Decomposition Odor Removal and Death Cleanup Services

Removing decomposition odors from a home

Any number of things can cause an odor in the home — trauma involving an unattended death, a crime scene, hoarding or even pets. Pungent and overwhelming odors can become toxic, especially if the source is decomposing biological material.

One of the most challenging situations we face as death cleanup and odor removal specialists is unattended death — when a person dies and is not found for days, weeks, or even months. For the family affected, dealing with the aftermath of a death cleanup can be a grim experience. Considering the difficult and disturbing nature of decomposition, as well as the associated health hazards, remediating the situation should be left to professional trauma scene cleaners like Aftermath Services.

If left untreated, even the smallest amount of bacteria can grow and cause serious physical damage within the home. Airborne bacteria may cause lingering odors which, in addition to being unpleasant, can impact both the safety and well-being of future occupants.

HOW LONG AFTER DEATH DOES A BODY SMELL?

Most people are shocked to realize that it doesn’t take very long for a decomposed body to smell. In some weather conditions, the odor can begin to impact a home’s livability within a few hours after death. Often within a few days, personal property such as furniture, books, clothes and carpeting are forever ruined.

DISINFECTING DECOMPOSITION AND RECOVERING PROPERTY

Aftermath’s local crews are experienced biohazard remediation and death cleaning specialists who wear personal protective equipment and follow approved safety and disinfection procedures to help return the scene to a safe, clean state. Whether you’re looking for death cleanup or odor removal in a home, business, or apartment, Aftermath Services is available 24/7/365 to come assist you.

If required, we will remove personal property and affected structural elements, such as flooring, and dispose of them according to local, state, and federal biohazard waste regulations.

A Certificate of Treatment is issued for full-scopes of work, which can be attached to any bill of sale for the property as a disinfection guarantee. After the death cleanup process is complete, we use adenosine triphosphate (ATP) fluorescence testing, the same technology used by hospitals, to verify a high disinfection level.

We provide unattended death cleanup and death odor removal services to individual families as well as property managers and commercial customers. Aftermath’s expert technicians are available to help you 24/7, so you never have to wait for service.

WHAT ODORS SHOULD I CALL A BIOHAZARD REMOVAL COMPANY FOR?

The gases and compounds produced in a decomposing body emit distinct odors. While not all compounds produce odors, several compounds do have recognizable stenches:

  • Cadaverine and putrescine smell like rotting flesh
  • Skatole has a strong feces odor
  • Indole has a mustier, mothball-like smell
  • Hydrogen sulfide smells like rotten eggs
  • Methanethiol smells of rotting cabbage
  • Dimethyl disulfide and trisulfide have a foul, garlic-like odor

Landlords and property owners that rent to tenants are more likely to experience an unattended death at some point. Knowing what a dead body smells like is crucial in maintaining the health and safety of not only tenants, but also the physical structure of the apartment unit or building.

If you are a tenant, alert your landlord or property manager of the smell so they can call a professional to remediate the situation.

Call us or contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with questions or to learn more about our odor removal services.

Testimonials

"Zach was compassionate, professional, caring and easy to work with, yet clear with what he needed to do and conscious of safety. His crew were equally caring and professional."

Peggy H. - Chicago, IL

"Deon and his team were not only responsive but flexible. I appreciate their sensitivity to the situation and showing the human side to this job. I would highly recommend them to anyone."

Jennifer K. - Avon Lakes, OH

"Jason and Ryan went above and beyond any expectations in my time of grief. They are professional, courteous and experts in their field of work. They performed all work quickly and professionally. I would highly recommend this company and these men to anyone. If I could I would pay them more for all they did. "

Erin R. - Ashville, NC

"I am so thankful for this wonderful team of Leslie, Rob and Jamaica. They are very sweet and made this awful experience bearable. I cannot thank them enough. Thank you for your kindness in our time of grief. "

Kim D. - Washington

"Rick, Jay, and Sonny did an outstanding job of meeting or in most cases exceeding our expectations at a very difficult and trying time for our family. I am a close personal friend of the funeral director who gave us your name and have already assured him of their outstanding work for us. Truly an asset to your company and great representatives!"

Janet H. - Neosho Rapids, KS

"Aftermath team made a very hard event much easier. Without them, I do not know how I would have made it through this. Corry went above and beyond my expectations. She was much more than the lead and for that I am more than thankful."

Christopher R. - Tallahassee, FL

"My father passed away and was left unattended for a few days with His two dogs in the house. We called aftermath on a recommendation from the local police department. John and his team were so helpful, thoughtful and professional throughout this difficult process. They even helped us load my father’s Harley into our trailer because we didn’t have a ramp. John stood with us while his team worked and let us reminisce about our father with him. The team went through everything in the house and saved everything that they could for us. During this incredibly difficult time for us, they put our minds at ease knowing that they would take care of cleaning the house completely and thoroughly. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, john and team. "

Jessica S. - Tennessee

"Aftermath was very professional and was able to accommodate the urgency in the situation. They explained the services and was able to relieve my worries as they dealt with the insurance company. Other companies were unable to take the job or handle the job with efficiency to get the ball moving. Since I was needing the job done in a small window of time."

Latoya G. - Sacramento, CA

"The services performed by Aftermath provided me with a tremendous amount of relief. I am incredibly thankful for the compassion shown by the Aftermath team. Good job!"

Dean Hunter N. - Oakland, CA

"Aftermath responded quickly to our request and stayed late into the night to finish the job. Tom and the awesome team explained all the stages and answered all our questions before, during, and after. In such a difficult and emotional time for the family and friends, the experience was a blessing and is truly appreciated."

John G. - Durham, NC

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