Flood Recovery Booklet
After the flood, DON'T
- Don't remove standing water in a basement too fast. If the pressure is relieved too quickly it may put undue stress on the walls.
- Don't dry buildings with mechanical dehumidifiers, which may draw out moisture too quickly and cause additional damage. Allow structures to dry naturally.
- Don't scrub or brush mud and other deposits from materials. This may cause further damage.
- Don't let water-damaged papers remain in wet boxes--remove water-damaged papers from wet boxes then air dry or freeze dry. (See below for drying procedures.)
- Don't open any books or albums that were completely submerged. (Wet paper is very weak and will tear.)
- Don't keep objects in dark, hot, stagnant air with high humidity--these conditions encourage mold.
- Don't try to separate bundles of saturated paper.
After the flood, DO:
- Do enhance drying out of buildings by carefully removing mud, standing water, and water-logged furnishings and debris.
- Do remove residual moisture gradually by allowing structures to dry naturally. Open doors and windows.
- Do document the damage for insurance purposes by taking notes or photographs.
- Do BEFORE removing items from water, prepare a clean, dry, well-ventilated temporary area for sorting and storing your objects. Wet objects should be moved only once because they are fragile, so setting aside such an area is vital.
- Do wear rubber gloves, and, if possible, a face mask, when handling items.
- Do provide support for damaged objects when moving them, such as a cart, or a flat, sturdy surface.
- Do call an expert if in doubt about how to salvage any materials.
State Historical Society of Iowa
|402 Iowa Avenue
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
|600 E. Locust
Des Moines, Iowa 50319