Precautions to Take When Cleaning Up

  • If there has been a backflow of sewage into your home, wear rubber boots and waterproof gloves during clean-up and disinfect contaminated household materials.
  • Consult your utility company before you attempt to use water damaged appliances to avoid electrocution.
  • Portable generator exhaust contains deadly carbon monoxide gas - only use a generator if you can vent its exhaust safely.
  • Call your healthcare provider for a tetanus vaccine if you receive an open would from a flood water contaminated object.
  • Hand washing, when done correctly, is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
  • Seek medical attention if you should start to show signs and symptoms of intestinal disorders, i.e. diarrhea, severe abdominal cramps, fever, etc.
  • Test your well water for contamination if you live in a flooded area. 
  • For further information about health and safety hazards related to flooding and recommendations for clean-up, refer to the following websites:

Health Resources and Information

Centers for Disease Control - Re-entering Your Flooded Home

Centers for Disease Control - Clean up After a Flood

Centers for Disease Control - After A Flood

Wisconsin Health and Family Services - Disease Fact Sheet