As a homeowner, we hope you’ll never need our trauma cleanup services. But unfortunately, stuff happens—crimes like burglaries, meth labs, homicides and other unplanned deaths or severe injuries resulting from crimes can occur that leave you, your property and loved ones or employees devastated.
What’s Involved in Trauma Cleanup
Police and other officials who are involved in the aftermath of the incidents are not responsible for cleaning up the residue that remains, nor are they qualified to do so. The home or business property owner is accountable for this cleanup. But that doesn’t mean that the typical lay person should undertake this potentially hazardous process.
There are specific steps that need to be taken when it comes to trauma or crime scene cleanup. There are reasons why the task should be left to the experts who are experienced and knowledgeable in the cleanup process.
Biohazard, Blood and Body Fluid Cleaning
Remnants of a crime or trauma that remain can include materials and solutions that are hazardous if not handled properly. Cleanup requires following strict procedures, using hazmat suits and other protective gear and adhering to the ultimate safety precautions.
Handling of perilous and infectious biological fluids from a homicide, unattended death, tragic accident or suicide crime scene can result in contraction of chronic diseases such as Hepatitis B or C and AIDS/HIV among others. Crime scene cleanup professionals are immunized and vaccinated against these diseases.
A meth lab cleanup is probably the most potentially toxic of any scene. The chemicals used to make the meth can permeate all surfaces, walls, carpets and floors of the building. If the technicians involved in cleanup are not extremely cautious, exposure can result in severe illness, including reproductive disorders, birth defects, blindness, lung, liver and kidney damage and more. Unless properly cleaned, a building that housed a meth lab can remain toxic even a decade after the lab was dissembled.
Removal of Criminal Investigation Materials
If a burglary or break-in occurs, the police likely will take fingerprints using fingerprint powder. This powder is difficult to remove and can even be toxic. The professionals use cleaning agents that are safe and free from allergens that will thoroughly eliminate any fingerprint powder residue from the surfaces within your home or business.
The Job is Just Downright Nasty
Cleaning up after deaths or violent crimes is not for the feint-hearted. The crime scene is often full of bodily fluids, odors and tissues that can sicken the average person who is not trained or experienced in dealing with them.
If the scene is not cleaned thoroughly and with the proper materials and procedures, the area may remain full of blood-borne pathogens that can result in illness and disease.
Certification and Training
Crime scene cleanup professionals are trained in the safe handling and cleaning of a trauma scene. If they see a thumbnail-sized bloodstain on the carpet, they know there’s a good chance that there’s a 2-foot diameter bloodstain spread beneath it.
There are usually permits and regulations required surrounding disposal of biohazardous materials and waste, which professional trauma scene companies maintain. They also supply their technicians with the proper attire, safety gear to wear and cleaning supplies to use during the cleanup process.
Call the Professionals at St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration
Don’t attempt to clean up after any traumatic event or crime. Leave it to the professionals at St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration. They have the trained and certified technicians to make sure that all bio-hazardous waste will be disposed properly.
In many cases, our trauma scene cleanup service costs are covered by insurance policies; we can work with the insurance companies during the course of the project.
St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration also offers 24/7 emergency service if needed, because we know quick response is crucial to proper restoration after catastrophic events.
Contact us to find out how we can help you get your home or business back to normal after a traumatic event.