Excessive moisture in concrete slabs is a problem that will never entirely go away in the construction industry, but manufacturers are working hard to develop products that keep these issues to a minimum. With fast-track construction projects showing no signs of slowing down and the demanding environments floors are being placed in, conducting moisture testing and installing moisture mitigation systems are becoming more and more important tools for installers and contractors. However, just having these products is not enough if you do not know how to properly use them.
Moisture meters. Tom Laurenzi, Delmhorst Instrument Co. president, said fast-track construction deadlines can make installers choose to perform moisture tests in the interest of saving time rather than following the procedures for proper readings. “Moisture tests are often chosen in the interest of meeting a construction schedule rather than what may be best for the situation. Certainly not all tests are alike or produce the same information. It is often best to contact the floor covering/coating and adhesive manufacturer for guidance.”