Sensitive moisture meters detect trapped and hidden moisture in and below the surface of building materials. Hidden and trapped moisture, if not discovered and promptly dried, is what causes most of the damage in a water damaged building.
In severely water damaged buildings, a thermal hygrometer is used to monitor temperature and relative humidity. This allows the water damage technician to monitor the amount of moisture in the air and adjust drying equipment accordingly. This practice is called "psychometry".
A "Moisture Stick" is used to positively identify carpet and padding that is wet. Often the surface of the carpet will appear or feel dry but the padding and sub-floor below is saturated. This tool identifies these areas.
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Above, Burst washing machine line flooded part of this home. Drying carpeting, cement flooring and walls with a dehumidifier and 2 turbo air movers.
ABOVE, Cracked toilet supply line flooded part of this home. Carpet padding has been removed, drying walls and carpet with 2 turbo air movers and a refrigerant dehumidifier.
ABOVE, Burst, freshwater supply line caused this water damage. Drying walls by inserting tubes into the wall cavity and injecting dry air supplied by a low grain refrigerant dehumidifier.
ABOVE, DRYING DOUBLE LAYERS OF SHEETROCK WITH COVERED
WITH VINYL WALLPAPER. INJECTOR TUBES ARE INSERTED
INTO THE WALL PUMPING DESERT DRY AIR INTO THE
WALL CAVITIES UNTIL THEY TEST "DRY".
ABOVE, Drying water damaged sub-flooring in a bathroom. Water damage was caused by a leaky toilet supply line. The linoleum and underlayment had to be removed in this case to properly dry the plywood subflooring. Equipment in picture: Dehumidifier, for removing excess moisture from the air and providing dry air to the area and a Turbo Air Mover, for providing rapid air flow across the surface of the water damaged area, greatly improving drying time.
Above, Large Dessicant Dehumidifiers, used for Large Commercial Water Damage Jobs.
Above, Ducting 1% Relative Humidity Air Into Large Commercial Building To "QUIKDRY" Carpet AND Drywall.