Last updated 10 months ago
Homes, offices, and retail establishments are not the only places that may require biohazard cleanup. From time to time, crime scene clean up companies like CSCU may be asked to assist with unusual situations such as a vehicle cleanup. Specialized vehicles like squad cars, fleet vehicles and body transport vehicles require routine cleaning to maintain standards for safety and hygiene. Furthermore, on occasion, other consumers may experience situations that require a vehicle to be cleaned and sanitized. If you are considering having a vehicle remediated, there are a few things you may wish to think about first:
Check with your insurance company. If the incident was a traditional accident and the repairs are covered by your policy, a portion of the clean up may be too.
If the vehicle was involved in an accident, consider the emotional well-being of the survivors. Do you think they would feel safe traveling again in the same vehicle where the incident happened?
Before calling a company to clean up the car, consider the cost of the cleanup versus the price of a new vehicle. Though the space is small, cleaning and sanitizing a car can be tricky and time consuming.
If the car itself was involved in an accident and is approved for repairs, the mechanic may offer to clean your vehicle for you as part of their services. Keep in mind that this will only eliminate visible traces of the accident. All the nooks and crannies in a vehicle makes thorough clean up tougher. Repairmen may vacuum and shampoo the carpet and wipe down the interior, but they are not trained to safely sanitize the vehicle. Furthermore, the enclosed environment makes an ideal breeding ground for bacterial growth and there is an increased likelihood that you or your family will come into direct contact with an affected surface.
If you are wondering if vehicle remediation is a good option for you, CSCU can provide you with helpful information that will guide you toward making that choice. Call us today to discuss your situation.
Last updated 10 months ago
Crime Scene Cleanup Requires Professional Intervention
Dealing with crime scenes can be highly traumatic for a variety of reasons. That’s why crime cleanup should be left to the professionals.
Proper cleanup of a crime scene is integral to maintaining a safe environment within one’s home. Professional intervention can also help mitigate the emotional impact of a scene of violence, which can have lingering effects on all involved.
Calling the police is a natural response when faced with a gravely dangerous situation. As a result, police and other emergency personnel are the first to arrive to the scene of a crime. Their initial step will be to secure the area to ensure no further harm is afforded to victims or bystanders.
Once the area has been adequately secured, a crime scene investigation will likely take place. The evidence compiled during this time will be highly valuable for prosecution, in the case of any wrongdoing. For this reason, it is important to let crime scene investigators perform their work unimpeded. This is essential to bringing guilty parties to justice.
Once a crime scene has been thoroughly investigated, physical remains are removed of by the proper authorities. Unfortunately, other remainders of the crime will still be wholly evident to those living within a home. This is where professional cleaning technicians come in.
Dealing With the Aftermath
Once a crime scene has been secured and investigated, the onus of restoring a home to its former state usually falls to the victim’s loved ones. This can be an incredibly traumatic experience, especially with scenes of extreme violence. Health risks can also be a factor during cleanups, particularly when dealing with large amounts of blood, body fluids, and other biohazards.
A professional cleaning service will have the tools and know-how necessary to thoroughly clean a home in the safest manner possible. Crime scene cleaners may utilize the following:
Enzymatic Solvent (used to kill viruses that may be present in fluids)
Cleaning Supplies (mops, buckets, vacuums, etc.)
Personal Protection Equipment (goggles, respirators, hazard suits, etc.)
Cleaning services must also be bonded or licensed. Any transportation or disposal of biohazardous materials involves strict regulations that must be followed to the letter. A reliable cleaning company will be able to show verification of this licensing, and may provide additional reassurance through references and a customer satisfaction guarantee.
Professional Service Is Guaranteed
When faced with the aftermath of a violent crime, Crime Scene Clean-Up can offer more than just a restored living space. Our professional technicians will work diligently to render a home safe for inhabitation once again, and help provide peace of mind to the survivors. In these ways, cleanup often serves as a critical step towards healing and recovery.
Last updated 10 months ago
Finding Support Following the Suicide of a Loved One
Those who have lost friends or family members to suicide are faced with deep and complex emotions that can impact the grieving process. Suicide bereavement can differ substantially from other forms of bereavement, making it important for survivors to connect with others who understand what they are going through. For many survivors, talking about or honoring their loved one can help them as they work through their grief. Healing may take years, but the support from others can be beneficial during each stage of grief.
Dealing with the Impact
Often, suicides are unexpected and leave family members feeling shocked or numb. When faced with traumatic situations, like suicide cleanup or having to plan a funeral, many people find that others who have gone through the process are able to help them cope with the intense and unexpected feelings that accompany these tasks.
During the grieving process, some people may experience feelings of anger or depression. Once the initial shock has worn off, they may find that they are unable to handle the tidal waves of emotions that can seem to overtake them. Survivors may go through the following emotions:
A good support network can reduce the feelings of isolation that one may experience and give survivors a safe place to talk about the painful issues that they are living through.
Adopting Coping Strategies
When working through grief, developing positive coping strategies help survivors from becoming overwhelmed. For some, reaching out to friends, family, or religious leaders provides a place where survivors feel comfortable talking about the deceased. Planning special events on important dates can also be a good coping strategy, since it allows loved ones to honor and remember the life of the deceased. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with exercise, eating well, and getting enough sleep, provides the energy needed to cope with the loss.
