ABT Cleans Again in Baltimore!

Working at ABT, I often get a glimpse behind the curtain at the darkest facets of humanity

We are a curious species, capable of beautiful acts of love on one hand, and on the other, we can be unimaginably cruel and wicked. Never is this part of the human condition more apparent than when I am called upon to cleanup the aftermath of a homicide.

One of the most recent cases I took on also happened to be one of the most heinous I’ve handled to date.

One man’s desire for freedom and money would end with the deaths of two innocent people… and would leave two families searching for answers.

It can be a shock to a family coping with the unexpected death of a loved one, particularly in the wake of a gruesome murder, to learn that they are now responsible for cleaning up the terrible evidence of the tragedy that is left behind once the police have finished their investigation. Luckily in this case, a police officer put a member of the family in touch with us.

The home was located in a very wealthy neighborhood in the suburbs surrounding Baltimore, Maryland. Pulling down the long brick driveway, the only tell tale sign of the horror that awaited inside, was the yellow crime scene tape that peeked out from a silver trash can hidden behind a row of carefully manicured hedges.

We were met at the front door by the brother of the female victim. I find that before we begin the clean-up process it is helpful, not only for our goals but also as tool for coping with the grief felt by the family members who remain behind, to discuss what has happened at the crime scene.

As we were led inside the home, I listened to a horrific tale: the man’s sister had appeared to have a charmed life. She had married a very successful dentist, whom she had borne two beautiful sons, and the couple had enjoyed a very comfortable life complete with a gorgeous home and luxury vacations. But there was trouble brewing in paradise. Unbeknownst to her, her perfect husband had been seeing a young receptionist at his practice and wanted out of his marriage. 

A Surprising Ending Nevertheless

Rather than leave his wife, however, and, in his mind, potentially losing half of his wealth and custody of his children, he devised a plan to get away with murder. He hired a day laborer early one morning under the guise of needing work done around his home, then waiting for the right moment, stabbed his wife to death with a screwdriver before calling 911 to report that he had shot and killed an intruder who had broken in to kill his wife. Then, he turned his antique revolver on the day laborer, killing him in the home’s foyer in an attempt to make it look legit. The only problem in his plan… the day laborer didn’t die immediately and had time to tell the doctors who tried to save his life what had really happened that day inside the home.

The blood inside the home gave witness to the terrible events of that day and it had soaked through the flooring to the sub flooring below in many places. Blood splatter had been flung all over the walls in one room from the violence of the stabbing and the dry wall had to be carefully examined to make sure nothing was missed. It took three days to completely restore the home to the condition it had been in before the tragedy. It was so important to me that we do our best to erase all traces of the homicides from the home because of the young boys who had lost their mother, and father, that fateful day. They deserved the chance to be able to move forward with a fresh start without having any reminders of what had happened.

Family trying to deal with the loss of a loved one should not have to handle crime scene cleanup on their own. That’s why it’s important to hire a professional scene cleaning company such as Advanced BioTreatment with the training and experience to work with First Responders. Whether the scene is at your home and personal property, a commercial business, or industrial site, we’ll strictly adhere to OSHA regulations and API Worksafe guidelines in our cleanup efforts and only deploy EPA registered hospital grade cleansers and disinfectants. You need professional scene clean-up technicians to be sure that your home is truly clean. Your safety is our business.

Our crimes scene cleaning technicians work swiftly and thoroughly to clean, disinfect, and decontaminate all areas and equipment that have been affected by the incident. After an tragedy Advanced Bio Treatment is ready to help you move forward and get up and running as soon as possible.

If you need trauma or accidental death clean-up guidance, have questions about your payment options or current insurance policy covers don’t hesitate to give Advanced Bio Treatment a call at: 800-295-1684


ABT Cleans Up Infectious Diseases in Baltimore

Call The Professionals at ABT

When an accident or trauma has occurred at a home, industrial site, or traffic scene a professional cleaning service is crucial. Advanced Bio Treatment has the experience in all types of trauma and accident scenes and have the equipment and trained professional staff available at all times to deal with any situation.

On occasion we are contacted to do a cleanup that doesn’t involve some terrible tragedy. Sometimes we are called to restore a location after a natural event which takes place in an unnatural setting. Of course I’m referring to the messy process of an unexpected arrival.

And I do mean unexpected.

