Risk Management > Water (Moisture)

Definition

"Water is a major threat to museum collections because of leaking roofs, skylights, or water pipes. Flooding or fire suppression equipment may also cause water damage. Porous organic materials, metals, and composite materials (i.e., materials that are layered or joined) are particularly susceptible to water damage. In addition, many artifacts have some component that is wholly or partially soluble in water.
There is an obvious relationship between the risks from the threat of fire and the risks of water damage from having a sprinkler fire suppression system."

Costain, Charlie. Framework for Preservation of Museum Collections, Canadian Heritage, 1994.

Resources

Canadian Building Digest, National Research Council Canada

Hansen, A.T. Moisture Problems in Houses, CBD-231, 1984.

Latta, J.K. Water and Building Materials, CBD-30, 1962.

 

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