Concrete is hard and long-lasting, making it a terrific floor material for many types of structures. Given its repute, it can stun you to read that concrete is still porous. Given enough time, water from under walkways or slabs makes its way through the concrete to its surface, and the water then evaporates. During its travels, the water picks up salts dissolved from the concrete. These salts become a white powder when the water dries on the surface of the concrete. This unseemly material is named efflorescence.
If you notice joints or cracks in your concrete that do not dry completely, this points to a significant cache of moisture underneath your slab. Many people attempt to cover the issue with tile or low-quality epoxy. Without a quality sealant, however, the water finds a way through, resulting in loose tiles or coatings that bubble and peel away. Then the problem is worse and more costly to resolve.
What To Do About Efflorescence
Some water challenges are severe enough that in addition to sealing the foundation, you may need to take other actions outside the structure. But when the issue is just in the concrete, our epoxy sealing technique is sufficient to waterproof the concrete. Then you can confidently install tiles, carpet, laminate, or wood floors.
The moisture remediation process benefits a concrete floor of any age and is fast enough to avoid costly delays for planned renovations. If you have any worries about moisture remediation during your building or renovation project, please give West Coast Epoxy a call or schedule a free consultation online for assistance in San Mateo.
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