Even though concrete is a durable and reliable building material, that doesn’t make it impervious to water damage. When you expose concrete to water for an extended period, it will suffer from water damage. When drying cement after prolonged exposure to water, there are several factors that you will need to consider. To figure out the best way to drain the concrete, we should look at some situations.
Water Due to Flooding
If you have had some damage to your concrete from flooding, the first concern that you should check for is dirt and bacteria that may have penetrated the concrete. When floods occur, all sorts of unsanitary debris can seep into the concrete. The first step to taking care of this situation is to hire a professional cleaning crew to come and help mitigate the damage. Once the concrete is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, you will be left to deal with drying the cement so that no further damage occurs. The options you will need to consider will depend on what type of floor that you have.
If the foundation of your home is a concrete slab and you are considering placing down any flooring, you will need to make sure that the concrete is thoroughly dry. If you attempt to put down tile, carpet, or wooden flooring and there is any residual moisture on your pavement, you can have all sorts of problems occur. The first problem that is likely to happen is the growth of mold and mildew. The easiest way to take care of this issue is to call in a professional company such as NHI, National Home Inspection and Mold Services. If you would prefer and try to tackle the job yourself, you will need to spend several days of letting the concrete dry out by using large fans and depending on the amount of standing water, the use of a shop vacuum. Always remember, with a concrete slab, you will need to be sure that the piece is as dry as possible before laying down any flooring. If not, you will end up with mold and mildew between your carpet, tile, or wood floors and your slab which will end up not only doing severe damage to your new floor but will also cause a host of health problems for your family.
How Old is Your Concrete?
Since trying to dry out concrete is certainly not an easy task, another factor you should consider is the age of the concrete that you are trying to dry. The concrete’s age will play a large role in how long it takes to dry out. Another factor is how the concrete came to be wet in the first place.
Why You Should Call in Professional Help
Since drying out concrete is such a complicated process, your best bet is to reach out for professional help. You want to be 100% sure that the concrete dried properly and that there is no chance of mold or mildew growth and that the concrete itself has not been weakened or degraded in the process. You should always guarantee that these issues will not cause you problems down the road. If you need help anywhere in Palm Beach County, FL. make sure to call NHI, National Home Inspection Services and Mold Services at (561) 445-8483 to make an appointment to have us come out and take a look and help you to get your house back to normal as quickly as possible.