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What Really Happens to a Crime Scene After the Police Leave

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Proper Crime Scene Cleanup

After the police leave a crime scene, the homeowners or family of the homeowner are now left alone. The police will not clean a crime scene because it is very harmful without the proper training and PPE. Now they should call professionals to clean up the crime scene and make it safe for the occupants to live in the home.

 

When you think of a crime scene, everyone thinks - blood. When a homicide or suicide happen inside a home, the blood and bodily fluids can have detrimental effects on the home's interior and can affect current and future occupants with certain bloodborne illness if not properly cleaned and disinfected. Biohazard remediation specialists are the best way to remediate the scene and ensure the space is safe for occupants. 

 

Biohazard remediation specialists are skilled in removing harmful biological contaminants from homes while protecting themselves and others from potentially life threatening infections. Special care and attention to detail needs to be a priority in order to protect everyone involved. Only a professional biohazard cleaning company has the personal protective equipment, chemicals and training necessary to get the job done right.

 

 

How Biohazard Remediation Specialists Work

 

Proper PPE: All specialists wear equipment that protects them form any harm that can come from a biohazard. They wear double layer of gloves, respiratory gear, and biohazard suits designed specially for bioremediation.

Training: Biohazard remediation specialists are trained and certified in bloodborne pathogen and chemical exposure. Bio-One East Irvine are licensed to handle any biohazard waste.

- Cross Contamination Prevention: Technicians create 3 zones. Green zone, yellow zone and red zone. Green zone is the area that is not contaminated and should not have any biohazard. Yellow zone is the area that is the middle ground between contaminated and not contaminated zones. Red zone is where the scene has taken place and where all tools should be that touched or are around biohazards.

- Disinfection: Proprietary cleaning chemicals are needed to properly clean the affected area. Proper disinfection must take place before the occupants are healthy to enter the home.

Proper Disposal: Once the crime scene remediation is done, the bioremediation specialists take all biohazardous materials to an approved biohazard disposal site.

 

 

 

Bio-One East Irvine has helped many people for years get their homes decluttered and cleaned. Our techs are trained and experienced. If you , a friend or a family member need help with decluttering, don't hesitate to call us!

 

 

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How to Help Someone with Compulsive Hoarding Disorder

1. Set Reasonable Expectations -

 

Hoarding doesn't just happen. It's something that builds over a long course of time. The recovery for the person suffering with hoarding disorder will be a long and ongoing process. Be reasonable with your expectations and help your friend set realistic and attainable milestones for themselves in their recovery.

 

 

2. Listen and Empathize - 

 

When someone has a hoarding disorder, it can lead to social isolation and problems with relationships. People may avoid friends and loved ones because of fear of judgement. Be there as someone who will listen empathetically to help your friend avoid that spiral into isolation. There are times where people suffering with compulsive hoarding disorder don't let anyone enter their home for years, so no one can see what the inside of their home looks like. 

 

 

3. Educate Yourself on Hoarding - 

 

Compulsive hoarding disorder is complex and caused by different issues. Educating yourself about hoarding can be a starting point if you want to help someone you care about. It's very easy to view hoarding disorder as something that doesn't make any sense. Allowing yourself to think of it in that way can prevent you from being empathetic, so educating yourself can help you be a great support system.

 

 

4. Recognize Positive Change - 

 

It is very important to celebrate victories, even if they are small. This will help your friend feel more motivated to keep in going. When you help your friend feel more motivated to work on their compulsive hoarding disorder it will encourage more significant changes.

 

 

5. Encourage Them to Seek Professional Help - 

 

 Many people with hoarding disorder recognize that it's an issue, but they're often overwhelmed by the thought of finding help. There is hoarding treatment and support available in different methods. While you can't force someone you care about to receive hoarding professional help, you can research treatment programs and provider. They can also get professional help with getting their house cleaned and decluttered. It can be extremely overwhelming for them to clean up the hoard that has been growing for years. Bio-One East Irvine can help your friend safely clean and sanitize your friend's home. 

 

 

 

Bio-One East Irvine has helped many people for years get their homes decluttered and cleaned. Our techs are trained and experienced. If you, a friend or family member needs help with decluttering, don't hesitate to call us!

 

 

Call Us Anytime: (949)774-8408

 

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5 Creative Decluttering Tips

1. Create a Decluttering Checklist

Creating a decluttering checklist will allow you to plan out what gets cleaned first and how long it should take to finish the task at hand. Tackling a decluttering job can be very intimidating. There will be so many things to think about that need to be decluttered, cleaned or thrown away. 

