|Course:||4: Housing Your Collections|
|Lesson:||Lesson 1: Assessing and Improving Your Building|
|Topic:||Protection from Water|
Protection from Water
Historical records collections are highly susceptible to water damage. Mold growth is an additional danger if moist conditions are present.
The best steps to take against water damage are:
Avoid storing collections in basements or other areas vulnerable to flooding. If storage in such areas is necessary, you can install water-sensing alarms so that quick detection of flooding is assured. At a minimum, you must inspect the areas routinely and often.
Staff should familiarize themselves with the location and operation of water mains and shut-off valves so they can shut off the water supply during an emergency. These locations can be diagrammed and posted for quick reference.
If your storage areas have pipes in them, click here for some more information about how to protect your records.
Label the pipes in your storage areas (hot water, cold water, sewage) so if there is a leak, you know what is leaking out of the pipe!