Returning Home after the Flood


  1. The regular water supply has been inspected and officially declared safe for use.
  2. Every flood-contaminated room is thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and surface-dried.
  3. All contaminated dishes and utensils have been thoroughly washed and disinfected, either by using boiling water or by using a sterilizing solution of 1 part chlorine bleach to 4 parts water; then rinse dishes and utensils thoroughly.
  4. Adequate toilet facilities are available.


DO NOT EAT FOOD that was submerged in flood waters

Health officials recommend disposal of the following food stuffs:


CANNED GOODS (if damaged and showing signs of leakage)

HOME CANNED OR BOTTLED FOODS (contamination can gather under caps)

 After the Flood

  • Have the house inspected for structural damage to ensure there is no danger of collapse.
  • Use extreme caution when entering buildings; there may be hidden damage, particularly in
    foundations. Wear rubber boots & gloves to avoid electrical shock and contamination.
  • If you notice a strong gas odour, do not enter. Call your local gas company immediately.
  • Let the building air out before entering to remove foul odours or escaped gas & do not heat above 4°C, to reduce mould and bacteria growth.
  • If water occupies the home, pump out one-third of the flooded water each day. Further
    damages to the structure can occur by pumping water out too quickly.
  • Add 2 litres of bleach to the remaining flood waters every 3 days to keep down the growth of bacteria and mould.
  • After flood damage, fuel oil/propane lines, equipment and appliances must be checked, and
    all leaks repaired and pressure tested by a licensed gas fitter.
  • DO NOT handle live electrical equipment in wet areas. DO NOT use electrical equipment
    exposed to floodwaters until it has been professionally checked and serviced.
  • Service damaged septic tanks and fields and outhouse pits as soon as possible. Damaged
    sewage systems are serious health hazards.
  • Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.

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