How to Use a Moisture Meter on Drywall?

How to Use a Moisture Meter on Drywall?

Drywalls are very sensitive to moisture. If the %MC of your drywall crosses the suitable limit, it might go under severe damage. So, it is crucial to keep the moisture level in your drywall within a specific limit. Also, you have to be very careful to choose the best moisture meters for you.

And we all know that measuring the moisture content of drywall is no way possible except the use of a moisture meter. Here in this article, we are going to share with you how to use a moisture meter on drywall.

You can check this video. It might also help you to understand.

Step 1: Setting The Right Mode

No matter whether you use pin-type or pinless ones, setting the right mode on your moisture meter is the most important thing for you to do. However, we recommend a pin-type moisture meter for the maximum accuracy of moisture content in this regard.

It is also great if you have both the pin-type and pinless-type. When it comes to setting the right mode, it varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. You should check and follow the instructions as prescribed by the manufacturer of your moisture meter.

Step 2: Measuring The Moisture Content Using The Meter

Place the pan in a perpendicular way against the wall. Try to push them inside as much as you can. If you find it hard to penetrate the meter into the wall, you can make use of a small hammer. Make sure that you have set the pin well through the wall to get the accurate reading of moisture content.

When it comes to the pinless type moisture meter, try to scan the drywall from as closest as possible to gain a good reading. Placing the meter around for several times can also help you to find the correct %MC of your drywall.

Step 3: Record The Reading And Evaluate

After measuring the moisture content, it is time to record the reading. As the moisture meter does not come with a memory, you need to use a paper to put down the finding. While measuring, you can press the “HOLD” button to keep the reading on the display so that you find time to note that down.

However, if you are not sure about the accuracy of the reading, you need to repeat the measuring process. This will help you to get a clear idea. Though moisture level ranges from 1% to 17% (varies due to geological difference), it is better to have as lower as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What type of moisture meter should I use to measure the %MC?

You can use both the pin-type and pinless-type of moisture meter. But, in our opinion, pin-type is better in this perspective.

Q: What if the moisture content is higher than it is supposed to be?

You have to contact a home inspector and engineer to decide what to do next in case the moisture content in your drywall is above the appropriate level.

Final Words

A drywall is extremely prone to moisture. If you do not know how to use a moisture meter on drywall, you cannot save your building from mold growth and the possible worse consequences.

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