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The most common plumbing problems and best ways to avoid them

There’s an old adage that the only guarantees in life are death and taxes. When it comes to homeownership, it might be said that the only certainties are mortgage payments and plumbing problems. Every homeowner eventually is going to have to deal with a leaking pipe, a clogged drain, an out-of-commission water heater, or some other plumbing issue. However, this doesn’t mean these problems are always inevitable. In this article, we’ll outline some of the most common plumbing trouble areas and how proactive homeowners can take steps to avoid them and, in the event they still occur, limit the damage they do to their home.

Clogged Drains

At one point or another, every homeowner has had to clear a clogged shower drain, toilet, or sink. It’s arguably the most common plumbing problem. Yet, not all clogs are the same. While some are relatively easy to clear with the help of a plunger or a metal hanger, others are cut from a tougher cloth. Deep drain clogs may require the tools of a professional plumber to clear.

The worst-case scenario is a sewer line clog. All the wastewater in your home exits through the sewer line to the municipal sewer. If this line clogs, it means that this waste can no longer leave the home system, and will start to back up into your home if more water is sent down the drain. This is a disastrous event that can result in thousands of dollars in damages.

How to avoid these problems:

  • If you’re noticing your drains start to clear more slowly, have a local plumber out for a sewer line camera inspection. Using a specialized camera attached to a snake tool, this allows you and the plumber to see into the line to identify any clogs, cracks, or sewer line issues.
  • To avoid sewer line clogs, practice drain-safe disposal in the kitchen and bathroom. Pour hot grease and leftover cooking oil into old jars and dispose of them in the trash after they’ve completely cooled. Never put eggshells, uncooked pasta and rice, or flour down the drain. In the bathroom, avoid flushing hygiene products or so-called “flushable” wipes.
  • Some sewer line clogs are caused by tree roots growing around, and then into, the line. Remove all trees, bushes, and other plants that are within 10 feet of the buried line.

Water Leaks

There are many great things about living here in Florida. One of them is that our homes don’t have to deal with the prospect of frozen pipes, like so many homes in the Northeast and Midwest do. Yet, water leaks can still happen as pipes age and deteriorate or are damaged in some other way.

Here in Florida, we’re known for having some of the hardest water in the United States. In fact, Tampa and Orlando are two of the worst cities in the nation for residential water hardness. All that extra mineral content running through the pipes of your home eventually can lead to scaling: a mineral buildup on the inside of the pipe. Scaling causes a variety of problems, including raising the water pressure on the rest of your home’s plumbing. As this pressure ratchets up, your pipes may not be able to take the strain and end up bursting.

Any water leak—whether it’s from a broken pipe, a leaking roof, or some other source—is bad news for your home. Water damage can ruin floors, undermine your home’s structure, destroy drywall, and encourage rapid mold growth. Anywhere there’s moisture and heat, mold can grab a foothold. If you have a water leak, you don’t just need a plumber. You’ll also need to bring in a professional restoration expert to assess the degree of water damage and mold growth and figure out the best way to return your home to normal.

How to avoid these problems:

  • Install a whole-home water softener to eliminate hard water scaling as a threat to your pipes and appliances.
  • Replace your home’s pipes when they show signs of deterioration.
  • At the first sign of a water leak, take immediate action. Call in a plumber and restoration specialist.

Hot Water Issues

As anyone who has ever had to take a cold shower on a cold winter morning can attest, hot water issues are a major nuisance. Besides ruining your morning routine and getting your day off to a very bad start, no hot water also means you’ll be unable to run laundry, do dishes, or properly wash your hands.

While water heaters are generally dependable, they can run into several issues as they age or go an extended period of time without maintenance and upkeep. Let’s address the most obvious issues first: if your home’s electricity is out, or your gas water heater’s pilot light has been extinguished, the unit is not only going to be able to keep its current hot water supply at the desired temperature for very long. Have you been draining and flushing your water heater annually? If not, the problem could be related to the buildup of sediment on the bottom of the tank: this can reduce capacity, lower your energy-efficiency, or just cause the system to stop working altogether.

