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How To Repair Important Documents After Water Damage

3/20/2023 (Permalink)

If you've ever had a home or business with water damage, then you know that it's not an uncommon problem. Water can cause a lot of damage to your building and belongings. It can also ruin important documents and photos, but luckily there are ways to repair them.

What is Document Restoration?

Document restoration is the process of salvaging damaged documents. The damage could be caused by water, fire, or smoke, but whatever the cause it's important to restore your documents as soon as you can so that they can be used again.

If you have suffered from water damage there are many steps you can take to restore your valuable information before it becomes irreparable and lost forever. There are three main techniques used during content restoration: vacuum freeze, gamma irradiation, and digitization services.

Vacuum Freeze

Vacuum freeze is a powerful drying technique used in content restoration. It is the only technique that is approved by National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA).

Vacuum freeze works by freezing the document and removing any moisture through a high-pressure vacuum chamber. In this chamber, the moisture is converted into vapor. In the right conditions, the condensation will turn into ice inside the chamber, removing the moisture from the document in question.

Gamma Irradiation

Gamma irradiation is a method of disinfection that can be used to treat documents, photos, books, and other paper products that have been damaged by water and sewage damage. This process involves safely exposing the object to radiation to kill any bacteria and viruses that might be present after a water loss.

Digitization Services

Digitization services are used to convert paper documents into digital files. Digitization can also be used to convert photographs and other printed materials into digital files, which can then be stored on a hard drive or flash drive. The use of digitization services is particularly useful if you have large amounts of paper documents that need to be converted into digital copies.

Who Can Help With Document Restoration?

If you're looking for a professional to help with document restoration, SERVPRO of West Mecklenburg County can assist. As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO has the training, expertise, and equipment necessary to get your documents back in shape quickly.

Document restoration refers to the process of preserving damaged documents. In this article, we discussed the different techniques used by experts in their work and how they can help you recover your important documents after water damage. If you have any questions or need help with restoring your documents, please contact our SERVPRO of West Mecklenburg County team today!

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