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Scoping Tools

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Moisture Meter

How do we detect the extend of water damage from water leaks, bathroom overflows, storm flooding and the many other causes of water damage? We at SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha use industry standard scoping tools to detect  moisture levels.  This allows us at to effectively dry the affected areas with state-of-the-art drying equipment. 

Scoping involves locating the areas of the structure affected by water and defining the extent to which the structure and contents have absorbed moisture. Moisture detection devices are also used to verify that an environment has been dried thoroughly. SERVPRO of Dane County West uses the following equipment:

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
  • Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials.  The moisture tester provides accurate moisture readings that enable SERVPRO of Dane County West to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure both temperature and relative humidity. Capturing these two readings, a SERVPRO of Dane County West Professional using a psychrometric chart can calculate specific humidity, dew point and vapor pressure. 

Once the scoping is completed and the affected areas are identified, we use Psychrometry to measure and evaluate air conditions to create the proper atmosphere for optimal drying. Psychometry is the study of the air and its properties of temperature, humidity, vapor pressure and dew point. They are are measured to evaluate air conditions in the structure, enabling SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals to create the proper atmosphere for more efficient drying. 

Water can damage materials in two ways: first, by absorption through direct contact with water; and second, absorption of moisture from the air. Measuring the moisture content of the air is critical to the drying process. 

They also understand how to manipulate temperature and humidity levels to produce optimum drying conditions with state of the art detection equipment, without causing secondary damages through improper drying processes. 

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