Specialty Drying; Drying the Difficult Items
Often times when drying residential structures the jobs can become repititous. There is wet flooring, wet walls and maybe a wet ceiling. After you see many of these you can get to a point where you have a real good understanding of how long it will take it to dry and what you need to do to get it dry. The challenge comes in when a structure throws you a curve ball such as a rare wood floor, a column, or even an overhead beam.
When faced with difficult to dry items in a structure how should you handle them? Here is some guidelines to go by. First you have to ask yourself if drying would be the most cost effective way to handle the scenario. If the answer is yes, then the tough part begins. Then it requires a creative imagination to come up with a way to dry the area in question. Then once you begin drying the area you will constantly have to re-evaluate how your plan is working and how cost effective your drying measures are versus replacement.
Many times the cost of replacement may include much more than you think. Take the photo below of the column. You can't really tell in the photo but the column is faux painted along with the room it is in and a couple of adjacent rooms. If we would have torn the sheetrock off of the column then all the faux painted areas in the home would have had to been repainted since matching a faux finish is nearly impossible. So drying the column without tearing anything up on the column was real important and really helped control cost. So be creative and look for ways to dry and restore items rather than just remove and replace.
I have included a few photos of jobs where we have dried difficult areas by being a little creative.