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How To Dry Out Water Damaged Books

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Dry Out Water Damaged Books

If you have a wide variety of collectibles stored in boxes in your basement, then a flood can be devastating. This is especially true if you have a variety of books that are considered keepsakes, rare additions, or antiques. When books come into contact with flood water, they can deteriorate quite quickly. If you find yourself with many books that have become wet, then you need to act quickly. Place Books In The Freezer Books are printed with a variety of different types of inks. Inks contain ingredients that include organic pigments, waxes, lubricants, oils, and solvents. The different ingredients are mixed together and placed on a printmaking plate. The plate is pressed down against a piece of paper and this creates the page for the book. Once the page is printed, the ink is allowed to air dry or it is heated. As the ink dries, it seals into the paper. This helps to keep the ink from smudging as you run your fingers over it. While the ink will not bleed under normal circumstances, water can rehydrate the ink and cause it to run. Running inks can damage a book beyond repair. Also, since paper is an organic material, mold spores can build on the paper and grow.  To prevent your books from becoming damaged beyond repair, you should try to prevent mold growth and ink bleeding issues. The best way to do this is to freeze your books. Place each one of your books in a plastic freezer bag and stick the bags in the freezer. Your books can stay in the freezer for quite some time. This is ideal if you have other flood damaged items to deal with. However, you should make sure that the freezer remains cold enough so that ice crystals are not able to form. These crystals can place stress on the book and cause damage. The same process can be seen when foods are freezer burned. A freezer that is kept at or below -18 degrees Fahrenheit is best. Make sure to also squeeze all of the air out of the freezer bags so there is no room for crystals to form. You should try to keep the freezer door closed as much as possible too, or the temperature inside will rise every time you look inside the appliance.  Place Books In The Oven Books placed in the freezer will be stable and resist deterioration. However, you obviously cannot enjoy a book that is frozen. You will need to thaw out the books eventually. The best thawing process will allow the ice to turn into vapor quickly. Otherwise, the water can saturate the book again and this will increase the chances of the pages becoming wrinkled or distorted during the drying process. Also, pages are less likely to stick if water is removed quickly.  You can remove water extremely quickly and efficiently from books by using a vacuum freeze drying machine. These machines are typically used to freeze dry food. The process involves freezing food and allowing the frozen water to sublimate. The water is removed from the food without damaging the food item. The same type of sublimation can take place if you put your wet books in a freeze drying machine. If you have one, then use it to dry the...

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Mold Keeps Growing In Your Screened Back Porch? Here’s Why

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mold Keeps Growing In Your Screened Back Porch? Here’s Why

Every time you look around, mold pops up on your screened back porch. You do all you can to keep the room dry, but mold stills grows. One of the things about mold is that it can grow in almost any place as long as there’s a water source available, such as dew or  evaporated water. Here’s how dew and evaporated water causes mold and what you can do to stop them before they damage your screened back porch. What’s Dew and How Does It Affect Your Screened Back Porch? Dew is a type of condensation that develops overnight when the temperatures outdoors drop. When it’s hot outside, water evaporates into the air and becomes vapor. Once the temperatures drop at night, the vapor turns back into water. Small drops of water form on your grass, plants and outdoor chairs. But dew can also develop on the screens of your back porch and attract mold spores. Here’s where you run into problems.  The aluminum or steel surfaces of your screens become hot during the day because they attract the sun’s heat. When it cools down at night, the cold air circulates over the screens and leaves behind water droplets or dew.  Mold spores use air to get around. As they land on your wet screens, the spores consume the nutrients in the water and grow. Once it cools down outside, the dew evaporates. But mold spores don’t just go away once the dew dries up. The evaporated dew circulating in your porch’s indoor air protects the spores until the temperatures become cold enough to condensate again at night.  The spores traveling through your porch’s air seek new places to grow. For example, mold spores can show up in the smallest areas on your porch, such as small nooks or recesses. Your problem goes from bad to worse when mold penetrates the wooden material of the posts and frames of your porch. The spores and moisture weaken the wood from the inside out, which places your porch at risk for falling down or collapsing.  If mold spreads to the ceiling of the porch, the wooden boards that support the roof can eventually rot and cave-in, especially if it rains a lot in your area. Heavy rainwater weakens and damages the roof even further. Until you take steps to keep dew from forming on your screens, the mold will keep growing on your porch. What Can You Do About the Dew on Your Screens? Removing the dew from your screens every morning with a towel isn’t enough to prevent mold growth and potential water damage in your porch, since mold also needs heat and humid air to grow. One of the things you can do is dehumidify your porch. If the weather’s very hot and humid during the day, the porch can harbor or hold on to these conditions until late into the evening or night. You want to reduce the effects of heat and humidity on your porch all day long. Also, place a circulating fan on the porch instead of just using your ceiling fan. Position the fan so that it blows against the outdoor air. The fan’s backward position redirects or blocks most of the hot air outside of the porch, which reduces the humidity in the room. You can also spray a natural disinfectant...

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Don’t Flood Your Future: 5 Reasons To Hire A Professional Flood Restoration Technician

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t Flood Your Future: 5 Reasons To Hire A Professional Flood Restoration Technician

If your home is flooded, you might be tempted to try and clean up the damage yourself. It can be expensive to hire professionals to do work around your home, and obviously, doing your own work will save you money. However, there are many reasons why you should hire a professional flood restoration technician to clean up the damage. Here are 5 of those reasons. Structure issues When a home is damaged by water, it can act similar to when it’s damaged by fire. The water softens the structure, causing the structure to weaken. You don’t want to be in your home trying to repair damage and have the home come tumbling down on top of you. Professional flood technicians know what to look for when it comes to structural issues. They know the different signs and how much pressure different parts of the structure can take. They will also pay close attention to any open wires that you may not notice. Mold Black mold is a serious issue after water damage. The water damage needs to be cleaned up properly by a professional flood restoration technician to keep black mold from developing in your home. Black mold can have serious consequences with your health. One common issue with black mold is the respiratory irritation.  You might find yourself coughing on a regular basis and have trouble breathing. A severe black mold infestation can lead to pneumonia. Mold can infect your digestive system and your nervous system as well. You can experience irritable bowel syndrome, memory problems, headaches and symptoms that mirror mood disorders. Wildlife Potential wildlife that has been brought into your home with the flood is something that needs to be properly addressed. When the water first comes in, it can potentially carry fish or other sea life, depending on where the water came from. It’s a common issue if your home was flooded by a lake, river, or the ocean. No matter where the water came from, you could find snakes because they are commonly drawn to water. If the cleanup isn’t addressed immediately, your vacant home can give other small creatures a safe harbor. They can come into your home to seek shelter, and become a danger to you when you go in to clean up your home. The professionals know to keep their eyes out for wildlife and know how address it if any are found. It will save you the time and trouble from dealing with it yourself. Protective Gear & Equipment To clean up your own home, you would have to invest in proper personal protective gear and the equipment you need to clean up the mess properly. Without the gear and equipment, you can injure yourself or become ill. When you hire professionals, you will pay for the labor and they will have their own equipment. You can save money in the long run by not having to pay for extra gear and equipment that you will never have to use again as well as not missing work or paying medical bills because you skipped it and got injured or sick. Not Doing it Properly Of course, a major reason why you should hire a professional to clean up your flood damage is because they know how to do it properly....

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