Drying of moist porous media can be very energy inefficient. For example, in the pulp and paper industry, paper drying consumes more than two-thirds of the total energy used in paper machines. Novel drying technologies can decrease the energy used for drying and lessen the manufacturing processes' carbon footprint. Developing next-generation drying technologies to dry moist porous media may require an understanding of removing moisture from a fully saturated porous material with excess water. This paper provides a fundamental understanding of heat and mass transfer in a fully saturated porous medium with excess water. This is relevant, for example, in drying tissue as well as pulp or paper for the purpose of thermal insulation where pressing is preferred to be avoided to overcome the reduction in the sheet thickness. For this purpose, a theoretical drying model is developed where the porous medium corresponds to paper and is assumed to be sandwiched between two excess-water layers (bottom and top). The conjugate model consists of energy and mass conservation equations for each layer. The model is validated with corresponding experimental data. In the model, the thickness of each water layer is calculated as a function of drying time based on local temperature and total moisture content. The numerical model is transient and one-dimensional in space (i.e., in the thickness direction). This paper demonstrates the governing equations, boundary conditions, and results when the saturated porous medium with water layers is heated from one side. Moisture and temperature profiles are estimated in the thickness direction of the porous medium as it dries.