Moisture detectors, also referred to as moisture meters, are essential tools used all throughout the whole process of water damage restoration. At the beginning stages where the extent of damage needs to be assessed, these handheld devices are crucial in getting a complete understanding of how much work needs to be done to fix the situation. At the same time, during the process of water extraction, moisture meters are used to track progress and monitoring the success of the job.
Moisture detectors are vital equipment we use to measure the amount of humidity in the water damaged property and specific areas like drywall, flooring, and other structural components of the building.
They provide specific numbers by which water damage restoration professionals (like us!) work. With the help of these sensors, we are able to determine what course of action to take and execute the plan in the most efficient way.
Moisture meters come in various types, namely:
Penetrating meters feature prongs used to get a reading of moisture content beneath a structure’s surface. They are very accurate and are thus ideal for determining how much trapped moisture there needs to be removed. Slide hammers are often used along with a penetrating meter. These use pins that are driven into sub-flooring (usually those made of wood) and give calculations that show how far water has penetrated into the sub-flooring and other components.
Non-penetrating meters are easy to use. They are equipped with two flat sensors at the bottom, which measure the amount of moisture in between. Them being non-intrusive devices minimizes damage to materials being measure for moisture content. Non-penetrating moisture detectors are best used for gathering comparative moisture level readings between affected and unaffected areas.
A type of penetrating detectors, hydrosensors are used for checking how far moisture has moved away from the main source, such as beneath carpets or carpet padding. Applications don’t include measuring moisture on dry walls and similar materials.
Thermo-hygrometers measure temperature as well as relative humidity, factors with tell specialists how the affected space can be effectively dried using available equipment like commercial dehumidifiers. Some models provide GPP (grain per pound) and dew point readings.
When the Rare Restoration & Cleaning team is called on site, the first thing they would do is gather instant data and discuss with the client the specific steps that need to be taken for complete restoration. Moisture detectors help point out the problem areas. When the work is finished, they also help measure the success of the job.
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