Polk County Health Department

When in doubt, take it out

When in doubt, take it out

Remove all wet items from your home


(Des Moines, IA) – The Polk County Health Department would like to remind the community of several clean up tips to keep your family and home safe from after the flood:

  • Put on the personal protective equipment to protect your eyes, nose, mouth, and skin.
  • Clean up and dry out the building quickly (within 24 to 48 hours). Open doors and windows. Use fans to dry out the building. Position fans to blow air out doors or windows.
  • When in doubt, take it out! Remove all porous items that have been wet for more than 48 hours and that cannot be thoroughly cleaned and dried. These items can remain a source of mold growth and should be removed from the home. Porous, non-cleanable items include carpeting and carpet padding, upholstery, wallpaper, drywall, floor and ceiling tiles, insulation material, some clothing, leather, paper, wood and food. Removal and cleaning are important because even dead mold may cause allergic reactions in some people.
  • Clean wet items and surfaces with detergent and water.

For more flood safety tips, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s flood section at https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/after.html.




Contact Us

Phone: (515)-286-3798
Fax: (515)-286-2033

Address: 1907, Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314