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Saving Documents After a Flood

12/12/2020 (Permalink)

Water on the floor of a gym in Enumclaw, WA Anything damaged by water can restored with the right method

If your commercial business in Enumclaw, WA has experienced a flood or hurricane, the mitigation and restoration process can be overwhelming, but it must be done before you and your employees can come back to work. Your first step should be calling in a water damage restoration company and mitigating any immediate damages. However, after that, you will need to care for any damaged contents, such as wet documents that have been damaged. Use this information to understand how to restore any documents that have been damaged during a flood and begin the document drying process.

What Can You Save?

Flooding in your commercial building can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Depending on the efficiency and time of mitigation, it can affect if documents can be restored or not. Documents that stay in flood water for an extended amount of time may be prone to excess ink bleeding and deterioration. Important documents should be saved as quickly as possible, including:

• Medical documents from employees

• Financial documents

• Legal information

Restoration Methods
Restoration methods for wet documents includes air drying and freeze drying.
You may want to choose air drying if you have only a few documents to restore. Air drying requires soaking up any excess moisture with a towel and laying documents on a flat surface with proper air circulation for a few hours until documents dry.
The freeze drying method is better if you have multiple separate documents. To freeze dry damaged documents, put them into a ziplock bag as soon as possible. Leave the ziplock bag in the freezer for multiple hours until it is completely frozen. Once it's frozen, you can remove the bag from the freezer and proceed to air dry them.
In the event a flood, it's important to try and save as many important documents as possible. Although wet documents may have been damaged, many can still be restored with the right method.

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