How to clean up after a natural disaster
While disasters can last a few minutes or several hours, the damage they leave can take months to clean up. Hurricanes and heavy rainfall can cause flooding in your home, which can lead to mold growth. Even though mold may seem harmless, its spores can cause serious health issues. Once floodwater recedes in your home, action needs to be taken immediately to remove the mold. While you may try to salvage everything, you have to inspect each item and consider if it's worth your time and money to save. Here are ways to determine what's salvageable and what isn't.
Fabrics that can't be cleaned and dried thoroughly or pieces that have visible discoloration, irreversible shrinkage, or are contaminated with sewage are unsalvageable. Among these items are mattresses, carpeting, and plush toys that aren't easily cleaned and sanitized.
However, pieces that can be cleaned, sanitizied, and dried completely are salvageable. First, these items should be sorted by washing method and cleanedRead More »from Cleaning Up After Hurricane Sandy