When preparing the subflooring, before applying the leveling compound, make sure you have swept or vacuumed up any dirt or dust on the surface. Next, check the floor for imperfections. A prime example would be nail heads jutting up from the surface. If there are any, use a hammer or a screwdriver to nail them back into place or pull them out. If you remove any fasteners, be sure to replace them with new ones.
Next, check the room temperature against what the manufacturer recommends. Why? If the temperature in the room where you are pouring the leveling compound is too hot, it may not set and dry properly. Result? Your floor will be covered with pea soup, it will not be properly level, and you will have to clean it all up and start again. To avoid this there are a couple of options. One, you can just wait until the weather cools down and it is less humid. A second option would be to use floor fans to lower the room’s temperature. What, though, if the room is too cool?
If the temperature in the room is too cold, the compound may freeze during the application. If this occurs, the compound will not flow down to the lower areas of the floor to level it off as desired. The resulting floor will not be level and again you will have to clean the mixture up and start from scratch to make it more even. To avoid this you have to option of using floor heaters to raise the room temperature or turning up the central heat in the room so as to create a more moderate temperature climate.
These precautions will keep you from having to throw away mixture due to improper use.
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