 

2. Take Before and After Photos of a Small Area

Choose one part of your home, like your kitchen counter, and take a photo of a small area. Quickly clean off the items in the photo and take an after photo. Once you see how your home could look, it becomes easier to start decluttering. 

 

3. Use the Three-Box Method

Get three boxes and label them: trash, keep, or re-locate. Enter any home and place each item into one of the following boxes. Don't skip a single item, no matter how significant you may think it is. This will help you identify the rest of the items throughout your home. In the beginning it will be a little challenging but then it will become a lot easier to group the items.

 

4. View your Home as a First-time Visitor

It's easy to "forget" what your home looks like to a new visitor. Write down your first impression on how cluttered the home is and make changes. Then write down your goal on how you would like your home to look like after it is decluttered and cleaned. 

 

5. Get Professional Help

Most of the time it is best to seek out professional help because the decluttering can be so bad that it can take over a week. There can also be items that need to be thrown away in heavy-duty bags like expired food or animal litter. There are also times where human bio is sitting under most of the clutter and has been there for years. A professional will be able to properly clean, disinfect and discard appropriately. 

 

Bio-One East Irvine has helped many people for years get their homes decluttered and cleaned. Our techs are trained and experienced. If you, a friend or family member needs help with decluttering, don't hesitate to call us! 

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The What, Why, and How

The What

 

Mold is a fungus that develops in multicellular structures called hyphae. The hyphae will continue to grow and eventually multiply into visible colonies, which experts consider separate living organisms. Mold plays an important role in nature by breaking down organic matter. Although, it can be very dangerous inside a home because it can cause respiratory problems. This is the case for individuals who are already suffering from asthma or similar health issues.

 

The Why

 

Mold remediation is essential before more issues occur. Choosing not to seek professional help can be detrimental to your health. Contacting a Mold Remediation professional will help you get rid of all the mold. Multiple issues that mold can cause are respiratory issues to people living in the home and hurting the home structure.

 

 

The How

 

There are a couple ways to identify mold in your home:

 

  1. Color: Mold can come in any color combinations like gray, tan, brown, red, blue, yellow, and black. Most likely the one inside your home will be black or gray.
  2. Texture: Mold can have so many different textures like fluffy, grainy, slimy, or spongy. 
  3. Smell: Just like color and texture there are a couple of different smells from mold. The typical smells are musty, lingering, and extremely pungent odor. Other smells that mold gives are earthy, meaty smell, or an odor similar to rotten wood.

 

 

Bio-One East Irvine can help you with and bio-hazard cleaning and remediation. We will ensure it is done with the upmost respect and health standards, so you can safely live in your home.

Call Us Anytime: (949)997-1650

www.biooneeastirvine.com / info@biooneeastirvine.com

 

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Effective Approach to Sewage Spill Remediation

 

Step 1: Immediate Response

Turn off electrical power in the area that has been flooded. It can be unsafe to have electrical wires, extension cords or any electrical fixtures contacting standing water. Sewage contaminated areas contain contaminants that can cause serious illness or disease. Disease causing agents in raw sewage include bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. 

Step 2: Scope Sewage Backup and Contamination

An inspection for mold or other contaminants is necessary to determine how much cleaning needs to be done. It is adequate to wear full PPE to keep from touching any harmful substances. Sewage backups can contain bio-hazards that can be very harmful, like feces. 

Step 3: Decide Who is Going to Perform the Remediation

It is best to hire professionals to do the cleaning due to all the safety concerns. Some reasons why hiring a professional is the way to go:

- You or building occupants are people at extra risk: asthma, elderly, compromised immune system, infants

- The total area of contamination and scope of work are just too large for you to handle

- Your insurance company is paying for the clean-up 

- Sewage spill has been in place for 24 hours or longer

Step 4: Remove Salvageable and Non Salvageable Contents

Contents that need to be disposed are wet carpets, padding, wet upholstered furniture, and curtains. If walls are covered with wallpaper it should be removed as well. Salvageable contents are hard-surfaced furniture, dishes, plastic items. If weather permits place content outdoors in a sheltered area. 

Step 5: Demolition and Removal of Wastewater Contaminated Materials

Remove all contaminated drywall, carpeting, carpet padding, paneling, building insulation or other materials in the affected area. Remove all porous material such as cardboard, paper, books, cloths, mattresses, curtains, and stuffed animals. 

Valuable area rugs or carpets can sometimes be cleaned and sanitized by a carpet professional. 

