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What type of disinfecting solutions or cleaners should I use? For cleaning surfaces such as wooden furniture, hard flooring, plastic items, etc., household cleaning products such as non-abrasive liquid or powdered kitchen cleaners or liquid dish soap mixed with water Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane are fine. 

Surfaces that have been in contact with sewage should first be cleaned and then disinfected with a solution of one cup unscented bleach to five gallons of water. If you are under a boil water order or there is a problem with your tap water, then you first have to disinfect the Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane water you are using for cleaning. Add one cup of unscented bleach to five gallons of water. 

Do not use ammonia or ammonia products with water that has been disinfected with bleach, as this can create hazardous fumes. Always be careful when using household cleaners or Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane disinfectant products. Read and follow all label directions and warning labels before mixing any products. How do I clean items that were soaked with salt water? 

You can remove salt water by cleaning with soap, rinsing with fresh water, and then air drying the items. However, additional care should be taken if you think the salt water also contained oil or sanitary waste. The question above talks about general disinfection and a question in the oil spill section covers cleaning oil-coated belongings, debris and Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane building materials. 

Do I need to use a dust mask to clean up my house or business and when do I need one that contains a carbon filter? When Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane materials are still wet or moist, a dust mask may not be needed. Dust masks are useful when sediments have dried out and cleanup of sediments or other house materials are creating an airborne dust hazard. 

For this work, look for a dust mask labeled N95 at the hardware store. If there are Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane organic vapors present, such as fuel oil or gasoline, and ventilation alone is not enough to reduce the vapor levels, a respirator containing an activated carbon filter is useful. You can buy these at the hardware store. Dust masks will not remove organic vapors. 

Should I wear protective clothing when cleaning up after a flood? Yes, you should wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, long-sleeve shirts and long pants when using cleaning products or disinfectants and when handling Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane contaminated furnishings or building materials. 

When doing Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane work that could create dust or flying debris (such as tear-out or removing damaged or contaminated building materials), wear eye protection and a dust mask (look for a mask labeled N95 at the hardware store). N95 dust masks do not need any special fitting. A tightfitting cloth mask is not a substitute for an N95 mask. 

What should I do if there is sewage contamination in or around my home after flood waters recede? Sewage (human or animal solid waste) contains bacteria and viruses that could cause illness. To clean an Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane area contaminated with sewage, wear rubber boots and gloves, long-sleeve shirts and long pants. 

If debris contaminated with sewage has dried out, you may need to wear a special dust mask (look for one labeled N95 at the hardware store) while Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane cleaning to reduce exposure to airborne dust. N95 dust masks do not need any special fitting. A tightfitting cloth mask is not a substitute for an N95 mask. 

Discard any Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane items that are damaged by contaminated water and cannot be adequately cleaned and disinfected. Be sure to wash your hands frequently with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected. Should I be concerned about exposure to lead paint during cleanup? For homes built before 1978, lead paint may be present in the home. 

When you are fixing up the house after a flood you may be disturbing that lead-based paint, which could cause lead exposure. Use Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane safe work practices to avoid exposure to lead paint when removing walls, windows, and doors. See booklet Reducing Lead Hazards When Remodeling Your Home. Should I be concerned about asbestos exposure if my home was flooded? 

If you think asbestos may be in your home, don't panic. Usually the best thing is to leave Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane asbestos material that is in good condition alone. Generally, material that has not been significantly damaged and is still intact will present a minimal hazard. Asbestos is a hazard when it gets into the air and you can breathe it in. 

Asbestos particles are very small – you can only see them with a microscope. Until the 1970s and 80s, many types of building products and insulation Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane materials used in homes contained asbestos (sometimes there are markings on the material or its packaging indicating it is asbestos). 

Although use has declined, there are still some Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane materials/products made today that contain asbestos. You may find asbestos in insulation, vermiculite, textured paint and patching compounds, vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet, flooring and adhesives, pipe insulation, furnaces and gaskets. 

If these materials were damaged in some way during flooding, they could release asbestos fibers. These publications have more information about where asbestos may be found in the home:  If you must Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane repair or remove any damaged asbestos-containing material, it is best to consult a specially trained asbestos-removal contractor. 

The New York State Department of Labor website provides a list of licensed Asbestos Abatement contractors by name and zip code.  The New York City Department of Environmental Protection maintains a listing of Certified Asbestos Investigators, Contractors and Firms in the New York City. You can only know for sure if material Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane contains asbestos by testing. 

To find laboratories certified for asbestos and fibers analysis, contact the New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center, Environmental Laboratory Approval Program, by phone (518) 485-5570 or by email. Review general Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane advice for cleanup up after the flood in other sections in this Q & A. 

Although it is possible there may be some asbestos-containing material in your home as Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane listed above, remember that removing water-damaged materials and drying out the home as quickly as possible are the keys to prevent mold growth after a flood. 

Porous materials that absorb water (e.g. drywall, carpeting, upholstered furniture and ceiling tiles) that were saturated by flood water probably need to be discarded. If you can't dry it quickly, throw it away. I think I have some asbestos-containing material that needs to be removed and I have been unable to get a licensed Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane contractor to help. What should I do? 

We recommend that only licensed asbestos abatement contractors handle asbestos-containing material. They will have all the proper Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane equipment and take the necessary precautions. If you are planning to do it yourself, follow these guidelines to reduce exposure to hazardous materials.

If the amount of potential asbestos-damaged material is relatively small, and still flood-soaked, you can place the wet material in 6 mil plastic bags or Water Flooded Carpet After Hurricane wrap it in layers of plastic sheeting and seal with adhesive tape. When wet, the fibers are not "friable” (meaning the asbestos fibers will not be released into the air).

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