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The Case for Industry Standards

Who likes reading instructions? We’re all so busy…

The construction industry, like nearly every other professional sector, has thoughtfully developed standards for the wide variety of scopes that are part of each, and every, project. Considerations of time and money are the most obvious, and common, factors that work against routine adherence to these expectations. However, the simple truth is following industry standards goes a long way in assuring project success and product performance. No one likes callbacks, right?

OBEX understands the frustrations associated with some “industry standard” requirements, but also appreciates these standards exist for our (owners, designers, contractors, material suppliers, etc.) collective protection. For example, ASTM F710 Standard Practice for Preparing Concrete Floors to Receive Resilient Flooring governs substrate preparation and resilient flooring installation parameters (temperature, relative humidity and moisture vapor emission rate testing, etc.). Without adherence to the baseline expectations set forth in this ASTM standard, the outcome of substrate preparation and subsequent installation of resilient flooring is left entirely to chance. Further, ASTM F1869 Standard Test Method for Measuring Moisture Vapor Emission Rate of Concrete Subfloor Using Anhydrous Calcium Chloride is a testing method found referenced in ASTM F710. ASTM F2170 Standard Test Method for Determining Relative Humidity in Concrete Floor Slabs Using In-Situ Probes is also referenced in ASTM F710. Why is this so important? Here’s why - both tests are extremely sensitive to ambient temperature and relative humidity, so following testing protocols - as described in ASTMs F1869/F2170 - is vital to obtaining accurate moisture vapor emission rates and relative humidity results. The bottom line is that deviation from ASTM F1869/F2170 testing requirements can wildly skew test results, favorably and unfavorably, which can lead to significant, and costly, issues later on.

The efficacy of the Creteseal brand of moisture mitigation products has been demonstrated over millions of square feet of protected concrete and flooring. Like others in the industry, OBEX relies on adherence to industry standards to provide a finished product that protects the project owner and each member of the value chain involved in constructing, and completing, the project. Operating outside of industry standards in the preparation, application, and/or testing of any product during the construction cycle can greatly diminish the likelihood of long-term project success. At any point in time there is a question as to whether relevant industry standards are being followed in the concrete moisture control scope, OBEX is happy to consult. We humbly offer our subject matter expertise in support of your project's Division 03/07/09 concrete moisture mitigation scope(s) of work. For free, no obligation support with respect to ANY concrete moisture control context or product, call us at 844-265-3535 or email us at

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