Anyone can do basement cleaning after flood, official says

Anyone can do basement cleaning after flood, official says

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(WJBK) -  Hiring a professional restoration team to clean up a flooded basement can cost thousands of dollars - but if you can't afford the professionals, should you clean it up yourself?

"My wife and I are cleaning it up, we lost everything," said Royal Oak resident Dana Lester.

If your basement flooded after heavy rainfall saturated much of Southeastern Michigan, the question many are asking is do I need to hire a professional to ensure the cleanup is done properly?

The Wayne County Health Department says that you can do the work yourself.

 "Clean everything first," said Carol Austerberry, environmental health director, Wayne County Health Department. "Then rinse it all down and the final step is the disinfecting which will kill, if there were any sewerage in that water."

When you create the solution to sanitize, use bleach and water and only water.  

Do not mix with solutions like ammonia which could create toxic fumes. And when you combine the bleach and water pay close attention to how you mix the two.
 
 "Half  a cup per gallon of water, " Austerberry said."This bucket would be about three, three and a half cups of bleach - put that in with the water now you have that perfect solution. You don't want it too concentrated but you don't want it too weak."

By using the proper amount of bleach and water Austerberry says you can even fight mold.

You should also remember to open up windows or use fans to help ventilate area and disinfect above the flood line by about two feet.

If you do the cleanup yourself, just remember not all materials can be saved.

Don't forget to wear gloves and protect your eyes with protective eyewear. Following these few simple rules can allow you to cleanup properly and save you money.

For more information, go to the Wayne County Department of Public Health page, HERE. Or check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HERE.

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