In most cases, water damage hits you before you even know what is happening. Because even a relatively small amount of water damage can be disruptive, it can leave you confused and unsure of exactly what to do with your personal belongings that have been damaged. Whenever it comes to family pictures, heirlooms and books, it may seem as if it is impossible to restore or replace them. The best way to make sure that you save as many of these valuable items as possible is to act quickly. Although you should take any of these important items to a restoration specialist, there are a number of things that you can do to get started.
Because mold damage Los Angeles can start in as little as 48 hours, starting the restoration immediately is paramount to salvaging your property. Once mold growth starts, it can be very difficult to save your things. The first step that you should take is to remove all of the items from the water and, if possible, rinse them with cool, clean water. Once everything has been rinsed, you can shake books and photos to begin the drying process. A great way to start drying your books is to place them in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer.
Saving photos from water and mold damage in Los Angeles is much more difficult than salvaging books. Photos are known for sticking together and to other items that they are in contact with. Attempt to separate them by soak the photos in warm water and then apply very light pressure to attempt separation. Avoid coming into contact with the image. Once the photos are separated, you can place wax paper in between them and place them in the freezer alongside your books.
Naturally, the best route to take is to work directly with a local restoration specialist. We can help you salvage as much of your valuable property as we possibly can.