Crime Scene Cleaners in Chicago
and surrounding areas
In today’s world, crime can be an unfortunate part of life. While we never expect it to happen to us, the truth is that anyone can have a crime intersect with their lives. Many of us have likely seen a crime drama or two. However, what we often don’t think about is what happens to the scene in the wake of a crime. After the police and other law enforcement teams have done the necessary work to analyze the crime scene, many people don’t realize what to do next. Typically, people can often be left with a huge mess inside their home or their business.
Attempting to clean up the mess of a trauma yourself is a mistake that can often come with major health risks on top of the headaches of doing the actual cleaning yourself. There is more than just a simple mess and damages to think about. If there has been any type of trauma in your home, there can be a major risk of exposure to infectious diseases that can threaten you and your family or employees. Additionally, many of these are unable to be seen by the naked eye. There are professional companies such as Advanced Bio-Treatment in Chicago that specialize in professionally cleaning a crime scene. Companies like Advanced Bio-Treatment have the experience, tools and equipment to clean up even the worst crime scenes.
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A blood-borne pathogen is a disease-causing microorganism that lives inside human body fluids and especially thrive in the bloodstream. However, blood-borne pathogens can live in any bodily fluid, even urine, and can make any crime scene a toxic one.
The most common type of viruses that are caused by blood-borne pathogens are HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis C, and viral fevers. While those are the most common, there are more than two dozen viruses that are early the result of blood-borne pathogens.
Absolutely. In fact, even if there was no death in your home, if the crime involved a person, dangerous pathogens may have been left behind. It is a common misconception that there has to be blood left behind to be as risk for airborne pathogens that can lead to viruses.
The HIV virus can survive up to several weeks outside the body, especially in areas that are dark or particularly dry.
The virus leading to Hepatitis B can live for nearly an entire week in even the smallest portion of dried blood. Additionally, this virus is especially worrisome because it can occur simply by touching a surface that was contaminated. This is why it is especially important to seek professional decontaminating.
It is highly unwise to simply assume that the only risk of exposure will be found in the contaminated area. Many pathogens are airborne and can easily be transferred to any surface in the area. Once transferred, simply touching the surface can lead to becoming contaminated. Additionally, the longer a surface has any germs on it, the greater the chance of becoming a source of virus or disease transmission. This is the same principle hospitals use when they routinely disinfect every surface, no matter if an infected person has touched that particular surface or not.
The first priority is to remove everyone from your home or to remove any employees from a contaminated area at your business. Plan to stay elsewhere for up to a few days. Then, get in touch with your law enforcement contact in order to find a professional, highly trained crime scene cleaning service. Services like Advanced Bio-Treatment are trained to handle pathogens and other dangers, as well as provide full-scale cleanup services.
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Cleanup of a Processed Crime Scene
In addition to cleaning up the crime scene itself, there are additional aspects to consider when cleaning a crime scene that has been processed by law enforcement. At Advanced Bio-Treatment, all of our team members are extensively trained in the crime scene processing tactics that are used by law enforcement. They will analyze exactly what tactics were taken and then execute the proper cleaning and disinfecting methods necessary. For example, sometimes tear gas can be utilized in a crime, leaving behind a large volume of toxic remains. There are a multitude of other things, such as leftover powder used to look for fingerprints, that also need to be professionally and properly cleaned up by an expert crime scene cleanup team.
Advanced Bio-Treatment will work closely with law enforcement agencies and anyone else investigating the scene to clean the area swiftly and effectively. We know that reentry is your ultimate goal and we work hard to ensure the cleaning process is done as quickly as we receive the official go-ahead from all parties involved in the crime scene processing.