Recent Biohazard Posts

The trusted experts for biohazard cleaning

5/8/2021 (Permalink)

green SERVPRO van 24/7 biohazard cleaning

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, Texoma relied on SERVPRO of Wichita Falls for comprehensive biohazard cleaning.

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

We are available 24 hours a day—our highly trained technicians are standing by.

We have the qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents.

We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

When you need biohazard cleaning, call the trusted experts at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550. We're here to help.

Science based, safety centered biohazard cleanup

4/18/2021 (Permalink)

man in white PPE in warehouse Restoring your property to a safe and healthy environment

The professionally trained experts at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls provide biohazard cleanup services that utilize a science based, safety centered standard. 

Because each scene is unique, our technicians undergo extensive training for cleanup of unattended natural death, suicide, homicide, removal of gases on properties used by law enforcement, meth labs, hoarding and decontamination of homes and businesses after viral or bacterial incidents.

At SERVPRO of Wichita Falls, we know improper cleanup can cause unhealthy and unsafe environments.

That’s why we inspect every surface for signs of contamination. Whether it’s blood, fluids, or tissue, our technicians have the tools and equipment to detect every spot, splatter or shard.

Biohazard cleanups are the hardest cleanup sites we face as industry experts. But rest assured when SERVPRO of Wichita Falls has completed the cleaning, your property will be restored to a safe and healthy environment.

We are the experts in biohazard cleanup

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Man in white PPE Specialized training and experience is required for biohazard cleanup

Long after the first responders  leave a scene, it is still a very traumatic sight.

Blood, discarded medical equipment and other crime scene residues remain, which pose a serious health risk.

Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls. We have the specialized training, protective equipment and the experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.

We will remove and safely dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death.

Our biohazard cleanup includes

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Meth lab residues
  • Viral cleaning
  • Sewage backup

We offer fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

When the unimaginable happens, call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 94-263-1550. We're here to help.

There are many types of biohazard cleanup

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

men in white PPE in warehouse The trusted experts in biohazard cleaning

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

  • Viral cleaning
  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

Workers exposed to bloodborne pathogens are at risk for serious or life-threatening illnesses.

For the health and safety of our team, and for yours, all SERVPRO of Wichita Falls technicians are thoroughly trained in the use of personal protective equipment, established cleaning products and techniques, and to follow OSHA’s  universal precautions.

When you need biohazard cleanup, trust the experts at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls. We're here to help.

Hoarding Risks and COVID

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

pile of trash in living room Fear of contagions lead to hoarding

2020 was a difficult year for many of us, especially with the COVID pandemic.

Many of us who already followed CDC guidance on biohazard sites had to revisit our approach to many job sites, including hoarding.

We had multiple hoarding cleanings last year, but this customer will be remembered by our team due to the most difficult circumstances.

What was originally a mild hoard, according to family members, became a severe level hoard due to COVID.

Both homeowners had preexisting health conditions, and were afraid to leave their home.

Their adult children dropped off supplies, but did not enter the property for fear of contaminating the parents.

And so, the trash piled up. Neither homeowner was truly able to clean the home, but simple piled like items into similar piles.

Once the restrictions were somewhat relaxed and the family could step inside the home, they knew that had to call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls. 

Our team of dedicated professionals thoroughly cleaned and disinfected this home, all while maintaining safe health practices.

It was a memorable day to see this family once again enjoy their home, and time with their family.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO sticker on window A higher standard of clean

As America gets back to business, we all have a new sense of what it means to be clean. In fact, 89% of consumers are uneasy about going back to brick-and-mortar locations*. At SERVPRO, we’re dedicated to inspiring confidence in communities across the country as we find our way to a new normal. And we’re doing just that with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, our new defensive pathogen cleaning program, goes way beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning. With over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, you can trust SERVPRO professionals to bring a higher standard of clean to the places we gather.

So how does it work? It’s grounded in our unique 3 C’s:

  • Consult: Not all businesses are the same, so we’ll tailor a bespoke cleaning program based on the unique needs of each facility.
  • Clean: Based on the agreed plan, an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.
  • Certify: You’ll know a business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned by the shield posted on their front window. Along with digital emblems and other collateral, this beacon represents their commitment to the comfort and security of their employees, customers and community.

So when you see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield, you can walk in with confidence. Because you’ll know the #1 choice in clean up and restoration was there.

Are you interested in our Commercial Services, or are you a consumer who wants to learn more?

Call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550.

Supporting local businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak

4/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles at restaurant When your shift is 24/7/365, you need coffee.

Here at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls, our teams have been working overtime to keep up with fire, water and storm damage, plus maintaining a fast response to COVID-19 (coronavirus) disinfecting calls.

Last week, our team had a chance to pause between calls. They stopped at Frank & Joe's Coffee House - Hospital District location for a quick lunch break.

Jessica has always taken good care of our team, and that day was no exception. She knew our time constraints, and quickly brought our order out.

Folks, these are difficult times. While our team is blessed to be busy helping restore our customers lives, small businesses everywhere need your support.

Many businesses are closed due to "Shelter in Place" regulations, such as those enforced here in Wichita Falls.

Support them. Like their posts on Facebook. Leave them a comment letting them know you'll be supporting them when they reopen.

And visit their shops, like we do. Safely, and practicing self-distancing.

Jessica and her team help support us, and we definitely appreciate all they do.

In this time of uncertainty, SERVPRO of Wichita Falls is here to help our communities. 

