The moisture meter is one of the most indispensable tool among water damage restoration companies. It can’t remove water like the air mover, flood pumper, or dehumidifier. It also can’t clean the air like air scrubbers and ozone generators, but it can tell the water damage restoration expert if he’s job is done or whether there’s still more water than meets the eye. For an ordinary household member just like you, you can have a moisture meter on hand just so you can determine by yourself whether the moisture level of your house is still tolerable or whether it would be time contact the experts.
Moisture meters are hand-held devices, about the size of a multi-tester (or if you’re not familiar with a multi-tester, then twice the size of a calculator), that allow you to determine the moisture content in a given substance. Some of them are analog but there are also digital varieties. This device can come in very handy to water damage restoration crew members.
Moisture meters, previously suitable for wood only, have already evolved into more specific forms such as the concrete moisture meter. This modern version of the meter is capable of detecting moisture up to a depth 1-inch from the concrete surface. There are however moisture meters that are versatile enough to detect content in wood, dry wall, brick, plaster and concrete.
Since the ideal moisture content varies from one material to another, many of todays models allow you to preset a certain level of moisture on the meter. The moment this level is breached an alarm goes off. When you want to measure the content in another area, presumably having a different material, you simply set the meter to the newly desired level.
Some water damage restoration professionals use meters that are equipped with probes to allow for deep penetration readings.
Determining the moisture content of a given substance is important to water damage restoration professionals. Most structural and building materials such as wood and concrete may appear dry on the outside but can definitely still be wet in the inside. This is because water can creep into the grains or crevices through capillary action. The narrower the crevice, the deeper water can tunnel into.
This moisture, precisely in hard to reach areas such as crevices, can serve as a catalyst for the growth of hazardous organisms such as mold and mildew. The presence of moisture in these areas beyond 48 hours is enough to promote the growth of molds. It is therefore necessary to determine the moisture of walls, floors, ceilings and other portions of your house so that the necessary action can be implemented when it is determined that the moisture content in any of these areas is still too high for comfort.