Valuable documents and books must be recovered quickly. There's no time to lose!If you want to preserve your valuable books for long, it is necessary to take up their drying task immediately. |
If you have books, documents, or other materials which have been soaked from a flood, firefighting or other accident, there's some good news: Your wet documents and flood-damaged records can be saved. However, you need to take the appropriate steps to insure their successful recovery and restoration.
Books and other documents get easily damaged due to flood water. Also if they are not dried on time then they can permanently damage or encourage growth of molds and mildew.You need to understand the appropriate and proper process of drying of books.
Respond Quickly to Recover Wet Documents
The first steps following a flood (after discovering your documents are wet) should be (1) take a deep breath, (2) perform a visual survey and establish the extent of water damage to documents and other archives, and (3) make arrangements to recover and/or store them.
Drying Books Damaged By Water
First it is necessary to determine the type of document you are dealing with. Books having special coating or glossy pages can only be restored by the professional in this area. Therefore opt for any specialized document restoration expert whose service is readily availed from us. Also extend of water damage is necessary to be determined. If the books were in floating condition for long, then they may not possess further chances of restoration and improvement. Also if has experience mold or mildew growth then it cannot be restored by a normal or inexperienced person. But, if the books are only dampened then you can give a try to dry them. Insert paper towel on the damp pages of each books so that excess moisture can be soaked from all the pages. Use only premium quality of paper towel which has high absorbent properties. Keep changing on the towels when they get completely wet. Turn on fans and dehumidifiers so that remaining drying of pages can be done. The books a4re not closed or stored in the shelf until the moisture is completely eliminated from its pages as well as covers.
Wet Document Salvage Tip
Every document recovery situation is different. Until you've decided how to proceed, you can actually cause more damage by moving wet papers, which can disintegrate unless handled by professionals. Knowing what to do and how to store wet documents is crucial to successfully recovering them. Take the time to make a list and plan your document salvage efforts before you begin.
Even if flooding should occur and you find yourself with thousands of flood damaged books on your hands, there's still hope. Document restoration technology permits even waterlogged books to be restored. In such a situation, it is recommended to go for professional consultation.
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