Drying progress. It’s probably the most important item on your checklist. It’s what keeps moisture from turning into mold and your customers sold. Along with that, consistent progress also speeds up the drying process so that you can be off to your next job.

Unfortunately, progress can be significantly slowed by carelessness or ignorance. Although your techs may be documenting the job, is it being done effectively? Are they practicing standardized procedures when performing daily inspections? There are three common mistakes that can slow progress down to a crawl, and I’ll fill you in on them.

Using different meters to check drying progress

All moisture meters do not read exactly alike, even if it’s the same make and model. Just slight variations in a reading can throw off your progress documentation. So it’s vital to use the same meter on a job every day.

Checking different areas

Being close only counts with horseshoes and nuclear bombs. But when using meters to analyze moisture levels, being just six inches off from the point you previously checked can skew the numbers. Each time part of the structure is tested for moisture, it needs to be at the exact same place. Clearly mark the spot to avoid confusion. Use a piece of blue painter’s tape with your drying log’s location number written on it.

Using inadequate inspection forms

You shouldn’t start out with a blank form on any day but the first. The name of the game is progress. If you can’t see the previous readings in that area, you won’t know if the material is drying or whether any changes in the drying process need to be tweaked. Use a form that shows several days. If the job goes longer than that, staple the new form to the old one.

Receiving bad intel isn’t a calamitous situation for just governments and spy agencies. It can also sink your business if it’s not corrected. Make sure that correct procedures are clearly understood and review them on a regular basis. Only then can you be assured that true progress is being made. And remember we have used equipment that can make your life so much easier. Call us today at (719) 372-0990 for more information about our used restoration equipment for sale. We’re available 24/7 to answer your questions and we serve customers across the United States