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Cold Weather Damage Prevention

from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety-

“Cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes should be sealed with caulking to keep cold wind away from the pipes. Kitchen and bathroom cabinets can keep warm inside air from reaching pipes under sinks and in adjacent outside walls. It’s a good idea to keep cabinet doors open during cold spells to let the warm air circulate around the pipes.

Letting a faucet drip during extreme cold weather can prevent a pipe from bursting. It’s not that a small flow of water prevents freezing; this helps, but water can freeze even with a slow flow. Rather, opening a faucet will provide relief from the excessive pressure that builds between the faucet and the ice blockage when freezing occurs. If there is no excessive water pressure, there is no burst pipe, even if the water inside the pipe freezes. A dripping faucet wastes some water, so only pipes vulnerable to freezing (ones that run through an unheated or unprotected space) should be left with the water flowing. The drip can be very slight. Even the slowest drip at normal pressure will provide pressure relief when needed. Where both hot and cold lines serve a spigot, make sure each one contributes to the drip, since both are subjected to freezing. If the dripping stops, leave the faucet(s) open, since a pipe may have frozen and will still need pressure relief.”

Drying Books and Documents

The Northeast Document Conservation Center publishes a protocol for drying wet books and documents. The recommended recovery is applicable to damp items as well as wet ones. There is hope for salvaging records and documents stored in wet basements and water damaged attics. Freezing may be fundamental to restoration.
“The successful recovery of water-damaged library and archival materials depends on timely response to a disaster. Rapid response maximizes recovery of collections materials and expedites the restoration of services. To extend decision-making time regarding salvage and replacement, freezing is the most viable option for most institutions. Because it inhibits mold growth, freezing allows the time to determine if value, use, and format of the original are important, or to de-accession or purchase replacement materials or materials in a different format. Freezing also provides a respite to review insurance policies and vendor contracts. Finally, freezing will allow time to find space for air drying, determine if there is adequate staff and time to air dry, and to handle large incidents in a smaller, more controlled atmosphere.”

Criterion Theater Bar Harbor

The Criterion Theater in Bar Harbor will reopen Friday, May 1st. We were very pleased to be part of the restoration project. Rob Levin of The MDI Islander had a piece about the Criterion in this week’s edition- “We’re just so excited to get people in the building, other than the workers and us,” Jazz Festival President Michael Boland said Tuesday. Renovations began in November 2014 after the festival group received an anonymous $2 million donation to buy the building and begin fixing it up. The first step was to bring in Eastern Mold Remediation to undo years of water, mildew and mold damage. During a recent tour, it appeared those efforts have been a resounding success. The inside air is fresh and clean, without a hint of the moldy odors that plagued the building for years. A number of other projects have been underway since, and just about all of them will be done by opening night. The theater’s carpets were torn out and replicas made from the original 1930s print reinstalled. The white and black tiles out front have been replaced with red and black tiles, which Boland said are more historically accurate.