How Does Vacuum Freeze Drying Work? Why It’s The Best Option To Salvage Water Damaged Law Office Records

September 22, 2021

The last thing you expect on a Monday morning is to walk into work and step into a flooded office. It goes without saying, but that is a tough start to your week. While documents suffering water damage is an unfortunate reality, it is very possible to restore your documents to high-quality through Insight Restoration’s Vacuum Freeze Drying service 

If your documents, art, books, medical files, tax records or any other vital documents have gotten wet, you will need to have them quickly processed by a professional restoration company. If you have not dealt with this issue before, you will likely be doing research on the best companies and procedures.

Restoring wet documents is a sensitive process and the process of drying damaged documents requires a great amount of care. This can be done through a number of methods, including air drying, desiccant drying, vacuum drying, thermal vacuum drying and vacuum freeze drying.

While all of the above methods work to dry the documents, vacuum freeze drying, by far, produces the best results. Vacuum freeze drying with Insight Restoration is a reliable and popular option due to its ability to restore documents without sustaining additional damage and producing high quality results. 

Insight Restoration utilizes vacuum freeze drying for larger jobs such as flooded offices, basements or storage units. Whether you work for a law firm, store bank records or keep your hard copy business documents in a file cabinet, Insight Restoration can assist you in properly handling and restoring your damaged documents so you can maintain the information they hold and carry on using them as needed. 

When it comes to vacuum freeze drying, wet documents are often frozen before drying to stabilize them. Stabilization includes stopping mold from growing, ink from running, and keeping papers from rippling and sticking together.

Once frozen, the documents can wait to be dried as long as necessary without sustaining any further damage. The documents are then placed in our vacuum freeze drying chamber, a vacuum is drawn and the ice on the documents starts to sublimate (go directly from a solid to a gas).

The moisture vapor then is drawn to a condensing coil which re-freezes the moisture as ice on the coil. The documents stay frozen and stable while drying. 

By keeping your documents frozen throughout the drying process, you avoid any additional damage that would be caused by the defrosting process. This option is among the more expensive of document restoration options, but it results in higher quality end products and avoids inflicting additional damage to the documents when they’re in a vulnerable state. 

In addition to drying your documents, some situations require cleaning and disinfecting them as well. Insight Restoration offers document cleaning services, which can be the safest first step if your documents have been exposed to unsanitary conditions or harmful substances.

Depending on the source the proper cleaning method is chosen and the documents are meticulously cleaned and disinfected. Whether it be mold, soot or silt damage we will disinfect the documents to make them safe to handle.

Sometimes when documents are damaged with sewer or mold the best thing to do is to disinfect, dry and then photocopy the documents. The new copies are safe to handle while the originals can be sealed, boxed and stored until they are no longer needed.

With partially burnt documents the soot can be removed and the burnt part of the paper can be trimmed off to provide a clean usable document. Documents can also be treated with Ozone or irradiated to make the originals safe to handle.

When you contact Insight Restoration about vacuum freeze drying your documents, we will work with you to quickly develop a plan for your documents. If your documents are extremely sensitive we can bring one of our portable vacuum freeze dry chambers to your facility so that your documents can be dried while staying in your control. We are available in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area around the clock 24/7 so no matter the time we can assist you with your document drying needs. Contact us with any questions you may have!

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