Water leaks under Concrete
Even though the water itself is one of the main components of concrete mixture, wet spots on or around concrete that has been poured and dried are not a good sign. Whether the moisture reaches the structure through cracks or highlights an obvious plumbing issue, the consequences of water leaks under concrete can be severe.
In case there is concrete reinforcement, it may endure corrosion which can further affect its stability. The mould that rapidly grows on or beneath the concrete surface will eventually break down the concrete and damage the foundation and walls.
Before you spot the signs of water leaks, the best way to prevent them is to keep your floor in great condition and protect the concrete surface beneath.
The gathered moisture will stay on the protective layer with a polyurethane cement, epoxy coating or polished concrete solution, stopping water leaks. All you need to do then is use a mop or a dry sponge to absorb it.
If you are still having some second thoughts and unsure how to protect your concrete slabs, we can give you all the information you require. In the meantime, let us tell you more about the consequences that water leaks can have on your concrete floor. Drying out a wet concrete floor takes time but by solving the initial leak problem and then installing a new floor will ensure a lifetime of service.
Water Leaks Under Concrete Can Cause Serious Foundation Damage
Given that concrete foundations are porous, water will fill any pores, eventually causing the foundation to crack and shift, leaving homes unsettled. If cracks are present in the walls or ceiling, this may also indicate that water has already reached the foundation.
Even in temperate winter climates, water temperatures can get low enough to freeze, at this point, the expanding ice may push the concrete outward. The result is an unstable foundation, leading to likely structural issues in the future.
Moisture and Mould Growth on Exterior Walls
Water leaks under concrete create an ideal environment for fungus, bacteria, and mould to survive – and once it begins, mould growth is almost impossible to stop. From exterior walls, the fungus can spread to your interiors and create many difficulties. It may also develop inside the property first, then move to the outside area. In addition to its unpleasant look and smell, mould growth also causes severe damage to buildings, so it’s best to invest in prevention over cure.
This is where we can help you. Thanks to the anti-microbial additive, our high-quality epoxy coatings or polyurethane cement will protect your concrete slab from bacteria and mould development. It will keep out excess moisture, effectively stop undesired growth, and make the premises as clean and sterile as possible.
Hardwood Flooring Becomes Buckled Up and Unusable
As a concrete slab gets wetter, it will affect your flooring. Hardwood floors are particularly sensitive, but slab movement can also crack tiles, making a mess and requiring a costly replacement.
While epoxy and polyurethane cement flooring are durable, strong, and incredibly low maintenance, their popularity in commercial premises is often down to their minimalistic appearance. However, their serviceability under duress is their greatest selling point. Water leaks are simply sealed or wiped away.
The Warning Signs of Possible Water Leaks Under Concrete
As well as the mould, smell and wet stains on the carpet and floor, there are some other signs that you shouldn’t overlook. If the soil in your yard is constantly wet and soggy, you might have water leaks under the concrete slab. Other signs include warped baseboards, interior wall cracks, and the sound of water running between walls. Finally, you’ll notice that your water and energy bills have increased for no apparent reason. It is time to act as soon as you detect any of these things.
After the concrete slab damage is established and necessary repairs or replacements are finished, our flooring specialists can perform a full floor preparation and instalment of top-quality polyurethane cement, epoxy coating and polished concrete. All you need to do is give us a call or fill in the form on our website!