Dealing with a Homicide
Unexpected violence is an unfortunate part of our modern society as crime statistics rise and families experience stress. Violence in homes and businesses is becoming commonplace. When a homicide occurs on your property, the clean up may not be limited to blood and biological fluids. The property could also include damage as a result of investigation performed by law enforcement. Fingerprint dust, chemicals and tear gas are often left behind and cross-contamination is likely to have occurred from room to room. Getting your home and life back to normal quickly is a job we are highly trained to help with.
Hire a Professional for Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup
Trauma and crime scene cleanup should only be performed by professionally trained companies like ArchAngels, who are experienced in how to properly remove biological fluids and sanitize for blood-borne pathogens, communicable diseases, and bacteria. Additionally, we have years of experience dealing with crime scenes in particular; we can remove even hard-to-clean tear gas damage.
In business for over 10 years, ArchAngels BioRecovery is an ABRA-certified leader in the bioremediation industry that works closely with funeral home partners and law enforcement to help clean a scene following a death or traumatic incident. Our technicians, in addition to their individual technical skill sets, are chosen for their compassion and communication skills. ArchAngels is headquartered in the Midwest but operates nationally. In most cases we are able to dispatch a crew within a few hours of your call so we can be on the scene quickly.
Saturated Fabrics and Materials Must Be Removed
During the crime scene cleanup process, fabrics and absorbent and porous materials that are saturated with blood must be removed. When a mattresses or furniture is affected with blood spatter and biological fluids, they require dismantling and then removing the saturated areas from the unaffected areas so that the affected property can be disposed of at a licensed biohazard facility. The remainder of the furniture we will dispose of as non-regulated waste/general debris at a local landfill. Contrary to Hollywood movies, you cannot just dump biological waste in the trash in most cities.
Blood Cleanup Involves Flooring
It is also common for blood cleanup to involve various types of flooring, carpet, concrete and asphalt. Concrete and carpet tend to absorb blood beyond the surface level. The absorption of these fluids can result in damages extending to padding, underlayment, subfloor; and in the very worst scenarios the structure’s beams and joists. When dealing with flooring, we compare our cleaning process to the peeling of an onion. We remove the visible fluids on the top surface first. We then look the secondary layers, testing each layer with a solution to determine if there is a positive reaction for the presence of blood and biological fluid. If there is a positive reaction, that layer is removed. The process is repeated on each layer of flooring until a negative result is achieved. When dealing with concrete, the primary method of extracting and cleaning of blood and biological fluids is performed through pressure washing with chemical solutions that break down the blood, followed by the utilization of scrubbing tools and absorbent cloths. As blood tends to stain concrete, every effort is made to completely eliminate any signs or reminders of the tragedy that occurred.
ArchAngels Provides Prompt Service
Recognizing that families, property owners, government agencies and businesses need to return to some sense of normalcy as quickly as possible, ArchAngels will provide prompt, discreet and professional trauma and crime scene clean up services that will ensure that the property owner is guaranteed the highest level of sanitation and that there is no risk to future occupants of exposure to blood or other potential infectious or hazardous material.
Receive a Certificate of Completion
Upon completion of the work, a Certificate of Completion is issued, which is our guarantee that the property has been professionally cleaned and is free of any biological hazard. The certificate serves as an official document in the event of the sale of the home or if required by local ordinance.