The Risks of Pathogens at Houston Crime Scenes

When your Houston home or business has become a crime scene or death scene, restoring it to a safe, clean condition is our highest priority. This often involves eliminating the threat posed by bloodborne pathogens, which can remain at the scene long after the event. The health risks of pathogens at crime scenes are very serious, and require the services of trained professionals who know how to safely remediate biohazards.

Types of pathogens that may be present at crime scenes.

Bloodborne pathogens are more common than you may think, and some people do not know they are carriers. Pathogens that may be present at a Houston crime scene include, but are not limited to:

Hepatitis B and hepatitis C: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), hepatitis is most often caused by a virus. Hepatitis B and hepatitis C infections can range from a mild illness to a severe condition that requires hospitalization and can, over time, become chronic or even cause death. The Hepatitis B Foundation recommends having no direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids to prevent contracting the disease.

HIV: HIV is another virus that spreads through contact with some bodily fluids. According to the CDC, HIV can live in a used needle for up to 42 days, so it’s critical that crime scenes where needles may be present be handled by highly qualified crime scene cleaners.

MRSA: MRSA is a strain of staph infection that’s resistant to antibiotics and, if left untreated, can cause life-threatening sepsis. Anyone can get MRSA from contact with an infected wound or by sharing items that have contacted infected skin, such as razors or towels.

Eliminate the risks with proper biohazard cleanup.

All bodily fluids are considered to be biohazards per federal regulations, because of the likelihood of these fluids carrying bloodborne pathogens. At Advanced Bio Treatment, all of our Houston crime scene cleanup technicians are trained in and strictly adhere to all federal and state guidelines for handling biohazards. Our technicians have the knowledge and skills needed to locate hidden biohazards, safely use hospital-grade chemicals, avoid cross-contamination while cleaning a scene, and containing the biohazards to eliminate the risk of spreading contamination to other areas.

If a crime has left bodily fluids present in your home or business, don’t assume that any property restoration company has the training and experience to thoroughly sanitize the scene and make it safe again for occupants. Anytime bodily fluids are present—whether it’s due to a homicide, accident, unattended death or another similar event—it’s critical for health and safety to work with a qualified bioremediation company whose teams are trained in OSHA regulations and are in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations regarding the disposal of biohazardous waste.

To ensure that your property is returned to a completely safe condition, call Advanced Bio Treatment in Houston at 800-295-1684 or contact us online. Our live operators are standing by 24/7/365 to take your call.

New Jersey Forensic Cleaning Services

When a crime occurs at your home or business, you may be left to deal not only with the emotional stress, but also with an environment that’s messy at best, and hazardous at worst. At Advanced Bio Treatment, our New Jersey forensic cleaning services and crime scene cleanup services will return your property to a condition that’s clean and safe for occupants and visitors.

Burglary and fingerprint dust cleanup

When law enforcement investigators leave the scene of a burglary, they will likely leave fingerprint powder behind. Made from fine, dry graphite powder, fingerprint dust spreads very easily through heating and air conditioning systems and is difficult to thoroughly clean up. The technicians at Advanced Bio Treatment use specific methods and chemical agents to remove all traces of fingerprint powder.

Crime scene investigators may also have used luminol spray on floors, walls, and other surfaces to detect the presence of blood, or police may have used tear gas. Both of these substances can be toxic, so we use protective gear to clean the chemical residue they leave behind.

Homicide cleanup

Cleaning the scene of a homicide requires specialized training, techniques, and products to return it to a safe condition. The most critical threat at any scene where blood or other bodily fluids are present is biohazards. Thorough decontamination of a homicide scene is not a task to attempt yourself: You should allow only experienced crime scene cleanup professionals who know how to locate and identify potential biohazards to manage the job. Our highly trained homicide cleanup technicians work quickly and efficiently, and follow all OSHA and EPA biohazard cleaning regulations.

Bloodborne pathogens that may be present in your home or business after a death or violent crime has occurred include MRSA, HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and other biohazards that can survive long after the incident. Our technicians are experienced in the control of infectious disease, and trained in the latest methods to completely decontaminate the environment and eliminate the threats that pathogens pose to occupants of your New Jersey home or business.

