09/08/2017

Top 3 Reasons Why Your Floor is Failing

As the industry leaders in concrete slab moisture testing, we deal with floor problems on a continual basis. Over the last 20 years, IFTI has collected and studied data and feedback from thousands of projects and here are the top 3 reasons why floors fail.

#1 - Lack of Concrete Moisture Testing

Even after all the evidence supporting the necessity of moisture testing, some installers and owners continue to opt out and some contractors feel testing is obsolete all together. The data tells us a different story as there is no better way to help prevent flooring failures, whether they are installing in an existing facility or on a freshly poured slab. Bypassing the testing process is simply pushing the cost down the line, essentially moving it from one pocket to the other. A comprehensive testing program will save you time and money by preventing flooring failures and unnecessary slab mitigation

IFTI has worked diligently for over two decades to develop the best approach to reduce the risk of a moisture-related floor covering failure.

#2 - Lack of a Risk Management System

IFTI has always pioneered solutions for the flooring industry and that trend continues with IFTI's Risk Management System. Designed to manage the risk of moisture-related floor covering problems, we leverage controlled approach to a largely disorganized practice in today's construction industry. First, we establish the data to help identify the areas with the greatest potential for failure through a comprehensive floor survey. Next, we evaluate the risk and decide the appropriate treatment for the specific facility using our industry-leading knowledge of mitigation products and methods. This process creates a highly successful flooring system and our customers should never deal with floor failures again.

#3 Incomplete or Inaccurate Data

When it comes to testing concrete for moisture, there are a variety of tests that can be performed. Lately, our industry has been leaning towards the use of ASTM 2170 (RH probe testing), as the standard for gathering the critical numbers used by owners and manufacturers. Twenty years of testing data shows that this is a flawed solution. What is missing is the comprehensive data on moisture movement provided by ASTM f1869 test (Calcium Chloride). Both test methods are crucial for diagnosing and understanding both pieces of information to make the most educated decision for the risk treatment options.   We like to correlate these methods with going to the doctor for a shoulder injury. The doctor orders an MRI for the soft tissue and an x-ray for the hard tissue. With both pieces of information, the doctor is able to make the most educated diagnosis and prescribe the best treatment for the condition. Lacking one piece of information can leave the doctor guessing on the risk treatment approach.

IFTI has worked diligently for over two decades to develop the best approach to reduce the risk of a moisture-related floor covering failure. In doing so, IFTI helps Retailers, Healthcare providers and Architects save money and time by providing the most reliable information and expert solutions by employing our Risk Management System.