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Water Damage Books And Toxic Mold Remediation

Sep 10, 2008
When water damage hits it is never a great situation. Some possessions get destroyed. Paper is always damaged by water and paperbacks are no exception. Many folks have books so with all of the floods these recent several years, the topic of how to deal with water damaged books is quite relevant. Most of the time wet books can be dried and at the very least partly restored but the mold that grows on them may leave them forever damaged.

There are individual methods in which the books can be cleaned and dried and the toxic mold removed. It is essential to be aware of which method is most fitting to your specific situation. Unfortunately Moldy and water damaged books can never be repaired to the condition they were in previously so you already have one strike against you.

Thinking of this, before you determine what method you would like to restore your books, you should think about various factors. How expensive or rare are your books? Could they be easily repurchased from a used book store? How much of your bank account is accessible to used to restore the books? What sorts of materials are utilized in the producing of the books like leather, treated paper, and soluble inks? Once you have deliberated these questions you can continue to act and start the remediation procedure.

If most of your books can be easily repurchased at a used store, collect the titles and discard the water soaked books. The period of time and money it would take to revamp those books would not be easily spent. As an alternative to panicking over soaked books you can take pleasure in perusing the local used book store. You will certainly come out ahead in the end.

If you have really rare and precious books you should seek out the advice of a conservator that specializes in book restoration. They will direct you to the proper drying method that matches the materials and covers of the books you need repaired. One should charter an expert disaster restoration company to do the drying and clean-up of your these items. They should be certified and insured with great references and cases of the prior jobs they have done.

If the wet books and items you want to dry have photos in them (photo Albums, photo boxes, etc) they should be air dried. This does the least damage to the specialized photo paper. Books like art books that have treated paper are most easily dried by the vacuum freeze-drying method. This prevents the pages from adhering to each other and getting ruined. This method usually takes up to ten weeks to take do it's job and is a bit pricey. A reason for that is that a professional company has to handle this restoration because the items needed to do the job is beyond the reach of most consumers. Another advantage of the vacuum freeze-drying process is that it also draws out grime and dirt particles from the paper making it last longer.

Leather bound books would get the best results using the drying process. Drying leaves the least amount of damage on the covers. Another positive side to using the the drying/de-humidification process is that the process is quick and the books can remain with you should you need to consult them during this process.

Mold, water, heat all have the ability to destroy your items so make sure you keep an eye out for the damage and react as soon as you observe its occurrence.
About the Author
Ramona Weisly is an homeowner advocate for Long Island, NY mold remediation company and Long Island, NY Toxic Mold Removal
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