Advice for cleaning after floods

Staff Writer

As historically high floodwaters are being seen in Northeast Washington, some property owners will be faced with homes, wells and septic systems that have been impacted by the flooding. Northeast Tri County Health District (NETCHD) offers the following recommendations and guidance for after the water recedes.

Flood water can be contaminated, so when families return home after a flood they need to take precautions to protect themselves.

According to NETCHD, children and pets need to be kept away from affected areas until cleanup is complete.

When cleaning, people are advised to wear rubber boots, rubber gloves and goggles. Items that cannot be washed and disinfected, like carpet, mattresses, rugs, cosmetics, stuffed animals and paper products, need to be discarded.

Drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with sewage or flood waters should also be removed from a home.

All hard surfaces need to be thoroughly cleaned with hot water and laundry or dish detergent.

To help the drying process, NETCHD advises people use fans, air conditioning units and dehumidifiers.