No one expects tragedy to strike and dealing with a crime scene, trauma or unattended death can be difficult. Biohazard events pose great risk to everyone involved – from the insurance adjuster, to the property owner. When these situations occur, the recovery process is complex and you can depend on the experts at Xtreme Home Improvement, one of the area’s top biohazard cleanup companies, for courteous, professional and quality cleanup and restoration services.
What is a biohazard? – it’s a shortened term for biological hazard. It refers to biological substances – potentially dangerous pathogens that come from living organisms (typically from humans). Biohazards include bacteria, viruses and toxins. They are transmitted in blood, other bodily fluids, human organs and bones. Transmission can also take place from things that can puncture the skin like needles and razor blades or other solid contaminants like clothing, furniture, and flooring. Exposure to contaminated materials puts a person at risk for contracting illnesses and diseases.
What to do after a trauma situation – Until we arrive, here are a few helpful steps you can take to minimize exposure and expedite the restoration process.
- Isolate the area of the event and keep away of the affected area.
- Remove and isolate any contaminated garments, including shoes, after leaving the area. Place them in a plastic bag or sealed container and leave them near the event area.
- Do not move anything outside of the event area.
- Avoid any contact with contaminated materials.
- If there was a liquid spill, and you can reach it without endangering yourself, cover it with absorbent paper towels.
- If you have come into contact with contaminated liquids, wash the affected areas immediately.
The Cleanup Process – Biohazard cleanup is the process of removing biohazardous waste in a safe manner. The cleanup process has specific precautions and steps that must be followed. It is a job for specialists who have been trained and certified for the proper disposal of hazardous materials.
The key services include:
- Advanced Odor Treatments
- Blood and Body Fluid Remediation
- H1N1 Decontamination
- Hoarding Cleanup Services
- MRSA Decontamination and Protection
- Sewage Cleanup and Sanitation Services
- Suicide and Homicide Cleanup
- Unassisted/Accidental Death Cleanup
All surfaces in the area can be affected: walls, floors, carpet, furniture and many of these may need to be replaced. Couches, carpeting, upholstery and other porous items in the home will need proper restoration so they may be used again. Many stains and odors found at crime scenes cannot be properly removed without specialized care, which we, as a top biohazard cleanup company can provide. Any articles on the scene that cannot be restored or remediated but must be completely disposed of – but not everything. Things such as drywall, the heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system, and appliances in the house may be salvaged and remediated. With the tools and know how your items may be remediated and use of the objects continued.
Every case is different and will require a specific protocol but there are some basic steps:
- Removing infected material
- Neutralize odors
- Wash surrounding area
- Purify harmful pathogens or toxins
- Repair any structures
Often, these services are covered by insurance. We are experienced working with law enforcement, property managers, family members and landlords to help restore the property to pre-incident condition. We are one of the top biohazard cleanup companies in the area so you can be assured that we will always treat the property and people involved with the utmost empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.
We offer the same prompt 24/7 service for trauma and biohazard cleanup as we do for our other services throughout Central Pennsylvania. You’re not alone; we’re here to help. Call us today.
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