trying out OmniSense's
Monitoring System) which provides
intelligent monitoring systems
that combine wireless sensor networks and a reporting Web site
for 7x24 monitoring of environmental parameters such as
humidity, temperature and wood moisture content.
With the help of Chris Hoogenboom, it took only a
few minutes to set up the sensors and gateway and after we
initiated the system, it began recording data. You can see the
first bits below in the two reports. Stay tuned as we
brings this project to conclusion.
This is an affordable, easy to use system that
should be considered for those riskier moisture prone areas of a
building to alarm the owner or operator of a pending problem...a
proactive approach sure beats having to deal with the mold
aftermath of a water damaged structure.
What can we share with students:
Healthcare professionals, lawyers, accountants
and engineers are not the only ones exclusive to making
As expected, the contractor stepped up and
responded with professionalism...see
our forum where we address how to pick good contractors.
Clients generally don't frequently check for
potential moisture problems and by the time they do its too
Appropriate personal protective equipment is
always necessary when dealing with extensive mold damage
especially if one is using solutions of TSP and bleach.
UV lights work...we've never used them before but
will recommend them as part of future clean up strategies.
Radiant heating systems and HRV's work well
together for handling water damaged environments in dry
It's not always necessary to do total destructive
remediation work. Two considerations: Mold spores are ubiquitous
(everywhere) and need warmth (relative), moisture and food.
Remove one of the three supporting elements and the mold won't
grow. In this case;
the moisture damage did not come from grey or
black water (i.e., raw sewage)
the leak was due to workmanship and not a
larger more difficult problem (i.e., ground water drainage)
the outdoor climate is generally cold to warm
the area is not in a liveable space and the
containment / remediation process worked well enough that it
didn't disturb the client.
Technology has led to some very affordable and
robust moisture and temperature monitoring systems that should
be employed in riskier areas.