Cleaning Up Your Flooded Home

Cleaning Up Your Flooded Home

Abby Stone
Sep 16, 2008

atla-091608-flood.jpgIt's hurricane season in parts of the country which can mean sudden evacuations, torrential rains and flooding. While preparing for storms and deciding what to take with you is one part of the equation, returning to your ruined home may be another part...

Mold, rot and mildew are just some of the problems that a homeowner may face. The decision to toss or clean up is both an economic and a health issue. We found some information that may be useful for those attempting to start the clean up themselves:


  • For disinfecting surfaces: Liquid chlorine bleach is a good bet for cleaning and disinfecting hard household surfaces after the flood, especially those that have been soaked with sewage-contaminated water. Try 1 part bleach to 9 parts water. Rock salt is another option. Use one cup per gallon of water. When using rock salt, avoid concrete. With either method, rinsing is key.
  • Repairing Your Flooded Home via FEMA and The American Red Cross
  • Creating a Healthy Home via Enterprise Community Partners, Inc and the National Center for Healthy Housing
  • For more information, check these links from Iowa State University.

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