For many, hearing the term biohazard evokes a dramatic scene which includes a response team wearing hazmat suits scurrying about while the deafening “err, err, err” of the alarm sounding sends unprotected civilians fleeing the area. In reality, most bio-hazard situations are less dramatic. Sewage backups, crime scenes, and hoarding are just a few of the situations that require a biohazard cleanup.
Sewage backups and Flood Cleanup
Water emergencies consisting of clean water do not run the same risks that contaminated water emergencies do. Bacteria and viruses present in the water are huge risks to the health of your family and pets. Improper cleaning and sanitization of these disasters can lead to major health problems. A company that deals with biohazard clean up is able to safely clean up any contamination and protect not only the integrity of your home but your family’s health.
Feces and Fluid Cleanup
Cleaning up animal feces is a repulsive job and it can also be hazardous to your health. Human, pet, and wild animal excrement can carry parasites and other disease-causing agents. Bodily fluids such as blood and saliva are also potentially dangerous. So dangerous that in many states, purposefully causing another to be in contact with your bodily fluids is considered assault.
Blood borne pathogens such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitisu C, and HIV are just a few of the ways that bodily fluids can be detrimental to your health. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health administration, have standards and regulations that must be followed when dealing with bodily fluids such as blood. PPE (personal protective equipment) and proper disposal techniques are essential when dealing with bodily fluids and feces. Your local biohazard cleanup company will know the laws and procedures necessary to keep their employees and your family safe during and after exposure to bodily fluids.
Crime Scene Cleanup, Accidents, and Trauma
On shows like CSI, we see crime scene investigators scouring crime scenes for clues, examining blood spatter, and documenting the scene. They then take the evidence that has been collected back to their lab and solve the case. But what happens to the scene after they leave, what about the mess?
Once law enforcement’s investigation of the scene is completed and released it is the responsibility of the homeowner, business owner, or family to handle the aftermath left behind. Imagine having to clean up the mess after a violent crime was committed against a family member. Not only is the situation dangerous due to blood and bodily fluids, but the mental toll can be very unsettling.
AnyWeather Restoration is available 24/7 to take the cleanup out of your hands. Our trained technicians are experienced in safely and effectively cleaning up crime scenes. We use state of the art tools and equipment to remove the signs of the violent crime from your home or office.
Accidents and traumas can be as messy and dangerous as those created by violent crimes. The same regulations and procedures must be followed when cleaning up bodily fluids.
Unattended deaths and suicides are events that may require biohazard cleanup. Whether the manner of death was traumatic or peaceful, bodily fluids and other hazardous materials may need to be removed from the scene. Items such as carpet and furniture may need to be cleaned or removed. Bodily fluids, feces, and blood are potential hazards in this situation as well. Proper disposal and sanitization are needed.
Hoarding is a common problem that often results in very unhealthy scenarios. Piles of possessions, often accompanied by human waste, animal waste, spoiled food, and garbage are encountered by those who are exposed to a previously undiscovered site.
These accumulations, also known as clots, often also attract insects and rodents. The piles become more and more hazardous as the situation compounds over time. As the human and animal waste in these clots decompose they produce harmful substances such as ammonia. Mold also begins to grow. This affects the air quality of the home and can make entering the area dangerous to your health. Moving and picking up items exposes you to bacteria and other microorganisms and also releases more contaminants into the air. PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is an essential tool in cleaning up these hazards.
Hoarding can cause damage to the structural integrity of a building. The moisture, decomposition, and critters can cause wood to rot and become unstable. Much of this damage is hidden until the clots are removed, exposing a very unsafe situation.
No matter the circumstance, biohazard clean up is dangerous and should be left to the professionals at AnyWeather Restoration.