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Standard moisture test kit for installation over concrete
The Calcium Chloride Moisture Test Kit accurately measures the amount of moisture (in lbs.) passing through a concrete slab over a 1000-Square Foot area during a 24-hour period. It is considered the most accurate test and is the most widely accepted quantitative method on the market today.
Before installing any type of flooring (hardwood, laminate, tile, vinyl, bamboo, cork, linoleum or carpet) over concrete, a moisture test is required by most, if not all, flooring manufacturers. Even if they didn't, this type of test is your best insurance against future floor failure; it protects everyone involved.
While there are other types of moisture-testing methodologies, this simple procedure has stood the test of time and is approved by most all flooring manufacturers. The CaCl2 Moisture Test Kit is inexpensive; the price includes the test service.
This kit includes everything except a gram scale. If you do not have a gram scale, the calcium chloride is pre-weighed and can be returned by mail for free analysis, or it can be taken to any pharmacy for weighing. The analysis is also recommended to confirm third-party test results.
This kit also includes two pH test strips to measure the alkalinity of concrete. The Carpet and Rug Institute, the Resilient Floor Covering Institute and the Canadian Carpet Institute agree that the any pH greater than 9 should be corrected before installation.
You can spend $500 to $1,000 nowadays for fancy moisture meters that are fast and fairly accurate. However, all flooring manufacturers still require the use of this simple inexpensive CaCl2 test procedure because it has withstood the test of time as being the most accurate way to measure concrete. Whether you are a novice or a pro embarking on a flooring project, this is the best way to ensure a successful installation. This kit should be used for testing concrete underneath a carpet, or under a glue-down, nail-down or floating floor.
Features & benefits
Recommended by all flooring manufacturers — most reliable and accurate measure of moisture in concrete
A must-have product — your best insurance against liability failures due to excessive moisture
Contents of kit — A pre-weighed plastic jar with airtight snap lid containing anhydrous calcium chloride, a transparent plastic cover with pre-applied adhesive to secure the plastic cover to the floor in an airtight fashion, a self-addressed pouch to use to return the sample to the manufacturer of the kit, if you would like them to do the analysis or confirm your analysis, a one ounce bottle of pH balanced testing fluid, two pH test strips sealed in a foil pouch.
Easy-to-use — No expensive meters required
Equipment required — Gram scale, 3 kits per the first 1,000 sq. ft., and one kit per additional 1,000 SF.
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