Cleaning up after a flood can pose health risks. Whether you can see it or not, mold can affect breathing, cause skin irritation, and in extreme cases, severe illness and infection.
If your home was flooded and you were not able to dry your home (including furniture and other items) within 24-48 hours, you should assume you have mold growth. You need to completely dry everything, clean up the mold, and make sure you don’t still have a moisture problem. You may see or smell mold on clothing, drywall, furniture, cardboard boxes, or books, but it may also be hidden under or behind items like carpet, cushions, or walls.
The resources below will provide step-by-step guidance on cleaning and addressing mold issues.
Clean Up Safely After a Disaster
Homeowner’s and Renter’s Guide to Mold Cleanup After Disasters
A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, & Your Home
Shopping List for Cleaning Mold in Your Home
What to Wear-Dealing with Mold Damage