Cleanup and Remediation

On this page, you can find fact sheets and other resources from CDC and EPA on mold cleanup, removal and remediation.

Cleanup information for you and your family

Drying Everything Out
Use this video to determine whether your home is dry and ready for rebuilding.

When to use bleach

Mold Clean-Up After Disasters: When to Use Bleach
Bleach and dish detergent, common household items, can be used to clean mold in your home after a storm. The steps to take to clean up mold will depend on how much water damage your home suffered.

homeowner Renter Guide

Homeowner’s and Renter’s Guide to Mold Cleanup After Disasters
Guide to Mold Cleanup After Disasters
Guidance from CDC, EPA, FEMA, HUD, and NIH on safe mold clean-up after a natural disaster

What to Wear before entering a Home or Building with Mold damage

What to Wear
What to Wear before entering a Home or Building with Mold Damage

Shopping List For Post Flooding Mold Cleanup

Shopping List for Mold Cleanup After A Flood
Shopping List for Mold Cleanup After A Flood

Floods Mold Growth

EPA Resources for Flood Cleanup and Indoor Air Quality
If you are repairing your home or building after a flood or hurricane, to prevent mold growth you should be sure your foundation is dry before you replace the flooring.

Flood Cleanup

Fact Sheet: Flood Cleanup – Protecting Indoor Air Quality [ [PDF – 898 KB]]
Flooding in a home or building can affect long-term indoor air quality — advice for cleanup, repairs, and personal safety…more

Mold growing on a wooden headboard in a room

Preventing condensation in your home

If it’s hot & humid outside, too much air conditioning can lead to condensation on surfaces and this excess moisture can lead to mold growth.

Respiratory Protection

Non-occupational Uses of Respiratory Protection

What Public Health Organizations and Users Need to Know.

Cleanup information for workers


NIOSH Recommendations for the Cleaning and Remediation of Flood-Contaminated HVAC Systems: A Guide for Building Owners and Managers

A guide for building owners or managers if heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems are flooded.

Mold in building

Workplace Safety and Health
Dampness and mold remediation advice from NIOSH for workers.

Mold Remediation

Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings
Key steps from EPA in investigating, evaluating, and remediating moisture and mold problems in schools.

Additional Resources


Mold Prevention Strategies and Possible Health Effects in the Aftermath of Hurricanes and Major Floods
A 2006 report by the CDC Mold Work Group addressing public health concerns related to limiting exposure to mold and identifying, preventing, and managing mold-related health effects following any natural disasters or other occurrences that results in flooding or major water intrusion.

Mold Can Make You Sick After Floods

Mold Can Make You Sick After Floods
Video PSA describing the risk of invasive mold infection after hurricanes and floods. People with weakened immune systems can become sick with invasive mold infections after hurricanes or floods.


Population-Specific Recommendations for Protection From Exposure to Mold in Buildings Flooded After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita[PDF – 487 KB]
Recommendations for Protection for Exposure to Mold by exposure and risk factor.

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