When your house floods, one of the major consequences, beyond the destruction to your home, can be the destruction of your belongings. If your home is every flooded with water, and you notice that books and photos have been damaged, here is what you are going to need to do and how a water damage company can help you save these precious belongings.
#1 Contact A Water Damage Company
One of the very first things that you should do when you find out or notice that part of your house has flooded is look up and call a water damage company. Most water damage companies are set-up to respond twenty-four hours a day to customer calls. No matter the time of day, they should be able to quickly dispatch someone to your location to help save your belongings and get rid of the water.
#2 Get The Items Out Of The Water
The second thing that you need to do is get your personal belongings out of the water. You should start on this right away, even before the water damage team shows up. You don't want to let the items sit in the water any longer than they have to.
When removing the items from the water, you are going to want to put on gloves. This will help you minimize the damage that you do to the items. As you grab the items, be very gentle with how you touch and handle them. The water will make your photos and books very sensitive and it will not take much for them to get ripped. Slowly remove all the books and photos that you can, putting them on a plastic sheet.
This should be a priority over removing the flood water if you have precious books and photos that are irreplaceable submerged in the flood water.
#3 Let Water Damage Company Save Them
Finally, when the water damage company shows up, help them get the rest of your items out of the water. From there, let their team take over.
In order to save your photos and books, the water damage company will use a freeze drying process to get all of the water out of your items.
With this process, your photos and books will be spread out flat on a sheet and put inside of a special freezer that has low pressure and temperature. These unique conditions will help turn all the water that is lodged in your books and photos into water vapors that will evaporate from your belongings.
This is a professional method that requires the use of a specialized freezer; do not try this with the freezer you have at home, as that could result in these sensitive items getting destroyed. For more information, you will want to consider contacting Spotless Carpet Cleaners & Janitorial Services Inc.