Dealing with Moisture in Concrete
Although tough, concrete is still porous. Water can be wicked up by concrete and flow through it. Along the way, the water absorbs salts in the concrete and transports them to the surface. Once this water reaches the surface and dries, the salts are left behind. This makes the unwanted white material that often forms on concrete called efflorescence. To stop efflorescence, you require concrete moisture remediation.
If you see joints or cracks in your floor that never completely dry, this points to a significant cache of moisture underneath your concrete. Some people try to cover the problem with tiles or low-quality epoxy. Without a good sealant, however, the water finds its way through, resulting in loose tiles or coatings that bubble and peel away. Then the problem becomes worse and more costly to resolve.
What to Do About Ground Water
Some moisture challenges are severe enough that in addition to sealing the concrete, you also need to take other measures outside the building. But when the problem is just in the concrete, our epoxy sealing method is enough to waterproof the floor. Then you can confidently install tile, carpet, laminates or wood floors.
With epoxy sealants, the age of the concrete typically does not matter, if it is stable. Epoxy coatings dry rapidly, minimizing delays, but it cannot be applied to green concrete until the material is fully set. To find out more about moisture remediation for concrete foundations, contact California Custom Coatings for help in Elk Grove.
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