Although tough, concrete is actually porous. Water can be wicked up by concrete and move through it. Along the way, the water surrounds salts in the concrete and transports them to the surface. Once this water reaches the surface and evaporates, the salts are left behind. This makes the unwanted white stuff that often forms on concrete called efflorescence. To prevent efflorescence, you need concrete moisture remediation.
If you see joints or cracks in your concrete that never dry completely, this points to a significant cache of moisture beneath your concrete. Many people try to hide the problem with ceramic tiles or DIY epoxy. Without a high-quality sealant, however, the water finds its way through, resulting in loose tiles or coatings that bubble and peel away. Then the problem becomes worse and more expensive to repair.
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Depending on severity, you may need to fix the water issue before proceeding (sealing the floor may not prevent challenges in the walls or other spaces). If the situation is localized to the concrete, some cleanup and epoxy sealing should halt water from accumulating. West Coast Epoxy adds a moisture barrier to our epoxy sealer that prevents peeling from water vapor. After this procedure is complete, the concrete foundation is indeed waterproof on top. Therefore, you can safely overlay it with ceramic tile, wood, carpet, or laminates. The epoxy sealant makes sure your floor surface will not be vulnerable to moisture again.
The water remediation treatment benefits a concrete floor of any age and is fast enough to avoid unwanted delays for planned remodels. If you have any worries about moisture remediation during your renovation or building project in Pleasanton, please give West Coast Epoxy a call or schedule a free consultation online.
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