How Moisture Meters Improve a Home Inspector’s Work

Posted by Tom Laurenzi on Mar 20, 2014 2:19:00 PM


Home inspectors know the value of a high quality, accurate inspection, and how great results lead to improved business. This is why many professional home inspectors have adopted moisture meter technology in their inspections. With their unmatched accuracy, thorough detection and efficient results, moisture meters have quickly become a home inspection staple.

Unparalleled Accuracy

Moisture meters, if for nothing else, are known for their accuracy and reliability when reading for moisture in a home or building. During home inspections, inspectors may be able to  identify water damaged areas that are visible to the naked eye., When using a moisture meter, however, those same inspectors can reliably tell homeowners the precise extent of moisture problems in their home, and provide much better repair solutions. This builds homeowner confidence, as they know every detail of a moisture problem, as opposed to the generalized statements often given after inspections.

With moisture meters, the data is clear, legible and easy to share with homeowners, so they will know everything they need to about a home moisture problem. For major repair and restoration efforts, the exact extent of moisture problems and water damage is essential knowledge.

Home inspectors equipped with moisture meters can offer accurate results, and with these results better build their reputation as inspection professionals. With instantly available readings and applications with all kinds of  building materials, , moisture meters can be the most valuable tools in a home inspector’s arsenal.

Abilities Beyond Traditional Inspection

Pin-less moisture meters, which use radio frequency signals to scan general surface areas, give  a general overview of moisture presence. Pin-type meters, on the other hand, provide more detailed analyses of highly specific moisture concentrations. This is done by inserting contact pins into the material, which detect moisture content through the principle of electrical resistance.

The highly reliable results moisture meters can provide have made them a staple in many home inspector toolboxes. Now, home inspectors can provide homeowners and buyers with exact data on moisture content, as opposed to vague moisture estimates based on naked-eye inspections.

This accuracy is particularly important in mold inspections. Any novice home inspector knows the gravity of a precise reading when another human’s health and safety are at risk. As moisture meters measure the exact moisture content within a material, they also reliably tell home inspectors of areas that may be affected with mold. They do not scan for mold spores themselves, but rather the moisture concentrations that can breed mold; this addresses the main source of a mold problem, and makes it easier for home inspectors to measure the extent of mold-causing moisture.

Exceptional Preventative Benefits

By more effectively serving homeowners with accurate data, inspectors using moisture meters can provide improved preventative advice about leaks, mold and moisture content. Furthermore, early detection using moisture meters often allows prospective homebuyers to make informed decisions before moisture a seemingly small moisture problem grows uncontrollably

Accurately knowing the extent of moisture, home inspectors can better inform property owners of the most effective preventative repairs for their home.By being able to inform homeowners of the most suitable preventative repair techniques for their individual needs, home inspectors can build a customer image of their work as effective, honest and reliable.

This strength relates back to what makes moisture meters such powerful tools in home inspections: customer confidence. Incorporating moisture meter technology in your inspections assures homeowners and buyers that they have the most effective measurement tools available working for them. The hard data these meters provide are infallibly precise.

Models Available For Any Application

Fortunately for home inspectors, there is an extensive range of moisture meters available in today’s market, ideal for an incredible range of different applications. These highly specialized meters can identify moisture in all building materials, from wood, drywall and insulation to concrete flooring.

The most effective home inspectors often use a two-step process involving both pin-type and pin-less moisture meters. Using a pin-less meter first, home inspectors can identify general areas affected by high moisture content, where water damage or mold may exist. Then, those identified areas of increased moisture content are precisely measured with pin-type meters.

This is because pin-type meters are provide  a narrower focus than pin-less meters. This two-step approach more efficiently generates the accurate results moisture meters are renowned for.

The incredible abilities moisture meters provide make them invaluable tools for any professional home inspector. The accuracy and efficiency these meters provide make them an asset for success in any inspection operation. To learn more about how high grade moisture meters can improve your home inspection business, or what models are ideal for your applications, contact us today.

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