How to avoid these problems:

  • Every year, drain and flush out the water heater to remove built-up sediment and corrosion.
  • Midway through the life of the unit, replace the sacrificial anode rod so that the tank walls continue to be protected from corrosion.
  • If you notice any leaks, cracks, or water pooling under the tank, call a professional plumber right away.

Act fast and call in a professional restoration company

No plumbing problem is ever going to solve itself, and procrastination often just ends up making things much worse—and expensive—for you and your home. By taking quick action, however, you can often limit the scope of the damage.

2020 Hurricane Season

Preparing your Home or Business for the 2020 Hurricane Season

2020 Hurricane Season! 2018 hurricane season brought major hurricanes like Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael to our coastlines. EE&G RESTORATION was there to assist after both storms.

2020 will be a busy Atlantic hurricane season as predicted by NOAA Multiple climate factors indicate above-normal activity is most likely

An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. The outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season, and only a 10% chance of a below-normal season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.

“As Americans focus their attention on a safe and healthy reopening of our country, it remains critically important that we also remember to make the necessary preparations for the upcoming hurricane season,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “Just as in years past, NOAA experts will stay ahead of developing hurricanes and tropical storms and provide the forecasts and warnings we depend on to stay safe.”

The combination of several climate factors is driving the strong likelihood of above-normal activity in the Atlantic this year. El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) conditions are expected to either remain neutral or to trend toward La Nina, meaning there will not be an El Nino present to suppress hurricane activity. Also, warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, coupled with reduced vertical wind shear, weaker tropical Atlantic trade winds, and an enhanced west African monsoon all increase the likelihood for an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Similar conditions have been producing more active seasons since the current high-activity era began in 1995.

“NOAA’s analysis of current and seasonal atmospheric conditions reveals a recipe for an active Atlantic hurricane season this year,” said Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., acting NOAA administrator. “Our skilled forecasters, coupled with upgrades to our computer models and observing technologies, will provide accurate and timely forecasts to protect life and property.” In addition to the Atlantic hurricane season outlook, NOAA also issued seasonal hurricane outlooks for the eastern and central Pacific basins.

NOAA’s outlook is for overall seasonal activity and is not a landfall forecast. The Climate Prediction Center will update the 2020 Atlantic seasonal outlook in August prior to the historical peak of the season.

Hurricane preparedness is critically important for the 2020 hurricane season, just as it is every year. Keep in mind; you may need to adjust any preparedness actions based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials. Visit the National Hurricane Center’s website at hurricanes.gov throughout the season to stay current on any watches and warnings.

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Whether Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage, Storm Damage, or Mold Damage. EE&G Restoration is your “One-Stop-Shop-Recovery to a Science” Call today for a free Preparedness plan 1.866.334.9111

 

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HOW DOES THE CORONAVIRUS SPREAD?

WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?
Coronavirus 2019-nCoV, more commonly referred to in the media as the coronavirus or COVID-19, is a respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, China suspected to have originated in a large animal and seafood market. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which affect humans while others affect animals only. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is a different type of Coronavirus but is NOT the same as what is now being generally labeled “the Coronavirus”.

HOW DOES THE CORONAVIRUS SPREAD?
While we are still learning more about the new COVID-19 virus, scientists believe the virus will act similarly to other more well-known Coronaviruses such as MERS or SARS. It is believed that the coronavirus spreads from person-to-person when in close proximity to each other. The standard accepted distance is about six feet. The virus is spread much like the flu by an infected person coughing or sneezing. This introduces tiny respiratory droplets that can enter a non-infected person’s mouth, nose, or be inhaled into the lungs. As with other respiratory viruses, individuals are typically considered to be most contagious when they are demonstrating the greatest level of symptoms.

