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Biohazard & Crime Scene Cleanup

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technician cleaning in PPE Highly trained SERVPRO Technicians specialize in Biohazard & Crime Scene Cleanup

Biohazard & Crime Scene Cleanup 

In the event that your property needs hazmat, trauma or crime scene cleanup, SERVPRO can help you. This type of situation requires competence, experience and respect for all involved. Our skilled professionals will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances. Once the police have completed their investigation of a crime scene, cleanup and restoration can begin. This involves an assessment of your property to determine the proper equipment and cleaning products needed. Because traumatic events often involve biological and chemical contaminants, it’s very important to know that the restoration process is being handled in compliance with all government, environmental and health regulations. Our professionals do this in the safest way possible to you, your property and everyone living or working on your property. We are trained and prepared both physically and mentally to handle biohazard, trauma, and crime scene cleanup and restoration with respect and professionalism.


5/1/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Columbia, Montour & Sullivan Counties was contacted to provide an estimate for cleanup of bat droppings in a residential property's attic space. The property has been for sale for some time. The access to the attic was via a normal stairway, but the attic itself had only a 5 ft height in the center peak, down to a couple inches at the soffit edge. After providing a detailed estimate, including HEPA vacuuming; gross deposit scooping and cleanup; disposal fees; and Personal Protection equipment (suits, respirators, gloves), the customer gave approval to perform the cleanup of heavier concentrations of the droppings. Bat and pigeon droppings are considered hazardous materials, due to the possibility of fungal spores being present in the droppings, called Histoplasma. When these spores become airborne, possibly through agitation (sweeping the area with a broom, for instance), the result could be a lung infection, called Histoplasmosis. The effects are very similar to pneumonia and is treated with antifungal  medications.The crew was able to remove the heavy concentrations with manual means, then used a HEPA vacuum to remove smaller particles and dust.