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When returning to a home that’s been flooded after natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, be aware that your house may be contaminated with mold or sewage, which can cause health risks for your family.
Flooding of homes and other buildings frequently results in damage to clothing and other items. Depending on the items involved, some may be easily salvaged while others probably are not worth the work or expense to clean and disinfect them.
If flood or storm water has entered your home, dry it out as soon as possible. Follow these steps:
Clothing and other lightweight fabric materials can be washed and sanitized by normal laundering processes. (It is safe to use your household water for laundering even though it may not be safe for drinking.)
For items that are to be ironed, the ironing process itself is adequate for sanitizing.
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