Commercial/industrial forensic and crime scene cleanup

Business owners face unique challenges in the wake of a crime on their commercial property or industrial site. In addition to the same needs that homeowner have for expert forensic or crime scene cleanup services, business owners must minimize interruption and be able to return to normal operations as quickly as possible. At Advanced Bio Treatment, our technicians are prepared to arrive as soon as possible and work quickly to remove forensic chemicals, clean and disinfect areas where biohazards may be present, and deodorize and sanitize all affected items and materials.

Comprehensive, professional New Jersey forensic clean up services

We offer a full range of expert cleanup services, including forensic cleaning, crime scene cleanup, trauma and accident cleanup, biohazard cleanup, blood cleanup, and much more throughout our New Jersey service areas.

We know how critical it is to quickly restore your home or business to a state that’s clean and safe, so we have live operators who are ready to take your call any time of day or night. If you need professional, discreet forensic cleanup services, call us now at 800-295-1684 or contact us online.

Biohazard Cleanup Services: Facts and Myths

Professional biohazard cleanup is not a service that people need every day, so it’s no surprise that there are a lot of misconceptions about it. We hope you never need our biohazard cleanup services, but if you do, here’s what you need to know about the common myths that surround this important service.

You can clean up biohazards yourself with bleach.

In most cases where a crime, serious injuries, or a death has occurred, blood or other bodily fluids will be present at the scene. While your first impulse may be to grab a few bottles of bleach and a sponge, this is not, in any way, a do-it-yourself task nor is bleach the right cleaner to use. The presence of blood and fluids always increases the chance that biohazards are also there, but they cannot be seen with the naked eye.

Bleach will kill some but not all biohazards. In addition, bleach can irritate eyes, skin, and lungs; destroy fabric and metals; and be very dangerous if it’s mixed with other types of cleaning solutions. At Advanced Bio Treatment, we use cleaning agents that are specifically formulated to safely clean all traces of biohazardous material from a scene. Our technicians are also trained in the latest and most effective methods for eradicating disease-causing pathogens.

Law enforcement cleans up biohazards on crime scenes.

Whether law enforcement has been called to a crime scene, accident scene, unattended death, or other location where biohazards may be a problem, officers do not have any responsibility for cleaning up blood, bodily fluids or tissues left behind. Not only that, but law enforcement investigators may also leave behind forensic materials, such as fingerprint dust. A professional biohazard cleanup company will remove both biohazards and substances left by law enforcement.

Blood and fluids were from a healthy person, so there’s no danger.

This common misconception could not be further from the truth. Bloodborne pathogens such as hepatitis, MRSA, and HIV may not have caused visible symptoms yet still be present. Bacteria and viruses pose a serious threat to the health of the elderly, the very young, and persons with immune system disorders, so it’s never worth taking the risk of taking on biohazard cleanup yourself.

I can let everything dry then safely clean up myself.

Delaying cleanup in order to allow blood or other fluids to dry will not make the cleanup process less dangerous. Although not all pathogens remain dangerous for lengthy periods of time, research shows that some—such as MRSA, staph, C. diff, and many others—can survive for months on dry surfaces. Most respiratory tract viruses can persist for days, and HIV can persist for more than a week. According to research published by the National Institutes of Health, common pathogens “may well survive or persist on surfaces for months and can thereby be a continuous source of transmission if no regular preventive surface disinfection is performed.”

Biohazard cleaning services are available only at crime scenes.

Cleaning up hazardous bloodborne and airborne pathogens may be needed after many types of incidents, not only in the wake of a crime. At Advanced Bio Treatment, our highly trained team has the skills, methods, and products to return your home or business to a clean, safe condition regardless of the reason it may have become contaminated.

Call us for biohazard cleanup and waste disposal, infectious disease control and prevention services, crime scene cleanup, blood cleanup, and more. A live operator is standing by 24/7 to take your call at 800-295-1684.