Moisture Vapor Transmission

Waterproofing is an important part of protecting your basement and anything in it. After you’ve successfully waterproofed your basement, you’ll notice an immediate improvement in how you enjoy the new space. Part of waterproofing your basement is choosing the right coating and making sure it lasts.

Concrete is a solid flooring material, but it’s not impermeable. While it doesn’t look like it, concrete is actually a quite porous material. Concrete surfaces have numerous tiny pores. While these pores allow concrete to effectively “breathe”, they also allow moisture to get through to the surface.

For more information on moisture vapor transmission and how to stop it, visit SANI-TRED.

What is Moisture Vapor Transmission?

Moisture Vapor Transmission is when moisture vapor from beneath and around concrete walls and floors comes through the concrete’s pores and reaches the surface. This transmission is all too common in many basements and can lead to coatings failures. If your basement has high Moisture Vapor Transmission, this problem will cause floor coatings to fail and detach from the concrete surface, leaving your floor patchy and opening it up to future leaks. To address Moisture Vapor Transmission, you first need to have it tested before moving forward with a waterproof coating or decorative concrete floor. These tests can be done as a do-it-yourself project or by hiring a professional to determine how much Moisture Vapor your basement is dealing with.

The SANI-TRED® Solution

Once you’ve tested for Moisture Vapor Transmission, your next step is to get your concrete as dry as possible then apply PermaFlex to the substrate. PermaFlex™ penetrates deep into the pores, hardens, and keeps Moisture Vapor from reaching the surface. After a successful application of the SANI-TRED® system, your basement will be completely waterproof and protected from Moisture Vapor Transmission, keeping your basement dry without cracking, peeling, or coating failure. Use SANI-TRED® to waterproof your basement and protect it from Moisture Vapor Transmission.

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