HOW DOES THE CORONAVIRUS AFFECT SURFACES?
Contaminated droplets settle onto surfaces that people may touch thereby contaminating their hands. If they touch their eyes, mouth, or nose before properly disinfecting their hands they may then become infected.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE CORONAVIRUS?
While the intensity of symptoms varies, with some individuals showing little or no symptoms and others demonstrating severe illness and even dying, the three main symptoms include;

• Fever (Above 101º F)

• Cough

• Shortness of breath

These symptoms may begin showing within two days of being exposed but may take as long as 14 days.

HOW CAN I HELP REDUCE THE RISK OF CONTAMINATION?
Knowledge is key to reducing the risk of infection from 2019-nCoV. The information included here is valuable, however, developments are made constantly so it is good to monitor official health channels such as the CDC.

Practicing good infection prevention practices, such as frequent hand washing, is also important especially in public buildings. These practices also include; properly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, respiratory hygiene, and avoiding close contact with individuals. Most practices discussed in the media do NOT protect the individual using the practices, but rather protect others in the instance the person is infected. For example, using a mask does prevent airborne droplets from spreading if the individual wearing the mask coughs or sneezes, however, the coronavirus is small enough to enter through the mask to the wearer. Properly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces may be one of the only truly preventative measures available.

Seek medical attention immediately. Call your doctor or local hospital and explain your situation to them. With it being a prime season for the Flu and respiratory viruses, it is important to cooperate with medical professionals to reach a proper diagnosis. They may ask you some questions to help such as have you or anyone you have been in contact with recently traveled to China, answer these questions honestly.

EE&G Responds to the crisis

EE&G Responds to The Covid-19 Crisis

In times of crisis like the one we are experiencing, solidarity and humanity are present in many ways, and everyone gives their best to collaborate. This is the case of the EE&G Group, who has always been on the community’s side to make it easier to help solve the difficulties in doing so.

Who is EE&G?

The EE&G Group dates back to 1986 and has been in business for over 33 years. EE&G has built its reputation in the Environmental Industry by providing quality and diversified expertise to its clients with an array of Contracting Services including; Environmental Contracting & Construction, Disaster, Restoration, Air Conditioning & Mechanical Contracting Services.

EE&G is headquartered in Miami Lakes, Florida, with convenient locations strategically selected in the States of Florida and Georgia. Today, thanks to their unsurpassed customer service and its multidisciplinary team of professionals, the EE&G brand has reached national recognition as experts in the Environmental Remediation, Restoration, and Construction Industry. Their experience is indisputable and today is recognized as experts by many institutions in the public and private sectors.

Currently, many companies are requesting their services for cleaning and disinfection of working areas, as is one specific case in South Florida, where EE&G responded to the community as soon as the COVI-19 Pandemic started by helping the City of Miami Lakes and his team of volunteers, with the sanitation, disinfection cleaning at the COHEA (City of Hialeah Educational Academy), where food delivery takes place every Friday in an effort to help the community and especially those most affected by COVID19 in the area.

“At this time of crisis we want to do everything we can to help all residents stay safe,” says one of EE&G’s employees.

EE&G is maintaining CDC guidance and cleaning protocols, in all their projects across Florida and Georgia states.

EE&G is assisting Clients to -prepare Covid-19 Disinfection Response plans for their buildings, so if and when an incident occurs, they are ready to respond and experience minimal downtime.  Be conservative and be prepared, as we all will be living with the presence of this virus for the immediate future.  They are working hard to assist public and private clients de such as temporary hospitals, police departments, and daycare facilities, residential buildings, hotels, and more.

If we all put our grain of sand, thinking about the common good and not the proper, as EE&G is doing, we will get out before this crisis that affects us all equally.

They can help you Protect your Biggest Assets; Your Employees and Your Operational Ability! For help with cleaning and disinfecting services call 866.334.9111 or get a free quote. 

 

 

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Experts Examining Potential Symptom Known as ‘COVID toe’

Experts say “COVID toe” is a condition similar to skin damage from exposure to low temperatures.

