U of I Extension office gives tips for flood recovery cleanup
DOWNERS GROVE – The University of Illinois Extension in DuPage County reminded residents this week to thoroughly clean and disinfect basements affected by flooding this season to prevent against harmful mold.
Heavy rainfall and flash flooding can lead to water accumulation in basements, and the extension's educator said water in a small portion of a basement requires the same cleaning and disinfecting effort as several inches across the entire basement.
“Receding floodwaters and infiltrated water may contain sewage and other contaminants, including pathogens that are harmful to people,” said U of I Extension educator Stanley Solomon. “Mold is the long-term concern from the flood damage. Mold can start growing on wet materials in 24 to 48 hours so it’s important to get all materials dried as quickly as possible.”
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