Why You Should Vacate Your Home During Biohazard Cleanup

Why You Should Vacate Your Home During Biohazard Cleanup

If your home has become contaminated due to a crime, accident, or other circumstance, the cleanup process can be overwhelming and daunting. While you might initially feel inclined to handle the cleaning yourself, it is crucial to protect your health and the health of your loved ones by seeking help from a professional biohazard cleanup company.

Biohazardous waste can be dangerous

Biohazardous materials and waste, such as blood, bodily fluids, and other contaminants, can pose serious health risks. These substances can carry pathogens that cause diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and other infections. Some examples of infectious disease hazards according to OSHA include seasonal and pandemic influenza, norovirus, Ebola, tuberculosis, and more.

Without proper training and equipment, attempting to clean these materials can expose you to these dangers. If you were to come into contact with hazardous materials, you could run the risk of these contaminants posing a threat to your health and wellbeing.

Cleaning up after a traumatic event can be emotional

Biohazard cleanup is often necessary due to a traumatic event and, if it is your home, it can be emotionally devastating to be present in the process. The psychological burden of dealing with the aftermath of a death or crime can take an emotional toll on you and your loved ones. Professional biohazard cleaners are experts in safely handling these situations with sensitivity and discretion and aren’t emotionally connected to the scene so they can do so efficiently and without the personal connection.

Not everyone has the appropriate PPE readily available

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is worn by professionals to minimize exposure to

biohazards that can cause serious injuries and illnesses. Different types of PPE can include gloves, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs or muffs, masks and eyewear, hard hats, respirators, coveralls, vests, and even full body suits. 

While you might have a few face masks and latex gloves at home due to COVID-19 precautions, most people lack the proper PPE needed to clean a space contaminated by biohazards. Professional biohazard cleanup companies are experts at assessing situations and selecting the necessary PPE to ensure their team is safe and secure during the cleaning and decontamination process. This equipment protects them before, during, and after the cleanup and they have specific processes for putting PPE on and taking it off.

Contaminated areas can have strong odors 

In addition to using specialized cleaning agents and equipment, biohazard cleaners thoroughly clean and disinfect all affected areas and often will use deodorization techniques. Since biohazard incidents can leave behind strong odors, deodorization is often necessary. Techniques used by professionals to eliminate unpleasant smells can bring back a fresh scent to your home. Once cleanup is complete, these teams will conduct final inspections to ensure all areas are thoroughly cleaned and decontaminated and will let you know when it’s safe to return so you don’t run a risk of returning prematurely.

Hire professional biohazard cleanup companies

Biohazard cleanup is essential for maintaining the health and safety of anyone who may encounter a contaminated space. If you or someone you know needs help after a traumatic event at home, relying on trained professionals ensures that the job is done correctly, protecting you and your loved ones from potential harm.

At Xtreme Cleaners, our team has the knowledge, skills, and proper equipment to handle any job effectively and efficiently. As a preferred vendor for insurance companies, we offer thorough and discreet care 24/7. Contact us at 800-524-9591 for assistance today.