Thursday, April 30, 2015

Odor Removal from Death Scene Cleanup

Bio Clean Services is frequently called to clean up after an unattended death or suicide and one of the very first questions we’re always asked is, “Can you get rid of this odor completely?”  The answer is yes however, several factors will determine the amount of time and work necessary to remediate these odors and return the scene to a clean, sanitary environment.

What we’ll need to know:

1.    Were did the death occur, and what elements are directly connected to the death scene?  For instance, did the person die in a bed, on a carpeted floor, in a bathtub or a car?  Death clean up requires decontamination of furniture, flooring, fabrics and virtually any porous surfaces related to the scene.  In certain cases, it may also be necessary to remove and replace walls, ceilings, sub-flooring and possibly insulation.

2.    How long has it been since the death occurred? If the death was an accident, suicide or an elderly person and not discovered immediately, the cleanup process is more entailed as most likely decomposition has started. We would need to follow specific cleaning processes using chemicals, antimicrobial cleaners and ozone or neutralizing agents. Ozone is commonly used in death cleanup because of it’s quick reaction to carbon based molecules associated with death odors. It’s a highly useful tool but not a guarantee that it will completely get rid of the odor.

At Bio Clean Services, we take every measure to safe and effectively remediate these scenes with as minimal disruption as possible. Our cleanup technicians are trained to provide our clients with the emotional support needed during these types of tasks. The unattended death of a friend or loved one is never something that anyone is prepared to handle. The emotions and questions that are brought on by this tragic event can make it difficult to determine what to do next.

Our goal is to offer clients the assurance that our work will completely restore the scene to a pre-incident condition and we are dedicated to the protection and safety of our clients. Hiring the proper cleanup company is difficult, after we analyze the scene, we provide a full plan of action and work directly with our clients through each step of the process.  Contact us today for more information about the services we offer.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Crime & Trauma Scene Biohazard Cleanup

Home invasions are bad enough, but when the event turns violent, can leave behind horrible trauma scenes. Home invasions turned violent can include things like stabbings, blood and tissue matter from fighting and in the worst cases even death.

Bio Clean Services provides services for crime, death and trauma scene clean up. We are experienced in blood clean up, removal of biohazard elements like blood  stained materials, body fluids and tissues from death scenes and home renovations that may be necessary to return the scene to a decontaminated safe area for the property owner.  Our company also provides additional services that relate to drug clean up and decontamination for incidents relating to this matter.  Please see our list of Qualifications.

Ordinarily, when these types of crimes and traumas happen, it is the responsibility of the property owner to clean up the mess of the disaster left behind. Depending on the incident, there are organizations that assist with the costs of cleaning and remediation of these scenes. Some insurance companies also pay for these services.

Bio Clean Services has experience working with these agencies and insurance companies to help the process go smoother.  We also realize that these traumatic events can be emotionally overwhelming to our clients. We provide discreet professional services and have the utmost compassion when dealing with victims and their families.  Because of the potential dangers and diseases that can be transmitted through cleaning these scenes, it’s important that you hire a professional company to perform these tasks. With every scene, there are trace elements of contamination and even airborne pathogens that can cause serious illness and sometimes be fatal if not handled properly.

We maintain the appropriate equipment and qualifications to perform these services and are accustomed to following OSHA and EPA guidelines on the jobs we perform.  We are also familiar with obtaining the necessary permits for disposal and other tasks that may need to be performed depending on where the incident occurs.  If you are in need of our services or would like additional information about the services we perform, please contact our office today.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Crime Scene Cleanup

Most people think that the same individuals investigating a crime or trauma scene are also the ones that clean up the scene once their work is complete but this is not the case.  Once police and investigators collect their evidence or emergency workers have left the scene, everything else is left behind.

Who’s responsibility is it to clean up the aftermath of these scenes? In short, the property owner is responsible for the cleanup. Any remains, medical waste, blood, tissues etc left behind must be properly cleaned up.  This is where we come in.

Bio Clean Services provides professional cleaning services for Death, Trauma, Suicide, Medical Emergency and many other biohazard scenes. We are trained and experienced in the proper protocols to return your property to a before incident state. Utilizing special equipment, we are trained to discover all hidden biohazards and remediate the scene so it’s returned to a safe environment for the property owner.  These scenes contain many minute trace elements of pathogens and bacteria that cause odors, bugs and breed infections spores that can be harmful or fatal if not properly removed.  We never suggest that an untrained individual attempt to clean a scene like this because of the high potential health risks.

The use of industrial biohazard cleaning chemicals and proper tools are needed to ensure these items are removed from surfaces and the air in the property. Bio Clean Services maintains the necessary permits and equipment for crime scene cleanup. If an untrained individual attempts to improperly clean the scene, they also put others at risk who may come in contact with these materials and airborne pathogens.

In addition to experience and training, our staff members are also accustomed to dealing with family members and property owners during this highly emotional time. We provide professional, compassionate services and work expediently to remove biohazards and restore the property to a good state. Bio Clean Services is familiar with proper processes such as obtaining disposal permits and working with insurance companies to provide information pertaining to the claims filing process.

Contact our office immediately if you have an incident that requires clean up.  Although it may seem basic in nature, biohazards are often unnoticeable by the human eye and can still pose health threats for many months after an incident if not properly remediated.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Blood and Biohazard Cleanup

Bio Clean Services is dedicated to the safety and well being of the clients that we serve. We maintain the necessary certifications and qualifications to perform these tasks and hope these articles will continue to provide a means of educating people about the significance of proper clean up and handling of blood, body fluids and other biohazard wastes.

