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"Measuring humidity, a consequence of bad ventilation"

Guy Poidvin, a Health Technician at the Health centre in Sarthe, uses a Humitest moisture meter and thermo-hygrometer mainly to measure humidity that is a comfort parameter of housing indoor air.


Humidity, cause of unhealthiness

"We get involved when moisture is detected in a home by social workers or by the council. Sometimes, it’s the tenants themselves who contact us directly", explains Guy Poidvin.
"Humidity is usually due to three causes: condensation (linked to a faulty heating-ventilation-insulation system), infiltration and rising damp. It causes mould and mites to develop, with all their related health problems for the health of the inhabitants", explains Guy Poidvin.

Precise moisture measurement

"The Humitest MMS allows to quantify a phenomenon that is either visible or just simply felt. Moisture-related problems are either visible or simple felt by the inhabitants. I use my moisture meter to get a precise measurement of the problem. This instrument also enables me to test whether the areas that have been blackened by mould relate to a current or past problem. Indeed, even if you might be able to eliminate the causes of moulding, its traces still linger on. With this measuring instrument, you can confirm if the area is dry, which can often mean diffusing a dispute between a landlord and a tenant", concluded Guy Poidvin.

Business
The Sarthe Health Centre usually gets involved in domestic health issues (normally relating to moisture) that may affect the health of inhabitants.

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Humitest MMS2

Four-in-one system: two-pin-contact moisture meter, in depth radiofrequency moisture detector, infrared thermometer, fast responding thermo-hygrometer.
Benefits
- intuitive user interface with color screen,
- data logging,
- firmware upgradable,
- psychometric calculations,
- non-contact IR temperature probe with laser pointer.

Witness

ARS Health center in Pays de la Loire, Guy Poidvin