How to safely cleanup a flooded home

Nightmarish MESS After the Big Flood

Safely cleaning up after a flooding is a must to minimize damage and prevent injuries and illnesses. (Photo Credits)

The clean-up in a flooded home is every property owner’s dreaded task. It is physically tiring, it is emotionally taxing. And it does not end on that, flood clean up also comes with a lot of health and safety hazards. And this is why most government agencies and aid organizations come up with safety tips and guidelines to help property owners safely clean up their homes.

“Some cleaning solutions can cause toxic fumes and other hazards if mixed together. If you smell a strong odor or your eyes water from the fumes or mixed chemicals, open a window and get out of your home. Throw out items that absorb water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected (e.g. mattresses, carpeting, cosmetics, stuffed animals and baby toys). Remove all drywall and insulation that has been in contact with flood waters.”

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More flood clean up advice

The Chippewa County government also came up with a list of guidelines for its constituents. One of the clean-up areas they discussed is cleaning up and sanitizing home textiles that have been exposed to flood waters.

“If possible, wear rubber gloves to reduce your health risk when handling clothing and textiles that have been submerged in sewage-contaminated water, Stone says. Most clothes and washable textiles can be sanitized by washing with hot water and a heavy-duty detergent, bleaching with liquid chlorine bleach (one cup per wash load), and drying with high heat and ironing, Stone says. Non-colorfast items may fade or change color.”

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Mold and other contaminants

The New York Times also published a comprehensive feature article on flood clean up safety. One of the areas they discussed is safely eliminating molds that may have started growing in the flooded area. 24hr Water Damage Repair San Diego CA

“To treat moderate dampness and mustiness, desiccants and odor absorbers such as DampRid, silica, the Bad Air Sponge and activated charcoal-based products are all good choices. It’s also worth keeping in mind that even with all these tips, you still may want to get a professional mold test for your home — even the best efforts of individuals may not be enough, and you might need professional help.”

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Cleaning up safely after a flood will greatly help in speeding up flood recovery.