Tips for Salvaging Flood Damaged Photos, Documents & Books

During a flood event, your books and documents are in great danger. These personal artifacts can hold value beyond measure and we understand the value of maintaining their sentimental weight. 

It is very important to start salvaging your water-damaged photos, publications, and files within two days or they will start to become deteriorate and moldy. Both the water and the consequent humidity in the atmosphere can cause irreversible deterioration. The good thing is that there is a way how to conserve cash damaged photos, papers, and books, but only if you act quickly and operate with care.

Saving Water-Damaged Photos

  • Save images in frames when they are still drenched, otherwise, you may hurt the photos when seeking to remove them. To safely separate a wet photo of a photo frame, gently wipe both photo and framework together with plain water, and carefully remove the photo.
  • For saving very old photos, consult with a specialist conservator first. These historic photographs are somewhat more sensitive to damage and restoration.
  • When you are ready, remove the photos from the water or mud being careful not to touch the very front of the photos.
  • Place the photos picture side up on a rigid surface such as aboard.
  • If photos have dirt on them, rinse them lightly using clean water in a sink or bucket.
  • After cleaning the photos, lay them on blotting paper, such as a paper towel. Do not take them outside as sunlight and wind may cause photos to curl faster.
  • Let photos air-dry, but alter the paper towels every couple of hours.
  • When drying the photos isn’t your priority, you can buy them some time by freezing them. Just ensure that you first rinse them of grime and stack them between sheets of wax paper. This will make them easier to separate when treated.

Saving Water-Damaged Books and Records

  • Eliminate your documents from the water. If the papers are dirty, gently rinse them and put them onto a level surface on top of the blotted paper. Use paper towels with no prints and avoid paper.
  • Don’t dry them outside where sunlight and wind can curl the products. Enable them to air-dry indoors and run an oscillating fan in the area to improve airflow and accelerate drying.
  • For waterlogged books, set one absorbent paper between each 20 to 50 wet webpages and put the books flat to dry.
  • If you’re able to put the books at a vertical posture, attempt to fan the pages out and allow them to air-dry. Speed up the drying process using a fan.
  • To postpone the drying of paper books or documents, seal them in plastic zipper bags and stick them in the freezer. This helps conserve them and prevents mold from growing until they are all set to be restored.
  • If newspapers and books smell musty after drying, then place them in an open box and place that within a closed container using baking soda to absorb odors. Don’t let baking soda touch the novels.

For Professional Water Damage Restoration, Call PuroClean

Even though you may be able to follow each of these steps yourself, employing a record and photo restoration specialist is usually a safer alternative. If your house suffers from water damage, call the professional Puroclean water restoration or visit them here to find out more.