Northwestern Medicine dermatologist Dr. Amy Paller said in a statement that she had seen images of about 30 cases of the condition. She emphasized that it’s still unknown whether this is related to COVID-19 and more testing is needed.

“We’re seeing this inflammatory response that we would normally see when someone was exposed to the cold temperature… like someone who has been playing outside with wet socks,” Dr. Esther Freeman, a dermatologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, told CBS News. “However, in this setting, we’re seeing it in warm climates and we’re seeing it in patients who have been indoors and sheltering in place.”

Beginning as a “pinkish-reddish rash,” it can turn purple over time and causes a burning sensation in some people, Freeman told The Washington Post.

However, the inflammation typically disappears without treatment in 2 to 3 weeks, she added.

Los Angeles will offer free COVID-19 tests to anyone who wants one

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city will offer free tests for COVID-19 to all residents who want one. People don’t need to have symptoms to get tested, but those with symptoms will get priority.

Study finds airborne coronavirus in hospitals

A new study in NatureTrusted Source found that the virus that causes COVID-19 was detected in the air in certain areas of two hospitals.

The two hospitals in Wuhan, China are at the center of the outbreak in that country. Researchers found evidence of aerosolized SARS-CoV-2 in the toilet area and in areas prone to crowding.

The study has given more information about whether the virus is easily transmitted through the air. Researchers said proper ventilation and disinfection may help stop the virus from spreading in other similar areas.

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FDA expected to allow emergency use of drug to treat COVID-19

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to give emergency use authorization for the drug remdesivir to treat people with COVID-19.

The antiviral drug is being studied in multiple tests as a potential treatment for COVID-19. Early research has found that the drug may help people recover from the virus more quickly, according to the New York Times.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director for the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, told the New York Times that administering the drug to people with COVID-19 may shorten their recovery time by about a third.

“Although a 31 percent improvement doesn’t seem like a knockout 100 percent, it is a very important proof of concept because what it has proven is that a drug can block this virus,” Fauci said. “This is very optimistic.”

However, more research will need to be done to understand what — if any — long-term benefit there is to taking the drug.

Another study from the Lancet found no benefit for patients taking remdesivir compared to patients taking a placebo.

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Coronavirus Outbreak – Children Just as Likely as Adults to Spread Virus

New studies find children are just as likely as adults to spread the new coronavirus. These early findings could make potential school openings especially fraught.

COVID-19

  • Globally, there have been more than 3.7 million confirmed cases and more than 260,000 associated deaths, according to Johns Hopkins.
  • The United States currently has the highest reported number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, with more than 1.2 million. However, due to a lack of testing, the number of actual cases may be far higher.
  • More than 70,000 people in the United States have died from the disease.

A German study, which is not yet published in a peer-reviewed journal, looked at 60,000 people with COVID-19 in addition to 47 children with the disease. The team found that children had just as much viral load or even higher amounts of viral load than some adults.

This early research focusing on how children can spread the virus could be pivotal in helping officials combat a second wave as some states weigh loosening shelter-in-place orders.

Another study out of China found that school closures drastically helped lower the transmission of the virus and lessen the severity of the outbreak.

“While proactive school closures cannot interrupt transmission on their own, they can reduce peak incidence by 40-60 percent and delay the epidemic,” the authors said.

Experts point out this is early research and more information is needed.

“Are any of these studies definitive? The answer is ‘No, of course not,’” said Jeffrey Shaman, an epidemiologist at Columbia University. But, he said, “to open schools because of some uninvestigated notion that children aren’t really involved in this, that would be a very foolish thing.”

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Two of the More Effective Water Removal Methods

There are a few methods that can be used to extract water and reduce further damage. If the water damage has occurred due to broken pipes, the first thing that will need to be done is that the water is turned off, this will stop the flow of water into the building and allow water extraction methods to help remove water.

