The Scene of a Death can be Dangerous and Traumatic

Untrained individuals should never attempt to handle unattended death cleanup efforts. Body fluids and biological tissues create biohazards that the untrained are unprepared to clean up. But there is help… the professional cleanup specialists at Advanced Biotreatment can save your property and restore your peace of mind.

Unattended deaths, add they’re called in the business, involve the deceased person going unaccounted for for a period of time which can be a few days, few weeks or even, a few months. As you might imagine, these scenes can be particularly difficult to clean up after… bodily fluids have often seeped into sub flooring, and a large number of insects can be present, drawn in by the unforgettable odor of death.

A short time ago we were called to remediate a residence which had been the site of a unnoticed passing. The client was a homeowner who had been renting out the home to middle aged divorcee who had been found dead in the property only a few days prior.

Like many of our calls, this job would involve a complete decontamination and restoration of the rental to allow it to be put back on the market. Grabbing our gear, we headed out to the scene.

The house was situated towards the end of a cul-de-sac on a very quiet street in a neighborhood outside of the city limits of Baltimore, Maryland.

We were met by the caller, a man in his 60s, who led us into the home. The smell was immediately overwhelming, despite every window in the house being opened in an attempt to air out the foul-ness. Once inside the master bedroom, it was clear that the action had taken place on the large bed in the center of the room…

A huge, wet stain, the source of the tremendous smell, made an ink blotter pattern on the linens, like an enormous Rorschach test, and layers of maggots as well as dead flies clung to the sheets.

It was explained that the gentleman had recently gone through a very stressful divorce, and it appeared the final blow came when he learned that he would not be given custody of his two children. Using a gun he purchased from a pawn shop, he wrote his children a farewell letter, then put a pillow against his head, followed by the weapon and then he pulled the trigger.

It wasn’t until two weeks had passed when a concerned neighborhood went snooping around the back of the home and caught the unmistakable aroma of death. Now we were cleaning away the evidence of this man’s sad ending… soiled sheets, pillows and of course the mattress, which was soaked in nearly 20lbs of extra body fluid, had to be carefully removed to prevent cross contamination and ensure the safety of future tenants.

Then, we had to totally sanitized and deodorize the entire home, down to the molecular level, to thoroughly remove any pathogens and eliminate that god awful odor.

At the End, My Favorite Part is Handing Back the Keys…

Seeing our client’s face light up, as a burden is taken off their shoulders, is a very gratifying feeling.

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 a call at: 800-295-1684

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