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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The Four Stages of Cleaning Up a Crime Scene
If you are faced with the fallout of a crime scene, the entire area will carry certain potential dangers to you and your family. Not only do any obvious things, such as blood, need to be cleaned, but you will need to ensure the entire area is decontaminated. While the process is very technical and involves a lot more detailed steps, below are the basic steps of cleaning up a crime scene that MUST be completed before it is fully clean and decontaminated:
The first step is to assess the crime scene. This entails searching for biohazards, potential blood-borne contaminants and any toxins that may be present. This process will vary based on a variety of elements, such as what time the crime was committed. Then, our company will provide all the necessary protective gear for our team and for others who need to enter the premises. Next, our team will remove any bodily fluids, such as blood, prior to decontaminating the area. They will also remove any other hazards left behind. Last but certainly not least, all waste needs to be disposed of in a proper manner. Working with a professional biohazard cleaning company will ensure that everything is disposed of in accordance with the strict EPA guidelines and federal regulations. Your home or business with then be safe to reenter.
Advanced Bio-Treatment’s team members are required to go through a highly extensive training routine prior to working on any crime scene. In addition to technical aspects, our team members are training to understand exactly what you are going through and will work with you closely, keeping you updated throughout every step.
Crime Scene Cleanup: There Is More Than Meets the Eye
As professional crime scene cleaners, we know there are dangers that are not visible to the naked eye and that can linger for weeks. This is why working with truly professional crime scene cleaning services is essential. There is so much more that needs to be addressed at a crime scene than simply cleaning up any damage and removing stains. Your home can be left with floating blood-borne biohazards, many of which can be airborne. We need to ensure you are not left at risk for any harmful or deadly diseases that can still be active even after every stain has been cleaned.
Looking Out for Your Family’s Safety
Outside of the dangers of leftover toxins, there are also psychological issues that can affect you and your family. While you may not notice it at the time, no matter what crime occurred in your home, it always comes with some level of an emotional toll. Even if there was not a fatality, there was still a crime committed in your home, the place you should feel safest. If someone died during the crime, the emotional toll will likely already be a great one. However, even if there wasn’t a fatality, there will still be distress. Attempting to clean up a crime scene yourself is not simply unpleasant, it will only exponentially increase trauma your family is likely going through. Working with the experienced team members of Advanced Bio-Treatment will alleviate that emotional burden. It will allow you to complete distance yourself from the crime and return to a fully clean home.
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Unattended Death Cleanup
There are situations when a death happens and it isn’t discovered immediately. When this happens it is called an unattended death. There are a wide variety of reasons for an unattended death can happen in your home or the home of a loved one. Additionally, an unattended death can also happen at a business, perhaps one that happened over the weekend and was not found out about until Monday morning.
Unfortunately, with unattended death cleanup, there are greater health risks that increase as time goes on. These health risks are due to the fact that decomposition has started to occur. The longer that the body went undiscovered, the more hazardous the scene becomes. In addition to health hazards, the cleanup process will need to address odors and stains that go hand-in-hand with decomposition. A highly skilled crime scene cleanup team is the only surefire way to ensure that the whole area is properly disinfected and deodorized.
Most of us are fully aware that viruses and infectious diseases can be spread by close contact with someone who has the disease. However, diseases can also live in bodily fluids after a person passes. This is very important for a crime scene or an unattended death. Pathogens that live on can lead to the spread of diseases like Hepatitis B.
A team of professional clean-up experts know all that ins and outs of biohazard cleanup and will help you and your family avoid any chance of staph infection, Hepatitis, HIV, or any number of other viruses. Additionally, Advanced Bio-Treatment’s skilled experts are trained to adhere to federal and state regulations for decontamination and sanitization, and also are extremely familiar with EPA and OSHA standards.
Death Scene-Specific Cleanup
We know that there are many crime scenes that do not include a fatality. However, if there was a fatality, the range of cleaning that needs to be done becomes exponentially more extensive and much more thorough work is needed. It is extremely important to bring in a team of professionals to handle the death scene cleanup process. These services include highly meticulous processes such as disinfecting entire areas that may have been exposed to pathogens, and removing odors that may exist due to decomposition.
In addition to the actual cleanup of a scene with a fatality, our team of professionals will follow all federal and state regulations, disposing of any affected materials. Additionally, we have handled thousands of crime scenes and will work quickly to ensure there is minimal interruption to your home or your business.
If there is even the slightest amount of blood at a crime scene, utilizing a company that specializes in professional biohazard and blood cleanup should be a top priority. Blood can lead to airborne pathogens spreading to areas in your home that the blood hasn’t even touched. Walls, floors, carpeting, countertops, furniture and any other open surfaces are all at risk for contamination.
Additionally, cleaning up a scene where any blood was present can take just a few hours or potentially a few days. A professional crime scene cleaning company like Advanced Bio-Treatment will be able to tell you exactly how long you can expect to wait until it is safe to reenter.
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.
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