Flooring Inspectors collect data for analysis

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If your hardwood flooring complaint involves cupping, crowning, buckling, hollow sounds, splits or checks, separation (delamination) of engineered wood, squeaks or cracking sounds, or gaps (cracks) between the boards; your hardwood flooring inspector will perform most, or all of the field tests listed below.

The following is a sample of field tests performed by Wood Flooring Inspectors:

  • Moisture testing of the wood floor; this may include using a meter with pins that stick into the floor, or a non-invasive moisture meter used to scan and read the wood’s moisture content.
  • Flatness measurements with a 6, 8, or 10′ level, a straight-line level or rotating laser level.
  • If the flooring has gaps, the inspector will measure groups of boards, and take a precision measurement of each board in the set.
  • A hygrometer will be used to measure temperature and humidity inside of the house or building.
  • The inspector may measure moisture of sub-floor and floor joists, and use a hygrometer to measure temperature and humidity in the basement and/or crawlspace.
  • The inspector may go into the crawlspace to observe and document conditions.
  • The nailing, or fastener schedule (spacing) may be tested, measured and documented.
  • Pictures will be taken to document field tests and problem areas.