Hiring a Death Cleaning Services: What to Know

A Death Cleaning Service (also referred to as crime scene cleanup or bioremediation) is a service that cleans, sanitizes, and deodorizes a death site. This is especially common in cases of suicide, homicide, or unattended death because these types of scenes can be contaminated with large amounts of blood and body fluids that can contain harmful bloodborne pathogens, including HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and MRSA.

The Importance of Crime Scene Cleanup Service

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"Biohazards are potentially infectious organisms that can cause harm to humans. Because biohazards have the potential to transmit diseases, such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and MRSA, biohazard removal cleaning services go beyond using commercial cleaning agents to ensure a site is truly disinfected.

When selecting a biohazard removal cleaning service, customers should utilize a checklist to ensure the company adheres to professional standards. At Aftermath, we adhere to a 28-point checklist, which illustrates the regulatory compliance and quality assurance standards we follow as part of our commitment to innovation and excellence."

4 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Death Cleanup Service

Choosing the right bioremediation company can be a time consuming and confusing process. By asking the following questions, you can ensure the company you are partnering with is reputable, knowledgeable, and professional.

  1. How long have you been in business? Choosing an inexperienced bioremediation company can yield serious consequences that can negatively impact your health and cost more money in the long run. Aftermath has provided death cleanup services to families and business owners for almost 20 years.
  2. What are your quality assurance standards? Although death cleanup is not a federally regulated industry, a reputable cleanup company will offer ongoing OSHA training, provide proof of workers compensation, commercial general liability, and environmental liability insurances, and provide evidence of medical waste transporter licenses. Aftermath goes beyond this with a 28-point checklist that illustrates the regulatory compliance and quality assurance standards that every bioremediation company should follow.
  3. How can I be sure my family’s privacy will be respected? No one wants strangers bustling through their home in the days following the tragic loss of a loved one. Aftermath understands this, and takes the utmost care to treat the scene and the family with compassion, professionalism, and respect. All of our vehicles are discreetly marked to maintain confidentiality, and all of our technicians undergo sensitivity training and background checks.
  4. What hours are technicians available and how long is the response time? Tragedies can happen at anytime and can’t always wait for a response. Aftermath is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and has teams who cover the 48 contiguous states. On average, an Aftermath service team can arrive on site within 2-4 hours of dispatch.

At Aftermath, we believe that no one should have to suffer the process of cleaning and restoration after a traumatic event. Please contact us day or night for assistance.

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Sources:

The Free Dictionary: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/biohazard
Baltimore Sun: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1995-01-18/news/1995018074_1_tear-gas-gas-training-harford-county

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