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4 Ways To Restore Damaged Documents

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

A dehumidifier can be helpful for gently drawing out moisture

Content Cleaning and Document Drying

Documents can sustain damage during any disaster. If the contents of a residence have suffered water or storm damage, the following steps may be helpful. Other document restoration methods may be necessary for papers damaged by exposure to smoke and soot or mold. Find out more about content cleaning, document drying and other services an all-in-one restoration company can provide.

1. Remove Excess Water

Documents damaged by flooding, a pipe burst, water leak or storm may become waterlogged. Removing excess moisture is the first step toward restoration. A homeowner can begin to mitigate damage by placing paper towels above and below each sheet of paper and regularly switching out these towels until most of the water has been extracted.

2. Air Dry and Dehumidify

Document drying is the next step in the document restoration process for materials with water damage. Restoration professionals may recommend leaving documents out to air dry. A dehumidifier can be helpful for gently drawing out moisture.

3. Freeze Dry

Documents that are not completely dry after 48 hours are at risk for mold growth. Fungus thrives where moisture and a food source, such as cellulose in paper, are both present. Homeowners can freeze documents separated with wax paper on the coldest setting. A restoration service can perform vacuum freeze-drying to vaporize moisture.

4. Remove Dirt and Debris

Once documents are dry, restoration professionals may attempt cleaning with specialized equipment. Depending on the condition of a document and the presence of contaminants, it may be necessary to make a copy rather than trying to salvage the original.

These document restoration methods are useful for water-damaged papers at a household in Crestwood, MO. Smoke damage or mold may call for other treatments offered by SERVPRO. The type and degree of damage will determine whether documents can be kept or should be copied prior to disposing of the originals.

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