Unattended Death Cleanup Narrative
Unattended death cleanup prices and services offered as written here come with a guarantee. My guarantees receive California small claims courts validation as legal documents. As such, you receive work and services as I offer for my other biohazard cleanup work throughout Califorina.
My clients pay by cash, check, and homeowners insurance. For homeowners insurance policy payment, I request pre-approved work coverage by an company agent.
As like other unattended death cleanup businesses, my prices reflect the cost of doing business in California as well as a profit margin:
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My unattended death cleanup services involve making a first assessment of the scene before beginning work. At this time I begin to work out a plan for cleaning. I begin to understand where I can walk in the room without causing cross-contamination from blood and other infectious materials (OPIM). I learned if a bed is involved, if other furnishings are involved, the carpets involved, and if he carpets involved, the type of floor becomes a serious issue.
The first assessment tells me if I'm going to use a fog to disinfect a specific area of the death scene or the entire room. My fogging chemicals are standard and often include bleach or a chemical solution consisting of household cleaning agents available at Home Depot and other hardware stores. Bleach is my favorite and most useful chemical, but it has drawbacks because it's more corrosive and causes color loss in some fabrics. It is not my desire to cause color loss and household items that do not require demolition and removing.
Floor sometimes clean up easily enough following an unattended death. In subs cases applying a strong cleaning solution and bleach to the floor will begin to loosen up those materials that a dried up on the surface. Once these cleaning solutions have dwell for a bit, it becomes easy to scrape and/or scrub off these offensive materials. Once removed they can safely and easily be placed in the sanitary sewer, the toilet. This is acceptable disposal of these materials and equal like materials go down mortuary and hospital sanitary sewers.
Some times we find that natural stone floors will not tolerate bleach. In such cases using the milder cleaning solution is called upon for the task at hand. In these cases a lighter approach to scrubbing invention becomes the preferred method of reducing blood in OPIM in from the floor surface. Marble and travertine come to mind because these stones are most common when families and businesses use natural stone as the primary floor surface covering.
Linoleum covers many floors and we find it most often in apartments. In bathrooms it's most likely to come upon linoleum and cleaning linoleum floor soiled by blood and OPIM creates few cleaning hazards. At times a linoleum polish or wax covers the floor. When such protective layers are covering the floor, the may be scratched if not totally removed. They are also easily reapplied by the family or maintenance staff for the apartment building.
Linoleum floors do create problems we not will maintenance store they become crack from age. This becomes especially troublesome when there is a linoleum covering below the surface layer. In these cases blood and OPIM in may have migrated below the first layer onto the bottom layer and migrated between the two layers of linoleum. When the surface layer no longer covers the bottom layer, odors are quite horrific. There are no other unattended death cleanup odors as strong and powerful as these odors as found between two layers of linoleum flooring.
Concrete floors cleanup much more easily than wood floors because more aggressive scrubbing and disinfecting practices create less damage. Wood floors sometimes offer challenges. He challenging wood floor will have poor maintenance to its wax or polish surface, if any. In those cases where plywood serves as the wood surface without finish, then blood and OPIM and may have saturating then penetrated the surface. In such cases a heavy and vigorous scouring will help remove the soiling materials. Sometimes this will not work in the wood flooring that soiled must be removed.
Floors covered by carpet sometimes require additional work because the carpet latex (a binding plastic light material for carpet fiber) lays upon before surface. Because of its plastic like nature before receive little air in the blood and OPIM remain moist if not wet. While wet or moist this blood is considered biohazardous it also has a greater penetrating power. So in the case of the wood floor covered by a carpet the odds for cutting out the damage floor a greater. At least when there's no carpet on the wood floor the fluid materials for quickly dry.
When blood and other potentially infectious materials penetrate a carpet they will saturate any carpet padding below. This padding serves like a sponge and collects much of the fluid. This fluid will remain wet or moist a much longer time than the carpet fibers above. As such it remains biohazardous and carries the odor of blood in death more strongly than any other materials found in the area, in most cases. In fact, depending on the length of time between an unattended death in an unattended death cleanup service, carpet throughout an entire structure may become permeated by the death and blood odors. That's why it's better to have an unattended death cleanup sooner than later. There are the reasons of course, but odors should become a consideration.
Odors develop from bacteria during the decomposition process. This process involves many species of bacteria, from those bacteria present at time of death to those bacteria that arrive after death. As the decomposition process continues new species arrive to play their part in recycling nature's materials. This natural process leads to offgassing my that bacteria. The gases in this offgassing process helped to create the death scene odors.
Overcome these blood in death odors becomes a big deal because they permeate cellular materials that are either naturally produced or manufactured. Naturally produced materials include cotton fabrics, wood, and other materials in a home or business containing that cell structure permeated by off gased odors. Manufactured materials, most specifically carpet padding, become easily permeated by the death and blood odors. They will hold these odors for quite a long time where poor ventilation exists.
Unattended death cleanup practitioners will sometimes say that the odors from an unattended death will create illness and disease. They say this because the been told to sell throughout their lives. It is not unusual for some people to persist in believing this myth. It goes back to the 18 century in the theory of "miasma." Miasma is a word that came to serve to help explain the origins of disease and plague in the Middle Ages. It was thought that this unknown force floated in the air above the dead and the ill causing others to become ill and died. It found quite a bit he used during the black plague in Europe, the bubonic plague. It was proven wrong in the 1880s when the germ theory of disease finally became the predominant theory for explaining illness and disease. Then there's the unattended death cleanup company owners who tell their employees to lie about blood in death odors.
Whatever their reasoning, if blood in death odors are dangerous during the unattended death cleanup practice, unattended death cleanup practitioners would not survive long. Corner in medical examiner employees would not survive long. Mortuary employees would not survive long. All these people work with unattended death doing some form of unattended death cleanup on their clients.
Germs take responsibility, then, for causing illness disease in human beings. These germs give us pause whenever we go about the business of unattended death cleanup, any type of human blood cleanup for that matter. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC), for all purposes, human blood contains blood-borne pathogens. Blood-borne pathogens are known as illness and disease carrying germs, bacteria and viruses. Be sure to visit this Los Angeles County page. Most commonly, we think of human immunodeficiency (HIV) and hepatitis C whenever involved in the unattended death, blood cleanup practice.
In fact, to do blood cleanup has an employer for profit as in my case, one must have blood-borne pathogen training as provided by the American Red Cross or online as found on Google or Yahoo for about $20. That's what it takes to cleanup blood in the United States and become certificated for blood-borne pathogen training.