Time is of the Essence

Cleaning for Professionals

One of the biggest factors for any job Bio Recovery handles is time. Even in death time still determines every aspect of a clean up from the type of equipment used, the amount of chemicals, to the number of technicians on site. Of course time has the biggest impact on the bio itself. When a person dies, the body undergoes several stages of decomposition. With each following stage comes with it the potential for surrounding environmental damage to occur. Most severe cases of  an unattended death clean up involve the later stages including putrefaction. During this stage the body bloats with internal gases in the stomach and the surrounding organs begin to liquefy. It’s a grotesque part of life that helps give an approximate date and time when the death occurred.

If a body is found this late in decomposition will greatly affect our process of initial estimates given the square footage of the environment. The liquids from the body will begin to seep into the surrounding carpet, tile, or wood flooring, and  down to the sub-flooring and supporting joists. Most of the time the severity can’t be seen by eye and goes unbeknownst to the home owner until clean up crews arrive and begin to remove surrounding walls and flooring. Hence why it’s so important for  home and property owner’s to be aware of such companies like Bio Recovery to insure that assets can be saved from further damage. Although it may seem like a good idea,  but no one should ever attempt to clean the job themselves. Decomposition poses a serious bio-hazard since bodily fluids, blood and bile are present posing a possible risk for infectious diseases to be transmitted.

If a body has sat for more than a month it can be assumed that full decomposition has been reached. At this point surrounding bodily fluids including blood solidify into a tar-like substance. If this is the case than technicians at Bio Recovery take on more specific tools to handle the job. Scrapers and solvents are used to remove any solid materials including brain matter which turns to a cement like consistency once fully dried. Again, tools and assessments made on the assumption of time that has passed. Once all panels, carpets, and tile have been removed we then work with your insurance company and adjusters to determine the coverage that will be provided. Inf the end, you’ll be glad that you called professionals to do the job rather than attempting to yourself!