Discovering a crime scene in your home or building can be incredibly overwhelming, especially if it involves the loss of a loved one. As much as you may not want to believe it, it is your job to have it cleaned up. However, there are many reasons you shouldn’t be doing this job yourself.
Other than the emotional trauma involved, it’s incredibly dangerous as the biohazard materials present may be contaminated with dangerous bacteria and pathogens. A job such as this should always be left to biohazard cleanup professionals as they can save a lot of time, emotional stress, and protect your personal health.
Here are the main reasons why hiring a professional crime scene cleaner to clean up biohazard materials is best.
As mentioned before, the biggest reason why any biohazard cleanup job should be left to the professionals is that it’s dangerous. Crime scenes, violent deaths and suicides all contain blood and bodily fluids that can consist of bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens.
When cleaning the affected area, crime scene cleaning technicians must use PPE, or personal protective equipment, for their own safety. Professional products must also be used to disinfect the area and remove stains. Even when cleaning, they must follow proper protocol to avoid cross contamination and spreading the bacteria. After the process, they will remove any lingering biohazard odors using powerful hydroxyl and/or ozone technology.
Professional Cleaning Products are Required
Many of the bacteria, viruses and pathogens may be left behind if one is not using the right cleaning products to restore the area. This can threaten the health and safety of everyone in the home or building. Even if the area is thoroughly cleaned with home remedies, the wrong products still won’t be able to remove the biohazards.
When professionals restore homes and businesses from crime and trauma scenes, they use EPA-approved, eco-friendly products specifically designed to remove all biohazards. They also follow a specific protocol and regulations from OSHA to ensure the area is returned to a safe and healthy environment.
Saves Time and Effort
One doesn’t normally think about cleaning up an area filled with biohazards, but it’s certainly a time-consuming job. The average cleanup job can take between 6 – 7 hours to complete and can be emotionally, mentally, and physically draining. If you’re also in charge of coordinating legal and family matters, this will only add on to the stress.
When working with professionals, they can save an incredible amount of time and stress, so you don’t even have to think about cleaning up the space. This way you can focus on personal matters.
A crime or trauma scene involving any loved one is beyond stressful; it’s overwhelming. But even after the authorities open an investigation to inspect the evidence, they are not responsible for cleaning the affected area.
If an attempt is made at cleaning up a crime or trauma scene, the sight will likely trigger some painful memories, making the work excruciating. It’s certainly a lot to handle in addition to handling any funeral or other personal arrangements. If the cleanup is left to the professionals, you won’t have to deal with the gruesome aftermath of a loved one.
Government and Law Institution Protocols Must be Followed
Including car accidents, all crime scenes are subject to a legal process. It’s required to report it as the police must be involved and you must have their permission to clean up the property. Dealing with law and government institutions can also be difficult, especially if proper protocol isn’t followed. This in turn will bring additional legal complications, a situation easily made worse when cleaning up a crime or trauma scene.
When working with a team of professionals, they follow all government and law institution protocols as well as OSHA regulations so you can avoid the stress of dealing with additional legal matters.
Professional Cleanup Protects the Property’s Value
Whether or not you were involved, a trauma or crime scene will have a severe impact on a home or building’s property value. Stains and damage can certainly be left behind if you do the cleaning yourself, which certainly isn’t anything the future buyer of the property will want to see.
The products and equipment used by a professional cleanup service can remove stains and repair property damage to restore the area to its original condition. This way you won’t have to worry about having to lower the price on your property due to stubborn stains or damage.
It’s a Big Mess
Especially in crime scenes, homicides and other violent deaths, blood and bodily fluids can easily become absorbed within a number of materials and furnishings, including walls, floors, ceilings, carpet and more. The stains can also become permanent quickly, which is why they must be removed right away.
Tear gas from law enforcement as well as forensics chemicals applied during the investigation may also further compromise the affected area. These chemicals can be especially difficult to remove and will stain quickly if not handled properly. As long as a professional is called right away, they will provide emergency cleaning services to restore the area to its original condition.
Work with a Biohazard Cleanup Service
If you live in or near the Cary, IL area, ServiceMaster Restore is available 24/7 to handle biohazard cleanup. With years of experience and training, our professionals use advanced equipment and products to safely restore homes and buildings from crime and trauma scenes of all types. Our professionals also follow OSHA and government regulations to avoid any legal complications.
We will respond as soon as we receive your first call, arriving in unmarked vehicles to protect your privacy. ServiceMaster Restore will also prevent cross contamination when using personal protective equipment (PPE) to remove all biohazards. Our trauma cleanup team works with compassion and respect in regards to sensitive family matters, working efficiently and quietly to minimize any interruption to your life.
After disinfecting the area, we will remove any permanently damaged materials, install replacements, and use professional deodorizers to eliminate any lingering smells. Finally, you can have the peace of mind knowing your property is fully restored after a professional biohazard cleanup process.
Don’t hesitate to contact ServiceMaster Kwik Restore at 847-908-5914 for professional biohazard cleanup services.