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1dawnmaye 09-06-2012 08:04 AM

Moisture Barrier for Existing Concrete Floor
 
Our office was recently flooded by a busted water heater. The building is about 60 years old and has a concrete floor has no vapor barrier. The VCT Tile that was down is now coming up and concrete is wet. If we get the concrete dry is there a type of vapor barrier that we can put down so that we can put vinyl flooring on top. We are trying to save as much money as possible.

1dawnmaye 09-06-2012 08:05 AM

Please help anyone

joecaption 09-06-2012 09:05 AM

There is no magic way to seal the concrete to prevent water damage like you just had.
You are running a dehumidifier and some fans to dry things out, right?
Is there a sump pump in the basement?

1dawnmaye 09-06-2012 09:12 AM

This is not a basement. It is a slab on grad building. We have no sump pumps. We are running fans and there is no visible water, but when you pull the tiles up you can feel the moisture. The initial problem by a ruptured Hot Water Heater and we are in the process in removing the tiles and have discovered dampness on the floor and signs of mildew. We have observed a stress crack about 6 feet from the wall and we want to be sure that water does not seep back thru the crack under the new flooring. We are trying to save money due to the fact that the building will be taking over by NCDOT within the next 5 years.

Canarywood1 09-06-2012 12:41 PM

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Originally Posted by 1dawnmaye (Post 1004281)
Our office was recently flooded by a busted water heater. The building is about 60 years old and has a concrete floor has no vapor barrier. The VCT Tile that was down is now coming up and concrete is wet. If we get the concrete dry is there a type of vapor barrier that we can put down so that we can put vinyl flooring on top. We are trying to save as much money as possible.


Check with a flooring store and ask if there is a liquid barrier,and i don't mean Home Depot or Lowes,if not then you would have to use plastic,here's a link.


http://www.ehow.com/how_6970712_inst...inyl-tile.html

MariCamozzi71 09-11-2012 01:26 PM

Solution
 
You can use Halex Versa Shield. It's a fiberglass felt that can be easily rolled out and taped at the seams and protects up to I believe 95% RH.



Quote:

Originally Posted by 1dawnmaye (Post 1004281)
Our office was recently flooded by a busted water heater. The building is about 60 years old and has a concrete floor has no vapor barrier. The VCT Tile that was down is now coming up and concrete is wet. If we get the concrete dry is there a type of vapor barrier that we can put down so that we can put vinyl flooring on top. We are trying to save as much money as possible.



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