all that we do for your business, contact us here and give us a call at 978−532−1414.
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.