Water Damage : Freeze Drying Process

Depending on the extent of damage, freeze-drying may be the safest way to restore water-damaged documents. Conservators and archivists recognize freeze-drying as a state of the art technology.

DSI has a freeze-drying chamber for restoring and preserving water damaged documents, archives, bank records, legal documents, corporate files, books and photographs.  Only a true freeze-drying chamber bypasses the liquid state. This is the most effective way to restore water-damaged documents.

DSI's capabilities also include deodorization and fumigation of documents.

The Freeze Drying Process & Document Recovery Planning
The Process
Freeze-drying removes frozen water before it can return to the liquid state. It is safest procedure for document recovery because the liquid state of water is the most damaging state.

Freeze drying prevents additional damage such as ink running and photos sticking to adjacent pages, which can occur in other document drying systems. Temperature and humidity also play a role: mold and mildew will occur quickly, usually in less than 48 hours. For best results, DSI recommends freeze drying documents in three to 10 hours.

The Plan
To minimize damage and maximize the benefits of freeze-drying, Drying Solutions recommends that all businesses plan ahead and have a document recovery plan in place.

Step 1: Identify steps for water damage, smoke and soot damage and a combination of both.

Step 2: Prioritize and safeguard your document and literature inventory.  Valuable and irreplaceable documents should obviously be saved first.  Identify books and documents in the "must save" category. Step 3: Catalogue bound volumes for speedy freeze drying in order to prevent mold and mildew due to water damage.

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