How to Protect Your Art in a Flood

After a hidden, leaking pipe in an upstairs bathroom caused significant water damage to our extra bedroom, it made us think about our art.  Obviously, water and most art do not mix.  We were lucky enough to find an excellent water restoration service in Trenton, New Jersey Disaster Restoration, who quickly demoed and restored the bedroom.  Flooding can be a terrible disaster for families everywhere. It manages to pose some unique challenges for artists, however, and it can affect them in some ways that can be difficult for people who are not artists to understand. Artists will put a huge portion of themselves into their work, which is going to make it very difficult for them to cope with the possibility of their work getting irreparably damaged as a result of a flood that they did not fully prepare for, and floods don’t always give people enough notice. However, when it comes to knowing how to protect your art in a flood, there are certain things that people can do in order to at least minimize these problems.

In the age of digital information, it should be easier than ever before for artists to try to at least back up their work. Artists should try to digitize as much of their artwork as possible at all times, which is going to protect their precious artwork from nearly all disasters. As long as the digitized artwork has been uploaded into the cloud, or at long as it is backed up across different storage devices, the artists in question are always going to manage to have access to it in some form.

Some artists have a lot of emotional attachment to the physical work of art itself, and not just to the digitized copies of it. While it is true that digitized copies can be turned into physical copies, these are going to be new physical copies. The artists who are concerned about protecting the original copies of their work, particularly if they are visual artists and their work is going to use paper or some other perishable surface as the base, then artists are going to need to take some precautions when it comes to storage.

For one thing, it is always a good idea to wrap a given set of art pieces in plastic. Plastic isn’t going to perfectly protect any piece of art or set of art pieces, but it works well as the last line of defense. Any moisture that gets through some of the other barriers will be held back as a result of the plastic.

Some artists store their work in containers that are waterproof or at least water resistant. No container is going to be completely waterproof or water resistant, which is important to remember. However, many of them are at least going to come close enough that the artists who are worried about giving their work as much of a chance as it can get should try to invest in some of these containers.

In some cases, one of the best things that artists can do in order to make sure that they have given their art a good sporting chance is store their art in the right place. Floods are usually only going to affect the floors of homes. While the worst floods are going to fill the entire room, there is only so much that anyone can do in order to protect their possessions in situations like that. Artists can try storing their artwork on the top shelves of bookcases or in similar locations throughout their homes. Artwork that is being kept on the top shelf of a closet is less likely to be damaged than artwork that is being kept on the floor.

Floods are devastating events even for the people who prepare for them effectively. Almost everyone is going to suffer greatly in the wake of a flood for one reason or for another. In some cases, the people who experience severe flooding in their homes are going to have their homes destroyed altogether. In other cases, the flood damage of a house is going to be so severe that it is going to deplete someone’s savings in order to cope with it. However, for a lot of artists, losing their artwork is going to constitute a much worse problem, at least emotionally, or at least a problem that has comparable emotional weight. Artists who go to extra lengths to protect their art can at least enjoy peace of mind.