Restoration Local Offers Tips on Salvaging Valuable Papers after Flood Damage

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Books and other delicate items are at increased risk of flood damage. A restoration provider explains how they should be handled.

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Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of flood damage repair and restoration in the United States, is offering tips on salvaging valuable documents, books, and artwork in the wake of water damage events. These items are easily affected by water and in many cases may require specialized treatment if they are to be restored.

Flood damage can ravage a home beyond recognition, but worse than the damage to the structure, furniture, or appliances is often the problems caused for valuable documents, photos, or artwork. These items should be treated as rapidly as possible in order to avoid long term or permanent damage. Those objects with a high monetary, historic, or even sentimental value should be properly handled by a qualified conservator.

Paper items become extremely fragile when they get wet, and in some cases may also have caked on mud and dirt that can be contaminated, presenting a threat of physical harm. Wet books and papers should be dried out as soon as possible, using air circulation to accomplish the task with the least risk of additional damage. Glossy materials such as book covers or magazine pages may stick together, so it is important to use an interleaving material to allow the water to properly drain off. This material should be replaced when it becomes saturated.

Books should be opened carefully and stood on end for drying, using the same interleaving material intermittently throughout the pages. As the interleaving material is replaced, the book should be inverted for the next round of drying.

Photographs are highly susceptible to water damage and in many cases may be unrecoverable, and it is important to not touch the picture or negative. Contact a conservator for advice on how to protect water damaged film or video. In some cases, they may be successfully air dried, face up, using blotting material beneath the photograph to absorb the excess water.

Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of flood damage repair and restoration in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.

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