Photographs are often some of our most treasured possessions, containing connections to memories we’ve made and loved ones who have passed on. Unfortunately, if a favorite photograph gets wet, it can become splotchy or have its image distorted. If a treasured photo has gotten wet in your home, don’t panic — follow these steps for quick remediation and to prevent further damage to the photo.
- Remove photographs from the album. If your photographs are trapped in a plastic album, remove them carefully by propping the sleeve open and coaxing photos out with a pair of tweezers. If the photograph threatens to rip when removing it, first allow the photo to dry for as long as possible by leaving the sleeve open and encouraging airflow with a fan.
- Hang photos to dry. Hang your photos on a line to encourage gravity to aid in the drying process. If you are not able to hang them on a line with clothespins, lie them flat on a dry surface. Avoid the urge to blot the photos, as this can further smear the photo ink.
- Store remaining photos in a safe, dry area. It’s much easier to prevent a photograph from being damaged than it is to fix one that has already gotten wet. Keep your photographs in a cool, dry area of the home. If your basement is consistently flooding, move photographs into a higher level of the home and call for basement inspection services in Philadelphia to make sure that there is no underlying damage to your home.
If you’ve suffered a flood in your basement, mold and mildew may have taken up residence in your house without your knowledge. Give Rightway Waterproofing a call today at 866-741-6190 to schedule your basement inspection in Philadelphia — a ruined photograph could be the least of your worries.