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Why You Need Document Restoration Professionals After a Disaster

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

When it comes to document restoration, time is of the essence.

When it comes to document restoration, time is of the essence. Water damage can occur in any size disaster, from a large flood to a small pipe leak. Your commercial business needs to know what to do in order to be prepared. This will lessen the chances of irreversible damage that can happen in as little as 48 hours.

Types of Documents That May Be Damaged

If you sit back and think of all the paper goods and documents in your commercial business, the list ends up long. Here are some examples of paper to itemize when preparing for document restoration:

  • Paper contracts
  • Books, magazines, etc.
  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs
  • X-Rays
  • Blueprints
  • Maps
  • Marketing materials
  • Artifacts

When dealing with historic artifacts, in particular, document drying methods should be approved by the National Archives and Records Administration and the General Services Administration. Luckily, SERVPRO methods are already approved, keeping the costs lower for commercial companies in Hingham, MA.

Steps To Salvage Documents
There is no need to outsource document drying if the local storm response team brought in is well-versed in the process. This is important for not only artifacts but all paper goods that may be damaged. Here are the steps that should be taken by professionals:

  • HIPPA Master-certification
  • 24/7 surveillance
  • Vacuum freeze-drying
  • Gamma irradiation sterilization
  • Re-jacketing
  • Deodorization
  • Digitization

Why You Need Professionals
Attempting document restoration on your own can not only be time-consuming, but it can damage the integrity of the documents or even ruin them completely. It can also be harmful if the necessary precautions aren't taken. Depending on the level of water contamination, the documents may harbor hazardous chemicals, viruses, and bacteria. This can be caused by sewage leaks, floods, or stagnant water. SERVPRO sterilizes the documents to ensure safety. Not to mention, the SERVPRO process makes your documents digital! This way, you won't have to worry about a future disaster impacting your access to important information.

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