Biohazard material comes in many forms. Examples include blood, bodily fluid and tissue, human and animal waste, mold, and volatile chemicals. If any of these or other biohazard substances are on your property, you need safe, complete sanitization that only a biohazard cleanup company can provide.
When to Hire a Biohazard Cleanup Company
Here are some common situations that warrant biohazard cleanup:
- Death or injury: Accidents, injuries, murder, suicide, and criminal activity can leave behind biohazard waste.
- Hoarding: Piles of trash and debris can harbor mold, bacteria, and pests. It’s even worse if animal hoarding is involved since this introduces pet food, animal waste, fleas, and other problems.
- Sewer backup: Few pathogens are more dangerous than those found in sewage. A backup into your home or business could create extremely hazardous conditions.
- Rotten food: Power outages leave perishable food to rot, spreading odors and contaminants around the building.
- Meth lab: The volatile chemicals used to produce methamphetamine and other illegal drugs can contaminate the premises.
Why Leave Biohazard Cleanup to a Professional?
You might be wondering if you can clean up the damage yourself or perhaps hire a general cleaning company for the task. However, here’s why you should only call a licensed and trained biohazard professional to perform the cleanup:
- Biohazard cleaning isn’t for the faint of heart. The sights and smells in a biohazard cleanup zone can be overwhelming. It takes an experienced crew who has seen this kind of thing before to manage the cleanup process.
- Biohazard cleaning isn’t for the inefficiently trained. Improper cleaning could lead to hidden contamination, festering odors, and structural damage. That’s why hiring an ordinary cleaning company isn’t good enough.
- Exposure to biohazards can cause illness. The pathogens living in blood, feces, and bodily fluids can survive for weeks, especially if the temperature and environment are conducive to their survival. If not handled correctly, biohazard cleanup can transmit HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis A, B, or C. All it takes is a splash of blood on the face to contract a deadly disease.
- The cleaning crew must follow safety regulations. Because of the risks involved, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established numerous compliance regulations. For instance, the cleanup crew must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to avoid health risks. The crew must also dispose of biohazard waste properly to prevent the spread of disease.
- Professionals know how to spot property damage. Biohazard cleanup companies know the risks that lurk behind a saturated floor. If hazardous fluids leak between tile grout or floorboards and into the subflooring, the crew will remove the contaminated materials and install new flooring as needed. With professionals calling the shots, you’ll have peace of mind in a job well done.
If you’re facing a chemical spill, hoarding situation, sewage backup, or crime scene requiring immediate biohazard cleanup, please contact DKI at 877-533-0210. Our professionals are available 24/7 and will arrive within two hours of your emergency call.