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 Post subject: subfloor moisture
PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:50 pm 
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Hi tested my sub floor and its a new constriction home about 1 year old. The sub floor moisture is around 8 to 12 % in several spots. I tested the hardwood but it is below 5% and my meter does not pick it up.

Will this cause a issue or am I fine to install the hardwood since its stated they must be within 2 to 4% of the sub floor. I have 3/4 solid wood 3 1/4 wide.

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 Post subject: Re: subfloor moisture
PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:34 pm 
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Hardwood species? House location?


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 Post subject: Re: subfloor moisture
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PA, Allentown area.

It is Red Oak Cherry


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 Post subject: Re: subfloor moisture
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The subfloor might be picking up the summer moisture; is the construction completely closed off from the outside humidity? If so, it may be excess moisture from the basement slab if its less than a year old.

Take separate RH readings for humidity on the basement, main, and upper levels and note any drastic differences. If the basement is more humid than the other floors, put a dehumidifier unit down there for the rest of the summer and try to bring the range back to 45%, plus or minus about 5%.

Once you have the relative humidity fixed and consistent, you can acclimate the hardwood for a few days then install it without issues. Keep checking the MC in the subfloor as it should decrease once the humidity is brought down.


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 Post subject: Re: subfloor moisture
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 2:10 pm 
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WestonKris wrote:
The subfloor might be picking up the summer moisture; is the construction completely closed off from the outside humidity? If so, it may be excess moisture from the basement slab if its less than a year old.

Take separate RH readings for humidity on the basement, main, and upper levels and note any drastic differences. If the basement is more humid than the other floors, put a dehumidifier unit down there for the rest of the summer and try to bring the range back to 45%, plus or minus about 5%.

Once you have the relative humidity fixed and consistent, you can acclimate the hardwood for a few days then install it without issues. Keep checking the MC in the subfloor as it should decrease once the humidity is brought down.


I have the hardwood in the house now for about 2 weeks not installed.

The house living area is around 30 - 35% humidity with the ac running. I got the basement RH down to about 50% with a dehumidifier running for 5 days straight. Its completely closed in and almost done. Before winter we got alot of water in basement before it was back filled about 2 inches deep 40x40 area. Wondering if its still trying to pull the moisture out of the slab. Is it safe to install it? Thanks

Its a ranch house


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 Post subject: Re: subfloor moisture
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Concrete will always have some moisture that comes through the surface if it is not sealed. If you are worried about the moisture you could seal it with epoxy or another type of sealer. If there is a moisture barrier like 10 mil plastic film under the slab you will not have the problem after the slab is cured. This would be placed before the slab is poured.


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 Post subject: Re: subfloor moisture
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Pete A. wrote:
Concrete will always have some moisture that comes through the surface if it is not sealed. If you are worried about the moisture you could seal it with epoxy or another type of sealer. If there is a moisture barrier like 10 mil plastic film under the slab you will not have the problem after the slab is cured. This would be placed before the slab is poured.



Yes they did put some type of plastic under the slab before it was poured. Im not to worried about it, I just dont want it to effect the flooring. Do I need to worry about that or will the flooring be fine?

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