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How To Save Paper Items With Water Damage

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

Cartoon of a wooded floor damaged with water. A flood may cause severe water damage.

A flood in your home in Washington, NC, can leave your important papers drenched and unreadable. Fortunately, that doesn't automatically mean they're lost forever. Whether the damage is caused by a busted pipe or a leak from the attic after a heavy rain, water damage mitigation experts have many different document restoration procedures they can use to save the papers that are important to you.

Document Restoration Procedures

Damaged Items

Professional document drying techniques have a wide variety of uses. You may be surprised how many different items can be saved:

  • Paper documents
  • Photographs
  • Files
  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Parchment

Even film, x-rays, blueprints and microfiche records can be revitalized through the techniques used by certified technicians. Before you throw them away, it's worth seeing if they can be salvaged first.

Disinfection Process

Sometimes your items need more than just drying. If your home is flooded by contaminated water, document restoration procedures must also include a disinfection step. To clean delicate items such as paper documents or photographs, technicians use gamma irradiation. The gamma rays break down the bacteria at the DNA level, sterilizing the item and leaving no contamination behind.

Streamlined Service

A benefit of using SERVPRO to conduct your flood mitigation is that document digitization and cleaning are part of the overall service that the team provides. Certified technicians can back up your data securely so that you never have to worry about water damage threatening its safety again. When the same team handles the cleanup of both the documents and the house itself, the whole process runs much more smoothly and efficiently.

Even if your important papers, photos and book collection get soaked in a flood, document restoration experts may be able to save them. Even if the flood water is dirty, there is still hope.Technicians employ various drying and cleaning techniques to ensure that as little precious data and as few fond memories are lost as possible.

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