Document Restoration Part 1
Here at SERVPRO® of Greater Waco, we take pride in providing our clients with restoration services for the home and place of business. A service we provide which you may not be aware of is our document restoration services. Though many individuals are now opting for electronically stored documentation, there are instances that after water damage, there are documents, photos and other paper products that need restoration.
One of the processes used to remove moisture from documents that we utilize is vacuum freeze drying. In this process, an item that contains moisture is frozen and dried using various vacuums and pressures. The purpose of this is to achieve sublimation, which is the conversion of a solid into a gas without going through the liquid stage. An example of this would be how dry ice turns into a gas without creating a puddle. Freeze drying is the most efficient and effective way to salvage water damaged documents, and is approved by the National Archives and Records Administration and General Services Administration. Using a process like dehumidification would alter the structure of the paper’s fiber and leave it brittle, which is not recommended at all.
We also offer digitization of documents, which is when an original document is scanned and converted into an electronic form. This allows it to be easily stored, shared and eliminates paper file storage rooms. The ability to access specific records at a click of a button increases efficiency and is becoming standard practice in most industries.
Continue reading at Document Restoration Part 2.