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A question about protecting my stuff from water damage

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A questions from Lauren in MS –

Still in school so I don’t have that much stuff. Mostly, my stuff is at my parent’s house. All my certificates and photos are in plastic tubs. I learned that in Katrina. Worried about original paintings by me. Any suggestions?

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Good job getting your stuff into tubs!! And good job having copies in another location! Very smart strategy.

As for your original art, here are a couple of tips:
1. Get everything photographed highest resolution possible, put on a CD and copies in a couple of different places.
2. Change out the glass of the framing with plexiglas. This can be done cheaply at an Aaron Bro.s type store.
3. A cardboard (or Foamboard) backing applied to the back of paintings on canvas can also be put on at the framers. Very useful protection.
4. Have everything varnish with an easy to remove varnish in case cleaning is required. Acrylics need to be varnished differently than oils.
5. There are other things that are more complicated. Do you need to hear about the next level of precautions that can be taken?


49 Responses to "A question about protecting my stuff from water damage"
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    • Scott says:

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  22. Scott says:

    Comment from Alladin Restoration who wrote:

    Great tips Scott, I was searching for tips about saving arts from water damage for quite a while until I found yours.

    Thanks Alladin! From pros like you, I know you value good accurate info from other experts. Keep coming back to our blog. I make an effort to contribute good stories and tips often. In the “Products/Services” section there are free downloads and my book has quite a bit in it about water damage on photos, papers, books, and other items too.

  23. Shawn Bonney says:

    I would like to thank you for writing this article. I noticed you have a similar article on Would you mind if I downloaded it and passed it out in my wife’s scrapbook club? I’ll check out the rest of the website.

    • Scott says:

      Thanks for asking if you can distribute the free downloads at Also there are free article downloads that are found in the “Products and Services” in the scroll on the upper right of this website (hint). Yes, feel free to hand out these free articles but please give us credit and tell people where you got the information. Would you also, please, encourage your club members to sign up for the free preservation tips at the top of the Home Page? I promise we won’t spam.

  24. Raymundo Scott says:

    We got water in our business from a recent storm and we we’re tempted, in ignorance, to mistreat some artwork. From your posts, it appears that we would have done something disastrous. So, thanks for the great info.

    • Scott says:

      Raymundo, congrats on being smart enough to get some info before you did some damage. If you are in need to coaching, insurance help, restoration/conservation treatments or appraisals, give me a call at 805 564 3438. All my best.

  25. Burt Weichel says:

    We see water damage… and mold all the time. But we don’t touch paintings that get wet. They need a real expert, like you. I enjoyed your posts, the fact that your site is a little bit different makes it so very interesting. I get fed up of seeing the same old boring recycled stuff full of advertisements all of the time. Thanks for setting up the RSS feed so I can connect easier. I’ll sign up for the tips too.

  26. Lyn Carvel says:

    You made some good points there. Do you know anything about Japanese drawings on paper with silk (scrolls)?

    • Scott says:

      Lyn, I know that Japanese artwork is put together differently than western art. So, if you take it to someone to inspect, make sure they specialize in Japanese art. Scrolls can be very complicated. Try connecting with someone through

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  28. Yvette Christi says:

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  29. Chester says:

    Hello! Interesting post. Well, that makes sense. I have read a few of your other posts and they are all informative too – keep up the good work. Thanks for the free tips sign up idea… ongoing info is good.

  30. Kathleen says:

    Putting stuff in waterproof containers sounds smart. We’ve had storms and water damage this year. I remember seeing a reference to an appraisal guy on your website. Can you remember who that is?

  31. I usually don’t post in Blogs but your water-damage post is great. It seems that getting updated appraisals would be smart?

  32. Leslie says:

    Oh I had to learn this the hard way but definitely not as hard as you. I had a basement leak and everything I had was ruined. My books and work and barely anything salvagable it was horrible. Now I put everything in plastic container seal tight.

    • Scott says:

      Thanks for your comment on the blog. Sorry you had that painful experience. What you did for the future will be good protection.

      Changing subject, your photos of children on your website are wonderful… very nice design and clean. Perhaps you’d enjoy a video/photo presentation of Afghan orphans you will find compelling, given your affinity for children’s faces. Go to click on “ABC Story” and the photo/music presentation is at the end. Its short but sweet.
      Best wishes

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  34. Joan Sexton says:

    Water damage and mold ruined cardboard box of family history photos and letter that got wet from the water heater leaking. My Mom threw the stuff out. Its been years and I’m still crying over it (the loss of memories) and that my kids won’t have them to remember by. These types of things are truly worthy of the effort to take care of them.

  35. Great tips. Thanks. I heard that water damage accounts for the most often repeated disaster.

  36. We put alot of items into storage which can be for long periods of time. If this is the case we will wrap anything that needs to be protected from moisture.

  37. ali says:

    nice article and thanks for the tips about protecting my stuff

  38. jon says:

    Good tips, thanks for the good ideas.

  39. Ashley says:

    Great, thanks for the informative article.

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