Step 6: Disinfect Area as Quickly as Possible

Remove standing water using buckets and water-removing shop vac. Collect and discard solid waste. Always check with local health department about requirements for bagging and disposal of solid sewage waste if it cannot be disposed-of into the public sewer system. Prepare the affected area for rapid drying and open lower wall cavities for the full length of walls along floors that were soaked with sewage effluent even if you do not see water stains on the upper walls themselves. 

Step 7: Dry the Affected Area as Rapidly as Possible

Dehumidifiers and portable fans must be on for 24-48 hours to dry the wet building area. 

 

Bio-One East Irvine can help you with and bio-hazard cleaning and remediation. We will ensure it is done with the upmost respect and health standards, so you can safely live in your home.

Call Us Anytime: (949)997-1650

www.biooneeastirvine.com / info@biooneeastirvine.com

Serving Orange County, Inland Empire, and Los Angeles County

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Types of Biological Hazards

1) Viruses (such as COVID-19) - They can pose a threat to human health when they are eaten, inhaled, or come in contact with skin. They can cause illness such as food poisoning, tetanus, respiratory infections or parasite infection. 

2) Sewage - Also known as "wastewater," it contains fungi, bacteria, cramps, fever, diarrhea, and weakness. It can expose humans to harmful gases such as methane and hydrogen sulfide, cardiovascular degeneration, infections like hepatitis, and respiratory system problems.

3) Animal and Bird Droppings - Live animals or animal products, such as blood, tissue, milk and eggs, are exposed to animal diseases and infections. Examples of transmissible bird diseases associated with birds are histoplasmosis, candidiasis, cryptococcosis, St. Louis encephalitis, salmonellosis, E.coli.

4) Blood and Body Fluids - Exposure to blood and body fluids is a serious concern for health care workers por anyone that comes in contact with these hazards and presents a major risk factor for transmission of infectious diseases such as hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and human immune deficiency virus. 

Bio-One East Irvine can help you with any bio-hazard cleaning and remediation. We will ensure it is done with the upmost respect and health standards, so you can safely live in your home. 

 

Call Us Anytime: (949)774-8408

www.biooneeastirvine.com/info@biooneeastirvine.com

Serving Orange County, Inland Empire, and Los Angeles County

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Steps on How to Best Clean a Hoarder's Home

Step 1: Proper Supplies and Clear Out the Trash

It is a very laborious task to clean piles and piles of trash. You will need a lot of manpower to effectively remove the accumulated junk. The size of the property determines how many people you will need, but typically four people recommended. There will be a lot of furniture that will need to be tossed if it has been sitting with the pile of junk for years. Other supplies that are needed are heavy duty trash bags, gloves, disinfecting products, and a dumping location. 

Step 2: Clean and Sanitize Floors

Deep clean the tiles and floorboards from the years of junk and trash. In most cases, carpets will need to be removed. Carpet is very porous and will hold smell, bacteria, and bio-hazards that will not come off not matter how it is cleaned. The padding under the carpet also needs to be removed.

Step 3: Disinfect the Property

A heavy duty disinfectant like Clorox will be okay for hard surfaces and furniture, but it will not be effective for the rest of the property. It is highly recommended to hire professionals to disinfect the whole house. They will use industrial chemicals and machines that will get all the germs that have been growing in the pile of junk in the home. There could also be mold spores in the air, so it is recommended that the professionals use industrial air scrubbers to clean out the air inside the property. 

Step 4: Deodorize

After all the cleaning and disinfection there can still be a lingering smell. Febreze and Glade can help with the smell, but that might take months to get the property to smell normal again. Professionals can use industrial chemicals and machines again to clean the air quality in the property. This will be the best way to make it smell normal again.

 

 

Bio-One East Irvine can help you with and bio-hazard cleaning and remediation. We will ensure it is done with the upmost respect and health standards, so you can safely live in your home.

Call Us Anytime: (949)997-1650

www.biooneeastirvine.com / info@biooneeastirvine.com

Serving Orange County, Inland Empire, and Los Angeles County

 

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Feces and Urine Remediation

Why is feces and urine a bio-hazard?

