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Freeze Drying Is Not Just For Coffee But For Document Recovery Too

Aug 26, 2008
When papers, books, pictures, and other documents get damaged by water it is really displeasing. These are some of our most needed or most loved holdings. The notion of losing all of these documents and history can be distressing. The good news is that much of these documents and photographs can be rescued if they get wet. There are a few processes that can be utilized to restore these papers.

Air drying and dehumidification are two means that can be utilized to dry documents. These methods can be used by an expert in a lab or you can attempt to dry documents at your house if you have the area to lay them out or fasten them up to dry. Dehumidification can be done at your place as well if you have or can buy a dehumidifier and can cordon off a place to set up for this activity. Air drying is the recommended way to dry photographs.

Vacuum drying is another way that papers and books can be dehydrated. Vacuum thermal-drying can also be used to dry those valuable papers. This process is more reasonably priced than vacuum freeze-drying and thus might be a finer pick for less important or less precious documents. This process works by placing papers into a vacuum enclosure and drawing a vacuum. Then heated air is brought into the cavity followed by other vacuum being introduced that withdraws the wetness out of the documents. This technique of drying is more intense than vacuum freeze drying and is much more probable to create adhesions, spotting, and distortion.

Vacuum freeze drying is the least dangerous way to dry damaged books and any extraordinary or valuable books and documents and additionally maps and blueprints. The temperatures in the heated assembly can be adjusted for greater energy, around 100 degrees for most things and lower temperatures for extraordinary, older, and valuable books and papers. When books and papers are water damaged it is optimal to freeze them right away to avert mold growth. The books and papers can then be transferred to a facility prepared with a vacuum assembly. The writings must remain frozen for the time they are being transferred. The writings are put into the vacuum enclosure and dried while still frozen. The water in the documents is transformed from a hard state into a gaseous state. The gas then evaporates, leaving the books and papers dry once again. Books are much less likely to be crumpled or to become reduced using this drying method. Vacuum freeze drying is more expensive than the different methods of drying, but if the damaged items are valuable, this is the procedure that will yield the superior results.

No matter which way your papers and books are dehydrated, make certain to get an assurance from the restoration organization that the items will come back completely dry. If any of the things are not thoroughly dry they will acquire mold. If there is any uncertainty that the things being renovated had mold or not it is advisable that they are disinfected before the items get back to you.
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Luana Pershing is an advocate for water damage safety for freeze drying wet documens and New York Document Freeze Drying
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