Concrete Moisture Test for Epoxy Flooring

Moisture Can Cause Lifting and PeelingĀ 
A moisture test helps the customer understand what it means when concrete is deteriorating or Spalling. Spalling is when water enters the concrete and forces the surface to peel, pop up or flake off. This usually happens because there is moisture in the concrete.
Even though we live in a High Desert area of Idaho, there still can be moister in cement. The Eagle area is know to have a high-water-table which can easily allow water to seep into cement. Moister can cause the epoxy to lift and peel if you do not seal the cement before applying it. The Calcium Chloride Concrete Moisture and Alkalinity Test Kit that we use will help us to determine whether applying a floor coating over that concrete is the best option. The Vapor Gauge Test Kits will give a clear and precise reading of how much moisture is released up through a concrete slab into the floor covering. These kits will determine whether or not there is a moisture problem and will allow us to fix it before it becomes a flooring issue.
Different Moisture Test Methods
While several standard moisture test methods are available, no single test reveals everything that should be considered in deciding when a coating can be installed.
The Concrete Moisture Test reveals to us whether excessive moisture is coming up through the concrete so we can determine what type of application we can apply to the concrete or if any application is appropriate.
Some floors will show a white mineral dried out from water passing up through the concrete and evaporating, called efflorescence. This is the most obvious sign of a moisture vapor issue that can lead to eventual spalling (lifting of cement pieces) of the concrete. The vast majority of cement floors in the Treasure Valley have no issues with water due to the High Desert environment.
Utilizing a Concrete Moisture Test has been a minor investment for us to safeguard against future concrete delamination!