Category Archives: Damage Restoration Tips

Replacing Important Records and Documents After a Flood

Birth and Death Certificates In order to replace your damaged or destroyed birth and death certificates, contact your individual state’s Bureau of Vital Record and Health Statistics, where they are usually filed. You’ll need to either fill out the proper form provided by your state requesting a new certificate or write a letter with all the pertinent information: Name of person born or name of deceased Birth date or date of death City and county where birth or death occurred Parent’s names including mother’s maiden name for birth certificates or your relationship to the deceased for a death certificates Many states will allow you to request new certificates online as well. If you live in the same county where the births and deaths occurred, you may be able to save some time by going to your County Recorder’s Office, where they should have most licenses...

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Emergency Procedures for Restoring Wet Photos

One of the first questions asked by those who have experienced flooding and water damage in their home is “can my photos be saved?” If the damage to your photo collection is severe, you may want to consider hiring a professional conservator to do the work. Companies that specialize in digital photo restoration can also create digital images of photos that aren’t damaged severely and recreate them through specialized software. When dealing with water damaged photos, there are three very important rules to always remember: Avoid touching: Never touch the image on a wet photograph. The same is true for wet negatives. Halt further damage: Soggy photographs must be placed in the freezer or air dried immediately. The longer they remain wet, the more damage they sustain. Placing them in an environment that halts the process of destruction is essential to the recovery process and...

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Tips for Drying Books or Paper Collections Damaged by Water

This article will provide tips for mitigating damage by water to maps, documents, posters, letters, stamps and other paper collections. Following these tips won’t guarantee recovery of all items, but will should help you minimize the damage. Obviously the sooner you can begin the drying process the better. In 2014, the state of Washington experienced flooding in their archive and records center, but all of the documents and collections were able to be restored and saved from the water damage due to quick remediation procedures. Note: Safety First! Remember the importance of wearing the proper coverings for your eyes, arms and hands, especially when dealing with damaged items due to flooding where waters could have been contaminated. Always be sure the environment you are working in is safe before trying to dry your collection. If there is any question about this be sure to call...

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