Moisture in concrete is currently the single largest cause of floor covering installation failures. Moisture is an inherent component of concrete regardless of whether it is below, on or above grade. It exists in decades old concrete as well as that which is newly poured.
Moisture in concrete will compromise the installation of all flooring types by destroying the adhesion bond line of the installed products. Hard surface floor covering such as welded sheet vinyl, rubber, linoleum, vinyl plank and tile as well as hard backed carpet and carpet tile are all at most risk from failure due to moisture in the substrate. These materials will bubble, wrinkle, blister and lift flooring material from the substrate because of moisture. The only way to resolve these issues is to remove the flooring, mitigate the substrate and replace with new floor covering. This process is extraordinarily expensive, disruptive and invasive and the cost to correct flooring failures far outweighs the proactive approach to resolving moisture issues before the installation of flooring material.
The services provided by Surface2Surface are preventive in nature. Surface2Surface will test concrete substrates using ASTM approved methods, to determine the Moisture Vapor Emission Rates, Relative Humidity and pH of the concrete; as verified by independent third parties. These methods and the testing will identify moisture in concrete, the degree to which it exists and confirm whether the results dictate the necessity for mitigation and other remedial action. In the case moisture mitigation is required, as one of the premier applicators of moisture mitigation systems in the country Surface2Surface will provide options using different systems best suited to job specific conditions.
At Surface2Surface we believe that floor covering installation failures due to concrete moisture issues, curing compounds and other compromising substrate conditions can be prevented by being proactive and identifying issues which will cause failures and then working to resolve them. This service can save millions of dollars in flooring installation failures and business disruption.
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