 

Both feces and urine are classified as bodily fluids. Other bodily fluids are vomit, blood, human tissues, and even organs. When you consume food or liquids, it gets filtered through the kidneys. While some of this is in the form of excess water, it also contains cellular byproducts and other waste that your body doesn't need, such as ammonia and salt. In addition to this, the urine passes through the urethra on its way out, which hosts many kinds of bacteria. Medications are also filtered by the kidneys so being in contact with another person's urine could introduce unknown meds into your body. Feces is much worse and should be avoided at all costs. This is because feces can host a wide variety of viruses and bacteria, including E. Coli, salmonella, rotavirus, hepatitis C and A, norovirus, shigella, and many more. Feces is also made up of water, dead stomach bacteria, food waste, salt, fat, intestinal mucus, and cell linings. Being in contact with feces can cause you to contract one or more viruses. 

 

Should you clean up the feces and urine or call a professional?

 

Cleaning up any bio-hazard can be dangerous. It is not recommended for someone to clean it up themselves. Calling a professional is the best option to choose because they are trained, knowledgeable, and well-equipped. Bio-One East Irvine wears full PPE, uses EPA approved chemicals, and is trained to handle bio-hazards. Bio-hazards also need to be disposed of in the proper fashion. Since bio-hazard material can make people sick, you want to make sure to get every particle. If you miss any particles and the bio-hazard becomes airborne, it can harm anyone living in the area. Utilizing the proper deodorizer to remove lingering odors is very important or else the odor will stay behind. 

 

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Steps to Take in an Event of an Undiscovered Death

Discovering an unattended death is a very dramatizing experience. No one should ever go through this experience alone. Bio-One will always show up with empathy and carefulness to help anyone going through this. If you do discover an unattended death call 911 immediately. Never stay inside the home because the body has started to decompose. If you find yourself in this situation, take these steps.

 

Step 1) Call 911 - Contact your local authorities to make sure that the body is properly taken care for. They can assess the body to ensure that no diseases or illnesses are lingering that could be dangerous to those in the area.

 

Step 2) Keep Yourself and Others Out of the Area - Keeping everyone out if the location is important while the local authorities are there and even after they leave. No one should be in the home until the area has been disinfected and sanitized. Keep watch and make sure that others aren't lingering in the area or attempt to enter the home.

 

Step 3) Disinfect and Decontaminate - This is where Bio-One East Irvine can help. Once the body has been removed, any airborne pathogens or sicknesses in any blood that may have left behind could still be contaminated if the team that removed the body didn't clean up the area. Properly cleaning the area can be very difficult for others because you need the proper training, safely equipment, chemicals, and ability to handle bio-hazards. Not only does the blood need to be cleaned up, but there will most likely be an odor left behind from the decomposition of the body. Bio-One East Irvine can help with remediating any lingering odors.

 

Bio-One East Irvine

 

Call Us Anytime/Any Day: (949)867-4372

 

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4 Tips for Hoarding Cleanup

When dealing with the aftermath left by a hoarder, where do you even start? It’s an enormous job and one that can also be dangerous. This can affect anyone buying a new home, a loved one that has kept the inside of their home private, or even your next door neighbor. The tips below can help someone clean up the home of a hoarder.

 

Cleaning up the home of a hoarder is one of the most time consuming and challenging jobs anyone can take on. There is more to hoarding cleanup than simply organizing and cleaning. In fact, many hoarder houses are infested with rodents, roaches, and other animals and are breeding grounds for mold. These 4 tips can help you through the cleanup process:

 

1) Always wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) - You can be exposed to many bacteria and viruses when cleaning up the hoard. A common animal you may find while cleaning is  rodent, and rodents most likely carry viruses. Rodents can carry Lyme Disease, Hantavirus, Salmonella, and Typhus. You can also be exposed to needles, human or animal feces, urine, and other harmful bio-hazards that can affect your immune system. Always wear gloves, booties, protective eyewear, N95 mask.

2) Separate and Organize items into 3 Categories - This one is not that simple. Yes, the easy part is creating the 3 different categories, which are keep, donate, and throw away. The hard part is getting to get the hoarder to understand how to put items in the donate and throw away pile.

3) Hoarding is a Mental Disorder - Hoarding may be present on its own or as a symptom of another disorder. Those most often associated with hoarding are obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). 

4) You may need to ask for Help - Helping anyone with a hoarding situation can be extremely tuff. First of all knowing where to dump the "throw away pile" and being able to haul it away. Second, being able to work 8-10 hours a day for about 6 days to get the home cleaned and livable. Lastly, having the proper tools and knowledge to clean everything and anything up. Please call Bio-One East Irvine when you need help! 

 

Bio-One East Irvine

 

Call Us Anytime/Any Day: (949)774-8408

 

www.biooneeastirvine.com / info@biooneeastirvine.com

 

 

Serving Orange County, Los Angeles County, and Inland Empire

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