We Just Need To Open It Up A Bit
A common method of removing and drying walls is to open up the lower portion of the wall. Part of this water damage restoration method is to get the saturated material taken out before molds and mildew can begin. The other part is that with the wall opened like this, fans can be used to eliminate any moisture within the wall cavity.
If you have ever had a small flood or water leak you may recognize the photo. There may be other actions taken to restore a property to it's pre-flood condition but this is a common practice when it comes to drying out wall materials. Are there other methods?
Sure but they may not be as effective in removing moisture from a wall.
One common and ineffective method is to run a fan toward the surface of the wall, without removing any material. With a small one time flood there may not be any real visual damage but the moisture is in the material. Blowing air to one side of it would take a very long to dry out – maybe never completely.
So even if you have a small flood or water damage, be sure to contact someone who knows how to repair the problem best. Contact a qualifiedcontractor with water damage restoration experience and let him explain how best to restore the damages. It doesn't hurt to ask an expert.