Procedures and Processes for Proper Drying

March 18, 2010

Chuck Boutall

One of the questions I get repeatedly during classes and at breaks is, “Is there a flowchart or check list for doing a job correctly from start (the phone call) to finish (getting paid on time)?” Then Clark, an adjuster with whom I recently had the pleasure of teaching the new IICRC CDS class, asked me the same question, to which I responded, “No water loss is the same; the jobs are just too diverse.”

True, each job is unique…but might there be some fundamentals to focus on that are common to most every job? I am going to give it a shot, with a disclaimer: what follows here is some of the basic fundamentals; many will say they need to be added to, which is exactly the point: take what you can from here, add to them and make the project yours.

If you feel so inclined, please e-mail me and we can discuss the points. Who knows; we might come up with some topics that lead to future articles.

The goal here is to make us all better dryers. Of course, experience and classes will refine your final jobsite decisions. The process of restorative drying is truly still more art than science, though we are working hard to change the balance.

I am just one guy with one opinion and, as no two jobs are the same, here is what I have come to lean on over the years.

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