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Document Drying for Comprehensive Water Damage Remediation

Water from floods, plumbing, appliance issues, and fire mitigation efforts can damage much more than the structure of your property. Photos, books, and important documents are also vulnerable to damage. Unlike walls and flooring, however, many of these items are irreplaceable.

When water intrusion threatens to destroy your memories, legal files, and other important documents, swift action is essential. That’s why ATI Restoration is available 24/7/365. Our team prioritizes swift action to mitigate damage and quickly restore your valuable documents. We are trained to handle sensitive materials with the utmost care, helping to protect the vulnerable contents of your home and restore damaged items to their original condition.

ATI Restoration is the nation’s largest family-operated restoration and reconstruction company. Founded in 1989, our dedication to quality and efficiency is evident in every project we undertake. Our crews, composed of IICRC-certified technicians, offer a comprehensive range of water damage services to ensure every issue is thoroughly addressed.

We offer a 24-Hour Emergency Response service, enabling us to dispatch a crew to your residence for a prompt and thorough evaluation of the damage without unnecessary delays. Working swiftly, we will craft a customized plan to address water damage—including to documents and contents—and get you back to normal without delay.

In addition to residential document drying, we offer document drying services for all types of businesses and commercial properties.

Advanced Techniques for Document Restoration

At ATI Restoration, we understand that each document has its own story and value. This is why we employ advanced restoration techniques that can be tailored to the specific needs of each item. Our state-of-the-art methods include:


Vacuum Freeze-Drying

This technique is particularly effective for rescuing delicate, rare, or historically significant documents. By rapidly freezing the items and then applying a vacuum to remove the ice (sublimation), we can preserve the physical and textual integrity of these precious documents.


Thermal Drying

This gentle approach is crucial for items that require a more subtle touch. By controlling the environment's humidity, we can slowly draw moisture out of the documents to prevent warping, swelling, or further deterioration. This technique is particularly useful for a wide range of materials, including photographs and books.


Desiccant Air Drying

This drying process is ideal for drying large volumes of documents and allows access to them during the procedure for immediate reference. Placing desiccant dehumidifiers in an isolated room with the damaged documents removes moisture from the surrounding air and transfers it to a desiccant solid designed to absorb the water. The dry air created in the room removes the moisture from the documents and ultimately restores the items.


Hand Dry Cleaning Techniques

Our highly trained restoration technicians may also leverage hand-drying techniques for unique circumstances. Using a special sponge that is highly effective in lifting fungi spores without cleaning solutions, technicians wipe clean affected surfaces.


Digital Reproduction

In instances where documents cannot be fully restored to their original state, we offer cutting-edge digital scanning and reproduction services. This process allows us to create high-quality digital replicas, ensuring the information and essence of the documents are preserved for future generations.

The IICRC-certified restoration experts at ATI Restoration take time to fully assess the damage before determining which solution will offer the most effective results. Our team’s deep knowledge and experience in document restoration enables each of these methods to be employed with the utmost care and precision. You can rely on us to bring your valued documents back to life with our sophisticated and customized restoration solutions.

Handling Diverse Water Damage Situations

At ATI Restoration, our water damage restoration teams have completed OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training. This enables us to address the varying challenges presented by different types of water damage. These include:

  • Clean Water Damage (Category 1). Often stemming from broken pipes or rainwater, this damage generally poses the least risk. Our prompt drying and restoration procedures aim to fully recover these documents, preserving their integrity and legibility.
  • Gray Water Damage (Category 2). Originating from sources like dishwashers or washing machines, gray water may contain chemicals or mild contaminants. Our team employs specialized safety measures and techniques, including wearing protective gear and using mild chemical agents, to ensure documents are handled and restored safely and effectively.
  • Black Water Damage (Category 3). The most challenging, this category includes water from sewage backups or floodwaters. Documents with Category 3 water damage are potentially contaminated with harmful bacteria and pathogens. We implement advanced sterilization processes, including microbial treatments and careful handling protocols, to ensure these documents are safe for handling and use.

Our team at ATI Restoration is equipped with the necessary tools, expertise, and safety procedures to handle all types of water intrusion. We prioritize the health and safety of both our staff and customers while ensuring the highest level of care and expertise in restoring your documents. With ATI Restoration, you can rest assured knowing your cherished items will be treated with the care, respect, and urgency the situation demands.

Tips for Caring for Damaged Documents

ATI Restoration is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to water intrusion, but there may be steps you can take while awaiting our arrival that can improve the success of our efforts. Steps you can take include:

  • Separate Wet Documents. If possible, carefully separate individual pages or documents. This helps in reducing sticking and further damage.
  • Freeze Wet Documents. Placing water-damaged documents in a frost-free freezer is an effective way to inhibit mold growth and stabilize them until professional treatment begins.
  • Dry and Cool Storage. If freezing is not feasible, store the documents in a dry, cool environment to slow mold growth and prevent ink from running.
  • Use Absorbent Materials. Place absorbent materials, such as paper towels or clean cloths, beneath and between wet documents to gently draw out moisture.
  • Elevate the Documents. If the documents are in a container or on a surface, elevate them to allow air circulation and faster drying.

These initial steps can help to minimize damage and prepare your documents for professional restoration. However, it is important that you also:

  • Avoid Excessive Handling. Minimize handling of damaged items to prevent further deterioration. If movement is necessary, use the utmost care and support the documents fully.
  • Do Not Attempt to Dry with Heat or Sunlight. Keep the documents away from direct sunlight and avoid using hair dryers, heaters, or fans directly on the documents, as these can cause additional and irreversible damage.

If you are unsure what your efforts may produce, it is best to wait for our technicians to arrive. With our 24-Hour Emergency Response service, we can have a crew to your location without delay to determine how best to proceed.

Why Choose ATI Restoration for Document Drying Services?

Selecting ATI Restoration for your document drying needs means entrusting your valuable papers to the leading experts in the restoration industry. With over three decades in the field, our approach is distinguished by our:

24-Hour Rapid Response

Recognizing the urgency of water-damaged documents, our team is available around the clock to initiate the restoration process.

Specialized Techniques

We employ advanced restoration methods, including vacuum freeze-drying and desiccant air drying, tailored to your specific needs.

Expert Team

Our skilled professionals are trained in document restoration and experienced in the careful handling of sensitive and valuable materials.

Comprehensive Care

We provide a full spectrum of services, including digital reproduction for irreparable documents, ensuring a complete and thorough recovery.

Cutting-Edge Technology

Utilizing the latest restoration technology, we ensure precise and effective recovery of your documents, photos, and more.

Client-Centric Approach

We prioritize clear communication and customer satisfaction, keeping you informed and involved throughout the restoration.

At ATI Restoration, we understand the uncertainty that can accompany water-damaged documents. We are here to provide you with the rapid and effective services you need to get back to normal in the shortest amount of time possible.

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Contact ATI Restoration for Expert Document Drying Services

Don’t let water damage mean the loss of your valuable documents and precious memories. Reach out to ATI Restoration for rapid, professional, and complete document drying services.

With our 24-Hour Emergency Response, we can have a team to your residence quickly to analyze the damage and provide a personalized restoration plan. Contact us today to begin the recovery process.

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