“How fast can it be dried?”, is a question that comes up often enough. Although many of you are restoration professionals, that doesn’t mean that you’ve learned all there is to know.

Not in this business. Not only is it constantly changing and evolving but every job site is different. So even if you have an entire alphabet of credentials on your business card, a healthy dose of common sense is also very helpful.

How Dry Is Dried?

For instance, science has gotten to the point where we know how to dry pretty much any material in any structure. The question has become not can it be dried but how fast can you dry it? But there’s still another question that should also be considered in the drying process, and that is, “Should it be dried?”

Factors To Consider Before The Drying Process

1. Contamination – No matter what it is, if it’s a porous material and it’s been soaking in Category three water, it’s got to go.

2. Damage – you may be able to completely dry it, but if it’s been damaged beyond repair and is no use to anybody, why bother?

3. Cost – does it cost more to dry it than to replace it? Unless it’s irreplaceable or carries a high emotional value to the customer, toss it.

Since there are gray areas with almost anything, be sure to stay in touch with the adjuster and home owner to ensure there are no misunderstandings. We all know how beneficial this contact can be.

As Will Rogers said, “Common sense ain’t common.” So no matter how much you learn, don’t ever let yourself get so caught up in the nuts and bolts that you don’t see the whole picture.