A carpet inspector often needs to perform tests on the job so they need to know exactly what is needed and bring with them any equipment that it takes to do the test. Determining pH is very common, especially because it can help diagnose a number of problems, from pet urine to problems with the sub floor. When testing for fiber pH on site, there are two methods that carpet inspectors can use.
The first pH test is to do a direct pH measurement in situ. This happens through using a portable pH meter with a flat surface probe. All the inspector needs to do is to place the probe on the desired spot. Then it gives a reading to the screen. Inspectors can also use pH test papers by wetting the carpet with distilled water. They must then agitate the fibers and let everything sit for about five minutes. After touching the paper to the desired area, they will have their results.
A more accurate measurement for pH in carpet requires carpet inspectors to go about desorbing soluble materials from the carpet fibers. Then they need to measure them in a water solution. Both methods are a good way to figure out the pH of carpet fibers. It’s just one of the many tests that carpet inspectors may need to do onsite.