Wagner Meters Rapid RH Kit Survives Devastating Fire in Michigan

Structure is a complete loss, but owner's RapidRH Concrete Inspection Meter Starter Kit survives unscathed.

Fire devastated a building belonging to home inspector Carl Howard in Mason, Michigan, but in the rubble Howard's Wagner Rapid RH Starter Kit survived intact.This event lends new meaning to the phrase "trial by fire."  An early morning fire in July of 2012 left building and flooring inspector Carl Howard looking at a scene of total devastation where his business, ServiceMaster Absolute Home and Restoration Services in Mason, Michigan, used to stand.

As Howard searched through the cold rubble- where even the steel beams had warped and collapsed from the intense heat- it seemed that along with the structure, the contents were a total loss. And then he came across his Rapid RH Starter Kit case. The case was blackened from the smoke of the fire, but when he opened it, the contents of the case were all intact.

“I use the Wagner RH probes as a flooring inspector,” says Howard, who also owns Central Michigan Inspection Services. The Rapid RH Starter Kit for concrete moisture measurement comes in a sturdy case built to withstand the rigors of job site conditions.

The unit is also apparently capable of surviving much tougher conditions too. “We don’t recommend lighting the case on fire,” laughs Jason Spangler, Sales Manager-Flooring Division. “But we’re certainly glad to see that it has exceeded even our expectations for rugged construction.”

Howard shared his story when he called to upgrade to the Rapid RH 4.0 EX as part of moving forward with his business, which included an April 2013 ground breaking ceremony for the new building. “We wish Carl every success as he rebuilds his business,” says Spangler. “He’s definitely a great example of why we think our customers are the best. And we’re sure his new building will stand strong on its Rapid RH - tested foundation.”

To learn more about the accurate and reliable (and sturdily built) Rapid RH, visit or call 800-634-9961 to locate your nearest distributor.