Unattended Death Cleanup Services
When an unattended death occurs in your home or business, would you know what to do? Our expert team has seen what happens in an unattended death and they know what needs to be cleaned, how to clean, and how to work with insurance as well as law enforcement.
HRS takes care of the emotional, and safety concerns involved in after death cleanup services, so you don’t have to place yourself, your loved ones, or your employees in an unsafe environment.
HRS Restoration Services has the experience, equipment, and know-how to safely deal with unattended death cleanup. Let our licensed and IICRC trained professionals respond to this stressful and potentially dangerous situation with efficiency and understanding.
Our customers praise our attention to detail and 24/7 availability. Disaster doesn’t limit itself to regular working hours, so neither does our biohazard crew.
Call us to schedule an appointment or find out more about our unattended death cleanup services.
What Is An Unattended Death?
An unattended death includes any natural or unnatural death (murder, suicide, etc.) where the person’s body is not discovered right away. Following an unattended death, decomposition begins and airborne pathogens are released into the affected area and can circulate through the HVAC system throughout the home or office.
An unattended death is extremely stressful for the deceased’s family and usually insurance companies and law enforcement play key roles in determining what led to the person’s death.
Unattended Death Cleanup Process
HRS Restoration Services utilizes an unattended death checklist when dealing with each incident.
The first step is to assess the situation to determine if the death was from natural causes, or if there are any airborne pathogens to consider. If the death was from suicide by firearm, there may be bullet or impact damage to existing structures or walls.
Each unattended death is unique and will be treated as such by our competent team of professionals. Next, our biohazard cleanup team will prevent cross contamination to ensure damage and airborne pathogens are confined to a small area.
Next, HRS’s team will remove any affected items for disposal or cleaning if possible. We will clean, disinfect, and deodorize the area and return any items that were removed for repair.
Finally, we may need to work with law enforcement and insurance companies to keep them aware of our work and the procedures followed.
Assess the Situation
Even after emergency medical crews or law enforcement remove the body, there will be blood or particulate matter spread throughout the area. Due to the microscopic nature of blood and particulates, it may not be detectable to the naked eye, or it may be hiding underneath surfaces. HRS Restoration Services utilizes technology to detect small traces of these particulates to identify every affected surface in your home or building.
It is crucial to cordon off the area where the unattended death occurred so any airborne pathogens or affected items are not spread throughout the rest of the home or building.
Due to ventilation and HVAC systems, it is necessary to isolate the scene of biohazard cleanup after death. This will ensure that harmful pathogens, blood, and other bodily fluids don’t contaminate the rest of your business or home.
Removal of Affected Items
Although the body of the deceased is usually removed right away, furniture, fabrics and household items may be contaminated with bodily fluids, carbon monoxide or even smoke and fire damage, depending on the circumstances of the unattended death.
We inspect these items to determine if a thorough cleaning can allow items to be retained, or if the items must be properly disposed of.
Cleaning, Disinfecting and Deodorizing
HRS Restoration Services uses EPA approved cleaning agents on every surface and fabric in your home or office. We disinfect the affected area to ensure airborne pathogens are eliminated. We also deodorize the area following an unattended death to neutralize decomposition odors.
A thorough cleaning, disinfection, and deodorization regime ensure peace of mind and safety for the building’s occupants. Cleaning house after unattended death is one of the most important parts of HRS’s process.
Work with Insurance Companies and Law Enforcement
HRS Restoration Services is experienced in working with local law enforcement and insurance companies to provide them with the proper paperwork and documentation following an unattended death. This is an additional burden, normally taken on by the home or business owner, that HRS handles on your behalf.
Importance Of Hiring A Professional Cleanup Crew
The stress and trauma involved in an unattended death is overwhelming. Don’t add to that by trying to handle the decontamination, cleaning, and coordination with authorities.
Hire a professional team like HRS Restoration Services to handle these tasks with competency and care. After all, the health and safety of the occupants is our #1 priority.
There are blood borne illnesses and communicable diseases following an unattended death. Let our team eliminate these threats through our state of the art detection methods, cleaning agents, and professional experience. We’re in the best position to safely handle an unattended death, and we are experts in biohazard clean up after death, whether on your property or in your home.
Why Choose HRS Restoration Services
HRS Restoration Services is your go to for bio cleanup in Denver. Our decades of experience and IICRC training ensures we’re using the latest in cleaning technology and products.
We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, because disaster doesn’t keep a schedule.
Call us ASAP for more information or to schedule an appointment right away!
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Unattended Death FAQ’s
Our customers have questions about unattended death cleanup. Common questions include how long our process takes and how much it costs. Many homeowners want to know if they should attempt the job themselves or even where to begin. Read on for answers to those questions and more.
How Long Does Death Cleanup Take?
The answer to how long does death cleanup take is that it depends on the cause or manner of death and how long the death has gone undetected. If carbon monoxide poisoning or fire is involved, cleanup will take more time than if it was a death from natural causes.
Also, if the unattended death went undetected, it will be more labor-intensive to thoroughly clean and deodorize the affected area. In some cases, the entire premises may have to undergo all of the steps normally reserved for the more limited areas where the death occurred. Rough time estimation is that death cleanup may take a few hours or a few days.
How Much Does Death Cleanup Cost?
The longer amount of time death cleanup takes, the more expensive the bill will be. Other factors include the type of cleaning equipment used and whether any repairs to structures, walls or floors are necessary. HRS’s team of professionals includes biohazard cleanup experts and general contractors, so one call to our team handles any issues that might arise. Generally speaking, death cleanup, due to the health and safety risks and expert experience involved, may run $200-$300 an hour. It is important to remember most homeowner insurance policies will pay for this cost.
Can I Do The Cleaning Myself?
We don’t recommend that you undertake unattended death cleanup on your own. The health and safety risks are too high to take a chance that you’ll spread airborne pathogens inside your home or business. Unless you have all of the PPE, cleaning equipment, and knowledge of how to thoroughly clean, disinfect, and deodorize, there is a high probability that your health or others will be compromised.
Furthermore, the emotional nature of an unattended death means you will be under more stress, not an ideal frame of mind to ensure every possible outcome is considered.
What To Do When Someone Dies At Home
When someone dies at home, the first thing you should do is contact law enforcement so the deceased’s body can be removed ASAP. Next, contact your insurance company to ask about your policy’s coverage for after death cleaning services. Your third call should be to a professional biohazard cleaning company like HRS Restoration Services who is competent, capable, and caring in these stressful situations. Remove yourself and your loved ones from the affected home or business so cleaning and repairs can be completed as soon as possible.
IICRC stands for the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Formed nearly 40 years ago, it is a non-profit organization that establishes globally recognized standards for the cleaning and restoration industry, as well as providing certifications, journeyman and master designation, and education.
By choosing a firm with IICRC certified team members, you are assured the cleaning professionals have undergone rigorous training and will handle your disaster restoration with the highest standard of care.
Helping Our Customers Immediately.
Figuring out what steps to take when disaster strikes can be a daunting task. HRS is here 24/7 to walk you through the process and bring your home or business back to habitable condition(s).
Taking care of emergencies so you don’t have to.
At HRS, we understand the panic that can set in when your basement floods or a fire breaks out at your business. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to repair damage and give you peace of mind.