There are some things you can do in your building before the water extraction experts arrive. These are steps such as mopping up and emptying out as much water as possible and removing furnishings that are in the area impacted by the flooding.

These two water extraction methods are two of the more effective water removal methods.

  1. Vacuums – Vacuums such as wet-dry vacuums can be used to eliminate excess water from areas such as floors, carpets, and surfaces that are porous. These vacuums work by putting down a cleaning solution and vacuuming up the moisture. The water is then held in a tank, industrial wet-dry vacuums can hold more in their tanks and are used when the water damage is significant.
  2. Pumps – Pumps such as sump pumps can help remove water from a building. They work by pumping up the water then eliminating the water through a drain or through an opening to the outside of your building. These pumps that are used for water extraction, can vary in sizing making it easier to quickly suck up and eliminate the excess water. If the water level is high, a submersible pump may be used to pump out the water continuously.

What Happens Once The Water is Extracted

Once one of the above methods has been used for water extraction and all the water has been removed, the drying process can then begin. The use of dehumidifiers and high-speed fans can be used to help evaporate any leftover moisture and restore the correct humidity levels so that things such as swelling and warping of the floors and furnishings don’t take place.

Why Use Action Restoration For Your Water Extraction Needs?

If you have experienced water damage and are in need of water extraction services, contact the experts at Action Restoration. Our company is a leader in helping companies respond to disasters quickly and effectively. We are a privately owned company that believes in providing a high-quality service. Our equipment is some of the best in the Gulf Coast Region and part of the reason why we can provide quick and effective service in an emergency. Contact us today at Action Restoration and let us help you clean up your water damage, getting your operations back to normal as soon as possible.

3 Types of Mold that May Be Hiding Inside Your Home

3 Types of Mold that May Be Hiding Inside Your Home

It is a commonly held belief that mold only affects older homes, but that’s far from the truth. Mold can grow anytime and anywhere, regardless of whether it’s an old home or a new one.

It mostly thrives in damp, humid, and moist environments, which make the bathroom, kitchen, and basement the ideal places in your home to be affected by mold infestation.

While not all types of mold are harmful, it can become a serious health risk and hazard if it’s left untreated for a really long time. For effective mold removal, it is essential to be able to identify the type of mold that’s lurking inside your home.

Mold tends to grow at a very rapid pace, so it is imperative that you quickly recognize the type of mold and be well-informed on its health risks so that you can deal with it immediately.

To help you with that, here are three of the most common types of mold that may be hiding underneath the kitchen sink or the basement ceiling.

1.     Alternaria

This type of mold is commonly found indoors and is likely to grow in damp and dark spaces such as below leaking sinks, showers, and bathtubs. Some of the many health risks associated with Alternaria are adverse allergic reactions, asthma attacks, and numerous asthma-like symptoms.

How to Identify

Alternaria is a type of allergenic mold with a velvety texture and brown or dark green colored little hairs.

2.     Aureobasidium

This is another type of allergenic mold that you are likely to find growing on wooden surfaces, painted areas, or behind wallpapers. Some other less common places include in caulks and around the windows in your home.

Aureobasidium is known to cause more severe reactions as compared to other types of mold eye and nail infection, as well as dermatitis, which is a very serious type of skin rash.

How to Identify

This type of mold initially develops in black, pink, or brown colors and then gradually transforms into a darker shade of brown if it’s left untreated for a long time.

3.     Fusarium

Known as both a toxigenic and an allergenic type of mold, Fusarium commonly grows in wet and cold areas. It most commonly grows in homes with some kind of water damage and tends to target things like the carpets, wallpaper, and other warm fabrics that are similar to a carpet.

In case of exposure to this type of mold, you are likely to experience allergic symptoms such as skin rash, runny nose, cough, itchy eyes, and a sore throat. However, if you are exposed to it for a very long time, it can lead to deadly conditions like brain abscess and bone infections.

