Archives for Biohazard Cleanup

How Restoration can Help in Hoarding Situations

Individuals become hoarders for multiple reasons. Once they decide to take steps to reduce the clutter and clean up the premises, a restoration company can be extremely beneficial and play a critical role in the cleanup process.

Hoarding is a mental disorder with complex and complicated causes. It’s extremely important that the restoration personnel that responds to such a situation employ empathy toward the individual, while remaining cognizant of the many dangerous and unhealthy conditions they’ll encounter.

A hoarding situation creates a number of potentially toxic substances, along with insect and rodent infestations. When pets are involved, sadly there may be feces and even pet corpses. No matter how bad family and friends believe the situation to be, it’s almost always worse.

A hoarding situation can contain mold, bacterial and viral pathogens. Restoration professionals may also encounter urine and similar substances that are biohazards. The experts are specially trained to safely contain, mitigate, collect, and dispose of any type of hazardous substance in ways that are state and federally approved.

Many people have the impression that it’s an “all or nothing” approach and that every item in the home must be discarded. The good news is that restoration specialists have modern techniques that can be used to salvage a number of items ranging from drapes and electronics to furnishings.

In many instances, there has been a deterioration of the premises. It can take many forms ranging from water leaks to decomposition. If those problems exist, a restoration company is fully equipped to work with clients on repair strategies. Restoration companies also work with an individual’s insurance company.

A restoration specialist is a highly trained professional that has the protective gear, tools, techniques and protocols for the difficult task of clean up in a hoarder situation. They’ll decontaminate, sanitize and deodorize the premises, allowing an individual to begin a new chapter of their lives.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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Indoor Mold

Quick Clean Up After a Sewage Back Up

Most people think of a sewage back up as a nasty inconvenience. In actual fact, backed up sewer pipes can result in situations in which it becomes a biohazard that can endanger lives. Sewage contains multiple types of bacteria and viral pathogens that can cause serious illness.

While sewage smells horrible, the real danger comes from the air-borne vapors that are released. Sewer gas contains ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and methane – all of which are toxic to people and pets. All those compounds have the potential to cause organ damage during prolonged exposure.

The rotten egg smell associated with sewage comes from hydrogen sulfide. What many people don’t know is that the ammonia, combined with the high levels of the other toxic gases, also present a fire hazard.

When fumes are inhaled, they can result in a variety of symptoms encompassing headache and dizziness, nausea and/or vomiting, along with memory problems and difficulty concentrating. Depending upon the level and length of exposure, people can experience a loss of smell and irritation of the eyes, mouth, throat and lungs.

The gases can also lead to severe types of gastroenteritis. It’s critical that a sewer back up be addressed promptly. If left for any significant length of time, inhaling those fumes has the potential to be deadly.

Even if the back up is “minor” in scope, the danger still exists. When sewage backs up in the home, ordinary cleaning is insufficient to kill contaminants. Sewage can seep under flooring and soak into walls where the dangerous elements will continue to grow. That residual dampness can also lead to a mold infestation.

A professional restoration company has the experience, specialized equipment, and chemical formulas to clean, sanitize and neutralize the danger when a sewer back up occurs. They’ll work with insurance companies to remove the contamination, and repair and replace affected areas, to eliminate the danger. The professionals understand the seriousness of the situation and will respond to the emergency 24/7.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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