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How To Properly Determine Moisture Levels In Your Building

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Always look for hidden moisture in adjacent rooms including rooms upstairs or below where the original water damage took place.

Most common water losses are caused by everyday appliances that over flow or get disconnected from their hoses.  The most common water damages SERVPRO of Baytown/Channelview responds to include:

  • Cracked pipes
  • Hot water heater overflow
  • Dishwasher overflow 
  • AC drain pan overflow

Small damages can seem like a quick cleanup with a mop and rags will do the trick, but the large problems arise when hidden moisture is not properly cleaned and dried.

Moisture and hidden water can hid under flooring, in drywall and within insulation.  Improperly dried moisture can cause odor problems and turn into large mold issues.  

To properly dry any structure the first step that needs to be taken is to do a proper moisture reading.  The SERVPRO of Baytown/Channelview IICRC trained and certified technicians are experts in finding hidden moisture.

We utilize state of the art technology to properly find moisture that may be hidden in building materials.  Typically we utilize one of two tools to find and read moisture.

  • Moisture Detector - similar to a metal detector, this handheld device can be placed on top of materials and moved in a slow waving motion to detect moisture.  The moisture detector reads the current moisture of materials including metal, drywall, wood and concrete.  We can then compare the current moisture percentage reading to what is considered "normal" in that material and determine if there is excess moistures.  Most moisture detectors also come with penetrating spikes that can be spiked into materials like carpet and wood to read the internal moisture, opposed to just the surface moisture.

  • Thermo Imaging - thermo imaging can also be used to detect moisture.  This technique is typically used when water has effected a large space like a warehouse, commercial office or even school.  The thermo imaging reader gives technicians an overview of the temperatures of each materials in the room.  When the room has vast contrast is material temperature readings this is an indicator that materials may be over saturated with water.

Once a SERVPRO technician has properly checked for hidden moisture a proper scope of work can be generated with a remediation plan to dry the entire structure and prevent any future damages caused by hidden moisture.

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