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Relative Humidity (RH) Moisture Meters for Concrete

  
  
  
In situ probes, shown here, can penetrate concrete at several depths.

A Relative Humidity (RH) meter is a device that uses in-situ probes to get an accurate reading of moisture conditions deep within a material — typically a concrete slab. These meters give contractors a complete idea of the actual moisture conditions within a slab so that they can know if the concrete is ready for use.

How to accurately measure moisture in Gypsum wall board

  
  
  
Interior wall mold

Gypsum is a popular material widely used in construction and known for its fire-resistant qualities. One of its more popular construction uses is gypsum board, also known as drywall or Sheetrock®. Though the material’s positive attributes outweigh the negatives, gypsum’s limitations are worth discussing.

How to Test Hay Moisture Levels to Prepare for Safe Storage

  
  
  
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Failure to properly store your hay can lead to horrible consequences including the potential of dangerous fire hazards. And with the danger of your hay products at stake comes the downfall of your revenues as a result. This is why testing your moisture levels before and after storage is crucial. Baling hay at proper moisture levels and storing it in a way that reduces mold development preserves leaves, color and even the feed value.

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Best Moisture Meters for Home Inspections

  
  
  
Damage Caused by termites

Did you know moisture intrusion is the single most important factor impacting the integrity of any structure? As such, it’s crucial that a building inspector have the proper tools for a thorough moisture analysis and that potential home buyers/building tenants get reliable information about moisture issues before making a final decision about their purchase.

Tips on Interpreting Moisture Meter Scales for Various Building Materials

  
  
  
Make use of the wood species correction table to find the proper reading for your specific type of wood.

With several of different materials and just as many specified scales to measure them with, it’s easy to see how ensuring a proper moisture meter reading can be a bit of a challenge. Even if you’re sure you have the right scale for your designated project, there’s still a chance that you may have to make adjustments based on variable factors.

How to Interpret Moisture Meter Readings on Different Scales

  
  
  
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This post was originally posted on July 16, 2013 and was updated on March __, 2015.

Moisture meters are indispensable tools for restoration contractors, home inspectors and flooring professionals, but moisture meter scales can create some confusion.  An understanding of the different moisture meter scales, exactly what they indicate and how they compare will assist building inspectors to make the most accurate and efficient use of these tools.

How Moisture Meters can save You Money

  
  
  
Did you know that using moisture meters on the job can save you money? find out how!

Moisture meters are an integral part of doing business for many professionals. From insurance adjusters, to flooring or furniture specialists, to restoration experts, moisture meters are a vital tool. In fact, many of these professionals use moisture meters not only to do the job, but to save money while they’re at it.

Why Paper Producers Use Moisture Meters

  
  
  
The P-2000 moisture meter is a paper producer's best friend.

Around the globe, paper mills are working overtime to produce enough paper products to keep up with the demands of their clients. How much paper product is produced in a year? According to the World Wildlife Fund’s website, paper production exceeds “400 million tons a year.”

ABC’s of Measuring Moisture in Drywall

  
  
  
Drywall, even greenboard, is highly susceptible to moisture damage.

In a moisture-compromised structure, drywall is especially susceptible to damage from exposure to moisture. As a material, drywall is very sensitive to moisture. Drywall that has been allowed to get too wet can form several different problems, including dissolution and mold growth.

5 Reasons Why Contractors Use Moisture Meters

  
  
  
Moisture meters are a must-have tool for contractors.

Contractors have many responsibilities in their job. Making sure that every detail of their work is completed without complications is a huge part of what separates top-rank contractors from the rest. To make sure that the installation of many different building materials has been completed without complications, many contractors employ moisture meters to monitor the moisture content (%MC) of various building materials, such as concrete or hardwood flooring.

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