Hoarding Cleanup In Arlington, VA

People usually think murder scenes are the worst ones we have to deal with, but that’s not necessarily true. A murder scene usually involves a small area. Often, this is only one room. Compare that with drug and hoarder houses where the entire place – every room – is packed with everything imaginable, including nasty garbage, filth and possible hazards. A few months back, we got a call for such a place. While not really unusual for this kind of assignment, reflecting on the job offers some insight into what a monumental task it is to clean up such a site – and why professionals like us at Advanced Bio Treatment need to do it. We arrived on the scene of a job in a middle-class neighborhood outside of Arlington, VA. It wasn’t a run-down area at all. Homes were relatively neat and well-maintained. In fact, when we got to the…

Here Comes The Boom

People tend to think we work only in cities doing crime scene cleanup, since that’s where they think more crime takes place. In this business, we do clean up many urban crime scenes, but plenty of them are out in the countryside. The open space and woods make it easier to hide drug operations, for example. In the Tennessee mountains, folks in one small town noticed vehicles heading down a dead-end road towards an old hunting camp. They didn’t know for sure what was going on, but everyone knew the family who owned the land. For years, no one visited the camp. Grass and small saplings began to grow in the dirt road leading to it. Then, one of the older sons from the family started going there. Locals saw him in his truck heading toward the camp. In town at the diner one day, one of his mother’s friends…

Young Love Turned Tragic

Every time we go to a job, it’s a different situation – even though the reasons for murder and suicide are often the same. Usually someone has some combination of emotions like depression, jealousy, drunkenness, or rage. But it seems like no matter how many murder or suicide scenes we clean up, someone will always commit another such act under a new and strange set of circumstances. This was one of those jobs. A young girl had just broken up with her high school sweetheart because he became “too serious” and was not enough fun for her. “James” was emotionally devastated, and couldn’t accept that his relationship with “Amanda” was over. He called and texted his sweetheart over and over, saying that they were “meant to be together” and that he couldn’t go on without her. One afternoon, a distressed James came over to Amanda’s house on the way home…