The call came in on a Monday, as they often do, to our Baltimore, Maryland office. The caller identified himself as the father of a young woman who had just welcomed her first child into the world… in the bathroom of her one bedroom apartment.

As we drove out towards the neighborhood, which was in an area known for its college students and youth culture, the mood was buoyant… sure we were heading to a job that would require careful removal of blood and other bodily fluids, but this incident had ended happily with a life created instead of a life destroyed.

We met the caller, as usual, in front of the address listed on the work order. It was a small apartment building just a few blocks from the local University. As we were led inside the elevator I turned to the older man to offer my congratulations on the birth of his grandchild. He smiled kindly and replied quietly that he was still getting used to the idea of being a grandpa now.

His daughter had not known, as wild as it sounds, that she had conceived a child during a passionate evening the summer after her sophomore year at school. Apparently she didn’t recognize the signs of pregnancy and according to her father, had not stopped her cycles nor had she gained any weight. Two days prior to being called, the father explained, his daughter had complained about unusual lower back pain so she had gone home to rest.

A Few Hours Later He Got News That He Never Expected…

His daughter had gone into labor and convinced she was dying, had called 911 who arrived to find her grasping the sink in her bathroom, standing in a pool of blood and amniotic fluid. Her son was born on the ride to the hospital.

Looking at the mess in the bathroom, it was clear something big had taken place. Bodily fluids covered the tile on the floor, and dripped down the toilet and baseboard. The cleanup, however, was fairly straightforward and after just a couple of hours, we had completely erased any evidence of mother nature’s handiwork.

Last I heard, mother and child were doing very well and had moved back to live with her parents.

All of our employees are well versed in OSHA and API work safety guidelines. Our crimes scene cleaning technicians work swiftly and thoroughly to clean, disinfect, and decontaminate all areas and equipment that have been affected by the accident. After an accident Advanced Bio Treatment is ready to help you move forward and get up and running as soon as possible.

If you need trauma or accidental death clean-up guidance, have questions about your payment options or current insurance policy covers don’t hesitate to give Advanced Bio Treatment a call at: 800-295-1684

Hoarding in Baltimore

Hoarding 101

Compulsive hoarding is a mental disorder that can devastate lives and property. Personal belongings become mixed with garbage and waste until living areas are unsanitary. Rooms become unusable as refuse piles up on tables, countertop, and floors. In the case of animal hoarding, animals may roam about contributing feces and increasing the chance of biohazardous conditions.

A short time ago I took a call from a homeowner who was in an absolute panic.

Apparently the older man and his wife had an investment property in a middle class suburb just outside of Baltimore, Maryland. A couple of years ago they had leased the home to a middle aged woman and her teenage daughter.

Everything had appeared to be normal and rent was never late, so the homeowners settled into a comfortable routine… until they received a phone call of their own from the local authorities who thought it important for them to know that Child Protective Services had removed the daughter from the custody of the mother because of ‘neglect’ and the living conditions inside the home. They were completely caught off guard.

Once we were standing inside what was, at one time, the foyer, I could see why the man and his wife sounded so troubled on the phone. The house was wrecked. The overwhelming smell of trash, stale beer, and cat waste combined with the heat and humidity made the job particularly challenging.

Everywhere I looked filth abound… From the piles of cat feces to the hundreds of beer cans and to the rotting remains of an untold number of meals. One room alone had so much trash in it that it was like the Mt. Everest of garage… The countless take-out food containers and stinky beer cans nearly touched the ceiling! It was a wonder that anyone would willingly live in such horrid conditions, let alone force a child to endure it also.

Compulsive Hoarding Cleanup Can Seem Overwhelming

Advance Bio-Treatment is available 24/7 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.

Everything and anything inside the house was ruined. Nothing could be saved, the noxious odor of the environment was indiscriminate of who or what it clung to and for days after the completion of the job I would drive myself crazy thinking I could still smell it. We had to literally rip up and replace the sub flooring and dry wall in nearly every room but once we had thoroughly cleaned, decontaminated and deodorized the house, I was able to hand the keys back to the overjoyed homeowners with pride.

Last I heard there were no plans to allow the woman back into the home, but she wouldn’t have need for it as she had entered a residential rehabilitation center that specialized in alcohol abuse. In this job, you really have to be able to separate work life and family life otherwise you can drive yourself crazy wondering about the people whose lives we get a momentary glimpse at… but being a father myself, I still can’t help but wonder whatever became of the teenage girl.

If you need scene clean-up 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