"Excess moisture in substrates, main cause of pathologies"
Excess moisture, the main cause of pathologies"Updates to the regulation have long been awaited by the whole profession and it was introduced mainly due to the large amount of disasters related to stuck flexible floorings”, stresses Catherine Chauvin. "Analysis of such disasters has helped highlight the main cause of the problems encountered: excess moisture in the substrate of the floor coating, which invariably causes blistering and peeling."
Measuring moisture content of substrates"Testing the substrate has become an indispensable phase and its findings must be recorded in a report… Based on the lessons learnt, the regulation now sets out rules and methods to follow at each phase of the installation process and recommends the use of instruments capable of measuring precisely moisture content in a substrate before embarking on the installation process. This update marks the will of the industry to improve the quality of its work, drawing on lessons learnt from past disasters. Testing the substrate has now become an indispensable phase and its findings must be recorded in a report. So floor coatings will no longer be installed blindly, but only after careful consideration of precise results from tests conducted on the substrate. To achieve the sort of moisture measurement precision required, this new regulation adopts two methods: Calcium carbide and the humidity probe."
"The procedure set out by the new regulation to determine the role and responsibility of each person involved, client or contractor, will help the latter in particular to be able to prove that they did their job properly. This should help reduce its responsibilities in the event of a problem. The regulation is precise and realistic and, when correctly applied, it should reduce the number of disasters considerably”, concludes Catherine Chauvin.
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Structure moisture measuring methods
With its detachable humidity probe, its lead and sleeves, the Humitest Hygro LC 30-100 thermo-hygrometer allows to measure Equilibrium Relative Humidity of substrates before laying floor coverings or applying paintings or resins.
This moisture meter allows to measure both surface moisture by contacting its two electrodes, and dampness detection by radio frequency, without leaving a trace on the surface.
These two complementary modes allow an enlightened dampness diagnosis.
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Reconciling the two upstream avoids the costs related to amendment works after building or refurbishment: work costs, social costs –health, absenteeism- and environmental impacts.
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