Crime, trauma and death scenes contain the potential for diseases and infections that can have life threatening consequences to home or property owners as well as any individuals who may come in contact with improper disposal of these types of materials and infected blood. Because of the grief stricken state of family members and friends during tragic loses or property owners who may not be aware of health risks and legal repercussions of their employees, it’s imperative that you become educated on the consequences of not hiring a professional company like Bio Clean Services to manage clean up and removal of biohazards.  Hepatitis C (HVC), a virus that has no treatment, can be very common in the presence of blood. Other diseases such as Hepatitis A and B, and HIV are also health concerns that need to be considered if an untrained person attempts to clean a bio scene.

There are laws that help that will help safeguard you in the event you are faced with they type of scene. Individuals that disregard proper practices are putting the safety of themselves and others at risk. Unsanitary blood and body fluids pose a tremendous health threat to anyone that comes in contact.  Dried blood and body fluids have very small particles that can become airborne and if you come in contact, can make way into your body causing infections.  Most individuals or companies do not have the proper means to dispose of this waste and are no familiar with the regulations that govern its proper disposal.  Individuals not adhering to these regulations are like to incur heavy fines and have a major legal liability to anyone who is affected by their improper practices.

Bio Clean Services is available 24 hours a day to service your biohazard clean up needs. We maintain the proper certifications and equipment to ensure your property will be returned to a safe and healthy environment.  Contact us today to learn more about the services we provide and how we can assist you.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Unattended Death Cleanup Services Akron, OH

An unattended death can create a very problematic scene for medical professionals, police and even death clean up services like Bio Clean Services. It’s important to know that there is so much more to this type of scene than just removal of the body.  Trust professionals like Bio Clean Services for Death Cleanup Services in Akron, OH.

An unattended and / or decomposing body leaves not only visual, but microscopic trace elements of dangerous contaminants that can potentially be harmful, if not fatal to someone who comes in contact with them.  They can also create a very problematic scene for medical professionals, police and even death clean up services like Bio Clean Services.

Handling this type of death scene requires a company that has extensive training in the proper procedures for death clean up, the use of OSHA approved chemicals and proper removal protocols of the scene’s debris.  To ensure your safety and that proper protocol is followed we never suggest attempting to clean a death scene yourself.  Bio Clean Services is familiar with insurances processes and in most cases, insurance policies cover the costs of our services.

Here’s a simple list to follow if you discover an unattended death:

1. Call the police to report what you found and wait for their arrival.  Make certain that you obtain a business card from the investigating officer, you’ll need this information in the future.

2. When the coroner is contacted also make certain that you obtain a business card from this individual as well.

3. Call Bio Clean Services immediately  so we can schedule and dispatch a technician. The longer you delay in clean up. Depending on the length of time of death or state of decomposition, will determine the amount of time needed to restore the scene to a safe condition for you.

4. Please do not enter the scene and attempt to collect items. This will most likely lead to your becoming more traumatized than you may already be. A professional can retrieve items for you.

5. If you know the name of the insurance company and/or policy number, please have this information available if it is readily accessible. This will enable our technicians to reach out to you’re the insurance company and provide any information needed.

6. If you are not the property owner, business you’ll be asked to provide that information. In most cases a "Permission to Enter" form must be executed prior to the clean up process beginning.

7. DO NOT attempt to clean any areas of the scene. Contact with biohazards, such as blood and fluids, may expose you to risks that could result in death or serious illnesses. We are trained professionals skilled in restoring the environment to safe conditions for you.

Our primary concern is the safety and well being of our clients.  Don’t let your emotional state cause you to misjudge the dangers from an unattended death scene.  Contact us now for more details.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Choosing the right Biohazard Cleaning Company

Having been in the Crime Scene and biohazard clean up industry for over a decade, Bio Clean Services has performed cleanup at hundreds of Crime, Trauma, Death & Suicide scenes. Surprisingly, several of the jobs we’ve performed were as a result of non-reputable cleaning companies who did not follow proper protocols and techniques when cleaning these scenes.

If crime, trauma, suicide and other biohazard scenes are not properly cleaned, weeks, months, and even a year later clients have reported horrible odors, infestations of bugs, stains and other problems that all stem from the fact that the original cleaning company did not properly remediate.  Always hire a professional biohazard cleanup company like Bio Clean Services.

How do you know if you are hiring a legitimate clean up company?  Here are a few tips:

1.    Work with a reputable provider – Usually law enforcement officials have a point of contact for a local company that can provide quality services.

2.    Research multiple companies – There are tons of cleaning companies out there, but you need to make sure the company you choose is certified in biohazard clean up and disposal. In most cases local companies offer better rates and do a better job.

3.    Discuss with your insurance company –Call your insurance company immediately to inquire about coverage. Your homeowners insurance may cover all or part of your cleaning service, while you may not be able to immediately find out exactly what the coverage is, you can ask if this is a covered loss. You have the right to choose any company you prefer if this is a covered loss.

4.    If your loss is not covered by insurance, speak directly with your clean up company to learn costs, procedures and payment arrangements.

Not all companies are the same. Bio Clean Services is certified and experienced in all facets of biohazard cleanup from Death, Trauma, Suicide and Crime scenes. Building a reputation in the biohazard clean up industry takes hard work, dedication and it’s not something that just anyone can do.  Bio Clean Services has provided these professional, compassionate services for over a decade throughout the  northeastern United States.  We’ve worked on hundreds of jobs in these fields and some even relating to meth labs, hoarding, animals, gross filth and negligence and more. Contact our office immediately if you have a situation that requires this type of cleaning.  Never attempt to clean these scenes on your own. It will put your health and the health of others at a much greater risk.