Dealing with Flood-Damaged Documents

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Can Documents and Photos still be salvaged after getting damaged by a flood? (Photo Credits)

Looking at Flood Damaged Documents and Photos can be heart-wrenching. After the stress of picking up the pieces of a flooded home or business area, the inconveniences of having documents restored, or re-acquired could be massive.  Commercial Restoration Read More             

Just like what had happened in an Ellisville Courthouse as shared by media outfit WDAM-7.

“After rain fell heavily on Monday in the Pine Belt, documents dating back to the 1800s have been damaged at the Jones County Courthouse in Ellisville. Water leaked through the roof and inside the records room on the third floor, where the documents are stored.  Historian Johnny Pool is a frequent visitor and said he is angry at what he sees when he walks inside. “

Watch the report here.

Digitize what can still be saved

Route Fifty meantime shared that a city in New York had to digitize thousands upon thousands of boxes of documents following a massive flooding. Ace1 Restoration Website

“The county administration also had to deal with an archivist’s nightmare: 1,700 boxes of court documents, some dating back to 1795, were damaged, too. Following the storm, the county quickly had the waterlogged records freeze-dried to prevent molding or additional damage and cleaned of dirt to prepare them for digitization.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Prevention is the Key in protecting against water damage

Water Damage Advice shared some tips on how to avoid possible loss of legal documents due to water damage or flooding.

“Sort your documents by the ones that are most important to the ones that are less important. The most important documents will need to be moved as far away from flood damage as possible. This means upstairs or in an attic. You can even go the extra measure of storing them off of the property in a storage unit or a safety deposit box at a bank.”

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Finding appropriate storage within the home is also key in protecting documents from emergency flooding and water damage occurrences.

After floods, Mold Growth is next

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After floods, Mold Growth is next

Flooding and Mold Growth

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What a homeowner should know about mold growth following a flooding event. (Photo Credits)

Flooding  is already a devastating occurrence, but its aftermath can be equally devastating too. In as little as two days, flooded areas especially homes and establishments can be a breeding ground of molds, if and when these areas have not been dried and aired out properly.

To know if a home or commercial structure has molds, the health of the occupants may have to be observed according to the website Healthy Food Fitness Team. Emergency Flood damage San Diego, CA Homepage    

When you get chronically exposed to mold, the symptoms are mild at first and become more severe when your body gets overwhelmed. The symptoms are very similar to those of Lyme disease, Celiac disease, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and others so it is easy for doctors to misdiagnose you if they are not familiar with the signs of mold toxicity. Moreover, the treatment for these conditions is different from that of mold toxicity.”

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Other signs of mold danger

Environmental Services Group for its part explained that Frost Build Up could be another warning sign of mold growth in a home or business establishment. Commercial Services San Diego View Here     

Another sign of heat loss is frost buildup on the sheathing inside your garage or attic and it may be worth investigating for its potential to cause problems. Frost on the sheathing of your attic or garage indicates that your roof lacks proper air flow and inadequate air flow can lead to rotten sheathing and mold. Although some roof inspectors argue that a bit of frost in small, contained areas may not be a cause for concern – and in fact may even be expected in older homes – you should contact a trusted roofing professional if you spot any moderate to large areas of frost or any areas with especially thick frost. These can signal a severe problem in your attic or garage space, and eventually lead to rampant mold and mildew growth if left unattended.”

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Signs of Infestation

AA Action Waterproofing also reminded its readers to look for obvious signs as well.

“Mold may not be seen easily, so you’ll want to know just where to look for it. Look in crawlspaces, particularly dark areas, or areas where you’ve found moisture before and with a flashlight, see if you can spot any mold growth in the area. Periodic checks like this can help you to stop a mold problem before it grows out of control.”

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