Safeguarding Heritage: Preventing the Top 10 Agents of Deterioration

Disaster Recovery, Document Recovery, Fire and Smoke Damage, Mold Damage, Water and Storm Damage

Arguably, the cornerstone of safeguarding archives and collections lies in prevention, which makes understanding potential threats crucial. This is why The Canadian Museum of Nature and the Canadian Conservation Institute have compiled a list of the top 10 agents of deterioration, identifying the primary hazards to historical objects. This compilation aims to assist in preventing and protecting valuable collections, whether housed in museums or homes.


Climate change: Increased natural disasters and the affects on preservation

Catastrophe Response, Disaster Preparedness, Document Recovery, Fire and Smoke Damage, Mold Damage, Water and Storm Damage

A recent article in the New York Times “Floods, Fires and Humidity: How Climate Change Affects Book Preservation” discusses the affects of climate change on book preservation with the overall increase in natural disasters. Between flood, fires, and humidity, the possibilities for damage are constantly growing. Below, our subject matter expert, Matt DeCirce, discusses his point of view on how climate change affects he’s seeing and what Polygon is doing to help our clients prepare for the unexpected.


Podcast: Job Talk with Polygon's South Team

Catastrophe Response, Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Recovery, Temporary Climate Solutions, Water and Storm Damage

Climatize a workspace hundreds of feet under a lake? Bruce Zawisky and Nick Cooper of Polygon South discuss recent projects with unique solutions. As weather shifts, innovation is more critical than ever. Polygon is trail-blazing new builds and renovations in the south.


Podcast: Flat Roof Drying: A More Sustainable and Cost-effective Alternative to Re-roofing

Construction Drying, Disaster Recovery, Mold Damage, Water and Storm Damage

John O’Haver, business development specialist, and Kevin Lockard, national operations manager, both with Polygon US, joined Tyler Kern on Ideal Connections to discuss flat roof drying — a potential alternative to re-roofing a building.


Podcast: Protecting Historical Documents, Art, Literature, and Other Important Cultural Artifacts

Catastrophe Response, Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Recovery, Document Recovery, Document Scanning, Fire and Smoke Damage, Mold Damage, Water and Storm Damage

When the Cathedral Notre Dame in Paris experienced a near-catastrophic fire in April of 2019, it served as a stark reminder that important cultural documents and artifacts, such as original pieces of literature and priceless works of art, could be lost permanently in an instant. Even data preserved on hard drives at a university are potential casualties from an event such as a flood or fire in the server room. How likely is it that these crucial documents are at risk? And what should institutions do to build their facilities’ resiliency from both a proactive and reactive standpoint?