Do you have important and irreplaceable paper documents at your home or business? In the event of an emergency or disaster, how likely are you to grab those papers?
Only after the threat has passed will you realize the importance of those documents. By then, your papers may have severe damage. What should you do in this situation? Is document recovery possible?
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about how to recover your documents.
It’s gut-wrenching to walk into your business or home to discover a mass of damaged documents. It’s tempting to rush over and start blow drying your papers but resist the urge.
Here’s what you should do instead:
If you own a business, then these steps should get incorporated into your disaster plan. That way, you can prevent irreversible document damage in the event of a disaster.
In the last year alone, Americans have shelled out over $91 billion on disaster recovery. Extreme weather continues to increase, so it’s important to have a preparedness plan.
You can attempt to recover damaged documents on your own, but you do so at your own risk. Often, individuals will try to repair damaged documents by letting them air dry.
Here’s why that isn’t the best idea:
What happens when the above occurs? It can become impossible to restore damage documents still have after drying. This is especially true for debris that becomes embedded.
Instead, what types of methods do document recovery services use? Here are a few:
This extensive process needs to begin as soon as possible. Experts will start working with the most damaged documents first.
First, each paper, book, or photograph will get soaked in clean water. This step removes debris like rust, dirt, or salt. If your documents came into contact with sewage, then it’s recommended you call in the experts.
Then, your documents will likely get compressed and frozen. Freezing is a safe and effective way to allow the paper to dry. It prevents further damage and reduces the risks of mold.
Document recovery is possible, but it’s a very delicate process. While there’s no guarantee, experts are more likely to succeed in saving your papers.
Have you recently experienced a disaster? Do you have important documents or data in need of recovery services? Reach out to us now using our online contact form or on our emergency response hotline at 888-753-7587.