Build Confidence in Your Home with Moisture Meters

Posted by Tom Laurenzi on Mar 25, 2014 2:01:00 PM

Moisture meters are an integral part of a thorough home inspection.Moisture meters are highly effective tools used to inform homeowners of moisture concentrations and water-affected areas in their homes. With this highly precise information, homeowners can make confident renovation and repair decisions to deal with moisture content.

The greatest advantage a moisture meter made by a reputable manufacturer provides is accurate readings; it’s this accuracy that gives homeowners quality and safety assurance unparalleled by other inspection tools.

Confidence for Homeowners and Buyers

Advanced, powerful moisture meters offer homeowners and homebuyers alike confidence in the integrity of their properties by providing the most accurate and reliable moisture content (MC) readings possible. As moisture meters scan for moisture within building materials, homeowners can be better informed of areas where water damage that can lead to mold, may be presentThis ability allows potential homebuyers and the ability to fully assess damage potential before making a final decision on the purcahse of a home

The implications of powerful moisture content measurements may be greater than some homeowners imagine. With the accurate data moisture meters provide, you can determine:

  • Areas with the potential for hazardous mold growth
  • Leak sources and external contributors to moisture
  • Hidden moisture pockets within walls, ceilings and floors
  • The state of your home’s insulation
  • Moisture presence in a wide range of materials, including concrete foundations
  • Water-damaged areas, even before significant damage can occur

Assurance after a Weather Event

After a huge storm, is your home still proof against moisture infiltration? Be sure with a reliable moisture meter.When measuring things like water damage from a flood, hurricane or heavy rainfall, having precise, accurate moisture readings are essential for effective home restoration and repair jobs.  

Moisture meters improve homeowner confidence in the wake of these conditions by providing thorough scans of all areas commonly affected by flooding and water penetration, including:

  • Concrete floors and subfloors, often in basements
  • Property foundations
  • Insulation, plaster, and drywall
  • Ceiling and roof materials
  • Wood and concrete Flooring

Knowing the full extent of moisture damage in these areas is crucial for effective remediation. As these meters pinpoint damage, you can then better focus your repair efforts on the most affected areas, improving the quality of your efforts. If a professional inspection is required to evaluate damage in your home after such circumstances, make sure to hire an inspector that uses professional moisture meters to accurately find moisture content.

Role in Renovations and Repairs

Make sure that you have all of the tools that you need in your home.Highly effective tools for DIY renovators, contractors and inspectors alike, moisture meters streamline the restoration process by detecting the precise locations of water and moisture within building materials.

When repairing a surface or wall from water damage, homeowners may use a moisture meter to determine the exact affected areas; this gives them confidence in their repairs, and lets them know whether their repair efforts capture the full extent of a moisture problem.  

 These moisture meters help build your confidence not only in your home, but also in the structural integrity of your home renovations; essentially, you are able to measure the safety of building materials, fixtures and foundations, as related to moisture content.

Accurate scans with a moisture meter can prevent noticeable damage, errors or faulty results that can occur during and after renovation projects, such as:

  • Floor cracks, shrinking and splits
  • Surface warping, caused by prolonged moisture exposure
  • Wall buckling
  • Mold from unattended moisture

These adverse effects can be entirely avoided if you use a professional-grade moisture meter to check for atypical moisture content.

What Makes it All Possible?

There are two main types of moisture meters available, pin-type meters and pin-less meters, each with its own specialized functions.

Pin-type meters use the principle of electrical resistance, where the building materials of your home act as an element in an electrical circuit. Using a set of insulated contact pins, these meters can detect the precise location of moisture. This type of meter delivers the most focused and accurate readings.

Pin-less meters, on the other hand, provide more general glimpses of moisture within building materials, and are much more effective at scanning larger areas in shorter time periods. Pin-less meters emit radio frequency signals to scan for general areas of high moisture content, and are popular among homeowners and restoration professionals as they do not damage the material being tested.

Using both types of meters can significantly streamline moisture inspections in your home, as well as produce much more accurate results than traditional, naked-eye estimations. The high quality results these moisture meters provide are key in assuring homeowner and buyer confidence.

Learn More

For more information on what moisture meter technology can do for your home DIY efforts and inspections, contact Delmhorst Instrument Co.’s moisture detection professionals today. To figure out what moisture meter is right for your needs, fill out our free consultation form here.

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