Cracking liquid pipe is a common problem almost in all houses, especially in the old houses. This problem becomes a matter of a headache at the time of season change as the rate of pipe cracking increased. But the bigger problem is to find the exact location of the problem.
Having a digital moister meter will relief you from this hard pain by assisting you to find the exact location of the crack. By using this meter properly, you will get the exact location from where liquid or moisture is leaking and then you will be able to take initiative.
How to Find the Exact Leak Point by Using Moisture Meter?
Step one: Find the area of leaking water
The perfect measurement depends on the perfect procedure of using a meter. To measure the moisture level of a surface on your wall or ceiling with a moister meter, you need to analyze the data and predict the better path to get the exact location of the crack point on the pipe that is carrying water. As the meter will not show the path, it only gives you the info of that particular position on the surface.
At first, you need to find a wet point on your wall or ceiling whatever that might get wet by the leaking water. Measure the wet level of that point by just holding the meter on the surface and touch the two pins of the walls. The meter will show the percentage immediately. Note down the result.
It applies a fixed amount of voltage across the two pins. When you touch that pins on a wet surface, there will flow a low amount of electricity between that two pins as water is conductive to electricity. The ratio of the applied voltage and the current is the resistance between that two pins.
After measuring one point’s wet level, measure the wet level of another point. Compare the two result. If the percentage is increasing or the resistance is becoming lower, then you are going in the correct direction. But if the wet level is decreased or the resistance is increased, then you are approaching in the opposite direction.
Thus, with the data from the meter, find the best path to get the leaking point of water. When you almost reach the ultimate destination, measure the wet level of the whole area around that portion and choose the best point that might be the leaking point inside your ceiling or wall. After that to find the exact leak point, follow the next step.
Step two: Detect the exact leak point inside the wall or ceiling
Thus, with the moisture meter, you will predict the point of pipe cracking and will be able to locate from where water is leaking. Then you can drill the wall and use a small camera with moving the pipe to see the actual condition inside the wall. These cameras can send the real-time picture in your laptop or TV even in your phone and can move it easily by just some buttons which will be operated by you.
When you will be completely sure about the crack, drill the wall more and change the pipe of that portion. After changing the pipe, make sure again that there are no more cracks that are leaking water. After these, cut the ceiling wall of your house where water passed and that became wet. Change that portion and repaint it. Thus, your problem is totally solved. It will look like a new one without any fault.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Measuring the moisture level is a confusing process as there may arrive a lot of questions on your mind while using it. Here some of the Frequently Asked Questions and their answers for you.
1. What does it mean when I am getting the same
Ans: If you are getting the same percentage for several points, that means that area of the surface has equal moisture in the whole area. At this situation, you need to measure the outside the area to find a point where the reading is different.
2. Will the pins will make any damage to the surface?
Ans: Pins of the moisture meter are not too sharp, but using it roughly may make a damage to the surface.
3. What should I do when the meter is giving fluctuating result?
Ans: if the moisture meter is giving fluctuating result, then you should check whether the pins of the meter is wet or not. If wet, then clean it with a soft dry cloth. Again, you should also change the battery of the meter.
Cracking pipe is a common but painful experience as they are hard to find the exact location. You can cut the whole wall just to find the crack. A Digital Moisture Meter will help you to locate the exact point to change.
But the finding that point with the moisture meter needs some analysis. By following the procedure discussed earlier, you will find that point in a short time without giving many efforts.