Residential Concrete Slabs

Generally, when flooring retailers and contractors think of concrete moisture testing, they are considering commercial building slabs. But, residential lower level slabs can pose dramatic problems to the flooring installer. The majority of residential slabs do not have a vapor retarder installed before the concrete is placed. This allows the ground moisture to enter the living space directly through the slab. That situation, coupled with normally higher RH in the lower level, can cause several issues affecting the flooring performance and life span. Not only can elevated moisture levels reduce flooring adhesive’s ability to adhere but the moisture can destroy the floor covering itself. With higher moisture levels, mold can also become a problem situation for a family to experience.

Proper concrete moisture testing in residential settings is the sure method of preventing expensive corrections to the installer and the disruption to the homeowner’s family life.

David Buss