How do you clean up after heavy rains or something else
floods your basement? Keep the following in mind:
- The second
leading cause of death in flooding is electrocution. Stay away from
power lines or water covering electrical outlets. Make sure appliances
are cleaned and dry before operating.
- Watch your
step. The ground and floors could be covered with mud, broken glass or
- Look out
for small animals, especially snakes that may seek shelter inside your
homer. Use a pole to turn things over.
everything that got wet. When in doubt, throw it out. Spoiled
food, soaked cosmetics, carpets and medicines can all be health hazards.
Molds can begin growing in your home within 48 hours after
floodwaters recede. Contamination of molds can cause significant health
problems, including eye, nose and throat irritations, excessive colds, flu and
If you've suffered flood or water damage in your home,
health experts warn that simply cleaning, disinfecting and drying the affected
areas may not be enough. Do the following:
the heating and cooling ducts. A contaminated duct can spread and breed
mold spores throughout the home.
- Remove and
replace soaked flooring, carpeting and rugs.
- Inspect and
repair wall coverings, drywall, insulation and framing.