Building many structures such as homes and other buildings is a challenge and often hard to do these days. Since their main purpose is to shelter people as well as other important items and equipment, they should withstand the elements. These structures are sizable investments as well, so their long-term durability has to have a high level so that the investment will not go to waste.
However, no matter how tough a building is or how well planned its construction has been, the structure's everyday exposure to the harsh environment can still take its toll.
One of the more common problems that plague buildings and houses is moisture. Moisture may seem harmless, but when a structure exposures itself to moisture over long periods of time, moisture can pose a serious threat to the stability. Moisture can come in many forms; as a solid, a liquid, or in vapor form. This means that moisture has many ways for it to see into the materials of your house or building and damage it. In order for you to detect the presence and amount of moisture present in your structure's materials, you can use a moisture meter or a psychrometer for that purpose.
The problem with moisture in your structure's materials is that it is very hard to detect. The effects of moisture can not always see with the naked eye since moisture damage builds up slowly. Any visible damage can not be seen for a few years. By then, your repair costs may reach a high amount. Regular checking of your structure with the meter allows you to accurately keep track of the moisture levels present in the solid materials. When you detect a real level, you can use proactive maintenance to stop the moisture problem at an early stage and prevent further damage to your structure's materials.
How does a moisture meter detect dampness in a solid material? Different types of moisture meters use different methods to detect moisture. Some handheld meters use radio frequencies to penetrate materials such as wood to have an accurate measurement of the moisture contained in it.
Other meters have a pin type probe that sends electrical charges into the material suspected of moisture. These slight variances in the electrical charges allow the meter to know the amount of moisture inside building materials without ever seeing them.
A drawback is that one moisture meter is often very pricey to buy. However, considering that it can detect moisture which can have a negative effect to your structure and potentially cause more damage and costs when left unchecked, the price is definitely justified. The purchase of this meter will potentially save the owner more money in the long run.