The Risks Of Depression

Depression carries a high risk of suicide. Anybody who expresses suicidal thoughts or intentions should be taken very seriously. Do not hesitate to call your local suicide hotline immediately. Call 800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433) or 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) or the deaf hotline at 800-799-4889. Recently we were all heartbroken to learn about the tragic death of Robin Williams, the beloved, iconic star of stage and screen known for his lovable characters, quick-fire style of comedy and charitable nature behind the camera, who was found dead from an apparent suicide by hanging, in his California home he shared with his third wife of less than a year. Once the news broke, the only thing that most people could think of was how someone so full of life, who lived to make others laugh and feel good, could choose to end his life in such a tragic way.  Out of everyone that one would think…

Dealing With Your Demons

The worst calls we get, in my professional opinion, are the ones that involve shotguns. The devastation caused by one of these firearms is unlike any other. Often these scenes are the most technical in terms of clean up because, particularly in a small space like a bathroom or bedroom, the gore tends to be quite widespread. These cases really illustrate how vital it can be to hire highly trained bio-hazard specialists like the ones at ABT for two reasons: no family should have to put themselves through the trauma of of seeing the aftermath of a crime, suicide or accident and the pathogens that are found in bodily fluids such as blood, urine or feces, as well as the strong chemicals used in the decontamination process, make for a high risk situation appropriate for experts only. A recent call we received and the subsequent clean up will likely live…

Revenge Of The Renters

Foreclosure forces families out of their homes, usually in a last minute rush and under extreme duress with very tense emotions. As a result, most foreclosure properties are not left in sanitary condition, and some are downright dangerous. Not only may furniture and personal items be left behind, but items in the home like cabinetry or fixtures might be broken and rooms vandalized. Often houses will be soiled with urine and feces, or other unpleasant surprises, in an attempt to strike back at the financial institutions that may be seen as the problem.  We tend to agree with them. Foreclosed homes or evictions can be a nightmare for banks, realtors, investors and your everyday homeowner. These topsy turvy scenes of carnage and devastation present many unforeseen hazards to the uninitiated, as many times there are dangerous pathogens contained within the decomposing trash, bodily fluids, even dead pets that can be…