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Cleaning up after a flood takes special care. Families returning to their flooded homes should exercise caution before and during the cleanup process. To help you get your life and home back to normal, download this PDF.


  • Steps toward cleanup
  • Structural condition
  • Electrical systems
  • Food and water sanitation
  • Cleaning and disinfecting
  • Household appliances
  • Mildew prevention
  • Removing mildew from household articles
  • Wall restoration
  • Floor coverings
  • Furniture
  • Information and referrals
  • Documenting losses and claims
  • Filing for insurance
  • Credit and other sources of relief
  • Federal disaster assistance
  • Contracting for repairs and rebuilding
  • Buyer beware
  • Children need special attention
  • Reentering your flooded home
  • Cleaning and repairing flooded basements
  • Salvaging water-damaged belongings
  • Avoiding mold hazards in your flooded home
  • Reducing bacteria in clothing and textiles


  • Flood
  • Cleaning
  • Flood-damaged homes
  • Restoration
  • Financial recovery
  • Risk management


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