Concrete Moisture Mitigation: What Are the Signs of Concrete Moisture?
Moisture-related problems in concrete structures are among the most common, costly and troublesome problems that you will face as a property owner. Moisture problems stem from the inability of concrete mixtures to dry to the normal moisture levels during construction. These problems may go unnoticed after the construction, and you will only find out after your flooring has been extensively damaged. However, if you know what to look for, you can identify the early signs of concrete moisture and remedy the problem. Here are some of the top signs that your concrete flooring could have a moisture problem.
Mould and odours
If you notice mould underneath and on your flooring materials, carpets and mats, you could be dealing with moisture-related issues. Besides the mould, you will also notice an unpleasant odour emanating from your flooring materials. Mould and bacteria can cause respiratory problems and worsen allergic reactions in the users of the building. Inspect your concrete flooring, mats and carpets if you notice foul odours in your building. If mould is found, the moisture levels of the concrete slab must be investigated.
Cracked and warped flooring
Most flooring have materials such as wood and tiles installed over a concrete slab. If the concrete slab has moisture problems, it can cause the material to crack or warp over time. This is easily noticeable on hardwood and tile flooring. Don't assume the cracks on the floor are as a result of wear or impact, especially if the floor is not old. You should have the concrete slab inspected as it can cause expensive structural problems in your flooring.
Stained carpets and flooring
Stained carpets, mats, tiles, wood and other flooring materials are a telltale sign of moisture-related problems in your concrete slab. If you have installed a carpet or mat, you may feel the moisture beneath your feet as you walk. Unless you have accidentally spilled a drink on the floor, this should be a warning sign that the floor should be investigated. Look out for discolouration on tiles and wooden flooring as well, as this is an indicator of concrete moisture.
Some of the mitigation solutions to concrete moisture include applying moisture prevention coatings to slab surfaces, topical epoxies and using rapid-drying concrete for the slab. If you notice any of the signs indicating a moisture problem with concrete, you should talk with a residential or commercial concreting professional. They will assess the extent of the problem and determine the ideal solution to mitigating it.