Depending on how quickly the damaged documents are removed from the affected area and put into correct storage will Determine how many of your documents can be saved and the quickly it can be restored to. When left in water or contaminants from a fire, the documents can quickly deteriorate, develop mould, and lose clarity from the acids left behind After a fire.
We keep the final step in mind. All documents are labeled and packed appropriately during the restoration process, so when they return, it’s exactly how you had them. We store all documents in a secured, clean facility, so you can trust us when it comes to hospital, university, or family records.
As an expert in the environmental construction industry, A & O is more then experienced and equipped to handle any documents that may have been contaminated by mould, asbestos, or any other hazardous substances. Using our in-house containment, we are able to sort and clean all of your documents of any hazardous substances. After cleaning has been completed, we have a third party consultant perform a surface test of the documents to ensure they are contaminant free.
We have many ways of restoring documents and we will ensure the appropriate method is used. The most common and effective method is freeze drying, the wet documents are placed in a specialized freeze dryer to remove all moisture while maintaining the document integrity. Another is using heat and dehumidifiers in a contained space to properly dry the documents without developing bacterial growth.
Documents surviving a fire are now faced with the corrosive acids, soot, and smoke left behind. These documents will deteriorate quickly and require special handling. We utilize a combination of deodorization and sterilization products to neutralize the acid and then perform a thorough cleaning process of the document.