How to Salvage Photos from a Flood

Flooding in my basement almost caused me to lose all of my precious keepsakes, important documents, and family photos. These tips provided helped me salvage them.
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Nov. 12, 2012 - PRLog -- A natural disaster or even just a broken pipe can wreak havoc on your valuables. Sure insurance companies can replace sofas, tables, and flooring, but what about your precious memories tucked away in boxes for safe storage?  
They're not so safe when it comes to water.  We found out the hard way.  A pipe broke in my basement and we were up to 8 inches in water.  First thing that came to mind were the boxes of photo albums.  Talk about being sickÔÇŽI could barely stand to think of all the years erased forever by a faulty pipe.  

I began looking for ways to salvage my photos and documents and I found the following tips on this website for  salvaging photos.

I hope you never have anything happen to your photos and documents, but if you do, know they are salvageable if you act quickly.

Sometimes photos have to take a back burner due to the need of cleaning up after the mold  If you cannot immediately take care of water damaged photos, rinse photos to remove mud or debris.  Next stack the wet photos between sheets of wax paper and place them in the freezer.  This will help inhibit damage.  When you are ready to dry out photos, simply defrost and follow the drying steps provided below.

For immediate drying of photos, carefully separate stacks of photos.  Be gentle as not to rub or touch the wet emulsion of the photo surface.  If mud or dirt has gotten on the photos, drip both sides of the photo in a bucket of clean, cold water.  Change water frequently.

Find a place inside to lay photos face up on clean paper towels.  Drying photos outside may result in sun damage.  Do not use newspaper or paper towels with a print.  The ink could transfer onto the photos.   Change paper towels every hour.

Separate photos in frames immediately as the photo will stick to glass once dried. To remove a wet photo from a picture frame, keep the glass and photo together. Holding both, rinse with clear flowing water, using the water stream to gently separate the photo from the glass.  For more mold related tips, you can visit
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