How To: Clean Up Safely After a Flood

How To: Clean Up Safely After a Flood

Sarah Coffey
Sep 15, 2008

After a weekend of record rains in the Midwest, we're welcoming drier forecasts this week. Storms moving northward from Hurricane Ike have left many people in Chicago and the surrounding area with flooded homes. (Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House was one of the victims of the heavy rains.) Today's Chicago Tribune offers some tips for cleaning up safely after the flooding...

A few of their tips:
• Check for any structural damage before cleaning.
• Don't use matches or open flames in case of a gas leak.
• Keep power off until water is removed and an electrician gives the go-ahead.
• Discard any water-submerged food, upholstered furniture, or drywall.
• Wear sturdy rubber boots and gloves while cleaning.
• Disinfect with 1 cup of bleach diluted in 5 gallons of water.
• For green flood cleanup tips, see this post from AT:Chicago.
• Slowly pump water out of flooded basements, removing 1/3 of water per day to avoid pressure collapse.

To see the entire list of tips from the Chicago Tribune, click here.

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