Rare Restoration & Cleaning provides trauma, crime scene cleanup, hoarding cleanup and biohazard cleanup services. We do work with local law enforcement, but also extend our services to any other private parties who may need them as well such as: homeowners, multi-family property owners, property management companies, real estate brokers/realtors, Home Owners Associations, and other commercial companies.
WHAT EXACTLY IS CONSIDERED A BIOHAZARD?
Biohazard is another way to say biological hazard. It refers to any biological materials which can be potentially dangerous or harmful substances that come from organisms that are alive(most commonly, from humans). Biohazards include toxins, viruses, and bacteria. Below is how we rank them from greatest to least dangerous.
- Biohazard Level #4 – Viruses and bacteria that can cause fatal diseases AND we do not have a vaccine and treatment readily available. (Example – Ebola virus)
- Biohazard Level #3 – Viruses and bacteria that can cause a fatal diseases HOWEVER we do have vaccines and treatments to deal/cure with them. (Examples – West Nile virus, SARS, or anthrax)
- Biohazard Level #2 – Viruses and bacteria that are difficult to contract and can cause mild disease. (Examples – Lyme disease, hepatitis, measles, mumps)
- Biohazard Level #1 – Minor viruses and bacteria including non-infectious types of bacteria. (Example – chicken pox)
Waste from humans and like-kind materials are how diseases and infections are spread and transmitted. Human waste can include liquids or other bodily fluids and blood - and body tissues such as bones. This can include any sharp objects (razor blades, syringes/needles and other sharp items that are contaminated). These objects pose a risk because they can penetrate and puncture the skin. Other solid contaminants, which includes all non-sharp objects or materials such as latex gloves and other similar items that have been contaminated and are considered to be biohazardous.
If one is exposed to these contaminants (contaminated materials or waste materials) it can greatly put that person at risk of infection or disease. The contaminated material can contain a wide range of biohazards, which could potentially transmit illness or disease when one comes into contact with them. That is why it is best to call a professional biohazard cleanup company to deal with these types of situations.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN BIOHAZARD CLEANUP?
Biohazard cleanup is the process of remediating biohazardous waste in an environmentally friendly and safe manner. The cleanup process has very specific safety standards and precaution steps that we must follow. It is a project for professionals who have been certified and trained in the safe removal of biohazards. We urge you to not hire just any run of the mill contractor for proper biohazard cleanup.
Here Are Some Scenarios of Biohazard Cleanup & Crime Scene Cleanup
Biohazard and crime scene cleanup can sound extremely technical but there are many common scenarios and situations when it is used.
- Local law enforcement utilize our services when they need a crime scene cleaned up of various natures.
- A family member, executor, homeowner or property owner has someone die in their home, whether it be homicide, suicide or an accidental death.
- Sewage pipe backup and sewage spills. Can be caused from broken sewage pipes to tree roots in the lines.
- Hoarding or extreme filth. There are proper protocols and procedures to follow to ensure a safe environment
- Illegal drug related crime scenes may need biohazard cleanup, a common example, the proper disposal of drug related syringes and the proper cleaning of methamphetamine making labs.
Biohazard cleanup is crucial and important in a variety of other situations too – the protocol is whenever blood, bodily fluids, animal or human waste, animal or human remains are present that a professional should be called.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN BIOHAZARD CLEANUP ?
Every case and situation is different and requires a specific standard of care or protocol. Some scenarios are similar in nature but no two biohazard cleanups are equal. A common situation is when someone has passed in the home.
If this unfortunately occurs, the absolute first thing you need to do is dial 911 to alert the proper authorities. Then, any arrangements that have been planned can be carried out.
After that, it is time to call a biohazard cleanup team(this is where we come in). Body fluids or blood have most likely contaminated the property or home, including furniture/upholstery, carpet or other flooring, and other nearby objects. These things must be cleaned up properly by a trained professional.
Our professional cleanup team responds promptly to the property or home. They begin by using PPE(Personal Protective Equipment), wearing a full body suit that will protect them from any contaminants. They may also wear breathing respirators that filter the incoming air. Next they remove any and all materials that blood and fluids have came into contact with. These materials will be properly stored and disposed of. After all affected materials have been removed, our team will clean, decontaminate, and sanitize the area.
Every scenario will have a slightly different protocol, but the basic steps are (1) Quick Response; (2) Protection; (3) Clean & Sanitize; (4) Disposal of Infected Materials.
We highly recommend you limit your exposure as little as possible to any potential biohazardous materials.
BIOHAZARD CLEANUP FAQ'S
We hope the information we have provided answers your initial questions about the biohazard cleanup process in a clear professional manner. Some other questions we are regularly asked include:
Q – There is an odor present, when will it dissipate?
A – In many cases, biohazardous waste can or will emit an odor that may be unpleasant and those who hire us want to know how long until it will go away. There is not a perfect answer for this question, because it depends and varies on the situation. The condition or health of the person who passed, how long the materials have been effected, temperature, and more factors. Rare Restoration & Cleaning follows the proper procedures to remove the odor as quickly as possible.
Q – Does my insurance cover your services?
A – Biohazard cleanup can be very expensive, but the great thing is that most insurance policies will often cover those costs. In particular, if a person dies in the home and the dwelling is affected, the insurance will typically cover the professional cleanup. We routinely work with many insurance companies in our other restoration services and can provide all of the necessary documentation to submit to your insurance company.