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Water Damage Essentials: Moisture Meters

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee inserts a moisture meter into a wall Above, one of our crew chiefs uses a moisture meter to check the moisture content of this wall!

Our technicians use a lot of tools and equipment to inspect and dry your water-damaged home. Each tool has a unique function to ensure we have completely dried all affected areas. One such tool is the moisture meter, which helps both identify wet materials and determine when those materials are dry. In fact, you could say it’s one of the most important tools in measuring our goals and success.

Using the Moisture Meter

The moisture meter is a handheld device that provides our technicians with a numerical value for the moisture detected in a material. When we initially use these devices, we are looking for the drying standard, which is the value the meter reads for an unaffected material. We then use this value to determine how wet the affected material is and use it as our drying goal.

That can be a little confusing, so we’ll break it down in an example:

Let’s say there’s a home that had water damage in one of its rooms. When our technicians use the moisture meter on wet drywall, it reads “33%.” But when we measure unaffected drywall in a completely different room, it reads 13%. This second reading is our drying standard, which is the moisture percentage we aim for in the affected room.

Completely Drying Your Home

It’s difficult to thoroughly mitigate water damage if you don’t know how dry material is or needs to be. A moisture meter is an invaluable tool in the disaster restoration industry, and it’s why all of our technicians are equipped with one. If your home has water damage, know that our technicians are here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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