Drying Concrete After a Flood
The first thing a restoration professional will think of after a flood or a water damage disaster is to dry the house as soon as possible and try and restore its previous condition. But one of the important factors that most of these professionals forget is fact that concrete reacts different to water or flood in different ways compared to other building materials because of its unique properties and unique challenges of drying this material. The attention that your restoration company puts into drying concrete can greatly affect the rebuild. After a flood or any other serious water damage as the walls and the rest of the room dries, it is usually assumed that the concrete reacts in a similar manner. Most of the moisture is usually retained in the concrete and condense due to the dew point which is the temperature at which the water vapour in the air turns into water. What happens is that once the air cools, it get saturated meaning that it cannot hold any more moisture. At this point the dew forms on any other surface and since concrete floors are mostly cooler than the rest of the surfaces, condensation occurs here long before it occurs on any other surface in the room. Because this can occur even when the rest of the room and its contents are dry enough, most contractors that are not restoration professionals fail to spot this condition. These contractors go on with the usual restoration processes including fitting the floors’ covering that will be reported to be defective after a few months by the client.
When drying concrete fails to happen and the floor is damp, applying water based adhesive on it means that it will absorb the moisture from the floor during evaporation changing the moisture content of the adhesive preventing it from curing and becoming permanent. This will eventually cause the adhesive to soften and move and in some cases form blisters or bubbles. In a case where the floor is fitted using tiles the adhesive may leak or ooze out along the edges. Contrary to what most people may believe, this is as a result of premature installation and not defective flooring material.
Drying Concrete Companies
It is therefore very important that you contact Expert such as Disaster Restoration Experts when you need help drying concrete. With the help of the latest technology they can easily determine when the concrete is dry enough and ready for restoration. The most efficient technique used in drying concrete is the humidity chamber or box. This chamber absorbs the moisture that is released by the concrete and a thermo hydrometer in the chamber is used to ensure that the humidity is at equilibrium. For concrete humidity equilibrium of around 72% is enough for installing carpet or tile floors and below 70% for wooden floors. To ensure that the concrete dries even further air movements, removal of the boundary layer from the surface of the concrete and use of a dehumidifier can help you hasten this process. However, a dehumidifier is not required when the humidity of the room is well below 50%. Each contractor should realize that each trade associated with installing floor covers has pre-established standards that have to be followed for the best results.
No matter what the circumstances are, do not hesitate to contact our offices for the best solutions. They will most definitely help you prevent future damages and losses as well as help you in the restoration of your property to its pre-damage condition as fast as possible. All our technicians are certified by The Clean Trust (formerly the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification or IICRC) and are experts in drying concrete. We are professional contractors who provide the latest state of-the-arts solutions to all property damaged from water, fire, smoke, mold, and other disasters.
If you’ve got any further questions about drying concrete please call the Experts at Disaster Restoration Experts at 303-801-0300 today!