When faced with disaster, one may not know where to begin or what to do when cleaning out our homes and businesses following a flood. To get started with this task, SDSU Extension has put together a list of resources to help start cleaning flood damages, personal belongings, and mold and mildew issues.
Flood Cleanup Resources
Cleaning Up a Flooded Basement
- Cleaning and Repairing Flooded Basements, Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension.
- After the Flood, South Dakota Department of Health.
- Cleaning up after a flood, University of Minnesota Extension.
Salvaging Personal Items
- After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures, FEMA.
- Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Heirlooms, FEMA.
Get Rid of Mold & Mildew
- Cleanup and Remediation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home, EPA.
- Homeowner’s and Renter’s Guide to Mold Cleanup After Disasters, National Institutes of Health.
- Septic Systems – What to Do after the Flood, EPA.
- Flooded Private Sewage Systems, National Ag Safety Database.
- Septic Systems and Flooding, NDSU Extension.
- Protecting Your Septic System From Flooding, PennState Extension.
Remember to take care of yourself first: wearing proper safety equipment (rubber boots, rubber gloves, goggles, etc.), don’t over-exert yourself, take breaks, and wash your hands after each cleanup.