1 Aug ASTM D(). Standard Test Method for Indicating Moisture in Concrete by the Plastic Sheet Method. standard by ASTM International. ASTM D Standard Test Method for Indicating Moisture in Concrete by the Plastic Sheet Method. ASTM Dpdf – Download as PDF File .pdf) or read online.
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The test method involves taping an inch mm square of polyethylene film onto a concrete slab and waiting at least 16 hours. It sounds simple enough, right? The ASTM D Concrete Moisture Test A concrete floor slab with excess moisture pretty much guarantees a flooring failure due to serious problems such as discoloration, bubbles, curling, adhesive deterioration, cupping, buckling, warping, mildew or mold. Observable moisture on the underside of the plastic sheet depends on the dew point, which in turn depends on the surface temperature of the concrete.
Accurate Concrete Moisture Measurement? So unless you take the moisture gradient into account and measure moisture deeper asym the slab, expect to be misled by your test results.
Afterward, the underside of the sheet is examined for signs of moisture. Some methods of concrete moisture testing use astn simple, qualitative approach.
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Ultimately, this creates an appreciably wetter condition at the surface than either the Plastic Sheet R4263 or any other surface test will be likely to show. No more costly, moisture-related callbacks.
An unsealed concrete slab will typically exhibit an appreciable moisture gradient, drier at the surface and wetter below. Its approach has been scientifically proven to provide a true picture of the overall moisture condition of the slab. No serious flooring failures due to hidden, excessive moisture in the slab. However, the reverse is not true.
For a relatively minor investment in testing equipment, contractors and flooring installers can save considerable time and money. Another plus is that the test 4d263 hard numbers expressed as percent RH that make it very easy for deciding when the slab is dry enough for installing the finished floor. Instead, always rely on in situ RH moisture testing. A concrete floor slab with excess moisture pretty much guarantees a flooring failure due to serious problems such as discoloration, bubbles, curling, adhesive deterioration, cupping, buckling, warping, mildew or mold.
And more ashm, expect flooring failures.
Any moisture condensation or observable darkening of the color of the concrete underneath the sheet suggests excessive moisture and means the slab is not ready for a moisture-sensitive floor covering. It can no longer evaporate through the surface.
The ASTM D Concrete Moisture Test
A positive result with observable moisture underneath the plastic sheet confirms that the concrete slab is too wet for a flooring installation. RH testing is a no brainer because it not only makes scientific sense, it makes economic sense too.
Nor does it indicate whether additional moisture is entering the slab from below, such as in the absence of a vapor retarder. Yes, it matters a great deal. However, it is NOT recommended. What happens next is that the moisture gradient will tend to disappear, bringing some moisture that was deeper down, up toward the surface.
A negative test result a dry plastic sheet with no observable moisture underneath does not necessarily confirm that the slab is sufficiently dry.