Water can damage both your home and your belongings. It can destroy important documents, photos and even books. We understand how valuable photographs are as they remind you of precious memories, especially childhood ones. Fortunately, if you are quick enough, you can save your special items.
Here are tips for saving water-damaged documents, books, and photos from one of the area’s leading restoration companies.
If the photos you are trying to save are really old, it’s best to see a professional conservator first. It’s because older photographs are more prone to damage and sensitive to restoration. As much as possible, save pictures in frames while they are still soaking wet because they might get damaged once dry. Gently rinse both the photo and frame with water and then slowly remove the photo.
Take the photo image side up onto a firm surface, such as boards. Rinse any dirty photo with clean water in a sink or bucket. After cleaning the photos, place blotting paper on top of them but don’t use newspaper because the ink from the paper might transfer to the pictures. Let the photos affected by water damage dry indoors and not outside because the sun and wind will cause them to curl quickly. Air-dry the photos but change the blotting paper every one to two hours.
Books and Documents
Carefully remove documents from the water and rinse them gently if they are dirty. Lay the paper on a blotting paper or paper towels. Like photos, let them dry indoors, and don’t dry them outside because they will curl up.
For soaked books, place one absorbent paper between every 20 to 50 wet pages and lay the books flat to dry. Replace the paper every few hours, and you can also use a fan to speed up the drying process. If the books and documents have a musty smell after drying, put them in an open box and place the box inside a closed container with baking soda to get rid of the odor but don’t let the baking soda come in contact with the books.
Dealing with water damage? Turn to Action Restoration for help. Our team specializes in mold remediation, storm damage, fire restoration, and more. Give us a call at (616) 200-8946 or fill out our contact form to get started.