Recent Biohazard Posts

Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

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 Lexington has the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.

Need Trauma or Crime Scene Cleanup? Call Today – (803)955-0342

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.

Yuck....Sewage!!!

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Yuck....Sewage!!! Call SERVPRO of Lexington if you have a biohazard at (803)755-9774.

Yuck…. Sewage!!!

Dealing with sewage is not something that anyone wants to be faced with! I know personally, if I did happen to run into a sewage problem, that I would want to call someone that knows what they are doing to best ratify the situation.

Sewage backups are more than nasty and smelly, these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into your residence. When you have a sewage damage, it is a biohazard, which should be considered very dangerous, as they can pose a serious health risk.

SERVPRO of Lexington, has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore this type of contamination. They will remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture; to help ensure that the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

So, when you have a sewage damage or have questions don’t hesitate to call on SERVPRO of Lexington to help make your sewage damage “Like it never even happened.”

Biohazard

8/11/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard contaminants should be considered very dangerous as they can pose a serious health risk. Sewer backups and flood water are two common biohazard scenarios that can affect homes and businesses. SERVPRO of Lexington has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore this type of contamination.

Need Biohazard Cleanup? Call Us Today – 803-755-9774

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.
  • 24 Hour Emergency Service

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

    Is that Black Water?

    5/18/2016 (Permalink)

    Contaminated “Black” Water

    Any water damage in your facility is bad, especially when the water contains potentially harmful bacteria that can affect the health of occupants and the value of your property. Toilet overflows, sewage backups and other black water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly messes; these biohazardous damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into your building, as well as the moisture necessary to ensure their continued growth.

    Sewage damage poses serious health risks to anyone exposed to the contaminated water. The danger arises from various harmful substances, including parasites that can cause intestinal disease. Some common risks are Hepatitis A, E-coli and Salmonella. This grossly unsanitary water is often referred to as “black water.” Building occupants should practice precautionary and safety measures at all times when dealing with the threat of black water.

    Safety Tips For Building Occupants:

    Do:

    -Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.

    - Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

    Don’t:

    -Don’t spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet area and by tracking the contamination elsewhere.

    -Don’t turn on the HVAC system if impacted by water. The HVAC system could spread contaminated air to other parts of the building.

    -Don’t use household fans to dry the structure which could possibly spread contaminants.

    -Don’t use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if they have been exposed to the contaminated areas.

    -Don’t consume food or drink that has been exposed to the contaminated areas.

    A mop and common cleaning products may not be enough for black water intrusions. SERVPRO is trained to safely clean and restore your building utilizing the following procedures:

    -Identify the Source/ Type of Water

    -Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis

    -Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises

    -Perform Emergency Water Extraction

    -Move and Block Furniture

    -Provide floor service

    -Inspect carpet and padding

    -Apply Necessary Treatments including disinfectants and deodorizers

    -Utilize and Monitor Drying Equipment

    -Dispose of Refuse

    SERVPRO understands how disruptive and dangerous contaminated water can be and offer 24 hour emergency response.

    For more information: http://www.SERVPROlexingtonsc.com/biohazard-crimescene-vandalism-cleanup

    Info graphic on Biohazards

    5/5/2015 (Permalink)

    Check out our info graphic that answers the most commonly asked questions about bio-hazard cleanup services.  We are here to make any size disaster " like it never even happened"

    BioHazard

    4/10/2015 (Permalink)

    Biohazard BioHazard Credit: Dreams time

    Keeping your environment clean is the primary need of any person.  There are some very risky poisons and harmful bacteria that can impact the health of people.  It is strongly suggested to seek the services of biohazard cleaners that make use of the right resources and cleaners they use.  

    There is an abundant of biohazard caompaines that are available all of over the world, one of them being SERVPRO of Cayce/West Columbia and Lexington.

    Generally the blood vessels propagate all over the area, where a criminal activity has occured.  An appropriate cleaning needs to make the location sanitary and secure.  Whenever you experience this scenario it is important to get in touch with a knowledgable company.  Our specialists use state of the equipment, most advanced technology, high end providers and will not leave the scene until the cleaning is finished efficiently.  We have more than 40 years of experience in this area, we are available 24*7 and ensure 100% satisfaction of our customers. 

    Sometimes the easiest things are the most important

    10/30/2014 (Permalink)

    Handwashing is easy to do and it's one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness in all settings—from your home and workplace to child care facilities and hospitals. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community.

    Learn more about when and how to wash your hands.

    When should you wash your hands?

    • Before, during, and after preparing food
    • Before eating food
    • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
    • Before and after treating a cut or wound
    • After using the toilet
    • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
    • After touching garbage

    What is the right way to wash your hands?

    1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
    2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
    3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
    4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. 
    5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

    Stay Healthy this Fall!

    10/28/2014 (Permalink)

    Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. During a regular flu season, about 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 years and older. “Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.

    Don’t forget to receive your flu vaccine this year!  The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months should receive a yearly flu vaccine. While there are many different flu viruses, the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the main flu viruses that research suggests will cause the most illness during the upcoming flu season. People should begin getting vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available, ideally by October, to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins.