Concrete is solid and strong, making it a beautiful foundation material for most kinds of structures. Given its repute, it may shock you to read that concrete is actually porous. Given sufficient time, water from underneath walkways or slabs makes its way through the concrete to its surface, and the water then evaporates. During its travel, the water transports salts taken from the concrete. These salts become a white powder when the water evaporates on the surface of the concrete. This unwanted product is called efflorescence.
If you notice joints or cracks in your floor that don’t dry completely, this indicates a significant cache of moisture beneath your concrete. Some people try to conceal the issue with tiles or low-quality epoxy. Without a good sealant, however, the water finds a way through, resulting in loose tiles or coatings that bubble and peel away. Then the problem becomes worse and more expensive to resolve.
What to Do About Ground Water
Some moisture challenges are serious enough that in addition to sealing the foundation, you simultaneously need to take other actions outside the building. But when the issue is just in the concrete, our epoxy sealing process is enough to waterproof the floor. Then you can confidently install ceramic tiles, carpet, laminate, or wood floors.
The water remediation process benefits a concrete floor of any age and is fast enough to avoid significant delays for planned remodels. If you have any questions about moisture remediation during your renovation or building project, please give West Coast Epoxy a call or schedule a free consultation online for assistance in Antioch.
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