Household Clean Up
If you or someone you know needs help with the physical act of cleaning out a flooded home or moving storm debris, please call 409-938-9202.
- NFIP Policyholders Must Follow the Guildelines of Their Flood Policy When Cleaning Up
- Homeowner's and renter's guide to mold cleanup after disasters (EPA)
- Public Assistance: Contracting Requirements Checklist
- Public Assistance: Alternative Procedures Pilot Program for Debris Removal
- Public Assistance Debris Removal Tips Fact Sheet
- Public Assistance: Private Property Debris Removal Fact Sheet
- After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures
- Test your well water before drinking it. For more information, go to TCEQ's hurricane response page.
Tips for Clean-Up
Below are a few simple guidelines to follow that will make the clean-up and salvage process safer and easier:
- Always wear protective clothing including long-sleeved shirts, long pants, rubber or plastic gloves and waterproof boots or shoes.
- Before entering your home, look outside for damaged power lines, gas lines and other exterior damage.
- Take photos of your damage before you begin clean up and save repair receipts.
- Your home may be contaminated with mold, which raises the health risk for those with asthma, allergies and breathing conditions. Refer to the Center for Disease Control for more info on mold: www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/pdf/flyer-get-rid-of-mold.pdf.
- Open doors and windows so your house can air out before spending any length of time inside.
- Turn off main electrical power and water systems and don’t use gas appliances until a professional can ensure they are safe.
- Check all ceilings and floors for signs of sagging or other potentially dangerous structural damage.
- Throw out all foods, beverages and medicines exposed to flood waters or mud including canned goods and containers with food or liquid.
- Also, throw out any items that absorb water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected (mattresses, carpeting, stuffed animals, etc.).
- Beware of snakes, insects, and other animals that may be on your property or in your home.
- Remove all drywall and insulation that has been in contact with flood waters.
- Clean all hard surfaces (flooring, countertops, appliances, sinks, etc.) thoroughly with hot water and soap or detergent.
- For tips and guidance on disposing animal carcasses left by Harvey, go to TCEQ's hurricane response page.SOURCE: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4332?utm_source=hp_promo&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=disaster'