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99% RH in concrete slab

#11
Hot water lines, causing a dew point. Seen it myself many times.

Internal plumbing leak.

Built on a natural spring.

Soil high on the perimeter, making it below grade.
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#12
(02-03-2011, 12:55 PM)Floorguy Wrote:  Soil high on the perimeter, making it below grade.

Technically, I think the rule is the slab has to be 4" above ground level to even be on grade.
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(08-22-2010, 02:38 PM)mwoody Wrote:  I have a project where 8 Wagner 4.0 RH probes were placed in a 40,000 square foot concrete slab on grade. The slab thickness is 6 inches with a vapor barrier on top of soil. The probes were placed at 40% of the depth of the slab. The slab was placed approximately 15 to 20 years ago. The HVAC has been running for over a month with the ambient temperature at 75 degrees and the humidity between 50 and 60%.

6 of the 8 probes read in the 70% to 80% range and the other two probes read 99%. The two 99% readings are on opposite sides of the warehouse. Any ideas on why the probes would read 99%?

Reading it again, thats a lot of roof. Wheres all the water going outside those walls?
Stephen Perrera dba
Top Floor Installation Co.
http://www.tucsonazflooring.com
http://www.floorsavior.com
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#14
I wonder what Woody found out?

Maybe the two high readings were drilled right through the slab and then the probes were set at 40% depth... I see that more than I care to!!! Big Grin
JD Grafton
Concrete Answers for Flooring Problems
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#15
It could just be random error. I have seen many slabs test 99% and a new hole new probe doesn't read 99 real close to original test.
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#16
I hate it when we're left hanging like this. Sad

Hope Woody checks in and lets us know.
JD Grafton
Concrete Answers for Flooring Problems
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#17
The contractor put a sealer down prior to the epoxy surface coating.
Never had any resolution on the 99%. Tried switching out the probes but watched the humidity rise back to 99% by the next day. After the fact we cored the concrete adjacent to the probe installation to make sure the probes were at 40% depth, check. Just another floor moisture issue where the cost to find the conclusion just isn't worth it.
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#18
Thanks for the update!!!! Cool
JD Grafton
Concrete Answers for Flooring Problems
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#19
I've installed engineered hardwood when the sensors read 85% and had not problem at all. That concrete was so dry it would suck the spit off your tongue. I didn't even use a trowel on vapor retarder. Ask me why. Rolleyes
Stephen Perrera dba
Top Floor Installation Co.
http://www.tucsonazflooring.com
http://www.floorsavior.com
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#20
Please do tell (in your 99th post!!! ) Big Grin
JD Grafton
Concrete Answers for Flooring Problems
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