Why Mission-Critical Projects and ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete Go Hand in Hand

Posted by ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete on Jul 18, 2018 10:04:00 AM

Building materials for mission-critical facilities like data centers, power generation plants, and hospitals have direct impacts on facility operations. Considering the consistent impact of foot traffic, vehicle traffic, and machine vibration, concrete slabs must be reliable enough to not only avoid becoming a liability, but also maintain long-term strength. For facilities that can’t afford disruptions to operations, setting the foundation with rapid-drying concrete can lower the need for maintenance and keep facilities operating optimally. By achieving target relative humidity levels quickly, rapid-drying concrete helps mission critical facilities compete aggressive timelines, but also avoid several of the liabilities that come from traditional concrete solutions.

No Need For Topical Treatments to Mitigate Moisture

While traditional concrete must often be reinforced with topical treatments to seal away excess moisture, the rapid-drying concrete mix is self-desiccating and can reach target relative humidity levels of 80-85% without any additional topical treatment. Though some topical treatment might be preferred for resistance to abrasion or as a light-reflective coating (to assist with visibility and energy efficiency), no topical treatments are necessary for moisture mitigation.

Protect Machinery and Personnel from Flooring Hazards

Concrete that doesn’t dry to ideal relative humidity levels, an issue that sometimes remains for months or years of a facility’s life, can result in unexpected flooring damages. Curling and warping of flooring can not only be hazardous to personnel in the facility, but can also affect equipment operation.. Rapid-drying concrete can reach 80-85% relative humidity in as little as 45 days, which prevents these problems from occurring in the first place.

Protect Tenants from Moisture-Induced Facility Sickness

The presence of excess moisture creates a breeding ground for bacteria. Not only can these bacteria cause damage to flooring, but it can also affect air quality in a facility and become a contributing factor to sick-building syndrome. These bacteria can lead to respiratory issues, including asthma, and can become especially problematic if combined with poor ventilation. Rapid-drying concrete’s ability to reach 80% or greater relative humidity significantly lowers the risk of bacterial growth at dangerous levels.

ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete for Mission Critical Facilities

No matter the construction timeline for a mission-critical facility, there is an ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete option that can fit within an aggressive schedule. Depending on the choice of mix and the rigors of the schedule, the ARIDUS mix can reach relative humidity levels in 45 days, 90 days, or 120 days, but never compromise its strength and moisture mitigating power.

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Topics: Rapid-Drying Concrete, Facility Construction