- An HVAC leak caused water damage to a rare book vault
- 1500 square feet containing 5000 volumes of rare books
- Mold-inundated commercial carpeting and drywall
- Microbial growth visible on the surfaces of the books
All Nation’s Response:
- By placing the work area under containment, negative pressure protected the rest of the property from cross-contamination
- Book stacks wrapped during demolition to prevent further contamination
- Carpeting was removed and flooring was treated with an antimicrobial agent
- Contaminated drywall removed, sub-surfaces cleaned, disinfected, and encapsulated
- All surfaces HEPA vacuumed, wiped, and HEPA vacuumed again to remove mold spores
- Worked with UT’s Book conservator to tailor a cleaning process for the rare books that would be effective and cause the least amount of damage
- HEPA air filtration used both inside and outside containment areas
- Commercial dehumidification units are employed to control the humidity level and return the room to a functioning, safe level
Rare books at the prestigious University of Texas at Austin were threatened by a severe case of mold contamination.
All Nation Restoration was called, and with our immediate response and sensitivity to the situation, we were able to restore the space and the irreplaceable books it housed.
Molds is the biggest enemy for the books. You should check the books once in a while to know that the books are not having molds.
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