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Can Wet Papers and Photos Be Dried Professionally in Selden?

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO makes house calls and in-warehouse water damage cleanup and restoration.

Why SERVPRO offers resources for specialty drying challenges

Plumbing leaks and appliance hose ruptures do not wait for you to shelve your books or file your papers safely above the waterline. Wet and damaged documents, photos, and other paper possessions are often an issue during a water damage scenario.

What Is the Key to Mitigating Damage to Water-Logged Documents?

Several different approaches can work for documents sustaining water damage in Selden home offices and photo albums. Preserving the information and images is possible, although complete restoration cannot be guaranteed. Packing out affected papers to a dry, secure location is essential. This is Why SERVPRO frequently moves them to our climate-controlled production facility. Interventions include:

  • Air-drying

Appropriate air circulation and temperatures allow accelerated evaporation.

  • Dehumidification

The use of special desiccant dehumidifiers within a small drying chamber improves outcomes.

  • Freezer drying

Freezers hold articles for freeze or thermal-drying.

  • Vacuum freeze-drying

Controlled heat applied cyclically concurrently under a vacuum, and below-freezing temperatures permit sublimation of frozen water to a vapor, skipping the liquid stage, avoiding ink feathering and bleeding. This process can be more expensive and time-consuming and is generally reserved for important documents and paper items.

  • Vacuum thermal-drying

Vacuum thermal drying is less expensive and successful than sublimation, but allows for documents’ information retrieval, despite permanent distortion. Frozen or wet pieces dry under pressure with air heated above freezing temperatures.

Implementation of research-based resources addressing many aspects of residential water damage is why SERVPRO of Patchogue delivers successful results. Call (631) 924-1801 for an evaluation and estimate.

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