Handling Decomposition Cleanup After an Unattended Death
Call Aftermath for immediate help with unattended death cleanup.
Death is something that no one is prepared to face, especially when a loved one dies suddenly and alone. This type of death is known as an unattended death and often requires an experienced crew of dead body clean up technicians to remediate. A decomposition cleanup from a team of bioremediation specialists helps restore the home or dwelling to a sanitary and livable condition. Aftermath works to alleviate the burden and stigma associated with decomposition cleanup to ensure that the home is thoroughly and safely disinfected.
CLEANING UP AFTER AN UNATTENDED DEATH
An unexpected loss is not something a family can prepare for emotionally, and it comes with some difficult realities in cleaning up the affected areas. It’s not safe to simply scrub floors or throw away items that have been affected — there’s more to it than just surface cleaning.
When a person dies, the natural process of decomposition begins immediately, and potentially harmful bacteria are released into the air and the surrounding areas. Bacteria are responsible for the odor of body decomposition. It is also important to note that:
- Any porous material, including wood, carpet, drywall, or concrete, will absorb body fluids and odor. As a result, it is recommended that you dispose of porous materials rather than clean or wash them. A bioremediation company can properly dispose of these items for you.
- Depending on the deceased individual’s health condition, there is also potential to come in contact with bloodborne pathogens.
- While decomposition is perfectly normal, traditional home cleaning solutions are not sufficient to safely clean, sanitize and disinfect areas affected by human decomposition.
- Even the smallest amount of biological material left untreated can make a residence unlivable.
SAFE AND DISCREET DEAD BODY CLEAN UP
Aftermath is the nationwide industry leader in decomposition cleanup and biohazard remediation, working with families, businesses and communities every day. Aftermath is fully insured and bonded, has more than 35 regional and mobile offices offering 24/7/365 rapid emergency response, and uses a proprietary disinfection process to ensure health and proper disinfection. We also offer a Certificate of Treatment (COT), which guarantees that a remediated site is free of harmful bacterial substances.
Because dead body cleanup is such a sensitive subject both emotionally and physically, it is imperative that you leave it to professionals. Unnoticed or untreated biological materials following an unattended death and human decomposition present major health hazards to those around it and may negatively impact the value of the home, apartment, or building.
LOOKING FORWARD: HOUSE CLEANING AFTER DEATH
When an unattended death occurs in a residence, there may be a need to sell or rent the property later. A home that is not thoroughly disinfected can harbor potentially infectious material for years, putting current and future residents at risk. Not only does Aftermath perform decomposition cleanup, we integrate ATP testing (often used by hospitals) to ensure that all bacteria is removed from the death site, and the COT we provide stays with the home forever as proof and guarantee of disinfection.
When looking for a bioremediation or dead body clean up company, make sure there is a guarantee in place, like a COT, to protect yourself from potential liabilities. Additionally, some states require you to disclose to new renters or buyers if a murder or death has taken place in the residence. If you find yourself in that position, it is helpful to provide proof of proper remediation.
AFTERMATH IS AVAILABLE 24/7 FOR UNATTENDED DEAD BODY CLEAN UP
If you’re facing an unattended death, remember that you aren’t alone. We want the decomposition cleanup to be as easy for you as possible. Call us at (877) 696-5258 or submit a request – our dispatch center will call you within 15 minutes for more details and assistance.
How Stuff Works—How Dying Works: http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/death-dying/dying4.htm