Death Clean Up

Did something just happen in your home or the home of someone you know? Swift Cleaners is a death clean up provider that:

  • Works with homeowner’s insurance to pay for our work

  • Does not charge you or the homeowner any deductible

  • Is open 24/7 and provides instant response

  • Uses hospital-grade disinfectants and provides Certificate of Treatment

  • Uses unmarked vehicles to discreetly respond to your incident

  • Sensitively dialogues with family members or persons involved

  • Has experience cleaning up crime scenes since 2003


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More About Death Clean Up

WHAT IS A BIOHAZARD?

Simply put:  a biohazard is a risk pertaining to material contaminated by blood, body fluids, or other potentially infectious materials.  This could be in the form of liquid, solid, or sharps-related waste.   

Specifically with biohazards, we are concerned with avoiding exposure to bloodborne pathogens such as Hepatitis B, C, HIV, and Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers like Ebola.  These pathogens can live outside of the body for up to several weeks in some cases, depending on the circumstances.  

What does death clean up entail?

The biohazard cleanup process typically involves site prep, debris removal, disinfection, inspection and deodorization.  

Site prep includes the designation of the "work area" in the affected area of the property and a "clean area" for staging the gear nearby.  Plastic sheeting is ran from the property entrance to the clean area in order to prevent the spread of contaminants while moving to and from the truck.  

Debris removal occurs when the crew removes the heavily saturated areas of carpet (if applicable) and/or cleaning up splatter or any other visible form of contamination.  The main idea during the phase of cleanup is to address large areas on the floor first to prevent the spread of contaminants, and cleaning methodically (left-to-right, top-to-bottom) thereafter to ensure that nothing is missed.  One way to perform debris removal (on walls, for example) is to use a spray-wipe-spray method which leads us into the disinfection phase.

By spraying the disinfectant a second time and allowing it to sit for several minutes,  the surfaces are then disinfected.  Death clean up crews should always employ EPA registered, hospital grade disinfectants to achieve the desired result.  It is important to note that the site is not being "sterilized" (destroying all contaminants, as what is the norm in a lab or clean room), rather, it is being "disinfected" which means that most of the contaminants are being destroyed.  

Next, a crew member will take a work lamp and comb through all the surfaces in the work area to get a close-up look.  Anything not previously addressed in the debris removal phase will be immediately noticeable and cleaned on the spot.  At that point, a second application of the disinfectant is applied for each new discovery (and it is  common to find traces after the disinfection phase).  

If any odor exists, any pets and plant life will be rounded up and removed from the premises to ready the property for treatment by ozone generator.   All windows and doors on site are shut and fans are turned on to promote circulation while the generator is in operation.  Ozone generators produce ozone through ultraviolet rays or corona discharge.  The extra oxygen molecule interacts with the airborne contaminants and eliminates the odor over time.  Typically, this process lasts between 1-7 days depending on the severity of the odor.

Tools and Equipment

The key to performing a safe death clean up effort is to treat all blood, body fluids, and surfaces in the affected area as if they were infected.  This includes utilizing an array of PPE (personal protective equipment) like disposal gloves, boots, suits, respirators, face shields, and anything that the specific situation calls for.  PPE should be donned with a spirit of preventing gaps of protection, and removed in the spirit of not spreading contaminants.

A typical death clean up crew working in a residential or commercial setting will have standard tools, a jig-saw, a circular saw, work lamps, extension cords, ladders, biohazard and trash receptacles, hand sanitizer, carpet blades, receptacle liners, shears, paper towels, scrubbers, ozone generators, and more.

Chemicals

If blood or body fluids are suspected to be in an area but are not readily visible, an indicator solution can be used to locate the infectious material.  For example, if sprayed on floor planks with seams, indicator will react with the blood underneath and foam u white to reveal that there is indeed blood below the flooring.

Depending on the age of the contaminants in the work area, the biological matter on site can sometimes be difficult to remove with conventional cleaning methods.  In this case, enzymes are used to loosen the materials for ease of cleaning.  

Crime and trauma scenes pose a high degree of potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens for workers in the environment.  To rid the site of pathogens, EPA registered, hospital grade disinfectants are used to combat the risk of contracting HCV, HBV, HIV, or other viruses.  These same disinfectants are used to clean any tools and equipment used throughout the cleanup effort.

Professionalism in Death Clean Up

In residential settings, many people attempt to clean up after a suicide or traumatic incident in the home because they are not aware of their insurance coverage or even the fact that professional cleanup firms exist.  It is important for these individuals to avoid any further psychological damage after a homicide, suicide, or other incident.  Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, and anxiety are major risks of prolonged exposure to crime and trauma scenes.  

Biohazard cleanup professionals and crime scene cleaners typically have experience garnered over servicing multiple sites that can be leveraged to get a property back up to speed without leaving behind any trace that could spark a negative psychological reaction or pose a biohazard risk to anyone on site.  Realistically speaking, the untrained person will neglect the degree of drippage that happens between layers of flooring and the trajectory of splatter that occurs with gunfire, for example.  

Common credentials for firms in the industry include OSHA 40 hour HAZWOPER (hazardous waste operator), the 8 hour Annual Refresher, and Bloodborne Pathogens training.  Crime Scene Cleaning Technician certification exists in the private sector and is a standard (non-official) pre-requisite for firms in the industry.

Insurance Coverage

Death and injury on the property resulting in the need for a death clean up is covered under most homeowner's insurance policies.  It is typically customary for crime scene cleanup companies to waive the deductible for the home owner, so in many cases, the cleanup is essentially "free" to the family involved.  Below is a chart that can be used to determine coverage for cleaning up crime scenes:

HO-1: Named-perils Policy (uncommon, no coverage)
HO-2: Extended Named-perils Policy (no coverage)
HO-3: All-perils Policy (most common, structure covered)
HO-4: Renter's Insurance (coverage for belongings, not structure)
HO-5: Extended All-perils Policy (structure covered)
HO-6: Condo Insurance (belongings, walls/ceilings covered)
HO-7: Mobile Home Insurance (coverage exists, depreciation is a factor)
HO-8: Old Home Insurance (coverage varies)