Over the past several years a new method of drying has developed. Although refrigerant and desiccant drying are probably the most known and practiced methods of drying, heat drying has become a new favorite. Clean Heat Solutions use of convective heat has been shown to be the most effective drying process under many sets of drying circumstances.
It is somewhat of an irony to call heat drying “new” as it is a practice that we use in our everyday lives and have for some time. For example, fabrics dry rapidly when placed in a revolving heat box with air movement. We call this heat box a “clothes dryer”. The fabrics are exposed to air movement and heat and the moisture is evaporated from the material and removed from the box. As long as the evaporated moisture is removed, the fabrics will dry. Applying high temperatures to a wet structure is not as simple, but the concept is the same.
Oftentimes new structures are built with green or wet lumber that is high in moisture content. Materials delivered to or stored at a construction site during wet weather may not have time to dry prior to construction. Poorly stored timbers may collect moisture. When problems occur during construction as a result of inclement weather, high humidity, or other conditions resulting in vapor intrusion and condensation on structural members, contractors may choose to use wet materials to continue construction. As a result of any of these conditions, new construction with wet building materials can become a serious problem that may end with unhealthy structures and damages from construction defect. In addition Clean Heat Solutions convective heat would be useful during cold weather concrete process.