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Can my documents and books with flood damage be saved?

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Can my documents and books with flood damage be saved? Some papers can be easily replaced while others are a hassle to get new copies of, such as marriage licenses, birth certificates, and the like.

Will I be Able to Salvage My Flood Damaged Documents and Books?

Floods are often unexpected, and whether the water comes from a burst pipe, malfunctioning appliance, or a water line, the contents of homes that are flooded stand a great chance of being ruined. Items made of paper are particularly vulnerable, especially if those items become soaked during the water emergency.

If your home has flood damage in Brentwood, you're probably wondering whether our experts can restore any of your documents, books, and similar items. There are several factors that affect whether paper and books can be saved, but we do have the tools and skills to restore them.

Type of Flood Damage

Because paper items are so fragile, it's important that any restoration work should be performed as soon as possible. The sooner you call SERVPRO after flooding has occurred in your home, the more likely it is that we'll be able to save your possessions. Along with time, the type of water involved in the flood will determine whether restoration is feasible. Books and documents damaged by floods resulting from clean water or gray water -- which is contaminated water without solid waste in it -- can usually be dried out and saved by our team. Black water, which has solid waste and hazardous contaminants, leaves fewer options and may render items unsafe to save.

Paper Documents and Books

Some papers can be easily replaced while others are a hassle to get new copies of, such as marriage licenses, birth certificates, and the like. Books can also be difficult to replace if they're collector's editions or out of print, and not just the pages but bindings can be greatly affected by flood damage. We use a variety of high-tech drying and extraction techniques that allow us to restore books and documents without causing more damage to them.

Artwork and Collector's Items

Though artwork, paper collectibles, stamps, and ephemera are particularly fragile and prone to water damage, there are cases where SERVPRO technicians can restore them. Items doused by flood water will require quick attention and careful drying, but there are other ways that floods affects paper items other than drenching, such as moisture from humidity. Humidity left indoors can cause mold and mildew growth on art, paper items, and books, which is why we use industry leading equipment and methods to ensure that humidity is kept at an acceptable level in our clients' homes.

 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

At SERVPRO of Montgomery, our aim is to restore as many of your possessions as possible after a flood occurs, including documents and books. For a quote or to obtain more information about our flood damage restoration services, call us 24/7 at (334) 284-1612.