We know that losing a loved one is an emotional time for families. Clearing out the space in which they passed can be even more difficult, especially in unexpected deaths, tragic accidents, violent crimes, and suicides.
United Water Restoration Group would like to discuss the options you have for professional post-death cleanup and how we can help you get started on moving on after the loss.
What Are Post-Death Cleanup Services?
Post-death cleanup is the process of trained professionals restoring, disinfecting, and deodorizing the area where an individual passed, making it safe and livable again. Also referred to as bioremediation, professionals use cleaning chemicals and heavy-duty equipment to remove the physical materials related to an individual’s death, including blood, bodily fluids, biohazard materials, and contaminated items.
Types of Post-Death Cleanup Services
There are many types of post-death cleanup services that ensure your loved one’s home or property is restored:
- Biohazard Cleanup
- Biorecovery Services
- Blood Cleanup
- Crime Scene Cleanup
- Hoarding Cleanup
- Homicide Cleanup
- Suicide Cleanup
- Trauma Cleanup
- Unattended Death Cleanup
The Importance of Choosing Post-Death Cleanup Services
When you lose a loved one, you have other important responsibilities to handle. Trained bioremediation professionals can carry the burden of cleaning up an area impacted by an individual’s death, giving you time to be with your family and begin the healing process.
Cleaning up after a loved one passes can be emotionally taxing on many people. Death cleanup services can also relieve you and your family of the additional trauma of entering where the incident happened.
Trust experienced trauma cleanup professionals to safely rid a home or property of potentially hazardous materials, including those contaminated by decomposition. This saves you and your family from the risks of coming into contact with bloodborne pathogens, bacteria, viruses, and other contamination.
The Post-Death Cleanup Process
When you trust bioremediation professionals like United Water Restoration Group, you can expect the following steps to ensure a space is thoroughly cleaned:
- Assess the conditions of the area, including the amount of hazardous material.
- Isolate the impacted area to avoid cross-contamination.
- Discard contaminated materials safely.
- Clean all signs of blood or biological material.
- Disinfect the impacted area.
- Remove odors.
- Test for bloodborne pathogens.
What to Look for in Professional Post-Death Cleanup Services
Here are some characteristics to seek out when searching for death cleanup services to help your family:
- Specialty training: Post-death cleanup professionals are trained in safely handling and disposing of biological materials, including biohazards. They’re also equipped to use commercial-grade cleaning solutions to kill bacteria, viruses, and pathogens.
- Following EPA and OSHA guidelines: These professionals should adhere to EPA guidelines for using chemical cleaners and disposing of hazardous materials.
- Certification and licensure: Both the EPA and OSHA offer optional certifications that demonstrate these professionals’ understanding of environmental and workplace safety. They may also complete certification in removing and testing for bloodborne pathogens.
- Empathy and understanding: Dedicated bioremediation professionals know how hard it can be to deal with the loss of a loved one, and they’ll walk you through the entire process so you know what to expect. Also, many death cleanup professionals arrive at the site in an unmarked vehicle to maintain your family’s privacy during this emotional time.