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Learning More About Water and Concrete

Learning More About Water and Concrete

Hydration bonds are the reason concrete is such a strong and durable building material.

Water is a crucial part of mixing concrete. In fact, when mixed with water, concrete is formed through a chemical reaction known as hydration, when bonds are formed between water molecules and cementitious materials to form hydrates. Hydration bonds are the reason concrete is a durable building material. However, too much water can cause serious issues for concrete, including erosion. Still, what is it that can make water so dangerous to a concrete mixture? Here is some valuable information about water and concrete.

Water-to-Cement Ratios

One of the most important factors in cement mixing is the water-to-cement ratio. If too much water is added to the mixture, the concrete will become overly porous and erode more quickly. When too little water is added, the concrete will not be able to strengthen properly. Porosity is an important factor in concrete, since high porosity increases the moisture evaporation rate of concrete, creating additional (and sometimes excessive) pressure on the surface. This can impact how well your concrete holds up over time.

Sick Building Syndrome

Evaporation is not the only concern when it comes to porous concrete. In fact, porous concrete with excess moisture can be at serious risk for sick building syndrome. Excess moisture can create a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, and if left unchecked, this can create a health hazard for anyone who uses the building. Well-maintained ventilation is a crucial element to preventing sick building syndrome or other health issues that can stem from excessive bacterial, fungal, and mold growth, but a good way to prevent your building from facing these issues is to prevent excessive moisture within the concrete.

Flooring Expansion and Cupping

When moisture builds up within concrete, it can cause pressure on the surface. Over time, excessive pressure can cause issues with your building’s structure. For example, the pressure buildup can cause issues with your concrete flooring in the form of flooring expansion or cupping. Cupping occurs when the sides of your flooring ride up to a higher level than the center of your floor. This warping can cause structural issues with your home or commercial building, not to mention making the floor dangerous or frustrating for everyday use. Similarly, flooring expansion can result in cracking and warping that can cause structural issues with your building as a direct result of excessive water in the concrete.

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