Flood waters are taking over many Quad City basements.
Health experts say you must clean out parts of your home that suffer from water damage as soon as possible.
"With mold it's generally a respiratory problem where you would breathe it in and that can be prolonged over long periods of time," says Paul Guse, Environmental Health Director.
People with allergies are more sensitive to mold. A clean home makes it safe environment for everyone.
"There's so much frustration that people have when you go through this, but the first thing is , protect yourself, personal protection for yourself or family members then you look at the various ways of what you can save and you can't," says Guse.
Next comes restoration. For carpets and furniture you're going to want to get those things cleaned right away, but for harder surfaces you can wash them to keep them clean.
"Use soapy water, follow that with a rinse and then bleach water and usually you'll go with a concentration of a half of a cup of bleach per gallon of water and that will sanitize and disinfect the surface," says Guse.
Be sure you are looking at all areas of your basement, to make sure you didn't miss any spots.
"Leaving areas like even paneling and dry wall in tact if it got soaked is not good because you can have behind those surfaces mold building up as well," says Guse.
While cleaning out your basement, be sure to wear gloves, and a face mask, especially if you are dealing with a sewage problem.
Be especially careful if you have children in the house. You definitely do not want them coming in contact with mold or bacteria build up.
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