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Common Trauma and Crime Scene Scenarios That Require Professional Cleaning | SERVPRO® of Flagstaff/East Sedona

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

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If your property has been the site of an accident, crime or other traumatic occurrence, you are likely extremely overwhelmed with how to handle the aftermath that these violent events can leave behind. After police process a scene like this, it is generally up to the property owner to have it cleaned and decontaminated—which is where we come in.
As our technicians are fully trained to follow the protocols set forth both by OSHA and the EPA regarding biohazard cleanup and restoration, you can depend on us to restore your property and ensure it is completely safe following a traumatic event.
Additionally, we can handle cleaning up all the chemicals left behind by a traumatic event or investigation, including pepper spray, tear gas and the powders used to lift fingerprints and other evidence. Here are some of the common crime and trauma scene scenarios we can handle:
Crime Scene Investigation Cleanup
After a crime scene investigation, there are likely many things present that must be cleaned up and restored before it is safe to re-enter the scene. Not only will there likely be biohazards involved, but there will often also be fingerprint dust, other chemicals from evidence gathering
and small residues that could pose a hazard. We can handle all of the above to make sure things are still fully cleaned.
Bloodborne Pathogen and Biohazard Cleanup
There are many pathogens and other biohazards that can be carried due to blood, bodily fluids and tissues being present on the scene, and it is important that these are cleaned up in a certain way so as to not pose a hazard to anyone on the property in the future. We are able to clean, disinfect and deodorize an area to ensure none of these things are left behind.
Illegal Drug Lab Cleanup
When synthetic drugs are created, there are many chemicals involved—most of which are extremely hazardous and can coat an area with residues, posing health effects for anyone nearby. We are able to follow both state and federal guidelines regarding how these chemicals should be handled to make sure they are cleaned up properly and safely.
When you need restoration and cleaning services after a crime, accident or other traumatic event, let us be a resource for you. We are here any time you need us, and will respond to you as quickly as possible after you place your call. Get in touch today to learn more.

When You Might Need to Pursue Biohazard Cleanup | SERVPRO® of Flagstaff/East Sedona

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

yellow caution tape with discarded gloves and mask in a red biohazard bag If you need biohazard cleaning, SERVPRO of Flagstaff/East Sedona is here to help. Contact us to learn more.

While we appreciate a good DIY project or general maintenance when it is appropriate to do so, we also know that some jobs are things you should leave to the professionals—and biohazard cleanup is one of those jobs. The contaminants from biohazard-related damages can be extremely toxic to anyone who comes into contact with it, and if it is not cleaned up properly, the issues can compound and be a headache for many years to come.
Specialized training and equipment is always required for these types of scenarios, and restoring them safely and effectively is of the utmost concern. If you are not sure whether your damages warrant a biohazard team, here are some common instances where they might:
Sewage and Black Water Backups
For water damage issues, there will generally be classifications associated with the contamination levels of the water. While you will always want a professional to handle any type of water damage, if you have what is considered Level 3 or black water damage, you will certainly want to leave it to the professionals. Level 3 water typically comes from sewage backups or contaminated floodwaters. They will not always appear dark or black, but they will always contain extremely harmful pathogens that could cause death or illness if someone is exposed to them.
Bloodborne Pathogens
If someone gets injured in your home or in the workplace, it is important to treat the area like a biohazard due to the possibility of bloodborne pathogens being present—in fact, OSHA states that many businesses will be required to. We are able to clean, disinfect and deodorize any location where bloodborne pathogens are a risk so that you can prevent any potential hazards from arising.
Illegal Drug Manufacturing Labs
Unfortunately for landlords, when you have someone you do not know living in your property, there is always the risk that they will be doing something they should not be—such as manufacturing drugs. Many of the chemicals used in drug production are extremely hazardous on their own and can leave residues throughout a structure that can be harmful to anyone who comes into contact with them. We can provide a complete clean of an area that has been used to manufacture drugs to prevent this from becoming an issue.
If you need biohazard cleaning, we are here to help you 24/7. You can contact us at any time, and our team of expert cleaning technicians will spring into action.

