How Moisture Meters Can Help After Flooding

By David Touchton
nationaldisasterrecovery.org
servprobartowlakelandhighlands.com

If you are concerned about keeping your home a healthy and safe environment, it is of utmost importance to keep the entire building clean and dry. If you have excess moisture in your home, it will be a potential breeding ground for unwanted fungi such as mildew and mold, as well as bacteria that multiply rapidly and exponentially. For this reason, there are several professionals who utilize moisture meters in order to make sure that your home is properly dry and free of excess water that can cause problems. These meters are used both during and after the process of cleaning up after a food, as well as during and after other types of restoration and remediation work that is done due to water issues.

What is a Moisture Meter?
A moisture meter is an electronic device that contains sensors for moisture. These sensing devices are utilized to measure percentages of internal moisture within various sorts of materials. These meters are often used for construction materials, such as masonry, gypsum board, and wood, to name a few. Essentially, these moisture meters can test how much water is contained within these materials that are a part of your home. Moisture meters come in two fairly broad categories; there are penetrating moisture meters and non-penetrating moisture meters. Penetrating moisture meters employ sharp probes or pins that are used to assess moisture percentages within any given material by inserting the appendage. With non-penetrating moisture meters, electrical impulses are transmitted into the depth of the material, and the machine uses its sensors to determine how much moisture is contained within the material using the response to the impulses that it is generating. Technicians can vary the settings on non-penetrating moisture meters to detect the amount of moisture in various materials. The settings typically vary based on the density of the materials to be examine; the settings would all be different for masonry, drywall, and wood, for example.

A moisture meter is an electronic device that contains sensors for moisture.
A moisture meter is an electronic device that contains sensors for moisture.

What Does Moisture Testing Entail?
During the moisture testing process, a technician will be assessing the moisture content and percentage of any materials that are present while the drying process is taking place. Additionally, the technician will be testing the materials after the job is over. The purpose of this step will be to determine that the materials are as dry as they should be; that is, that they are as dry as they had been before the water disaster took place in your home. They will also make sure that the materials are in a state of equilibrium with all of the surrounding conditions. This process seeks what is known in the industry as the “Dry Standard,” and whether or not the materials meet this standard will be determined by drawing a comparison between current moisture content measurement results of the materials in water damage areas of the home with moisture content measurement results of identical or similar materials that are located in the areas of the home that were left unscathed by the water incident.

The purpose of post-job moisture content measurement is for expert technicians who are assessing the safety of your home to be able to provide evidence and reassurance to the homeowner that the job has been done to the extent that it needs to be, and the home is now safe and free of both water damage and the secondary water damage that can result (such as the formation of mildew and mold, as well as bacterial colonies in your home). They will be thorough, so you can know your home is no longer a health hazard.

David Touchton

Mr. Touchton is the President and owner of ServPro of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands. He has 4 years of experience in the field and holds Water Damage Restoration Certification from IICRC. His office is certified in applied structural drying, water damage restoration, and lead-based paint activities and restoration. His favorite part of the job is helping people who have experienced a stressful event and our ServPro team can make it “Like it never even happened”.