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Water finds a way

Dealing with leaks and floods in your library

Abstract

Libraries are vulnerable to water damage. Leaks and floods in libraries are common. Human error leads to numerous moisture problems. Many cities have grown near large bodies of water; Canadian examples include Vancouver and Winnipeg. Libraries often lack plans to deal with water damage. Inadequate clean-up can follow a flood. Librarians should learn about their buildings, and find out where any leaks and floods have occurred in the past. A strategic alliance with a moisture control vendor is advisable.

Keywords

Leaks

Floods

Water damage

Human error

Disaster plan

Building plans

Maintenance records

Clean-up

Building envelope

Strategic alliance.

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