A moisture test helps the customer understand what it means when concrete is deteriorating or Spalling. Spalling is when water enters the concrete and forces the surface to peel, pop up or flake off. This usually happens because there is moisture in the concrete.
The Calcium Chloride Concrete Moisture and Alkalinity Test Kit that we offer will help you to determine whether applying a floor coating over that concrete is the best option. The VaporGauge Test Kits will give a clear and precise reading of how much moisture is released up through a concrete slab into the floor covering. These kits will determine whether or not there is a moisture problem and will allow you to fix it before it becomes a flooring issue.
While several standard moisture test methods are available, no single test reveals everything that should be considered in deciding when flooring can be installed, or a coating applied.
The Concrete Moisture Test reveals to us whether excessive moisture is coming up through the concrete so we can determine what type of application we can apply to the concrete or if any application is appropriate.
Some floors will show a white mineral dried out from water passing up through the concrete and evaporating, called efflorescence. This is the most obvious sign of a moisture vapor issue that can lead to eventual spalling of the concrete.
On larger projects, builders may request a moisture test prior to any installations. It is simply a safeguard to protect everybody concerned that the correct coating was chosen for the application.
Utilizing a Concrete Moisture Test is a minor investment to safeguard against future concrete delamination.