Bugs, mould & rot can all proliferate when excess moisture accumulates in building materials. The advice we give to designers, builders, owners and insurance companies is to “keep the building and its materials dry.”
Unfortunately, good expert advice on what moisture content would be considered “dry” in different materials is hard to come by. Similarly, not many investigators will know exactly where to locate and measure moisture content to assess the risk, especially of microbial growth.
In the three-dimensional and highly dynamic real-world environment, moisture can be hard to find and building materials are constantly getting wet, drying out, heating up and cooling down.
Field moisture measurements and location techniques, and meaningful moisture values need to be assessed in real world terms and not in relation to the steady-state environment of laboratory studies.
Surface Scanning of Moisture Levels
- Our moisture meters have a quick scanning mode to quickly detect high moisture levels in walls floors and ceiling.
Moisture Content in Building Materials
- Our Moisture meters have penetrating moisture probes to quickly measure the internal moisture content of any building materials.
- This will assess if the building material can be successfully dried (non-porous) or removal and replaced with new (porous).
Relative Humidity & Dew Point Measurements
- In a water damage situation the moisture content of the air is in direct relationship to the moisture content in the building materials.
- Measuring and tracking the moisture content in the air and the building materials simultaneously lets us manage the mechanical drying to make sure all moisture is stripped out of your building materials.
Penetrating Moisture Testing
- The probes we used for moisture testing normally penetrate up to 1 cm and we occasionally need to use a Hammer Probe or even deeper concrete probes to measure to the core of a building material.
- We always seek your permission before taking deep moisture probes as this testing can require drilling of holes in concrete floor slabs and masonry walls.
FLIR (Infra Red) Imaging
- Infra-red light or thermography is the use of an infra-red imaging and measurement camera to "see" and "measure", what our eyes cannot, by producing images of invisible infra-red or "heat" radiation.
- This is used to detect areas that are colder than the surrounding environment to show water damage and plumbing leaks.