Health & Wellness

Cleaning Up Safely

At the time of this writing, Cincinnati has had 109 days of rains out of 169 days! That’s 65% – RIDICULOUS!!! But that is an example of the times in which we live. So, we are the ones who need to adjust. And if it was just rain, we would have no need to complain; but we are experiencing Torrential Downpours! And with the downpours, some of us experience flooding. Professional cleaners are the optimal choice; however, they are expensive. If you find that you have to do the cleaning, here are some tips on how to clean up safely.

  1. Take photos or a video for insurance claims and tax deductions.
  2. Keep a record of all expenses related to the clean-up.
  3. Check with your insurance company for other requirements needed to make your claim.
  4. Flooded books and papers may be frozen until you have time to work with them. Place waxed paper between layers and place items inside plastic bags before freezing.
  5. Wear protective gear.
  6. Keep windows open.
  7. Because the humidity is elevated, clean up as soon as possible to avoid mold build up.
  8. Shut off gas and electricity before removing standing water and soaked materials.
  9. Shovel out the mud.
  10. Scrub walls and floors and disinfect with a bleach solution (10 parts water to 1 part bleach).
  11. Dry thoroughly before rebuilding. Wait several months before remodeling
  12. Never mix bleach and ammonia. The fumes are toxic.
  13. Household cleaners can remove dirt; disinfectants help to stop the growth of disease- causing microorganisms carried in flood water.
  14. Powdered or liquid cleaners are more practical and less expensive than aerosol products since large areas will probably need to be cleaned.
  15. Buy cleaners in the largest size available.

Call the Health Department for more information: 513 357.7200

Kimya Moyo, Health Liaison


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