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Concrete moisture meters

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[[moisture meter|Moisture meters]] have been used for decades to measure different types of [[moisture content]] in different materials and substances. Concrete meters have evolved from the successful wood moisture meter as flooring contractors tried to use their wood meters to measure the moisture in [[concrete]].

Concrete moisture meters are designed to detect moisture to a depth of 1’ of a [[concrete slab]] in order to avoid the [[rebar]] reinforcement below the surface.<ref>Why are We Still Having Problems with Moisture?
ASTM F 2170</ref> They are designed to be used as a relative test. The meters are used to ‘‘Spot check’ the top surface at one particular location on the slab.’ <ref>’Concrete Moisture Meters and Calcium Chloride Tests: There Are Better Ways to Test Concrete for Moisture FCI’ </ref> The results can determine where the best place to put a concrete [[relative humidity]] test.

To determine if an area has high surface moisture, a known dry area should be first tested and then compared to a reading from the area in question.

==Why concrete moisture meter should not be used as a final reading.==

There is no [[ASTM]] standard for using a concrete moisture meter to determine a final moisture content reading.

Concrete moisture meters, either non-pin or pin meters are affected by what it sees in the concrete. This can be anything from the [[density]] of the concrete and [[construction|aggregate]] size to the chemical properties in the slab.<ref>Accurate Relative Humidity Testing Vs. Testing With ‘Moisture’ Meters: KNOW THE FACTS </ref>

Uncovered concrete dries from the top down. Concrete moisture meters measure only the top inch at most and this area is drier than the concrete further down. Once a [[floor covering]] has been installed the moisture in the slab [[equilibration|equilibrates]].<ref>How Confident Are You In Moisture Testing?</ref> In order to ensure the equilibrated moisture will be a safe level for a floor covering, a relative humidity sensor must be drilled and placed at 40% of the depth of the slab.<ref>ASTM F 2170, ’Standard Test Method for Determining Relative Humidity in Concrete Floor Slabs Using in situ Probes,’ ASTM International.</ref> This depth has been proven to be the relative humidity percentage that the slab will equilibrate once the top has been covered by a floor covering.

== References ==


(Via Wikipedia – New pages [en].)

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