Last updated 3 days ago
Did you know that following a trauma scene, the police will not be responsible for cleaning up? The police, firemen, Medical Examiner’s Office personnel, and emergency medical technicians have neither the training nor the time to perform a thorough and hygienic cleanup of the area. In fact, there are very few companies that are truly qualified to perform this job. At Biohazard Response, our professional, compassionate team offers OSHA-approved biohazard cleanup services to the Orlando area.
It is very difficult for us to give an accurate estimate for trauma scene cleanup services over the phone, which is why at Biohazard Response, we provide a free, 24/7 onsite analysis. The cost depends primarily on the number of technicians required for the job, the time it will take for the cleaning process, and the amount of bio-medical waste involved. We will beat any company’s written estimate. We even offer payment plans and accept most major credit cards. For more information, call Biohazard Response today at (407) 459-7183 or visit our website.
Last updated 12 days ago
A person who lives in an untidy home with a bit of clutter is not necessarily a hoarder—lots of people hold on to things they don’t really need. This scenario becomes hoarding when it gets in the way of safety and normal functioning. Continue reading to take a closer look at what causes hoarding, the symptoms of hoarding, and when to call a hoarding cleanup company.
Cause: Intense Emotional Attachment to Objects
When most people see an old photo or piece of family jewelry, they feel an emotional attachment to it. But when a person forms the same emotional attachment, or an even stronger one, to a vast range of random objects, this can lead to hoarding. Hoarders struggle to discard an item to which they are attached, as doing so can trigger intense emotions that are very difficult to sort through.
Cause: A Sense That Many Items Have Intrinsic Value
Looking at a beautiful piece of artwork can evoke a strong sense that the object is valuable. For hoarders, that same sense of intrinsic value is found in virtually every object. Hoarders don’t really know how to make reasonable judgments when deciding if an object has value or not.
Symptom: Saving Heaps of Useless Items
Keeping a drawer full of nails, screws, and buttons in case they are useful one day is not harmful or unhealthy. But when a person fills his or her home with piles of useless items, there’s a good chance that they are hoarding.
Symptom: Person Not Responding to Pleas of Friends and Family
Hoarders oftentimes save so many things that it starts to harm friends and family. In fact, a classic symptom of hoarding is when a person refuses to discard items even when they are aware of the harm it causes.
If you have an unsanitary home cleaning project that would be unsafe to attempt on your own, contact the specialists at Biohazard Response in Orlando. Visit our website to see the cleanup services we offer, or call us at (407) 459-7183 for more information.
Last updated 18 days ago
Being the victim of a crime has a range of emotional, mental, and physical effects. If you were a victim of a crime, it’s important to know how to cope with these challenges in a healthy way so that you can return to normal. Read this article to learn what steps to take if you are the victim of a crime and who to call if you need a professional crime scene cleanup service.
Notify the Authorities
If you were the victim of a crime, notify the authorities and file a police report right away. If you need medical attention, visit a hospital immediately. If you have an insurance policy that will provide support due to the circumstances, notify them as soon as possible.
You may find it helpful to keep a journal and to set healthy goals, such as getting regular sleep and eating healthy meals. Exercise to clear your mind and stay healthy, but remember to alternate with periods of rest.
Find Someone to Talk With
It’s best not to let emotions bottle up, even if you have a strong urge to keep things to yourself and avoid seeing friends and family. Find someone to talk with who is a good listener and who will help you feel less overwhelmed or panicked on bad days. You may also benefit from the professional guidance of a counselor or psychiatrist.
Actively Avoid Making Unhealthy Decisions
During difficult times, it can be easy to turn to unhealthy habits to feel temporary solace. Do not make major life-changing decisions during times of high stress, as you are likely to regret these later. Do not blame yourself for being a victim of the crime.
If the crime occurred in your home or office, the first step to returning to normalcy is calling Biohazard Cleanup, a trauma scene cleanup company based in Orlando. Visit our website to learn more about our cleanup services, or call us at (407) 459-7183 for more information.
Last updated 25 days ago
The classic profile of a hoarder is someone in his or her 50s who collects clothing, newspapers, magazines, and containers. These items are usually dumped into a pile in the middle of a room. Most people who hoard acquire their items by compulsively buying things or taking home free things. A classic hoarder has an inability to throw most things away—not because they want to keep things, per se, but because they cannot seem to part with them. Hoarders usually cannot organize their belongings because they have lost the ability to judge the most valuable or important features of a possession. Learn more about classic hoarding behaviors by watching this video.
Biohazard Response of Orlando has over 18 years of experience with hoarding cleanup. Call us at (407) 459-7183 if you have any questions, and visit our website to learn about the professional cleanup services we offer.
Last updated 1 month ago
Blood is a very difficult substance to clean up. Blood is also considered biohazardous waste because it can transmit infectious diseases such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. To learn about the health risks that can be avoided when you hire licensed professionals for blood cleanup, read the following information.
Hepatitis B (HBV)
This infectious illness affects the liver, causing liver inflammation, jaundice, and vomiting. In worst cases, it can lead to cirrhosis (chronic liver disease) and liver cancer. Hepatitis B can survive for up to seven days in blood, so it’s extremely important to clean up a trauma scene quickly and thoroughly.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
HIV attacks the body’s immune system, weakening it and diminishing its ability to fight other diseases. Eventually, HIV develops into AIDS, which is a serious disease that drastically affects the quality of life of the person who is infected. Symptoms of HIV/AIDS include fever, lymph node swelling, headache, and diarrhea. It is estimated that 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV. Worldwide, more than 25 million people have died of AIDS since the first case was reported in 1981.
Hepatitis C (HCV)
This liver disease is characterized by nausea, muscle and joint pain, decreased appetite, and weight loss. Roughly 80 percent of people who are exposed to the virus end up developing chronic infection. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, two percent of the U.S. population has hepatitis C.
Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers (VHFs)
This group of human illnesses causes fever, shock, and sometimes death. VHFs are not only transferred by blood—it is also possible for a person to be infected through a respiratory route.
Don’t risk your health or your life by trying to clean up blood or other biohazardous waste. Biohazard Response of Orlando has more than 25 years of experience in the field of biohazard cleanup. Visit our website or call us at (407) 459-7183 to learn about the cleaning, disinfection, and odor neutralization services we offer.