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August 23 - August 29, 2010

What is the best method of testing for moisture content in concrete masonry unit (CMU) walls prior to application of coatings?

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From Glenn Summers of Conselcor Inc. on November 10, 2010:
The most effective test of moisture in concrete is the interior relative humidity testing. Almost all manufacturers of floor coverings and paints will require 70% or less before allowing coverage. Bear in mind that is not the final step one should take prior to a coating or install of a flooring system. Unless you render the substrate Hydrophobic by use of a pore blocking penetrating sealer, you will still have a surface capable of absorbtion of contaminates and moisture and migration of internal chemistry out to a surface. Absorption begets rebar corrosion that may be the slow death, while migration outward will yeild ASR and effloresence. I use a penetrating sealer the comes with a 15 year warranty for waterproofing and have Never been disappointed!

From William R. Stein of S & B Coatings-Floors on August 23, 2010:
Cheapest method is taping a 3X3 plastic film to the wall and waiting 24 hours.

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