You just found that critical historical or business books or documents are wet or moist. Now what? You’ll never find yourself in this situation…hopefully. However, if you ever are—or currently are—it is vital that you know what you should do. First, do not panic. Restoration and freeze-drying processes will save your documents. This post explains 3 things to bear in mind if you find wet or moist documents.
Reviewing the Damage
Water damage to books and documents can happen in different forms. The consequences of each one of the below situations are bad if you do not act fast, but it is possible to completely salvage books or documents from each set of scenarios.
- Trapped water—your books and documents are submerged, meaning there’s probably water between pages and all throughout the whole structure.
- Sorbed water—a leak or other event resulted in water finding its way inside the paper fiber of your documents or books.
- Humidity—high moisture content within the air led to pages becoming discolored or curling and might be supporting the growth of mildew or mold.
If you are having to deal with any of the above situations, what should you do? Eventually, your document restoration expert will make a call on how to better recover them, however, before they get there, here are 3 things which will make your and their life much easier.
Leave Documents Exactly Where They Are
After finding moist or wet documents, your first gut instinct might be to begin to clean things up and assess the damage.
Know What You Need Beforehand
The quicker you act to save your documents, the more successful the result will likely be. An excellent recovery expert is going to have systems in place to catalog your documents, as well as identify where they must be returned.
Know Your Options for Recovery
Whenever you can, it is better to set up a relationship with a document restoration expert before they are needed. That way, it’s possible to start the process of recovery without delay. Either way, it is vital that you know your provider’s abilities and technologies to ensure they fit your needs.
For more information on how we can help document cleaning, drying and restoration businesses, contact SCI Supply today!