How We Handle Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup | SERVPRO® of Flagstaff/East Sedona

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

yellow police tape with crime scene personnel assessing the situation If you are in need of cleanup after an accident or other traumatic event, let us be a resource. We are the experts and will start the cleanup ASAP.

In the aftermath of a traumatic accidental event or crime scene, having a professional cleanup crew come in and take care of the damages is so important. Not only will this take care of any potential biohazards that may be present in the area, but it is also a great way to gain peace of mind and take something off of your plate during what is likely an extremely stressful time.
We can guarantee to not only be thorough with our cleaning, but we will also be extremely empathetic and respectful during a difficult time.
Our expert technicians have the specialized training, protective equipment and extensive experience to handle damages and cleanup tasks such as these with expertise and extensive levels of care. Once the police are done processing a scene, we can come in and make sure that all evidence is preserved while still cleaning up any potential biohazards or other dangers that might be present.
Our Trauma and Crime Scene Cleaning Services
Depending on the type of accident or crime that occurred, there will be many different moving parts that go into a careful and thorough cleanup. Once the evidence has been gathered, there are often many things that police officers and investigators leave behind, which is why we are here to remove all the damages surrounding the situation.
We have the capability to clean up the residues left by fingerprint dusting and the chemicals used to gather other evidence, in addition to any biohazards that may be present. We also have the expertise necessary to handle chemical residues from chemicals found in tear gas, pepper spray and fire extinguishers so there are no long-term health effects resulting from these things not being properly cleaned.
All of our technicians are also trained regarding the OSHA and EPA protocols to get rid of blood, bodily fluids, tissue remnants and other biohazards that are often present in these types of situations.
If you are in need of cleanup after a crime, accident or other traumatic event, let us be a resource for you. You can call us at any hour to have a rapid response to the situation, so cleanup can begin as soon as possible. Get in touch today to learn more.

What to Do Before a Biohazard Restoration Team Arrives | SERVPRO® of Flagstaff/East Sedona

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

red biohazard caution tape in front of white wall If you are in need of biohazard cleanup, you can count on our expert technicians. We are here 24 hours a day, contact us if you need immediate help

While any type of damage should be considered dangerous and should be immediately treated by a professional restoration team, the dangers that biohazard damages present are much more dangerous than those present after fire or water damage.
Biohazard contaminants can pose an extreme health risk to anyone who comes into contact with them. Biohazards can be medical waste, biological matter or chemical materials, but regardless of what the hazard is, extreme caution should always be taken.
What to Do While You Wait for Your Biohazard Restoration Team to Arrive
The primary focus after any event involving biohazards is the safety of yourself and those around you. Safety is always the No. 1 concern after any type of damage, but especially when that damage involves hazardous materials. It is important to note the serious health consequences that can occur after exposure to biohazards—even floodwater can contain sewage and contaminants.
Evaluate whether or not it is safe for you to remain in the building with the biohazard presence, and avoid performing any action that will cause you to come into contact with it. If someone is hurt, be sure to call emergency services so they can receive the care that they need, and treat all substances as if they are contaminated just to be safe. It is best to go ahead and get into
contact with your restoration team so they can come to you quickly and avoid any potential secondary issues from arising.
What Not to Do While You Wait for Your Biohazard Restoration Team to Arrive
After an event involving biohazards, it is important to never perform any action that might expose you to a contaminated surface just in case. However, if it is safe for you to do so, there are some ways you can mitigate the damage.
If you have sewage or flooding damage, turning off the HVAC system can prevent secondary issues from arising. You should never use any appliances or electronics that have been in contact with a contaminated liquid, but you can remove things that are neighboring the contaminated area so the dangers do not spread.
If you are in need of biohazard cleanup, you can count on our expert technicians to help. We are here 24 hours a day to take your call and dispatch a response team out to you. Contact us today to learn more.