RESTORATION AND THE PROPER TOOLS
Restoration experience is, of course, a very important part of working in the water damage business. However, having the proper tools is how to ensure the desired outcome is achieved. There are many tools that are used throughout the process of restoring a home but one of the most important tools used is a moisture meter. A moisture meter reads the moisture content in building materials such as drywall, flooring, cabinets, and other structural materials. A moisture meter is essentially our compass and points us in the direction needed to ensure an efficient and thorough drying process.
TYPES OF MOISTURE METERS
There are several types of moisture meters and even combinations thereof. The 2 main types that are essential for a moisture meter to have are:
Penetrating: Penetrating moisture meters have prongs that penetrate the building materials and take a moisture content reading of that material. This is the most accurate way to get a moisture content reading and is used on all building materials that allow it. For materials such as concrete, tile, and harder surfaces, there is a non penetrating feature;
Non-penetrating: As mentioned above, some building materials do not allow for the penetrating feature of a moisture meter. A non-penetrating meter is always used on these harder surfaces in order to get a moisture content reading.
Moisture meters are used during the entire dryout process. The very last thing you'd want to do is leave building materials wet, thus, deeming the job incomplete. Moisture meters let us know that everything is properly dried out and that the job is, in fact, complete.