Flood Recovery Tips That Everyone Should Know

If you are seeking more information about flood mitigation and/or floodwater safety, we found these tips outlined by the City of Boulder to be especially helpful:


1) You will, unfortunately, need to remove your carpet (and carpet pad) if it has been completely drenched by floodwater— Carpet absorbs moisture very easily and heavily (like a sponge!), and hazardous bacteria and molds will grow and permanently contaminate your carpet if it stays wet. Thus, removal is your safest option if floodwater enters your home and saturates your carpet.


2) Because the curbside collection of flood and storm debris in Boulder does NOT include water-damaged electronics, please be sure to dispose of them via Eco-Cycle’s Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM). However, if you have large appliances that need to be disposed of (such as kitchen appliances), curbside services can come and collect these for you separately. For more information regarding the waste and debris collection program in Boulder, visit the City of Boulder’s website.


3) Continue to wear your rain gear (rainboots, jackets, gloves, etc.) to protect yourself from contaminated floodwater and sewage!  Floodwater and sewage (even just the smell) pose enormous health risks and it is absolutely vital that you do whatever you can to avoid physical contact with any free-standing water, as it could very well be contaminated! Check out the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to learn more about how you can protect yourself and others.


Stay safe and dry, friends!


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