Keep safety and health in mind while cleaning up flood water


If you are cleaning up after this weekend’s flooding, there are some things you need to keep in mind to make sure you are staying safe and healthy. 

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Administrator Howard Gamble says bleach is your best bet for complete disinfection, but make sure you are not using too much. 

You should use about a quarter cup of bleach per gallon of water, and make sure you are wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands. 

You may also want to wear a mask to block out the strong odor. 

“It can be overwhelming. It can really feel like you’re burning your throat or your lungs. So you could wear something to clean, but also wearing a mask helps out another way in that if you splash around, especially when you’re cleaning or you’re throwing water out that may be dirty and it splashes around. If you have a mask on, it may not get into your mouth,” said Gamble. 

Gamble also says you need to dry everything out and may need to partially remove your drywall in order to prevent mold.

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