Before Entering a Flooded House
Drying Out a Flooded House
Cleaning a Flooded House
Flood water is divided into three categories that require different cleanup measures. Clear water is tap or rain water. Gray water is from sinks, showers, tubs, and washers. Black water is contaminated with human and/or animal waste. Flood water from lakes or rivers is considered black water.
Clear Water (Tap or Rain Water)
Gray Water (Sink, Shower, Tub, and Washer Water)
Black Water (River, Lake - Contains Human or Animal Waste)
Washing Hands and Cleaning Canned Food
Bleach Disinfectant Solution
Mix 3/4 cup regular household bleach per one gallon of clean water. Never mix bleach with ammonia or any other cleaner. Read and follow product label directions. Wear rubber gloves and eye protection. Use in a well ventilated room. Bleach is a disinfectant, not a cleaner, and is not effective on dirty surfaces. It should only be used after cleaning with soap and water.