The chance of electrocution or explosion is far more dangerous than the risk of sickness. Do not enter a flooded basement or light matches until the gas and electric utilities have been turned off.
If your basement has been flooded or sewage has been spilled, you must clean it thoroughly to avoid being ill or harmed. During clean-up, do not bring children into the flooded area! If you have a sewer backup, it is essential that you use a professional restoration company. If there’s a minor incident and you’d rather do it yourself, here are some tips for cleaning up a flood or sewage problem.
Sanitizing and Cleaning
- All flood waters and/or sewage should be drained naturally or by pumping.
- Remove any dirt, soil, or debris that has come into touch with floodwaters.
- With clean, warm, or hot water and a low suds detergent, wash off all walls, floors, and surfaces that were contaminated by floodwater or sewage.
- Rinse with warm or hot water one more time.
- Rinse the walls, floors, and surfaces with one of the following combinations to sanitize them: 8 tablespoons (tbsp) of laundry bleach (i.e., Clorox, Roman Cleanser) per gallon of water used, or 212 teaspoons (tbs) of Lysol/Pine-Sol per gallon of water used
- Open windows or use fans to ventilate the space.
- Prevent flood debris and sewage from being tracked into clean regions.
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