On our last blog, we discussed ways you can save water-damaged documents, books and photos. While it’s essential to know how you can salvage your important belongings, it’s always helpful to know how you should not be handling them. Doing so will keep you from causing further damage to the affected items.
Learn the don’ts of saving water-damaged documents, books and photos from a local water removal expert.
Don’t Separate Documents When Wet
Try to dry water-soaked document in stacks no more than a quarter of an inch high. You can dry the documents on a firm surface but make sure to place absorbent materials in between the surface and the affected items.
Don’t Touch the Surface of Wet Photos or Film Negatives
Hold the edges of the wet photographs and not their surfaces to prevent further damage. It’s also not a good idea to freeze photographs. Again, it’s best to leave old photos to a disaster recovery expert. Moreover, if your home has been affected by water or fire damage, you should also contact reputable restoration professionals like Action Restoration.
Don’t Dry Books on Their Front Edge
Never dry books on their front edge. What you can do is to fan it open and stand it on its bottom or top edge, depending on which is the driest. Turn the book over to its opposite side every couple of hours.
Don’t Forget to Take Safety Measures
It’s very likely that mold has occurred if it has been more than two days since the flood. For your safety, wear a mask, long sleeves and latex gloves while recovering your damaged items. Also, be mindful of using electrical equipment while standing on a wet surface.
If your home is flooded, contact Action Restoration immediately. You can depend on our team for your water and fire restoration needs. Give us a call at (616) 200-8946 or fill out our contact form to get started.