Books are easily destroyed and will require specialized treatment from a qualified conservator if they are to be preserved.
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) May 01, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage restoration services in the United States, is offering tips to property owners on the proper handling and care for books that have been damaged as a result of water or flooding problems. Books are easily destroyed and will require specialized treatment from a qualified conservator if they are to be preserved.
If treatment is not immediately available, then the books should be frozen until it can be properly looked after. Wet pages tear easily, so books should not be opened or handled any more than is absolutely necessary to secure them. The drying surface should be covered with plastic sheeting and absorbent paper, the soaked book stood on its head, and the water allowed to drain. Paper towels may be placed between the textblock and the cover, and should be replaced as it becomes saturated. Fans can be used to circulate air.
Freezing is an excellent way to prevent further damage and also head off any subsequent problems such as mold. It also buys time to determine a course of action as it pertains to the restoration of the books. Each book should be wrapped in freezer paper or wax paper, packed in plastic crates (spine down), and arranged snugly but not tightly. Books should be categorized and crates labeled so that there is a record of what books went where. Books should be placed in refrigerated trucks if they cannot be frozen within 48 hours.
For books that are merely damp but not saturated, stand them on end and slightly fan them, using absorbent paper between the boards and the book. Use fans to circulate the air in order to allow the books to dry completely.
There are similar procedures in place for treating water damaged documents, artwork, and photographs. In these cases, again, an experienced conservator is recommended to make sure that these valuable items are properly treated and cared for.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage restoration in the country, with service in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.