Attempting to clean the aftermath of an accident, murder or unattended death can be extremely dangerous to one’s health, not to mention traumatic to behold.
Often when a family tries to do the cleaning themselves they find that they are overwhelmed by all that must be done to make a home or business inhabitable again.
Especially in the case of a death that has gone unnoticed and decomposition has set in. The smell is only one of the factors that can surprise the uninitiated… with one recent call ABT received, it was the insects and the blood that drove the family members to call.
The caller explained that their family member had been a relatively healthy woman in her mid fifties who lived alone in a home just outside Washington, D.C. Apparently, the woman kept to herself and worked from home, so it was only after nearly two weeks of no outside contact, that someone was sent to look in on her. They found her lying dead in her living room, blood draining out of her head through her nose, and pooling on the floor beside her couch. Dead at 53 from a massive stroke.
When discovered, because of the time of year and there being no air conditioning in the home, the body of the female was in full decomposition, and as we see attempted many times, but rarely completed, once the body was removed, the immediate family had joined together to try to restore the home for resale. Like many people with good intentions, they got in over their heads. That’s when we were called.
It’s never advisable to attempt to clean up on your own after an accident or death has occurred. In cases with drug overdose, there are dangers with the paraphernalia to consider.
In cases like this one, the advanced state of decomposition poses serious health risks that require proper decontamination before resale or rehabilitation can take place. ABT is EPA and OSHA certified and will restore not only your property but also your life.
At many of the unattended deaths we get called to handle, insects attracted to the smell of death, had infested the home, especially the small back room which the victim had used as an office, so before we could even begin the remediation, we had to set off several bug bombs to kill all the flies and their squirming, writhing larvae or maggots. Thousands and thousands of fly carcasses required removal before we could proceed, so we broke out the big guns… the vacuum.
Once the bugs were gone, we got down to the nitty gritty and began picking up the blood soaked carpet and pads so that we could completely remove all biological material, the cause of the tremendous smell inside the home.
Using only hospital grade, EPA certified cleaners, we scrubbed the sub flooring until no trace of the incident remained behind. Next, we carefully wrapped and disposed of the contaminated items, and set up our Ozone Machine to break down any left over odor at the molecular level.
Finally, we installed new carpet throughout the home, painted the walls with a special, antimicrobial resistance paint, and then wiped down every surface in the empty residence.
All told, the job took only two days, but I could tell that we had taken a huge burden off the family during that time. That’s what this job is all about. Helping communities move forward with a fresh start after something terrible has occurred. You are not alone in these situations, Advanced Bio Treatment is here to restore your property and your life.