New Concrete Moisture Testing Tech to Simplify Your Job
As a flooring professional, you know how vital concrete moisture testing is for a successful floor installation. Too high of a concrete relative humidity could wreak havoc on the wood floor. Next thing you know, you’re dealing with cupping or—even worse—buckling.
Since you want to be sure the concrete has the right relative humidity level, what do you do when the numbers are out of range?
You wait… and wait.
You make an educated guess for how long it will take to dry, but your estimate could be wrong. You could schedule materials and workers to arrive only to find out the concrete isn’t ready. Frustrating!
What if you could monitor the site conditions and have better estimates of readiness without going to the site?
Turns out, recent advancements in concrete moisture testing are making that possible!
Ready to learn how new tech could transform your work? We’ll look at the latest with:
Relative Humidity Testing
Concrete moisture testing has come a long way—with the relative humidity (RH) test as one of its game changers. No longer do you have to wait 72 hours for calcium chloride testing that won’t even necessarily provide a reliable indication of the slab’s moisture condition.
Now, RH testing, per ASTM F2170, allows you to get quick and accurate readings after only 24 hours of equilibration.
What’s more, you can be sure you’re getting an accurate picture of the whole concrete slab—not just the surface.
Wagner’s Rapid RH® line of concrete moisture testing has always included these benefits. But the latest L6 sensors have even more to offer.
Rapid RH L6 Sensor
We’ve updated the Rapid RH L6 Smart Sensor so that you get the greatest responsiveness at higher RH levels.
When you add one of our latest additions, the Datagrabber® with Bluetooth®, to the Rapid RH L6 Sensor, you have the ability to collect and store concrete relative humidity and temperature readings at user-defined intervals. If you are on the jobsite, Bluetooth technology also allows you to utilize our Datamaster™ L6 app for advanced data collection, storage, and reporting.
If you desire to take things up to the next level, saving time and increasing efficiency, this same Bluetooth signal can be transmitted to a wireless, cellular sensor that allows you to see this data anywhere.
That’s where things get really exciting…
Wireless Sensor Technology
Wireless technology is opening the way for flooring professionals to monitor jobsite ambient conditions, temperature, and concrete relative humidity all the time. And from anywhere!
The Rapid RH L6 sensors and DataGrabber with Bluetooth connect with the wireless sensor, which then sends all the data to a cloud database.
And this isn’t only for concrete conditions. The sensors also provide the relative humidity and temperature of the environment.
This way, you can determine whether conditions are right for flooring acclimation and installation.
For example, you’ll know whether the HVAC system kicked in when it was supposed to. And you’ll know if it remains on and keeps conditions consistent.
This technology has a name. Introducing Floorcloud™…
Floorcloud is a simple wireless sensor that connects to the Floorcloud app, allowing you to view real-time jobsite conditions on your phone.
It’s as easy as:
- Creating a project
- Selecting your products
- Connecting your sensors
Floorcloud joins with Wagner Meters to create the advanced True Remote Monitoring system.
Learn next how True Remote Monitoring™ can make a difference in your work.
True Remote Monitoring
True Remote Monitoring is a partnership between Wagner Meters and Floorcloud. It combines the best of Rapid RH testing with wireless technology that can improve your work as a flooring installer.
With it, you can keep track of the conditions of your jobsite all the time—24/7/365. No need to be present on-site. From the Floorcloud app, you can view the concrete moisture levels, plus ambient temperature and relative humidity.
This means that rather than going to the jobsite regularly to check on the drying progress of the concrete, you can be more effective at your other jobs. And when the concrete is ready, you’ll know right away. You can be sure that the concrete’s drying process has progressed to the point where it meets the flooring manufacturer’s specs.
True Remote Monitoring also includes features that allow you to analyze the drying trend of the concrete and make more accurate predictions for when the concrete will be dry.
That way, you won’t waste time scheduling labor, products, and equipment for a jobsite that isn’t ready.
What’s more, you’ll be able to share data that helps not only your own company but also other contractors.
That means less downtime!
And speaking of data, True Remote Monitoring is great for effortlessly documenting all the measurements that are being taken by the RH L6 Smart Sensors. You’ll have a record on your wireless device that can easily become a concise report.
Having this documentation, which is securely stored and organized in the cloud, will protect you against accusations of negligence. With a quick tap on your phone, you’ll be able to show your clients that you did your due diligence.
They’ll come to respect you even more for your thoroughness. And happy clients will no doubt sing your praises to others!
See What the Latest Tech Can Do for Your Flooring Business
What’s not to love about the latest tech advancements in concrete moisture testing? And True Remote Monitoring brings them all together in one easy-to-use system.
With it, you can simplify your work while taking it to a new level of professionalism.
To summarize, you’ll:
- Know jobsite conditions 24/7/365
- Make fewer trips to the jobsite
- Prevent wasted time
- Be more efficient in your scheduling of labor and equipment
- Make sure site conditions meet manufacturer specs
- Protect your reputation with thorough documentation
Ready to experience these benefits for yourself? Get set up with the Floorcloud software and order your L6 Smart Sensor kit today!
Jason has 20+ years’ experience in sales and sales management in a spectrum of industries and has successfully launched a variety of products to the market, including the original Rapid RH® concrete moisture tests. He currently works with Wagner Meters as our Rapid RH® product sales manager.
Last updated on July 20th, 2023