Moisture Mitigation: How Kaloutas Teams Prevent Concrete Floor Damage

Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Moisture Mitigation: How Kaloutas Teams Prevent Concrete Floor Damage

Ground moisture and sub-slab moisture is the leading cause of flooring damage, costing businesses nearly a billion dollars to repair each year. If you don't have that kind of money in your budget, it's critically important to know the risks of moisture damage, understand how to identify and test for moisture intrusion, and confirm that you have a moisture mitigation system in place that meets the demands of your industrial flooring and maintains its longevity.

Most buildings built before the year 2000 did not have moisture barriers installed to protect concrete slabs.

What to Know About Moisture Damage

Why Moisture Damage Happens

Concrete gives the impression of being rock-solid and long-lasting, but it "breathes" water vapor. Water is an ingredient in concrete, this “moisture of convenience” takes a significant amount of time to evaporate. Concrete can take years to hydrate after pouring a new slab. 

For every inch of thickness, you're looking at up to an additional year of drying time. Moisture vapor is a major culprit for flooring system damage without proper moisture mitigation, especially if there was never an effective moisture barrier in place.

Groundwater is another cause for concern. As water rises up from the ground over time, it is "breathed into" your concrete, and it can be causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.

What Moisture Damage Looks Like

How do you know if you have moisture damage to your flooring? Moisture vapor transmission can show up as:

  • Bubbling: the appearance of bubbles on the surface of the concrete

  • Pinholes: tiny holes in the concrete surface 

  • Blistering: bumps on the concrete surface

  • Discoloration: color of finished concrete is warped and fading, or concrete is discolored-- this can happen if your concrete has stains, or if it has mold damage

  • Cracks: breaking, splitting, separation, or delaminating in flooring

If you notice any of these on your concrete flooring, you should take steps to address flooring failure immediately by installing a moisture mitigation system for concrete floors throughout your facility. 

Unseen Moisture Damage

Moisture damage can still occur even when you don't see signs of damage on the surface. That's because vapor is present in every concrete floor, and vapor transmission will fluctuate along with the temperature and humidity levels in your work site. You may have an existing moisture mitigation system in place, but if that system was improperly installed or inadequate for your flooring, you're still facing the threat of water damage by excess vapor transmission.

Moisture Testing: the First Step to Moisture Mitigation

You can't be sure if your moisture mitigation system is adequate, or what type of system you need, without assessing the flooring condition with proper testing. Moisture testing gauges the moisture levels throughout your slab, so you can identify how much moisture is in your concrete floor, where moisture is getting in, and what areas are most damaged or prone to damage.

Kaloutas can perform moisture testing to help you make a plan for moisture remediation and mitigation for your concrete floors. We'll help you get a clear understanding of moisture levels in these key areas:

  • Flooring

  • Environment

  • Manufacturing Process

Once we know your flooring demands and vulnerabilities, we recommend a customized moisture mitigation plan for your industrial flooring. 

Moisture Mitigation Systems

Moisture mitigation systems consist of moisture barriers applied to your concrete flooring systems. They typically include highly durable epoxy coating systems, which create a seamless moisture barrier. Epoxy primers, resins, and finishes prevent moisture from spills and drips from entering your substrate. And they reduce the vapor from moving through your concrete flooring to damage the surface. Epoxy resins, urethane resins, and aggregate can be mixed for an ultra-moisture-resistant option.

Along with expert installation, we will be sure to clean concrete flooring according to the highest industry standard and apply the appropriate primers and epoxy systems for your desired finish. We help you stay on top of any flooring repairs, facility cleaning, or painting projects with a proactive facility maintenance plan that saves you time, protects your investment, and streamlines communication. We'll get it all done with a no-work-stoppage guarantee, so your productivity never stagnates, and your bottom line never suffers.

Don't wait for moisture to ruin your floor and disrupt your business. Call Kaloutas today to schedule moisture testing or request a moisture mitigation estimate. We are ready to help you protect your flooring for the long haul.

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