Posted in: Content Restoration
Wet books, flooded photographs, and water damaged documents are particularly prone to mold and warping. If the damage involves black water, contamination complicates the restoration process. Therefore, quick action is most important for optimal salvaging results.
Specialized cleaning, cryogenic drying and vacuum freeze-drying are methods used for water damaged documents restoration. They are very effective and safe for hard copy material as well data on magnetic media. As water is gradually removed, books and documents revert to their natural shapes, minimizing warping significantly.
Specialized cleaning refers to various cleaning methods applied to water damaged documents to safely help in the remediation process. They include the pre-treating or removal of dirt and debris before restoration techniques are applied.
The freeze drying method is used to preserve fragile items from further damage as well as protect them during transport to the restoration site. The process begins with completely freezing the items and decreasing pressure so that the frozen water in the documents or books transitions from solid to gas, bypassing the liquid phase. This process is very effective in preserving and restoring water damaged documents, books and other media.
Cryogenic drying is similar to vacuum freeze-drying, with some variation. There may be slightly more moisture in this restoration method, with a short liquid state potentially involved, unlike the vacuum freeze-drying method that is literally dry. The benefit has to do with a better preservation of shape and less warping of books and documents. This method can also be applied to water damaged leather. Although this method is more costly, it can be justified when dealing with restoring rare books or valuable documents.
Dalworth Restoration always implements the most up to date, tried and tested innovations in the cleaning and restoration industry. The company uses specialized cleaning, followed by vacuum freeze-drying to salvage water damaged documents, books and media. The process is very effective and has saved personal and business data for clients. As with any water damage restoration, timely response and quick action are crucial for best results.