Monitoring Water Damages
Your Disaster Recovery Solution
Efficient, effective water damage restoration work calls for continuous inspection while drying is underway at your home or business. Through the use of remote monitoring technology, we can reduce daily on-site monitoring visits and instead get up-to-the-minute readings on-line – constantly throughout the day and night. By monitoring continuously, we can closely track difficult-to-dry areas and make equipment adjustments to speed drying progress.
The Monitoring Phase
Before we place drying equipment, our field technician checks both affected and unaffected areas with moisture detection tools to establish a baseline for drying each type of building material. We clearly record where we take each reading within the structure, and carefully repeat readings throughout the process at the exact same exact locations. With all readings, the technician notes the date, time, location and his or her name.
Moisture mapping is a critical element of any drying job. The moisture map not only serves as a communication tool to discuss drying progress with you, but is also a great archival device and reference for potential litigation issues.
A moisture map diagrams the affected area of the water damage and helps us clearly see water migration. On the map, our technician delineates wet areas from the unaffected areas – giving everyone involved a snapshot of what was and was not wet on a particular day. We also plot all equipment placements on the diagram.
affected rooms must also be plotted on the diagram. This moisture map provides project specific information that will be used on a continual basis between the restoration technicians, project managers, insurance adjuster and the owner. Beyond these every day uses, it acts as a great archival tool and reference for litigation should it arise on that project.
Moisture Detection Tools
Our technicians use a variety of monitoring tools to complete moisture mapping; track progress; and ensure thorough drying.
- Moisture Sensor – a basic tool designed to detect the presence of abnormally high levels of moisture in carpets and pads (noted with an audible beep)
- Invasive or Penetrating Moisture Meter – operates on a principle similar to the moisture sensor, but quantifies the moisture readings on either a relative or absolute scale
- Non-Invasive or Non-Penetrating Moisture Meter – uses radio frequency signals and conductive pads to measure either impedance or capacitance through a sample of the suspect materials, enabling us to test a large area in a short time period
- Thermo-Hygrometer – measures temperature and relative humidity (and sometimes specific humidity) to monitor any air that can influence the drying environment
- Infrared Camera – capable of reading the surface temperature of most materials without direct contact, typically used in conjunction with moisture meters