Risk Management > Water (Moisture)
"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
Digest, National Research
Hansen, A.T. Moisture
Problems in Houses, CBD-231, 1984.
Latta, J.K. Water
and Building Materials, CBD-30, 1962.