Hoarding Flashbacks of Lake City, Florida

Today I Had My First Flash Back

As I clean this hoarding scene today in sunny California, it is bringing flash backs to a nightmare cleanup in Lake City, Florida I once did.

The empty gallon jugs are what triggered my flashbacks. The older woman in Lake City was an extreme hoarder. She had an illness no one should understand. Take this picture below, for example. Have you ever seen so many piled into one place? This in not to mock her, this is to WARN you and loved ones to fix a problem before it gets too bad!

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Just think of the odor, fumes and bacteria she was living in from this bathroom. Seriously, this room was enough to kill her! Advanced Bio-Treatment can come in and return the room to its original, sanitary and safe state.

This is one nasty hoarding cleanup for ABT.

Personal belongings become mixed with garbage and waste until living areas are unsanitary. Rooms become unusable as refuse piles up on tables, counter top, and floors.

Advance Bio Treatment is available 24/7

We stay available to provide complete sanitation and site remediation. Our professional clean up team can eliminate bio-hazards and restore kitchens, bathrooms, apartments, or even entire homes back to their original condition.

Especially when compulsive hoarding involves animal feces, human feces, waste removal and decomposition, it is impossible to estimate how many biohazards could be involved. Advanced Bio Treatment is certified by multiple agencies to provide professional sanitation.

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The Sad Truth Behind Unattended Death

Unattended Deaths

Some of the hardest calls to get are when a person has passed away in their home or other location and have gone unnoticed for a period of time. Not only can it make for a highly technical decontamination and restoration process suitable for professionals like those at Advanced Bio Treatment ONLY, but it always leaves me wondering about the person and what transpired in their lives that they ended up alone in the end.

A case I worked about a year ago still remains fresh in my mind… It was in sunny Miami, Florida where we got the call for an unattended death, as we call them in this industry. I knew little more than that as we made our way to the home, passing long strands of Palm trees and freshly mowed lawns… the occasional yard we passed was still in the process of being cut as the homeowners took advantage of the cooler morning hours.

It became clear that this was a retirement community when we pulled into the driveway at the address listed for the call… word spreads fast in neighborhoods like that, and a small crowd of residents(and two tiny, well groomed toy poodles) had gathered around the mailbox.

Once inside, the odor of a decomposing body assaulted my senses right away. Anyone who has ever smelled death knows, it can feel as if you’ve been hit in the face; your boss stings, your eyes water and your stomach rolls. I was led down a dark hallway to where Jane Doe was face down in her bedroom, part way between her bed and her bathroom. She had been deceased for sometime and it was evident, even with the air conditioning still running(thank god for small miracles), by the state of decomposition and the large number of insects. Jobs like this require the utmost care by seasoned experts.

To ensure proper decontamination of the scene, an experienced scene clean up service should be employed. Human feces, urine, and blood cleanup pose a significant risk to human health. Advanced Bio-Treatment is well trained in EPA and OSHA regulations for biohazard cleaning.

I wondered where this woman’s, who looked to be in her early eighties, family was that they hadn’t noticed her absence. As we began the cleanup, I found some prescription bottles jumbled together in a drawer next to the bed along with a picture of a young man I assumed was her son. Another picture, black and white with yellowing around the edges from age, of a couple on their wedding day, hung on the wall. Later I would learn that Jane D.’s husband had passed away two years earlier from a stroke, and that her only child, a son, had perished in a car accident two decades before that. Cases like this can really make you reexamine your own relationships.

Even though we at ABT are not counselors, we have been trained to handle sensitive situations Like Unattended Death

We always handle them with the utmost respect and consideration for the family. No family should ever put themselves through the trauma or hazards of trying to clean a scene on their own, while trying to cope with the loss of a loved one. At the time we were unsure of the cause of death, only that there had been some blood loss as was apparent on the mattress and floor between the bathroom and bed. We soon discovered, however, that what had happened was a case of mistaken identity…. she had been taking the wrong medications in combination without realizing it.

