When it comes to the cleanup or decontamination of a property it is important to understand exactly what you need to get the job done right. Is it blood? Rodents? Drug lab? Hoarding? Each of these cleanups requires a different set of skills, but they are all biohazards. When cleaning up a biohazard, it is important to not attempt it on your own. Professionals have access to proprietary equipment for the job and without it, cleanup is dangerous to your health and can result in illness. As a landlord, it is also important to take care of your properties if it has been contaminated. It is imperative to always seek the help of a Biohazard Cleanup Company when dealing with any biohazardous cleanup and crime scene cleanup service.
What Is a Biohazard?
A Biohazard is any biological, or chemical substance that is a harmful to humans, animals and/or the environment (Aftermath). Any contact with biohazards is dangerous to your health which is why a Biohazard cleanup company should be contacted. If your property has been contaminated with biohazardous waste, call a cleanup company immediately. Many crime scenes are contaminated with biohazardous waste such as drug residue, chemical waste, bodily fluids such as semen and saliva, and medical equipment like needles.
There are other things that people assume are not biohazards but are and need to be treated in that way. Rodent droppings, for instance, are a biohazard. Droppings contain bacteria and carry diseases that are detrimental to your health. If you make contact with rodent feces, you can contract viruses that can then be spread to your family.
Drug labs are also a biohazard because of the dangerous chemicals used in drug making. Any equipment, containers, or tools left at the lab are harmful to your health and should be left to the professionals. Chemicals on the scene can be inhaled and cause respiratory issues.
Why a Specialist Should Be Hired
A specialist should be hired for a few reasons, the first being your safety. Attempting biohazard cleanup is dangerous to any individual. A Biohazard cleanup company employs highly trained, highly skilled individuals who understand the job at hand and are able to clean it properly. A biohazard cleanup company has access to propriety personal protective equipment (PPE) which makes sure the technician’s eyes, skin, and respiratory system are protected and prepared for biohazard cleanup. Personal protective equipment includes government regulated helmets, masks, gloves, goggles and any other dressings to ensure the safety of the individual.
Furthermore, a specialist should be hired because they will have the proper chemicals for cleanup. Rodent droppings require high-efficiency particulate arresting (HEPA) filter in order to prevent bacteria becoming airborne. Drug labs contain chemicals and tools that must be specially disposed of, and require cleanup tools that are not readily available to the public.
Many times, property owners overlook some of the steps of the process. Biohazardous cleanup is not just the removal and decontamination of the biohazards, it is also the remediation of the property. Walls need to be cleaned and repainted, furniture resurfaced, fabrics sanitized and stains removed – all of these things are part of the process.
As a homeowner, if you encounter a biohazard on the property you should leave the premises immediately. Being near a biohazard is dangerous; a biohazard cleanup company should be contacted immediately. Make sure you and your family evacuate the property and do not reenter until it has been professionally cleaned and decontaminated.
As a landlord, you should be aware of the dangers a biohazard on your property can cause. If a property you own is the site of a homicide or suicide it is imperative you contact a biohazard cleanup company. Both homicides and suicides are biohazards because of the bodily fluids that will be present at the scene. In the cases of homicide or suicide, there are lingering odors and bodily matter that all needs to be taken care of and it cannot be done without a professional. Bloodborne pathogens found in blood can be lethal to the untrained, which is why a professional should be hired. A good company will take your space from trauma scene to new as fast and efficiently as possible.
When picking a biohazard cleanup company, make sure to choose one with a good record of experience. They should be able to tell you what to expect and an estimate on the cost. As well, any company worth their weight in salt will have the proper certifications for biohazard cleanup and disinfection. Look for training in bloodborne pathogens and person protective equipment. In some states, permits have are required as well.
No matter what your biohazard cleanup needs are, always make sure to hire a professional crime & biohazard cleanup company for the job. It is dangerous to attempt cleanup on your own.