In terms of accident cleanup or trauma site remediation, the involvement of a professional cleaning service is crucial.

Whether it is a traffic accident, an accidental death, or an industrial accident, the situation will normally involve biohazards that require expert attention. Additionally, the accident scene needs to be cleaned and restored to its original condition as quickly as possible to ease the minds of everyone involved.

One thing about this job is that it can really emphasize how fragile and fleeting life can be. Here one day and gone the next, so to speak.

Never is that more apparent than when a life is cut short by an accident, particularly when it involves some mundane routine that we all perform everyday… or mostly every day(I question this with some of the hoarding calls we get)… Like taking a shower.

The call came in, as they often do, bright and early one spring morning earlier this year. Turns out that the client, a older woman, had been away for the weekend visiting grandchildren on the West Coast and what she found when she returned home had prompted her request of our services, specifically the removal of a large amount of blood.

The home was located in a very pretty, well established neighborhood in the suburbs just outside of a large city in Delaware. Tall oak trees lined the street and the row of well maintained homes gave the feeling of a very friendly community.

We were met by the client on the steps in front of the house, and I could tell she had been having a difficult time coping with the tragedy that had taken place inside by her red rimmed eyes and the dark circles beneath them.

After a brief introduction and an explanation of the process we would use to restore her home, she led the way to a large bathroom towards the rear of the home. There, soaked in and around the tile on the floor beside an old bathtub, a unbelievable amount of blood had begun to dry.

Turning to her, she let out a sob and began to recall the events of the last 24 hours: she had been out of town for the weekend, visiting their children on the West coast, but because her husband had a golf tournament during that time, he had chosen to stay home.

Late Saturday night, she had attempted to call him to let him know what time her flight would be in the next day but she was unable to reach him. Knowing that something wasn’t right, she had reached out to a neighbor and asked them to check on him… that was when it was discovered that the victim had had an accident.

It appeared that while stepping out of the shower, John Doe had slipped and cracked his skull open on the ceramic tile. He died where he fell.

It was a terrible tragedy, and I felt a deep sense of responsibly to remove all traces of the traumatic event so that the victim’s widow could move forward with her life as best as possible without any reminders of the death of her husband.

The accidental death cleanup was very routine. We carefully and methodically cleaned, sanitized and put back the scene to the condition it had been in during happier times. Even after completing as many cleanups as I have, seeing the family member’s relief once they see the finished product never gets old. Her weariness seemed to relax a little when we handed the home back over to her and that made me feel like I had helped her the best way I could.

A follow up call found our client in good health and spirits a few weeks after the conclusion to the job. We also learned that she had put the house on the market and had decided to move out to be around her children and grandchildren on a year round basis. We wish her and her family peace of mind.

You don’t want to try and attempt to clean up a crime scene or accident scene. Blood and other bodily fluids can contain dangerous pathogens which pose a significant risk to human health. Our scene clean up technicians will decontaminate and remove any blood, tissue or bodily fluids a crime and trauma scene has left behind. Advanced Bio Treatment is a professional scene cleaning company.

Regardless of 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. We only deploy EPA registered hospital grade cleansers and disinfectants.

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!


Ted Pelot Owner & President of Crime Scene Cleanup Company - Advanced Bio-Treatment