In her weakened state(we learned that she had been ill for sometime with pneumonia), it was a fatal error as it began to cause massive internal bleeding in her lungs and she ended up suffocating in her own blood while trying to make it back into her bed. This case was so sad… but then I try to remind myself that she’s with her husband and son now. And, as we were walking out the front door that day, I heard the neighbor who had eventually found Jane D. say, ‘ She will be missed, but at least she’s alone no longer’…

If you need scene cleanup and decontamination guidance, have questions about your payment options, which clean up and decon procedures your current insurance policy covers or require our scene cleanup services immediately, don’t hesitate to give Advanced Bio Treatment a call at:800-295-1684.

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Shot To The Head Suicide in Jacksonville

Sadly, in This Business We See a Lot of Suffering and Sorrow with Suicides

Often from families struggling to make sense of the senseless death of their loved one, and never more so than when suicide is involved.

The people left behind are tasked with the job of piecing together the final moments and events that led their family member down such a dark road that they felt the only escape was to end their life. The family members who remain, assume the pain and burdens of unanswered questions and truly become victims themselves.

For instance, not too long ago I was called out to a residence on a quiet street in Jacksonville, Florida. It was a nicely decorated home, and I immediately noticed that it had a woman’s touch about it. I also saw right away the evidence of a young boy: video games were piled up on the modest television set, and a pair of worn Nike sneakers sat just to the side of the front door.

I was ushered down a long halfway and up a set of stairs to the first bathroom and boy, let me tell you, you never white get used to seeing the gruesome aftermath that a bullet to the head can cause in a tight space like that. There was brain matter everywhere, and blood covered the walls and ceilings like spray paint. Sometimes I tell myself that it’s just red spray paint. I’m a professional, but even we are not immune to some of the things we see, and with suicide being the 7th leading cause of death, and one that’s been growing since the last recession, we are unfortunately very adept at erasing the signs from homes and businesses.

As I began to assess the situation, I was approved by a family member who filled in the missing pieces for me and it was even more tragic than I thought. Apparently, John Doe had by all accounts appeared to be an upstanding citizen… he was a small business owner, with a new wife and a teenage step son. Everything seemed to be going fine until his wife discovered that he had drained their bank account and stolen her father’s pension checks to cover his mounting gambling debts. She quickly packed up her son and filled for divorce, moving into the charming home I now stood in, all on part time pay.

But John D. couldn’t stay away. He made harassing phone calls at her job and her home. Finally, when she took out a restraining order against him, he snapped. He decided that he would show her what it was like when he wasn’t around anymore. He bought a .38 special, wrote a couple of suicide notes to his children from another marriage, to his mother and to his latest ex-wife, then drove to her new home. There, he broke into through a back door, and then literally marched upstairs to the bathroom and shot himself knowing that her 12 year old son would be the first home that day.

Terrible, Just Terrible

And although we specialize in cleanup and restoration, we are still trained to be emphatic… and I really felt for this family and all they were having to endure. Luckily, the good part of my job is being there to take some of the weight off their shoulders during such a stressful time, no family member should ever be tasked with cleaning up after something like this.

To ensure proper decontamination of the scene, an experienced scene clean up service should be employed. Human feces, urine, and blood cleanup pose a significant risk to human health. Advanced Bio-Treatment is well trained in EPA and OSHA regulations for biohazard cleaning. Advanced Bio Treatment has experience in the decontamination and remediation of crime scenes, accident scenes, suicides and other unattended deaths. We will work with your insurance company to ensure that our biohazard cleanup services meets both your standards and theirs.

Our 24/7 Cleanup Service Areas Include: Florida, Georgia, Washington DC, New York , Kentucky and other crime scene states

If you need scene cleanup and decontamination guidance, have questions about your payment options, which clean up and decon procedures your current insurance policy covers or require our scene cleanup services immediately, don’t hesitate to give Advanced Bio Treatment a call at:800-295-1684.