Meters and other equipment used in structure drying!
Water damage restoration companies have a plethora of equipment to do the job. Some of this equipment may seem obvious, but it can sometime get overlooked. Some of the first pieces of equipment that is thought of when water damage occurs are air movers and dehumidifiers. More on air movers can be found here, and more on dehumidifiers can be found here. In addition to air movers and dehumidifiers are extraction equipment, and specialty equipment. More on extraction equipment can be found here, and more on specialty equipment including heat drying can be found here.
For now, let’s explore some equipment that falls more under tools than drying equipment. Moisture meters come in a variety of styles and functions. Moisture meters are designed to detect moisture levels in building materials. They do this by either penetration or invasive methods and by non penetration or non invasive methods. Each type of moisture detection has its pros and cons
Penetrating meters have to pierce a material to get the sensing probes into the material being tested. This will damage the building material in question and will require some type of repair. The depth is determined by the probe attachment. Insulated pins are used to check for moisture in insulation that sits inside walls, or behind other surfaces. A hammer probe attachment is used to check for moisture between layers; such as wood floor, tile floor, subfloor, and under layers. It can be used in many applications where layers are involved and hammering the pins into the material is required. Penetrating meters can give false positives with metal and even dried pet urine.
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With a non penetrating moisture meter, the meter can detect moisture readings without damaging the material being checked. This method is preferred with initial reading collection because it does not need repair to be done on the reading site. Some limitations to be aware of are reading depth and false readings. False readings can occur when a material is read and the meter detects abnormal moisture when no abnormal moisture exists in that area. This is most common with metal and dried pet urine. Reading depth is another meter limit of which you should be aware. At the time of this writing, the furthest depth that a non penetrating meter can read is only three quarters of an inch, and air spaces or gaps prevent reading even that far. This issue is a problem with inexperienced or untrained crews, because a report may indicate dry standard has been achieved when no such occurrence has taken place. For instance; if a wood floor measuring three quarters of an inch thick is read from the surface, how can the tech be sure that the wooden subfloor is dry as well as the wood flooring? In another example if moisture got under a ceramic tile floor and a tech has a meter that only reads down to one quarter of an inch, how can he be sure that the material under the tile is dry? These are only some examples that show the importance of knowing the equipment and its limitations.
A thermal hygrometer is another piece of equipment used by water remediation companies. The thermal hygrometer is used to measure temperature and humidity, and either give the GPP directly or the tech can use the temperature and humidity to calculate the GPP himself. GPP is an acronym that stands for “grains per pound” and it is a method for measuring the weight of water in the air. This gives us a way of comparing moisture in the air even when temperature and relative humidity vary from one reading to the next. This piece of equipment is used to determine the probability of secondary damage that can occur from humidity even when water did not affect the material directly. It is also used to compare moisture in the air of affected areas with the outside, unaffected areas, and the dehumidifier output.
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Other equipment can include common construction tools. For many water damaged properties, demolition is required to salvage other building materials. To do a quality demolition the proper tools are needed and should be included as equipment for the restoration technician. Chalk lines for straight cuts on the drywall, flat bars for removal of trim and other materials, pliers for detachment of sinks and toilets, the list goes on and on.
Vehicles are equipment as well. The vehicle is used to transport the remediation technicians to and from the site, as well as other equipment. Debris from demolition needs to be hauled off in a vehicle or dumpster. Although this seems obvious, the vehicles themselves are seldom seen as necessary equipment unless it houses the extraction unit itself.
This is only the “tip of the iceberg” so to speak. A thermal imaging camera is explored on the commercial page of the site, and the other equipment pages will go into other pieces of equipment in detail. As you can see, a properly equipped water damage mitigation company is not easily or cheaply accomplished.
Let us come out and determine what will likely be required on your loss. All water damages are different and will require different equipment and techniques to complete. Even with all of our experience, equipment, and training, the way a structure dries can be different from one job to the next. Regular visits are required to ensure that no problems arise, and that difficult drying areas are addressed and drying plans revised as they are needed.
We hope you will consider us if you, a family member, or loved one suffers for a water loss and need the help of experienced professionals.
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