If a crime has occurred on your property, or you come across an unattended death of a loved one, the cleanup process may be too much to take on yourself. When your home or property has been contaminated with biohazard materials, you will need professional assistance. What makes these materials so harmful such as blood or bodily fluids, is their ability to spread disease and infection. These traumatic situations would be ideal for hiring a certified company to handle all the biohazard cleanup.
In any of these cases, it is often very difficult to do the cleaning by yourself. On the one hand, there is the emotional trauma that can be involved by having to clean up the remains of a loved one. On the other hand, there is also the danger of cleaning biohazard materials without professional safety equipment, adequate knowledge, or prior experience and preparation.
In this article, we will tell you the main reasons why you should hire and delegate the cleaning of biohazard materials to a professional team.
Call a team of experienced professionals
In many cases, especially in crimes or the most violent situations (assault, accidents, murders, suicides, etc.), it is very likely that fluids, blood, and body tissues have spread throughout the room where the accident occurred. It is very likely that there was not only a small bloodstain on the floor, but walls, furniture, and carpets have also been stained and saturated.
In any of these cases, biohazard materials are likely to seep into the areas (floors, walls, fabrics, and wood) of your home quickly, and cause permanent damage that would cause contamination in your home for life.
As mentioned above, biohazard materials can spread disease and infection because of the toxins, bacteria, viruses, and other volatile compounds they might be carrying. Exposure to any biohazard materials will jeopardize your health and well-being. If you decide to try cleaning up biohazards yourself, then you put yourself at risk for health problems. This is why you and anyone else who inhabits your property need to keep your distance from any biohazard materials and have professionals take care of these materials and the mess they’ve caused.
Use professional products
Biohazardous materials require very specific use of special products. The reason why these remaining fluids or tissues are considered biohazard is because of the large number of bacteria, viruses, and pathogens that live in them and that can be highly harmful to our health. Knowing of the harmful nature of biohazard materials, effective cleanup is crucial to ensure everyone remains healthy. Biohazard cleanup requires the use of specialized cleaning solutions and equipment, which aren’t readily available to the general public.
Specialists in cleaning biohazard materials are experts in the cleaning method and, above all, in the products used. They will know which ones to use that follow proper government protocols and EPA-rated disinfectants that meet OSHA regulations.
Additionally, professionals also know how to sterilize your property following the removal. They have the necessary knowledge and equipment needed to do it effectively. Proper sanitization and disinfection is of paramount importance. It ensures that your property is free of any biohazard material contaminants and is safe to return to again.
Avoid dangerous elements
One of the main reasons why you should avoid doing biohazard cleaning work yourself is their danger. Not only are sharp or pointed objects (such as broken glass or needles and injections), but also viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens that can remain in fluid and tissue remains.
To do the disinfection work, not only do you have to get the appropriate EPA-rated cleaning products that follow the protocols, but you also have to have personal protective equipment (PPE), recommended by OSHA. If you do not have personal protection, do not go near biohazard elements because they could infect you, injure you, or impair your health. Professionals receive special training to work with biohazard materials. This ensures the biohazard cleaning job gets done safely and properly.
Follow the protocol for your region
When there is a crime (or even accidental deaths, as in car accidents) you must follow the protocols established by the governmental institutions in your region. Normally you have to report to the police, let them do their investigation and then they will give the go-ahead to clean the area properly, without the possibility of eliminating evidence that can help them to carry out their work. That’s why cleaning before they show up or skipping their cleaning instructions can get you in serious legal trouble.
To avoid this, the best way to proceed is to call in a team of cleaning professionals who are experts in cleaning crime scenes, to make sure instructions and protocols are followed without mistake.
A bad cleaning will reduce the value of your property
A property where a crime occurred can devalue the value of the property, especially if there is irreparable damage, sources of infection, or unpleasant odors. It is important to have the support of professionals who can do their job well so as not to lose money with your house, land, or property. Not having a professional service address a crime scene or biohazard situation could affect the ability to sell the property. For your own safety and the well-being of others, removing and cleaning up biohazard materials is a job that must be done by a professional biohazard and trauma scene cleaning service.
Avoid stressful situations and don’t waste your time
It is difficult to imagine ourselves in a situation where we have to clean up areas contaminated by biohazard materials. And in several of the cases, it is possible that we do not have any emotional connection (for example, in the case that an animal has died within the walls of our house), but there are also numerous cases in which we can suffer for the memories, thoughts or grotesque images that we have to witness.
Also, we rarely wonder how long it will take to clean something like this. It is not as easy as running a mop with bleach on the floor, it is a much more complicated, and laborious job that will consume many hours between informing ourselves, buying the right material, and cleaning it.
If, in addition, we have to manage bureaucratic procedures due to the situation that we have to live in, it is best to leave the work in the hands of professionals while we take care of working on everything else.
Work with a Biohazard Cleanup Service
360 Hazardous has over 35 years of experience cleaning crime scenes, accidents, and traumatic scenes of all kinds. We are experts in doing the job in the most professional way possible, maintaining the integrity of your home and your physical and mental health. In addition, we follow all the protocols and regulations established by OSHA as well as local government agencies.
Our professional team has the tools, the capacity, and the knowledge to avoid causing cross-contamination. In addition, we will replace what is irreparable and we will end with a cleaning of the environment to eliminate aerosols and odors. We will safely remove biohazard materials from your property and effectively clean and sanitize the affected areas to ensure you are safe to return to.
We take emergency calls 24/7, and we will respond quickly in the most discreet way possible to maintain your integrity. It is very important to us not to leave any family behind or unattended, and to respect your property, your family, and your belongings. In addition, we want to minimize interruptions and inconveniences in your life so we will work efficiently, quietly, and carefully so you can focus on healing.