Moisture Meters – A Sweet but Humble Tech
Moisture meters are a great way to tell if your house has moisture trapped in the walls, wood or floors, and is something you need following water damage repair. If you have suffered damage from a flood like myself, the physical damages are very noticeable and it can be easy to forget about any aftereffects once the damage has been repaired. However, even after the ‘real’ damage is gone, hidden damages can still reside within your house. By hidden, I am referring to moisture which can be left behind following water damage and moisture can cause a lot of problems to both your house and health. Therefore, it is very important to have a moisture meter on hand to check if all the flood damage has been restored. This article will explain the benefits of having a moisture meter and why it can prevent you from developing breathing problems following water damage.
What is a Moisture Meter?
A moisture meter is a device which many industry professionals use to detect moisture damage in material, specifically wood. Most moisture meters are calibrated to wood and they are commonly used to assess the walls and floors of a house after a flood to find any hidden damages which could cause rot as well as a number of related health problems. They are an incredibly useful technology and they are very helpful in not just flood damage restoration, but also many other industries including flooring contractors and chimney contractors.
Different Types of Moisture Meters
Flood damage restoration companies will use a whole host of tools when they are repairing the damage of a flood, but one of the most important devices that is used following the cleanup is a moisture meter. Companies have two different types of moisture meter available to them: penetrating and non-penetrating.
Penetrating moisture meters include two probes and they are placed into the wet surface to assess whether there is any moisture. They work using electrical currents and the current is passed through the material from one pin to the other. Through doing so, the device can pick up the resistance the current is facing and calculate whether there is any moisture present in the material. As mentioned above, moisture meters are specifically useful for wood, and this device is one that is commonly used for that material.
If you have suffered moisture damage following a flood but your walls are made of a material other wood, a non-penetrating moisture meter will be used. These devices work by sending the electrical signals into the material and calculate moisture levels based on the power loss. The reasons these will be used are because either the material is unable to be penetrated (concrete) or the material in question is dry wall, which you want to avoid punching holes in.
Health Risks of Moisture Damage
There are a number of health risks if you leave moisture following water damage restoration, and they are heavily related to your throat and lungs. These are a few issues you can have if you have not had your walls or floors checked for moisture damage:
- Nose and throat irritation
- Shortness of breath
Those who are particularly weak (such as the elderly) may suffer worse from moisture, and many people react differently to it. It really depends on the strength of your immune system.
A Little Thought of But Awesome Technology
Moisture meters are a great piece of technology and something you should have on hand following flood damage repair, as moisture, if left, can cause a whole host of nasty health issues related to breathing. Moisture meters are used in a range of industries including water damage, flooring and chimney construction, and come in two different styles: penetrating and non-penetrating. I personally have suffered water damage within three of the houses I have lived in, and I can tell you from experience, you need one of these devices! There is a lot of hidden damage that resides following flood damage and it can beneficial to identify it earlier rather than later.