Dealing with water damage
Water damages many objects, but drying things out can often make matters worse and can make some damage impossible to treat. Dye bleed and water tide lines need to be dealt with while the items are still wet.
Paper items, textiles and photographs need to be assessed by a conservator as soon as possible. If things cannot get to us straight away, seal them individually in plastic bags and get them into a freezer.
A fundamental part of any flood response is the careful removal of moisture.
One of the most effective ways to do this is with a dehumidifier.
Endangered Heritage has large and small dehumidifiers for sale and we also have hire units available in the event that you require one short-term to deal with an unexpected flood or inundation. We can advise on appropriate use.
Most mould is toxic, but any moulds found on protein based materials (leather, wool, silk, furs, parchment) will quite happily also live on the surface of your lungs and are therefore HIGHLY HAZARDOUS.