Saving Flood Damaged Photos

There is still hope for flood damaged pictures

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What to do when photos get damaged by flooding? (Photo Credits) 

One of the most heart-breaking things a homeowner could see in his flooded home are photos and important documents destroyed by unexpected flooding. San Diego CA Flood

The good news though is that something can be done to salvage these memorabilia.

Ancestry.com gave several tips on what to do with water-damaged photos.

“Carefully separate photographs and documents using both hands and lay them flat on your absorbent surface. Make sure nothing is overlapping or the items will stick together as they dry. If you don’t have time to separate individual paper stacks, dry them in stacks no more than ¼” high. Photos should always be laid out in single layers. If preserving especially old photographs or artwork, consider placing wax paper on top of the item and weighting down just the edges with glass (jars, bottles, etc.) or any small heavy item so they will dry a little more flat. If using a clothesline method, hang only sturdy items only on the line. Hanging drenched papers might result in more damage to the item.”

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Salvaging flood-damaged memorabilia

Crest Leaf however said that it will be best to call professionals in case an individual wants to make sure to save the memorabilia from permanent damage.

“If you are worried about messing up the steps, or unsure about how to salvage certain photos, rest assured that photo restoration companies can work their expert magic on saving as many of your family photos as possible.”

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Moving Forward

Moving forward, Water Damage Advice says moving forward, when everything has been restored, keepsakes and photos should at the very least be backed up. “Make extra copies of your important documents and store them in different locations in case of a flood. You can also scan your documents for storage on an external hard drive that you can store in a safe place. Copies of documents are one of the best ways to make sure that you will have one even if another is destroyed.”

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