How to Identify

This mold adopts numerous colors such as pink, dark red, or white and can have a variety of textures like cottony, flat, or wooly.

Final Word

This list is by no means exhaustive, and there are so many other types of mold that can grow inside your homes.

Regardless of the type, the best to ensure effective mold removal is to call mold remediation services such as EE&G Restoration Services in Tampa that have the best mold-control team and experts on board.

Help Prevent COVID-19 Spread in Your Home and Community

Help Prevent COVID-19 Spread in Your Home and Community

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, you should take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

What to Do If You Are Sick

Stay home except to get medical care

  • Stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
  • Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated.
    Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
  • Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
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  • Separate yourself from other people and pets in your home
  • As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering.

Monitor your symptoms

  • Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever and cough.
  • Trouble breathing is a more serious symptom that means you should get medical attention.
  • Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department.

Your local health authorities may give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor

  • Call ahead. Many medical visits for routine care are being postponed or done by phone or telemedicine.
    If you have a medical appointment that cannot be postponed, call your doctor’s office, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients
  • If you are sick wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth You should wear a cloth face covering, over your nose and mouth if you must be around other people or animals, including pets (even at home).
  • You don’t need to wear the cloth face covering if you are alone. If you can’t put on a cloth face covering (because of trouble breathing for example), cover your coughs and sneezes in some other way. Try to stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
  • This will help protect the people around you.

Note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, medical-grade facemasks are reserved for healthcare workers and some first responders. You may need to improvise a cloth face-covering using a scarf or bandana.

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Cleaning and Disinfection of Households with People Isolated

  • Household members should educate themselves about COVID-19 symptoms and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in homes.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, phones, tablets, touch screens, remote controls, keyboards, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
    • In the bedroom/bathroom dedicated to an ill person: consider reducing cleaning frequency to as-needed (e.g., soiled items and surfaces) to avoid unnecessary contact with the ill person.
  • As much as possible, an ill person should stay in a specific room and away from other people in their home, following home care guidance.
  • The caregiver can provide personal cleaning supplies for an ill person’s room and bathroom unless the room is occupied by a child or another person for whom such supplies would not be appropriate. These supplies include tissues, paper towels, cleaners, and EPA-registered disinfectants
  • If a separate bathroom is not available, the bathroom should be cleaned and disinfected after each use by an ill person. If this is not possible, the caregiver should wait as long as practical after use by an ill person to clean and disinfect the high-touch surfaces.
  • Household members should follow home care guidance when interacting with persons with suspected/confirmed COVID-19 and their isolation rooms/bathrooms.
How to clean and disinfect:
Hard (Non-porous) Surfaces
  • Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Gloves should be discarded after each cleaning. If reusable gloves are used, those gloves should be dedicated to cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other purposes. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfection products used. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.
  • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • For disinfection, the most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
    • A list of products that are EPA-approved for use against the virus that causes COVID-19 is available. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products for (concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
    • Additionally, diluted household bleach solutions (at least 1000ppm sodium hypochlorite) can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application, ensuring a contact time of at least 1 minute, and allowing proper ventilation during and after application. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
  • Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
Soft (Porous) Surfaces
  • For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning:
Electronics
  • For electronics such as cell phones, tablets, touch screens, remote controls, and keyboards, remove visible contamination if present.
    • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
    • Consider use of wipeable covers for electronics.
    • If no manufacturer guidance is available, consider the use of alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol to disinfect touch screens. Dry surfaces thoroughly to avoid pooling of liquids.
Linens, clothing, and other items that go in the laundry
  • Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry from an ill person and then discard after each use. If using reusable gloves, those gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other household purposes. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.
    • If no gloves are used when handling dirty laundry, be sure to wash hands afterwards.
    • If possible, do not shake dirty laundry. This will minimize the possibility of dispersing virus through the air.
    • Launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
    • Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to guidance above for surfaces. If possible, consider placing a bag liner that is either disposable (can be thrown away) or can be laundered.