Recent Biohazard Posts

We Can Handle That

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Flagler County we do more than just water, fire, and mold remediation. We also do cleanings, from carpet cleanings to biohazard cleaning. Our skilled technicians can handle it all. The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

Call our office at 386-447-2202 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment with one of our Estimators. From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your water damage restoration needs.

Cleaning Bio Hazard Situations in Flagler County

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Cleaning Bio Hazard Situations in Flagler County Cleaning crime scene in Palm Coast

SERVPRO® of Flagler County is recognized as a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration by hundreds of insurance companies, but did you know we can also offer fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup as well as restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO of Flagler County is licensed by the State of Florida to handle cleaning, transport and disposal of all biohazardous materials, and our technicians are professionally trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Flagler County technicians help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices.

SERVPRO of Flagler County can help with the following issues:

    • Bloodborne Pathogens
    • Methamphetamine Labs
    • Crime Scene Residues
    • Arson
    • Vandalism
    • Sewage Backups
    • Black Water Intrusions
    • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Have questions, or want additional information? Contact SERVPRO of Flagler County today for 24-hour emergency service at 386-447-2202

When it comes to cleaning porous surfaces, call a professional

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Most of us have had a child get sick on the carpet. He or she was too ill to react and make it to the bathroom. You want to thoroughly clean up the mess and prevent any staining, but are unsure of how to go about it.

The sad truth is you can never truly disinfect a porous surface without removing it — especially if you suspect a highly infectious disease like the norovirus is to blame for the illness going around the house. But as an industry leader in biohazard remediation, we have recommendations for how to clean the mess and when you should reach out for professional help.

If you believe the mess is manageable

You need to protect yourself anytime you try to clean up a potentially dangerous mess. Get some gloves, wear face protection, and try to avoid making contact with the substance. Definitely avoid touching your face, eyes, or mouth until you have had the chance to clean your hands. If you pick up an illness cleaning up after a sick child, you won’t be able to help anyone — you’ll be in bed yourself. Next, you want to follow these few steps to remove a small amount of vomit off your carpet.

1. Clean up what you can

You want to remove as much of the vomit as possible. Use a dustpan or old towel to remove any solids from the floor or fabric. Keep a trash bag handy to dispose of any waste.

2. Blot up any liquid

Using another old towel, paper towels, or disposable rag, draw liquid from the surface. Go over the spot a few times to make sure you have removed as much as possible.

3. Use baking soda or cornstarch

Liberally coat the affected area with powder and let it set. This will soak up more of the moisture. After 15 minutes, vacuum the powder.

4. Treat for stains and odor

Treat the area for stains with a registered disinfectant product with a broad spectrum kill claim. This is also when you can deodorize. We recommend an enzyme-based cleaner. Enzymatic cleaners have fewer chemicals, but still break down stains and odors.

5. Dispose of biohazard materials properly

Take care when disposing of the rags or towels you used to clean up the stain, or launder them immediately. You do not want to spread the contamination.

Always remember: Removing waste and disinfecting are not the same thing

The spot on the carpet is still not disinfected, even if you remove the bulk of the physical mess. A porous surface can never be truly cleared of potential contamination. To get a porous surface truly disinfected, you need to call a professional to remove the affected area. Also, it’s important to point out that in the steps above we’re assuming a manageable spot. Often, if a sickness takes over multiple people in the home, the volume of vomit or other bodily fluids to clean up is absolutely beyond the scope of household cleaners.

If the mess is too large to handle with household measures or you suspect the vomit is caused by a more serious virus, call SERVPRO of Flagler – Palm Coast. Only a company who removes the entire affected area can guarantee that no dangerous biological material is left behind. You’re welcome to get the process started, but you should leave true disinfection to the professionals. Only SERVPRO of Flagler – Palm Coast can assure you the potential contamination is completely removed, as we can run tests to make sure no biological material is left behind.

SERVPRO Flagler Bio Cleaning