Protecting a library and its items in case of water damage

As water damage affects residential areas, they equally harm other buildings like institutes, offices and libraries. As everyone knows libraries conta...

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As water damage affects residential areas, they equally harm other buildings like institutes, offices and libraries. As everyone knows libraries contain a huge lot of expensive and unique books; they should be well protected to withstand a flood. The building material should be strong enough to hold up against water. Bookshelves should be protected with waterproof glass that can shield them from water. All these are precautionary measures that will help towards minimizing the loss. But water can still affect the books if the flood is very strong. A flood emergency company can help you to cope up with the situation.

One very important step is to have a plan to execute in an emergency situation like that. This plan should be in writing so that every member can get assistance from it when required. Everybody’s role should be clearly explained to him. Each member should know his responsibilities in case of a disaster. But keep in mind, the first thing is safety. First protect people then the valuable things. This plan should be revised from time to time to include any updates. Having a plan is important because when an emergency arises, there is chaos everywhere and no one is capable of thinking straight. So, in such a situation, a plan will help everyone know what his duties are in this condition.

It is well said that prevention is better than cure. If you are inspecting the building on a regular basis, chances of a big problem reduce. So, regularly inspect the sewerage system, air conditioning and heating systems, pipe lines and electrical system of the building. If there is any problem, it will be identified in the start and damage will be curtailed.

Books absorb different amounts of water depending upon their age and material from which they are made. Sometimes, freezing the books and later drying them is effective if drying in the start is taking time. In this situation, books and papers are frozen first to dry later. Drying techniques also depend upon the material of books and the amount of time they have been soaked in water. A flood emergency company can help to restore all your valuable collections. Coated papers are most vulnerable to water damage and they should not be directly dried. They should first be frozen and water should be removed with the help of drying process later.

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