Creating a Healthy Home: A Field Guide for Clean-up of Flooded Homes

An illustrated step-by-step guide for do-it-yourselfers and contractors seeking to prevent mold-related health problems.

This illustrated step-by-step instructional guide for do-it-yourselfers and contractors is part of an effort to prevent mold-related health problems, save damaged homes and speed the recovery throughout the Gulf Coast region. It outlines a successful protocol for cleaning up mold based on a three-home demonstration in New Orleans.

In a home that experienced at least five feet of standing water for at least two weeks and had mold growth up to the ceiling, the protocol reduced the mold to non-detectable levels. Once the mold is treated in this way, the flooded areas of a home can be renovated in the usual way.

Three national housing organizations-Enterprise Community Partners, the National Center for Healthy Housing and NeighborWorks America teamed up with NeighborWorks organization Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans to develop the cleanup protocols. The clean-up methods are based on scientific research and best practices unique to the destruction in the Gulf Coast region wrought by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Funding was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Columbia University and Tulane University provided expertise for the demonstration project.

August 19, 2019
Impact Areas
  • Resilience
  • Health & Housing