Document Restoration Services


The faster you react following any type of damage to documents, the more successful your restoration efforts will be.

If you act on this all-important fact, our services can help you recover from any disaster. One telephone call gives you access to our full range of restoration services.

Blackmon-Mooring-Steamatic Catastrophe, Inc. (BMS CAT) has restored documents of all kinds nationwide -- archives, libraries, bank records, corporate files, legal documents.

Our capabilities include reproduction, deodorization and fumigation as well as:

Damage Assessment -- Any loss can seem overwhelming. Our experience allows us to see through any superficial damage to give you an accurate assessment of damage to both documents and the structure that houses them.

Inventory -- We carefully track every document through all stages of restoration. This allows you to prioritize and monitor our work and assures the orderly replacement of documents when restoration is complete. Security and confidentiality are maintained throughout the restoration process.

Packing -- To minimize damage, packing damaged documents must be closely supervised. We can supervise your personnel or provide manpower and supervision.

Blast Freezing -- BMS CAT's portable blast freezer permits on-location blast freezing. Following water damage, blast freezing minimizes the size of ice crystals in frozen documents. This reduces distortion and prevents spines from splitting.

Shipping -- Because speed is so important in document restoration, you can rely on BMS CAT to load, transport and return packed documents on schedule and with great care.

Freeze Drying --Depending on the extent of damage, freeze-drying may be the safest way to restore documents that have been damaged by water. Conservators and archivists recognize freeze-drying as state of the art.

Plan Ahead to Maximize Benefits of Freeze-Drying

To minimize damage you should have a plan that you can put into effect immediately after damage occurs. The plan should take into account such factors as:

Type of damage -- water only, soot only, soot and water combined. What are the initial steps you should take in each case?

Priority -- valuable or irreplaceable documents should be saved first. Which books or documents belong in the must save category?

Speed -- depending on the temperature and humidity, mold and mildew will occur in less than 48 hours. For best results blast freeze documents in three to 10 hours.

To prevent mold and mildew due to water damage, all bound volumes should be blast frozen and freeze-dried. Blast freezing minimizes the size of ice particles in documents. Freeze-drying removes frozen water before it can return to the liquid state.

Other valuable documents should be frozen and freeze dried. Freeze drying is the safest procedure in both cases because the liquid state of water is the most damaging state.

Only a true freeze-drying chamber bypasses the liquid state. This is the most effective way to restore water-damaged documents. In our chamber the ice in documents never melts. It sublimates, changing directly from ice to a vapor, which is removed by vacuum pressure.

Freeze drying prevents additional damage such as ink running and photos sticking to adjacent pages, which can occur in other document drying systems. Some of these other systems place frozen documents into a chamber, then dry them with heat and a vacuum. This is not freeze-drying because in such systems ice melts into water before it turns to a vapor.


The rates for freeze-drying range from $40.00 - $68.00 per cubic foot depending on volume. This price includes all handling, loading, unloading and checking of documents.

Additional charges include: Shipping, trimming, ozoning, cleaning and re-boxing. These are charged on a per job basis.