Editor’s Note:Welcome to Moisture Problems and Solutions, a new feature sponsored by Wagner Meters and filled with content about moisture detection and control, from tools and products, to how-tos and case studies. Whenever we informally poll installers and contractors at industry events about what issues impact them, moisture is always either at the top or near the top of their list of concerns.

For this inaugural edition of Moisture Problems and Solutions, we are going to share some of the newest products designed to detect and protect against moisture. Watch for the Moisture Problems and Solutions section in each issue to stay on top of the latest technologies and techniques designed to keep your installations safe from this widespread and persistent problem.

Moisture Products ShowcaseWagner’s Rapid RH EX offers ASTM-compliant testing

The Rapid RH EX from Wagner Meters combines their patented Smart Sensor and innovative Easy Readerwith a newly designed sleeve liner for fast, easy-to-use, and fully ASTM-compliant RH testing. Accurate relative humidity testing so easy it seems virtually automatic – and meets the F2170-11 standard – that’s the Rapid RH  EX, Wagner noted. For details, circle 199 on the Reader Inquiry Card.

 

 

 

Moisture Products ShowcaseARDEX’s MC RAPID

formulated to work quickly

ARDEX MC RAPID provides a fast, one-coat solution for moisture issues in concrete when time is of the essence. Ideal for installations of VCT, LVT, Carpeting and Engineered Wood, ARDEX underlayments can be installed in just four hours after installation, according to the company. For details, circle 189 on the Reader Inquiry Card.

 

 

 

 

Moisture Products ShowcaseBostik’s new D-250 engineered

to reduce moisture transmission

Two-component Bostik D-250 is a high-performance, rapid-drying, water-based, penetrating epoxy formulated to dramatically reduce moisture vapor transmission and surface alkalinity from substrates including freshly-poured/green concrete, properly prepared concrete, cement backer board, radiant heat flooring, and cement based terrazzo. For details, circle 186 on the Reader Inquiry Card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moisture Problems and SolutionsDelmhorst’s HT-4000F

features detachable sensor

The HT-4000F from Delmhorst is a versatile thermo-hygrometer for flooring professionals. The HT-4000’s detachable RH sensor makes it ideal for ASTM F2170 concrete slab testing or for monitoring the relative humidity of the air in a structure. The RH sensor can be used over again and its calibration can be checked for accuracy. For details, circle 196 on the Reader Inquiry Card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cutdown II from Dependable

can reduce up to 90% RH

Dependable LLC’s CUTDOWN II is a two-part product featuring cross-linked latex polymers to reduce moisture vapor transmission and odor through concrete slabs. It can reduce up to 90% Relative Humidity to an acceptable level for the installation of floor covering systems or to isolate cut-back and other adhesive residue, the company said. For details, circle 200 on the Reader Inquiry Card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DriTac Moisture Block 3-In-1

contains no solvents, VOCs

DriTac Moisture Block 3-In-1 is a concrete moisture-control urethane wood flooring adhesive that also acts as a crack suppressant. Containing no VOCs or solvents, DriTac Moisture Block 3-In-1 is a one-component system certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute’s (CRI) Green Label Plus Program for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). For details, circle 198 on the Reader Inquiry Card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Adhesive and moisture control

in Franklin’s Titebond 771-Step

Titebond 771-Step offers professional flooring contractors the convenience of simultaneously applying both an adhesive and a concrete moisture control system. The advanced polymer formulation is easy to trowel on and holds flooring firmly in place. It also cures very quickly, according to the company. For details, circle 195 on the Reader Inquiry Card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GE’s Protimeter MMS2

has 4-in-1 functionality

GE’s Protimeter MMS2 is a 4-in-1 instrument, ergonomically designed for easy one-handed operation in measuring moisture in materials in buildings and related structures. It can measure surface moisture and moisture below a surface, as well as acting as a hygrometer to measure ambient air humidity. For details, circle 190 on the Reader Inquiry Card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Halex’s VersaShield underlayment

designed to help suppress moisture

VersaShield is a flooring underlayment that suppresses moisture migration from the top surface of the concrete slab up to 95% Relative Humidity. Just roll it and tape it, the company said. The system allows the contractor to address moisture conditions in hours, not days. The finished flooring will adhere to the top surface of the VersaShield. For details, circle 187 on the Reader Inquiry Card.

 

 

 

 

 

Moisture Problems and SolutionsLignomat’s VersaTec meter

a three-in-one system

Lignomat USA’s Ligno-VersaTec is a three-in-one moisture testing meter designed for use with a wide range of flooring flooring applications. The product offers a pin mode, a dual-depth pinless mode, and RH accessories for in-situ probe testing. For details, circle 194 on the Reader Inquiry Card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Planiseal EMB from MAPEI

for virtually all floor types

MAPEI’s Planiseal EMBpremium epoxy moisture barrier reduces MVER rates of concrete slabs measuring as high as 25 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. per 24 hours and 100% RH to less than 3 lbs. This 100%-solids, two-part, clear epoxy product creates a solid film layer that provides maximum protection against moisture transmission for virtually any floor covering. For details, circle 193 on the Reader Inquiry Card.

 

 

 

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QuietWalk from MP Global

includes moisture management

MP Global Products’ QuietWalk is a premium fiber acoustic and insulating roll-out underlayment for laminate, engineered and floating hardwood flooring that features a specially engineered moisture management system. The system protects laminate floors from harmful moisture and inhibits growth of mold and mildew, the company said. For details, circle 191 on the Reader Inquiry Card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Schluter-KERDI-BOARD

provides waterproofing

The Schluter-KERDI-BOARD system serves as a substrate, building panel and bonded waterproofing product. It can be used to create an absolutely flat substrate with precise corners that is immediately ready for tile, the company noted. The product is available in seven thicknesses from 3/16” to 2” that are lightweight and easy to cut. For details, circle 188 on the Reader Inquiry Card.

 

 

 

 

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Tramex’s CMEX Hygro-i kit

for concrete and wood testing

Tramex presents the CMEX Hygro-i Flooring Kit, a complete moisture and humidity testing kit for concrete and wood, incorporating the Tramex instant moisture test and the new Hygro-i in-situ probe for speed and accuracy. The CMEXpert II meter gives instant non-destructive readings in concrete of up to 6.9 percent moisture content. For details, circle 197 on the Reader Inquiry Card.

 

 

 

 

 

Moisture Problems and SolutionsUzin PE 480 from UFloor Systems

a vapor retarder, surface hardener

Uzin PE 480 is a two-component 100% solids epoxy resin moisture vapor retarder for concrete substrates with high residual moisture. It can also be used as a surface hardener for absorbent surfaces. Uzin PE 480 is designed for both interior and exterior use. For details, circle 185 on the Reader Inquiry Card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moisture Problems and SolutionsTaylor’s Meta-tec MS-Plus Advance

for use on wood, bamboo floors

W.F. Taylor’s Meta-tec MS-Plus Advance is a 100% solids solvent-free, isocyanate-free and water-free adhesive with exceptional early green grab, and may be used to install all types of wood and bamboo flooring. It is GREENGUARD-certified for low VOCs and can contribute to LEED credits. For details, circle 192 on the Reader Inquiry Card.