1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

September 19, 2008

:263 Moisture Meters

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:263 EcoTip: Moisture meters typically measure the conductivity of a material. Wet materials are more conductive than dry materials. Whereas your hand can only feel moisture that is present on the surface, these meters usually measure to a depth of half and inch or more. If the wood or material is still wet below the surface – the moisture will migrate into the new building materials and potentially damage them. Insurance typically won’t pay for replacing materials twice after a water damage – so it is important to do it right the first time. Of course that assumes you have flood insurance (:177). Most homeowners policies exclude flooding.

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 Additional Information:

Suggested Review: :177, :256, :257, :258, :259, :260, :261, :262

This is the eighth in a series of EcoTips about protecting oneself when remodeling and working around buildings when participating in disaster recovery such as occurred with hurricane Katrina and is going on now with Ike. This information is timely since 2008 is the most active hurricane season since 2005 and many buildings are being damaged.

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