Though the signs are often well-hidden, the effects of the phenomenon known as “sick building syndrome” (SBS) cannot be overstated. Defined generally as nonspecific symptoms of the occupants within a building (generally including allergies, headaches or respiratory issues such as asthma), SBS most often originates from the formation of molds, fungus, viruses and bacteria in the presence of moisture in a facility. This is one of many reasons moisture mitigation solutions are taken seriously.
Topics: Rapid-Drying Concrete
Contemporary moisture mitigation treatments coincide with increased expectations for accelerated construction timelines. Moisture mitigation, as commonly used in the industry, is usually a reactionary measure for overly moist concrete slabs. Because concrete placement and drying constitute a significant chunk of a facility’s construction timeline, developers rush to accelerate the process through methods that can potentially compromise the health of a project.
As the name suggests, rapid-drying concrete differentiates itself from conventional concrete through its drying time. While a conventional concrete can often take more than 100 days to reach adequate moisture levels, rapid-drying concrete finishes the job in less than half the time. Of course, the speed-to-market benefits can be easily imagined, but in what other ways does rapid-drying concrete separate itself from the standard stuff?
We’ve consistently discussed topics involving moisture mitigation and rapid-drying concrete, but identifying the symptoms of flooring riddled with moisture-related damages is the first step towards finding a proper solution. Very often, those flooring failures are the result of moisture trapped in the concrete slabs below the flooring itself, a hidden threat that isn’t always solved by add-on moisture mitigation solutions used within the construction industry.
In many projects, moisture mitigation is an afterthought but in reality, it should be one of the first aspects of a project that you think about. Treating a traditional concrete mixture with a moisture mitigation treatment after a floor failure can not only be costly in and of itself, but can also cause costly construction delays and overruns.
More often than not, moisture-related concerns and issues will arise during many construction projects, but they don’t have to. Typical concrete mixtures dry from the top down instead of uniformly. Because of this, concrete is really never dry. When your concrete foundation isn’t dry or hasn’t reached an optimal level of dryness, failures like bubbling, curling, and buckling can occur after flooring has been laid.
The decisions that you make at the start of construction can have the greatest effect on the success of the entire project. Because building owners and developers are responsible for completing projects on schedule, on budget, and safely, it’s imperative that each material used during construction contributes to that goal and withstands the elements.