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Floor Coating Technology 2010

You don’t need torrential spring rains to experience a moisture-laden floor.  It’s something concrete resurfacing professionals must consider throughout the year, explains Tom Lux, Florock Technical Support.

In the past, relatively primitive methods were used to determine the moisture content of concrete floors.  Most involved a tangle of plastic, sealing tape, containers of absorbent desiccant, a few extra hours for test installation, and a minimum of 72 hours before getting the first moisture reading.

Despite the effort, these methods didn’t offer much in the way of accuracy.  Worst of all, should moisture levels be unfavorable, the entire array of cumbersome tests would have to be reinstalled every few weeks until the floor was dry enough for concrete sealer.  Talk about an inefficient use of man hours!

Recent decades brought us reusable surface probes and electric moisture meters.  Originally a step in the right direction, these now outdated devices involved costly professional calibration and annoyingly slow probe equilibration at each testing point.

“Today, industrial flooring has finally entered the 21st century on the moisture issue,” says Lux.  He’s referring to Florock’s use of the patented Rapid RH® by Wagner.  The system is remarkable for its cutting edge technology, combined with good old-fashioned common sense.  Once installed, a “Smart Sensor” stays in the floor permanently. A small digital meter allows for quick readings from point to point across the floor, eliminating bothersome equilibration times and costly probe calibration.  Best of all, should additional moisture readings be necessary days or weeks later, there’s no reinstallation required – the Smart Sensors are still in place!

Proving itself to be 10X faster than other methods and more economical overall, Rapid RH is getting the industry’s stamp of approval.

Tom Lux is hoping Rapid RH will become the new standard.  “We encourage everyone to view the demonstration video (http://www.wagnermeters.com/video-install.php#) and to try Rapid RH on their next job.  That’s why we make our in-house kit available to customers free of charge. Simply call to reserve your time slot at 1-800-FLOROCK!”

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