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Ultimate Solution Options for Flood Damaged Important Papers and Photos in Northfield

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ultimate Solution Options for Flood Damaged Important Papers and Photos in Northfield Crucial flood-damaged documents, books or photos can possibly be restored after an event. Contact SERVPRO right away to discuss.

Restoring Precious Books, Documents and Photos After Flood Damage in Your Northfield Home

As we move from the fall into the winter, the increase in rainfall over the next few months can cause flooding and road overflow. This phenomenon can be extremely harmful to properties and, in particular, ground level rooms which often house books, documents, and photos. It is only natural to assume that once these items have been saturated in moisture, the only option is to dispose of them. That is not always the case. With the right training, equipment, and expertise many of these items can be restored not replaced.

On arrival to household suffering from flood damage in Northfield or the surrounding area, our priority is to remove all standing water. With SERVPRO, this process is usually quick and painless thanks to submersible gas pumps and industrial scale water extractors. But what concerns homeowners the most is their possessions, some of which are expensive, others are sentimental and have been accumulated over several years in the property.

Books can become very fragile when saturated with water making the restoration process complex. Drying documents like this require freezing the water and then rapidly drying it to a vapor; avoiding the liquid state in between. A process your SERVPRO technician refers to as sublimation. This particular process can be expensive, so we communicate with you to decide which ones are necessary to salvage and which can be disposed of.

Once you have decided, we take an inventory of the selected documents and then perform a packet, taking them to a specialized facility where they are frozen. Documents that have been frozen are less likely to continue being damaged. SERVPRO can then decide on the best course of action. That remediation action could be vacuum freeze drying, Vacuum thermal drying or Air-drying.

At SERVPRO, we can prevent damage, but we cannot reverse the damage that has already been caused. In-line with the inventory taken, we can carefully return precious documents, books or photos to your property. Your technician can talk you through the outcomes of each item undertaken as well as those items that were not possible to salvage. We believe in "doing what is right by the customer" and promise an open exchange of the work carrying out and its results.

Damaged documents do not always have to be replaced, contact SERVPRO of Cannon Valley at (507) 334-2565 to see what you could salvage.
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