Suicide Leaves Devastation

The loss of a loved one as a result of suicide is something that no family should ever have to endure, but sadly it does happen frequently. Suicide affects all types of people, in all cities and towns, regardless of economic status. It is unfortunate that the devastation left behind is often not limited to just grief and emotional trauma associated with the families loss: when certain methods are used to commit suicide, particularly involving firearms, physical damage to the property is sustained that requires professional cleaning of the blood and biological fluids.

Can I Perform the Cleanup Myself?

While it is not illegal, families are advised not to attempt the cleanup process themselves, for several reasons. From a psychological standpoint, the suicide cleanup process is deeply traumatic for people and may trigger sustained emotional duress. Additionally, it can also be very dangerous in terms of the potential exposure to infectious disease. While no one likes to think about biological risk in someone they loved, statistically there’s always a potential for exposure to Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS or other contagion.

Hire a Professional for Suicide Cleanup

Hiring an appropriate company to perform this work can be a very daunting process for a family, and one of the first question we get is regarding costs and payment for such a service. Most families are unaware that in many cases, their homeowners insurance will cover the cost of the cleanup. ArchAngels BioRecovery has a dedicated claims unit staffed with experienced adjusters specializing in biohazard mitigation and trained in the use of Xactimate, which is the primary estimating software used by insurance companies to determine reasonable and customary costs. ArchAngels will work closely with insurance carriers from the filing of the claim, to the coordination of and approval for the recommended scope of work, through the claims resolution process.

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.

What’s Involved in Cleaning Up After a Suicide or Traumatic Death?

ArchAngels performs a three-step process that consists of cleaning, disinfecting and deodorizing all structural surfaces to ensure proper disinfection and highest recovery possible for your home and furnishings. The cleaning process involves the removal of all visible blood and biological fluids in accordance with ArchAngels policies and procedures while adhering to OSHA, CDC, NIOSH & EPA regulations and guidelines. This includes but is not limited to the removal and disposal of affected structural surfaces such as flooring, subflooring, drywall, and all non-porous items compromised by biological fluids or other potentially infectious materials. Specific cleaning solutions tailored to each individual situation are utilized for the disinfecting and deodorizing of the structure.

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.

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 to our 24/7 hotline so we can be on the scene quickly.


“The staff at Archangels is outstanding!! We were treated with kindness and sympathy. They took the time to explain every step that was being taken. Thank you."
-- Marisela M.
"The Archangels team did a great job in a stressful situation. My mom had passed away in her home and they showed up right away, even though I was out of town and it was 2 days until Christmas. They worked through the Christmas holiday to make sure the house was cleaned up quickly. They did a wonderful job, and Kevin was very helpful through the entire process. Thank you."
-- ArchAngels Customer, name private
"The two gentlemen that came to my house, read the agreement in full and I signed and dated it. They did a good job cleaning up the spill with professionalism. I appreciate the same day service with the clean up. Thank you again for your friendly service."
-- Donna P., Fond du Lac, WI
"Dealing with Archangels was simple and professional during a very difficult time. They were able to respond very quickly and completed the services sooner than expected. After Archangels services, the home was restored to its normal condition without any traces of the incident or of the cleaning."
-- Bahr Family