During this unprecedented global pandemic, we're here to help.

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

two men and a house We are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

U.S. Suspends Truck-Driving Limits to Speed Coronavirus Shipments

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

U.S. highway-safety regulators are suspending rules that limit daily driving hours for truck drivers moving emergency supplies such as medical equipment, hand sanitizer and food in response to the nationwide coronavirus outbreak.

This is the first time FMCSA has issued a nation-wide response, and is receiving mixed reviews.

Typically, drivers may not drive after 60 to 70 hours on duty in 7 or eight consecutive days. And drivers cannot start a new round of trips until they take at least 34 hours off duty.

The concern with the overturn of rules is that truckers may be too tired to drive safely, which is why those rules are in place.

Our posts on Facebook regarding this change is pretty much split 50/50. Some of our readers understand the need for a quicker response, while others state the safety factors.

As always in times of disaster, trust the experts at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls to keep you informed, and to respond quickly to all your fire, water, and storm damage.

Original article: https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-suspends-truck-driving-limits-to-speed-coronavirus-shipments-11584200091

Sewage leak creates contaminated environment

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Feces contaminated floor This homeowner came home to find a massive sewage leak.

A sewage backup is more than just an overflowing toilet or dirty water. The sewage water left behind contains dangerous contaminates that could cause serious health issues, and any contact should be avoided.

Sources for black water, orcategory 3 water, could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

If you experience a sewage backup, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls.

We have the specialized training and equipment to remove the sewage and debris and restore your property to a clean, safe environment.

  • Water extraction
  • Carpet removal
  • Removal of baseboards and affected trim
  • Antimicrobial and disinfectant treatments

Our highly trained technicians are equipped with the required safety equipment and specialized cleaning products to ensure your property is properly cleaned, disinfected and deodorized. If you experience sewage backup, call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550.

Hoarding: getting to the bottom of the pile

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Hoarding cleanup requires thorough cleaning and disinfecting

Approximately 1 in 20 Americans have hoarding tendencies. There are five levels of hoarding, ranging from level one, which looks like a lot of clutter and is generally messy. Level five is the worst, typically having only one path to navigate, appliances and bathrooms aren't usable, and home itself has structural damage.

Some of the risks associated with these homes include water damage, mold growth, structural damage, and of course the increase of potential trips and falls.

Getting to the bottom of a hoarders home is not an easy task. At SERVPRO of Wichita Falls, our technicians are professionally trained in the use of personal protective equipment and cleaning products to ensure their health and safety on these sites.

Hoarding is a very serious condition. And the emotional discomfort a hoarder feels when we remove their property is difficult to witness.

If you need hoarding clean up, call the compassionate professionals at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls.

Before the family arrives, call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Unattended deaths often require biohazard cleanup

Sadly, we meet some of our customers at the worst time of their lives.

Recently a local resident called us for a complete biohazard cleaning after a family member passed away.

The elderly relative had passed some time before being found, and the residence needed cleaned before the rest of the family came into town.

Our team of highly trained professionals met with the relative, explained the specific cleaning and restoration process, and we cleaned the property.

Customers often ask how we train to clean sites such as this.

We explain the detailed level of training our SERVPRO of Wichita Falls team receives, followed by the fact that we treat every site with care and compassion.

We can't leave every customer with a smile, but we can help them through extremely hard times with our professional and courteous response.

Biohazard and Sewage Emergency Tips

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls has the training, protective gear and specialized equipment necessary to safely clean contaminated areas.

Biohazard contaminates like flood water or sewer backups should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible.

After any biohazard or sewage contamination in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences.
  • Flood water can contain sewage, pesticides, and other contaminants.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

For 24/7 Emergency Service call us at 940-263-1550

Biohazards like flood water or sewer backups should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Wichita Falls has water damage restoration specialists and has specific training and expertise to safely remediate biohazard contaminants.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls proudly serves Wichita Falls, Burkburnett, Sheppard AFB, and surrounding areas.

Bloodborne infectious diseases pose serious health risk.

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard contaminates include blood, sewer and flood waters.

Exposures to blood and other body fluids occur across a wide variety of occupations. Health care workers, emergency response and public safety personnel, and other workers can be exposed to blood through needlestick and other sharps injuries, mucous membrane, and skin exposures.

The pathogens of primary concern are the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV). Workers and employers should take advantage of available engineering controls and work practices to prevent exposure to blood and other body fluids.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore this type of contamination.

Need Biohazard Cleanup? Call Us Today at 940-263-1550

To learn more about SERVPRO of Wichita Falls, please visit our website at:

https://www.SERVPROwichitafalls.com

For Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup, Trust SERVPRO of Wichita Falls

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Photo credit Photo by David von Diemar on Unsplash

After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO of Wichita Falls will respond immediately and has the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.

Need Trauma or Crime Scene Cleanup? Call us today at                940-263-1550

Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

Common Trauma and Crime Scene Scenarios

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, we can clean and restore your property after a crime scene investigation.

Bloodborne Pathogens

We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Our trained Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. Our technicians follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences.

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

We follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Wichita Falls is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today –(940) 263-1550

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

24 Hour Emergency Service

We are available 24 hours a day—our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have the qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

SERVPRO of Wichita Falls proudly serves Wichita Falls and surrounding areas.

For more information on these services, please visit our website at:

https://www.SERVPROwichitafalls.com/biohazard-cleaning