Steps to Successful Restorative Drying

DrySmart can reduce the drying time in half over dehumidification methods. Its advantages are evident from the start. Fresh, hot air quickly drops the humidity level. The heat energy accelerates evaporation and continues to lower the relative humidity.

1. mechanical extraction

Begin the drying process with the mechanical extraction of water and the removal of ruined wet contents and materials. Mechanical extraction is much more efficient than evaporation, so great care should be taken to remove as much moisture as possible by mechanical means. Imagine how long it would take a clothes dryer to dry a load of laundry if the washer did not have a spin cycle.

2. Preparation for drying

Remove barriers to moisture movement such as wall paper, heavy paints, vinyl, etc. Use drying fans, air movers, mats, air injection systems, etc. to transport the energy necessary for evaporation, break down surface moisture vapor pressure barriers, and carry away evaporated moisture. The more air movement the better.

3. creating a Drying atmosphere

Set up the DrySmart trailer and begin drying. The DrySmart blowers are capable of moving over 4,000 cfm of air and will quickly replace the structure’s dank, humid air with fresh, hot, low relatively humidity outside air. It is generally accepted that restorative drying begins when the relative humidity is below 40%.  Dehumidifiers can take 12 to 24 hours to reach that level. DrySmart can do reach it in minutes.

DRYING management

The same water damage restoration practices and methods using dehumidification, for the most part, apply to using heat, but there are some differences. Heat will affect some contents such as fish tanks, candles, and plants and these should be removed. But the primary difference between heat drying and dehumidification is the drying speed and energy levels for which the technician must make allowances. 

When a job is about 80% dry or so (a subjective judgment), moisture meters will show wet readings but the actual volume of water remaining is actually minimal. At this point DrySmart recommends removing the heat (or at least lowering the temperature) and redirecting a few air movers to the remaining wet areas. Stored energy held in the structure’s dry materials will transfer to the wet materials. The drying process will continue until the structure energy and humidity equalize. This is analogous to pulling shirts out of a clothes dryer before they are completely dry.

The results of the DrySmart trailer never cease to amaze me. Having used this technology on large commercial and residential losses of all types, I can honestly say that it exceeds my level of expectation on every job. The small amount of time requir…
Tim MullerRestoration ManagerGohm Insurance Restoration


Grand Rapids

Cedar Springs

United States