How to Get the Most out of Your Moisture Meter for On-Site Efficiency

Posted by Tom Laurenzi on Nov 10, 2021 8:59:51 AM

A moisture meter is an indispensable tool for many professionals across a range of industries. You may use moisture meters for helping ensure crops don’t spoil, for dealing with water damage restoration, or for surveying and checking for dampness. Whatever you use your moisture meter for, you want to know that you’re investing in a piece of equipment that’s going to last and keep working for you, time after time. That’s why we’ve brought together these tips on how to extend your moisture meter lifespan and make on-site use as efficient as possible.

Buying the Right Meter

First and foremost, choosing the right moisture meter for your application will give you the most efficient on-site use and the best lifespan for your equipment. It goes without saying that you need the right tools for the job, so start by making a list of what you need from a moisture meter including the materials you’ll be monitoring and the locations or environments you’ll be using your meter in.

Ensure you’re purchasing a moisture meter from a reputable manufacturer and supplier. This gives you the confidence that their team will deal with your questions accurately, and not just to make a quick sale. Ask them about what warranty the moisture meter comes with, and whether or not the meters are ergonomically designed. This latter point is crucial for professionals who will use meters for extended periods of time, to ensure comfort and reduce the risk of fatigue.

Do you need a pin moisture meter or a pinless meter? Talk to an expert about your requirements. If you need to monitor moisture levels in a variety of different materials, more advanced models like those in the Navigator™ range may be more suitable. Combined with the EDGE™ app, users can download multiple materials for the most accurate results possible without having to invest in more than one moisture meter.


Keep Your Moisture Meter in Good Condition

The best way to extend your moisture meter's lifespan is to ensure it’s always kept in good condition. Keep in mind the following best practices:
  • Consider purchasing a carrying case if not included to minimize impact damage and protect your moisture meter from dust and other environmental concerns when not in use.
  • Ensure you use the type of batteries recommended by the manufacturer. When not in use for long periods, remove the batteries if possible to avoid leaks causing damage to your moisture meter. This also helps extend the life of the batteries, which can save you money over time. If your moisture meter uses rechargeable batteries, always follow the recommended recharging instructions to maximize the battery life.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures while using your moisture meter.
  • Ensure you know how to use your moisture meter correctly. Talk to an expert if unsure about any aspect of using your meter.


Replace Parts, Not the Whole Meter

As the last point illustrates, it’s possible to damage a part of your moisture meter or electrode, especially with frequent use. Check if the meter you want has replaceable pins or tips. The pins are the only part of the meter that is subjected to force over and over, so knowing that these can be replaced helps you make a more informed choice about the right moisture meter for your industry. Replaceable pins can also help you maximize the utility of your moisture meter. Using electrodes with insulated pins or other specialty accessories turns your moisture meter into a multi-function tool, making it a much more profitable investment and a far more efficient tool for on-site use.


The Right Resources

Another way to extend your moisture meter lifespan is to find a manufacturer and distributor that already provides a huge range of resources specifically created to help professionals like you use moisture meters more effectively. The Delmhorst website is home to many guides for industries including restoration, wood manufacturing, agriculture, and more. Plus, there’s even a moisture meter 101 guide to help get users started the right way.

It’s also reassuring to know that Delmhorst offers the option to speak to a specialist at your convenience. Getting guidance on choosing the right meter for your profession, using it correctly and efficiently on-site, and understanding how to maintain and look after your moisture meter correctly means you’re investing in a piece of versatile equipment that should last you for many years.

If you want to learn more about extending your moisture meter lifespan, get in touch with the moisture meter experts at Delmhorst.



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