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A moisture meter is a handy tool to have whether you're a property owner, contractor, or inspector. You can detect moisture in a variety of hygroscopic materials, including concrete, wood, drywall, roofing, plaster, tile, brick, and paper products. Meters allow you to determine the moisture levels and if the material is ready for use or if it is at risk of damage because of excess moisture. Professional-grade meters are extremely accurate and precise — detecting hidden damp areas is where a moisture meter excels. This lets you address any issues early, potentially saving you thousands of dollars.
According to Forbes Advisor, water damage comprises about 24% of all property owner insurance claims. This affects about one in every 50 property owners. Reliable moisture meter readings are essential because of the resulting effects that water has on various materials. These readings can help you prevent unchecked moisture damage that could cause:
Colonization of mold, bacteria, and wood-decaying fungi
Corrosion of building materials such as wiring, metal roofing, building materials, and other structural fasteners
Disintegration of water-soluble building materials such as drywall
Warping, cracks, and deterioration of wood materials
Bubbling and peeling of wall finishes
Damaged or reduced effectiveness of insulation
There are things you can do to make sure you are getting the most exact reading possible:
The lifespan of your unit will largely depend on how well-constructed it is, to begin with and of course, how you take care of it. Delmhorst is well-known for producing high-quality, robust meters and the new Navigator™ family is no exception. Count on your Delmhorst meter providing years of reliable service. You can enhance your moisture meter's lifespan with these best practices:
As a property owner, you can save money by catching small problems
before they become major and cause serious damage. Insurance
claims for water damage typically involve flooding and heavy rains but a burst pipe, melting snow, leaking roof, and f
oundation cracks can all play a part in insidious damage to your home or business. Water damage can be difficult to see under carpets and between walls, so you may not detect it until the damage is massive and results in an extremely costly insurance claim.
When investing in a moisture meter, some elements to keep in mind are: