Concrete is a very porous material and will absorb quite a bit of moisture over time. Whilst a little bit of water vapour in concrete floors, slabs and roofs etc. isn’t of too much concern, a lot of moisture which is left to multiply over time can become quite a huge problem. From the very beginning of the creation of concrete slabs, water is used in the mixture. Even when the concrete has dried and set, it will continue to absorb and release moisture. This has a lot to do with the surrounding temperatures, ambient relative humidity and even the weather patterns. Leaving your concrete floors to absorb large amounts of water over time can lead to a whole range of problems. The most common of which, includes cracks and stains etc.
Signs of Concrete Moisture Damage
There are some protruding signs that signify concrete damage caused by too much moisture being absorbed by the material. The most common is cracks in the concrete. Cracks are a problem for everyone because they provide even more room for water and other liquids to seep into the concrete. This can lead to even larger cracks and the weakening of the concrete surface. It can also cause serious dampness and even mould as a result.
Another problem is referred to as “dusting”. This takes place on concrete surfaces which have been subjected to excess moisture during finishing. This is often referred to as “bleed water”. Excess water can also cause cone-shaped fragments called pop outs, these break out of the concrete surface because of the high rate of moisture absorption taking place in the concrete.
Repairing the Damage
When it is clear that your concrete floor has suffered from excess moisture damage, it may be time to waterproof and seal it with a high quality concrete sealant such as WT1. This excellent formulation of polymer and polyurethane union provides a 100% waterproof membrane which stops it from shrinking or cracking. So, as well as repairing the cracks on the surface of the concrete, WT1 will also ensure that no future cracks or damage is caused by the build-up of water and moisture.
In addition to adhering to concrete, WT1 can also adhere to other difficult surfaces such as polyester, lead, metal, stone, brick and even plastic. This unique formulated compound should be used with dry surfaces that are free from snow, loose debris and ice. In terms of application, WT1 is incredibly easy to use. It can be either brushed, spread or sprayed. This provides a great range of options so that users can use the application mode that suits them the most.
When you need to repair concrete cracks, reach for WT1 – The ultimate Concrete Sealant.