How to Clean Up Your Home after a Winter Storm

Awestruck by what your home looks like after a winter storm? Use this guide to get your home looking back to normal.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Clean up mold Clean up any mold that has formed as soon as possible. Fix any water problems, such as leaks in the walls, roof, or plumbing.
  • TIP: Excessive moisture contributes to the growth of mold. The longer the mold sits, the more damage it will cause to your home.
  • Step 2: Clean hard surfaces Clean hard surfaces with soap and water, commercial products, or a solution made of 1 cup bleach and 1 gallon water.
  • Step 3: Throw away food Throw away any food that has an unusual odor or color. Dispose of perishable foods that have been above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for over 2 hours.
  • Step 4: Clear external air vents Clear the snow from any external air vents if you have a high-efficiency gas furnace, or appliances that require an outside air source.
  • Step 5: Clear snow drains Clear snow away from sewer drains that are in front of your house to prevent potential flooding from melting snow.
  • TIP: Fire hydrants should also be cleared in case of an emergency.
  • Step 6: Remove snow from downspouts Remove snow and ice from downspouts to provide a pathway for melting snow. Continuously wash your hands with soap and water when working with mold, contaminated water, and debris.
  • FACT: Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

You Will Need

  • Materials to fix leaks
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Commercial cleaning products
  • 1 c. bleach
  • Shovel

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