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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Flood Cleanup to Protect Indoor Air Quality

During a flood cleanup, the indoor air quality in your home or office may appear to be the least of your problems. However, failure to remove contaminated materials and to reduce moisture and humidity can present serious long-term health risks. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria and mold. They can cause disease, trigger allergic reactions and continue to damage materials long after the flood.


Publications

For basic information on how to clean up after a flood and how to prevent indoor air problems:
For information on ordering the following publications, visit EPA's National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP).

Flood Cleanup and the Air In Your Home: Booklet

Cover to the Flood Cleanup and the Air In Your Home document

This 28 page booklet prints in landscape as a 15 page printout. Please set your printer to landscape before printing.

Flood Cleanup and the Air In Your Home: Poster

Poster about Flood Cleanup and the Air In Your Home

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Fact Sheets

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Additional Information about Floods

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