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Concrete moisture

Concrete moisture

(OP)
In general what is the acceptable moisture percentage in cured concrete?

RE: Concrete moisture

What is the concrete application: Wall, free-standing bridge deck, column, sidewalk on wet ground, foundation below the water table, dam?

RE: Concrete moisture

(OP)
It is a roof slab for a control building

RE: Concrete moisture

The roof should be covered or protected with some membrane or chemical topside to prevent water intrusion into the otherwise-base and exposed concrete. It is sloped, and if so, by how much? Water (rain) or snow loads as well? And have you verified there are no "ponds" or continuous wetted areas that do not drain?

RE: Concrete moisture

(OP)
Thanks, I was simply asking about concrete moisture. Do you know who might be able to answer this question?

RE: Concrete moisture

shonuff....the acceptability of moisture in concrete depends on the application. For example, if you are considering applying a surface treatment to the concrete or if you are applying an adhesive to attach something to the concrete (flooring, roofing, etc.), the moisture content should be as low as possible and the pH should be allowed to reach a relatively low level as well. The moisture content in such applications should be in the range of 5 to 8 percent or even less. The pH should be in the 10 range for coating or latex adhesive application.

Otherwise, the moisture content in concrete is somewhat irrelevant and it is ok for it to be high as this allows better durability and strength in the concrete.

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