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

"Dennise was exceptional. She was patient, knowledgeable, hardworking and a pleasure to work with. She assembled an excellent crew who worked hard to ensure that the house was remediated."

Amy M. - Missouri City, TX

"Tom and his team were absolutely amazing and worked through the night so that the family with a special needs child could come back into their home as soon as possible. They were very compassionate. They weren’t all business, very professional. I recommend him and his staff to anyone who goes through a tragedy such as this. God bless them all. "

Erika W. - Fayetteville, NC

"The team was very informative, sensitive to our needs, and very professional and listened to what we had to say. The house is very clean and smells good with no lingering odors. I am very happy with the job that was done and could not have asked for anything better. Wonderful team, fantastic job! Thank you! "

Lisa S. - Raleigh, NC

"I had no clue what to do, especially as I was overwhelmed with grief. Hooper and Weaver in Grass Valley, CA, recommended your company. As it was a Saturday, I honestly expected to have to wait a few more days to have it cleaned. But from the moment I contacted your company, I received both professional & compassionate help. While I would never wish this experience on anyone, it was good to have such a professional company & compassionate people when I needed them. I just want to say thank you to your three employees and let you know that you have some wonderful people working for you."

Jennifer P. - Grass Valley, CA

"Absolutely phenomenal service, I couldn’t have asked for a more professional, compassionate, well-grounded crew to have taken care of me and this job. Paul and his co-worker were outstanding, absolutely heart-felt, kind, perfect people for the job. I will recommend this company whenever I get the chance."

Lauren N. - Cinnaminson, NJ

"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

"Bryn and Jason could not have been more professional, kind and compassionate at a time when I was devastated by loss. They went above and beyond."

Arden R. - Raleigh, NC

"[The] team members were extremely professional, compassionate, & helpful from beginning to end of cleanup. I’m so very thankful for the time they provided me in answering many questions about the overall process. Based on their conduct, I would definitely recommend Aftermath Services to friends & family in need."

Saundra M. - Eugene, OR

"Tom, Chris, and Keith were very compassionate and caring. They made everything so much less stressful for me! They understood the needs of the customer and went out of their way to make my life so much easier at this difficult time. Wonderful staff!"

Pamela J. - Richmond, VA

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