Valuable documents that belong to families are often lost when the proper recovery methods are not followed. Floods can occur in any location without warning, including government offices, libraries and universities as well as businesses and homes.
The National Archives recommends freezing materials that do not dry within two days. Document recovery companies are specialists in preventing the total loss of papers, using the latest scientific procedures. With the knowledge and experience of professionals and experts, papers and photographs can survive a flood. The Northeast Document Conservation Center includes these techniques as effective in removing water from documents:
• air drying
• freezer drying
• vacuum freeze drying
Companies Providing Restoration
Preservation experts have the knowledge and the equipment to recover and restore valuable documents. These companies have demonstrated expertise in the process:
• American Freeze-Dry Operations, Inc. preserves ledgers, books, papers, blueprints, files and other sensitive documents with freeze drying, dessicant drying, zorbix and forced air drying.
• AMRestore treats various types of media, including lithographs, posters and pictures using a freeze drying technology that can accommodate papers of any size.
• Blackmon Mooring performs residential water damage restoration with a crew of experienced technicians, using industrial air humidifiers and blowers to reduce the moisture level.
• Belfor Property Restoration technicians use psychrometrics, the science of drying, and sophisticated dehumidification equipment to achieve results. Experience includes working with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the tornado in Moore.
• BMS Cat Disaster Restoration recovers documents, books, journals, libraries, archives and all types of paper using vacuum freeze drying in a recovery facility.
• Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts offers treatment for wet paper, parchment and papyrus. Focus is on rare books and manuscripts, historic wallpapers, musical scores and photographs.
• Document Reprocessors works on wet documents, books, photographs and blueprints as the focus of a company that has the ability to save virtually all records if action is taken immediately.
• Document Restoration Services combines experience with training and the latest technology to restore water damaged documents, including medical records, books, files and papers of all kinds.
• Harwell Document Restoration Services provides professional services to commercial and government entities. Experience includes working with damage management companies, insurance adjusters, insurers and information services.
• Jarvis Property Restoration specializes in wet document repair and restoration, using drying chambers to prevent mold and paper separation.
• Midwest Freeze-Dry, Ltd. remediates damage from water in a vacuum chamber containing non-chemical fumigation to decontaminate materials in a plasma energy field.
• NBD International, Inc. performs a recovery process for architectural drawings, medical files and financial files in addition to home owners’ papers. The company indicates that some documents may have damage that is not reversible, including wrinkling and ink bleeding.
• Northeast Document Conservation Center, an independent conservation laboratory, specializes in preserving paper collections that include maps, photographs, parchment and papyrus manuscripts, art works, architectural drawings and books.
• Polygon Group, formerly Munters Corporation, dries out sensitive documents damaged by water using effective management and drying technologies.
• Rapid Refile specializes in providing partial or complete recovery and restoration of hard copy documents for universities, museums, libraries and government agencies. Work includes drying books and documents as well as restoration of maps and blueprints.
• Servpro Cleanup and Restoration acknowledges that some types of documents may not return to pre-loss condition, depending on the type of document and the extent of water damage. Techniques include freezer drying, vacuum freeze drying, vacuum thermal drying, air drying and dehumidification. Third-party experts are consulted in some cases in order to achieve satisfactory results.
• Super Restoration recovers and restores water damaged documents and books using technology to achieve desired results.
• Universal Commercial Catastrophe uses thermal technology and trained personnel to ascertain the need for restorative drying. Experience includes working with schools and universities, government agencies, healthcare facilities, hospitals, museums, libraries, churches and private residences.