Finding Emotional Recovery
Acceptance is the final stage of grief, one that some survivors must work toward for many years after the event. Support groups can aid in guiding people toward emotional recovery and help provide a sense of peace. While complete acceptance may be difficult to obtain, fellow survivors can offer practical solutions and a sympathetic ear.
At Crime Scene Clean-Up, we are dedicated to assisting suicide survivors as they begin their grieving process by offering professional services to discretely return the home to its former state. Contact us today to learn more.
Last updated 10 months ago
Let Compassionate Professionals Deal with Blood Spill Cleanup
Biohazard cleanup can be a difficult job in the best of circumstances. Whether the situation involves a serious personal injury or even a death, anyone involved in cleaning up a blood spill must be aware of the safety issues. They must also be sensitive to the feelings of the survivors. Professional crime scene cleaners are not only acquainted with the technology and methods best suited to trauma cleaning; they are experienced professionals who conduct their work with compassion and caring for those affected by the tragedy.
Today, more people are conscious of the safety issues surrounding the handling of blood and other bodily fluids. Those who work in industries that deal with blood on a daily basis take special precautions to prevent exposure. This may involve wearing specially designed masks, gloves, and other protective gear, as well as following local and federal guidelines for safe management of hazardous materials. Professionals who are at additional risk of exposure include dentists, blood donor technicians, and lab service workers.
Professional blood and trauma cleanup technicians receive training on the nature of bloodborne pathogens, the proper use of safety equipment (PPE), and the protocols for dealing with biohazardous waste. They are also vaccinated against Hepatitis B. In this way, they are prepared to deal safely with a range of infectious diseases and biohazard situations, including incidents involving:
MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus)
An Improper Cleanup Can Be Very Expensive
Companies that attempt their own blood cleanup can face potentially serious consequences if the scene is not remediated properly. Government agencies can assess hefty fines against those that perform an improper cleanup or dispose of biohazardous materials in an improper manner. In addition, if an unqualified employee who has performed a cleanup contracts a serious illness, the company may be held liable.
In addition to physical health concerns, the presence of blood has a profound effect on human emotions. Following a workplace accident, any remaining stains may serve to remind co-workers of the traumatic event. Smart employers may manage feelings of vulnerability in employees by offering counseling, critical incident stress debriefings and other mental health services. A thorough cleanup of the accident site can also go a long way toward reestablishing a sense of normalcy and reassure employees that their well-being is a matter of concern.
Let Us Do Your Blood Spill Cleanup
We at CSCU know that a cleanup job is more than a cleaning job. We understand that cleaning the accident site in a haphazard or disrespectful manner can further complicate an already traumatic situation. Our technicians are aware of the importance of their work, and perform every task with respect and compassion. We want to make your cleanup process as painless for you as possible.
Our goal is to leave the site safe and sanitized, as if the accident never happened. We will work with your insurance representative to make the process as transparent to you as possible. If you require our services, call us today and let us make the arrangements.
Last updated 11 months ago
What’s Left Behind: Dealing with the Aftermath of Tear Gas
Though often controversial, tear gas is a common component used in law enforcement. When utilized within the confines of a home, tear gas can have significant long-lasting effects, ranging from irritating the skin and lungs, to damaging eye sight. Once the dust clears, inhabitants are often faced with the unenviable task of putting the pieces back together.
What Is Tear Gas?
Tear gas is a non-lethal chemical weapon used by law enforcement for the purposes of crowd control. Tear gas subdues a target by irritating the mucus membranes until tears are induced. It can also cause coughing and sneezing. Targets will experience a loss of motor control, difficulty breathing, and possibly pain. Prolonged exposure can result in severe pain and long-term respiratory ailments; it may even cause blindness if left untreated.
Likely Scenarios Involving Tear Gas
While tear gas is commonly used to disperse large crowds during riots, it may also be used in a private residence. In this scenario, tear gas is typically employed during police stand-offs or hostage situations in place of weaponry. The idea is that tear gas will drive an assailant out of a home without causing grave or long-lasting injury to any innocent bystanders or victims.
Proper Cleaning and Disposal
When dealing with tear gas cleanup, professional assistance is an efficient, cost-effective solution. Personnel should arrive with suitable personal protection equipment (PPE). This includes respirators, as well as appropriate biohazard suits. This will help protect them from exposure as they clean and sanitize your home. The cleanup process may involve:
Carpets/Floors – A high-powered vacuum with a HEPA filter is a must-have tool when cleaning a site contaminated with tear gas. The chemical components of tear gas are made up of tiny particles, which means they can easily disperse into many areas of a home. As a result, thoroughly vacuuming the entire affected area must be the first step. Traditional household vacuums may recycle the air, reintroducing the chemicals back into the environment.
Furniture – Cleaning furniture contaminated with the remnants of tear gas requires certain solvents in order to be truly effective. These solvents must be applied in a prescribed manner and the appropriate curing time followed in order to render a home completely free of any caustic chemicals.
Deodorizers – Due to the harsh odor of both tear gas chemicals and necessary cleaning agents, a strong deodorizer may be required after cleaning. This will remove any vestiges of unpleasant odors within a home, thereby making it suitable for living again.
Compassionate, Professional Service
Crime can have a lasting impact on all involved. This is especially true when tear gas is utilized during a dangerous situation. Fortunately, Crime Scene Clean-Up can help reduce the damage caused by tear gas. Our services allow people get both their homes, and their lives, back on track.