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What Can Warm Weather do to my Memories?

By Katy Sommerfeld

If you’re like the rest of us, you probably have a box of old VHS tapes, film, or print photos hanging around in your attic or basement that won’t be pulled out again until Christmas or maybe not for many years to come. While you might not be thinking about these precious memories at the moment, it’s very important to be aware of the potential dangers that heat damage can pose to your analog media in the coming summer months.

Your Memories and Heat Damage

Heat damage is one of the most common causes of analog media deterioration over time, and the reason is simple: too many people keep their old media boxed up in a non-weather-controlled environment where there is exposure to extreme heat and humidity. Over time, this can corrode and damage media in often irreparable ways. Heat damage can dull the vivacity of the image on tapes, film, and photographs, making the picture blurry, unclear, or darkened. (photo idea: ).

In heat damaged tapes and film, after coloring dulls, audio degradation will begin to occur. The audio will sound muffled and distorted, ruining the sound quality of the media entirely.

How to Save Your Memories from Heat Damage

There is really only one surefire way to save analog media from heat damage: prevention from exposure. The best way to do this is to keep all forms of analog media stored in a temperature controlled area free from moisture and humidity. Attics and basements are no friend to your memories - don’t let them fall victim to high levels of heat this summer!

The absolute best way to make sure your memories never become damaged, lost, or deteriorated is to get them digitized! With Southtree you can easily and affordably get all your analog media digitized by professionals who will take great care with your special memories. Avoid any and all threats of deterioration to your analog media, and get Southtree today!

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