During a flood cleanup, the indoor air quality in your home or office may appear to be the least of your problems. However, failure to remove contaminated materials and to reduce moisture and humidity can present serious long-term health risks. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria and mold. They can cause disease, trigger allergic reactions and continue to damage materials long after the flood.
For basic information on how to clean up after a flood and how to prevent indoor air problems:
For information on ordering the following publications, visit EPA’s National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP).
Additional Information about Floods
- EPA’s about Hurricanes and Flooding
- Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)