Water damage may occur in homes through a variety of means including a burst pipe, a roof leak, fire sprinklers going off, torrential rains entering through the windows, and natural flooding. Water can be destructive if not removed immediately since it can cause significant damages to different type of materials and items inside the home. One particular area in the home where water damage can have the most significant effect is the home library.
Effects of Water on Books and Unbound Materials
Water is absorbed by paper at different rates. The difference in rates depends on the age, condition, and the composition of the paper material. Some understanding of this water absorption of paper is important to essentially plan a successful document restoration and mold remediation of books with water damage. By understanding the process of water absorption, one can calculate beforehand the approximate amount of water which will have to be removed during the drying process and thus, providing helpful information in selecting the best drying method for the different types of books. Understanding the paper-water absorption process will also give the knowledge on the length of time each type of document material can be soaked in water before serious and irreversible water damage occurs.