Recent Biohazard Posts

Northwest Iowa's Crime Scene Cleanup Specialists

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

Fingerprints on an orange background. SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes is Northwest Iowa's Crime Scene Cleanup Specialist. 712-262-4379

There are times in this job that as a Sales & Marketing Representative we get to have some very interesting and unique conversations in regard to the needs of our clients.  While most we find intriguing, one of the most difficult that I have found is an easy way to discuss our crime scene cleanup services.  While it seems that many people have been desensitized to these types of situations due to graphic movies, tv shows, or video games...it takes on a much different feeling when having to discuss even the potential loss of a loved one with a client.  

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. 

Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe business, home or vehicle back into a clean, safe environment. 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

With the increase in suicide rate over the last 5 years SERVPRO has received a number of calls requesting cleanup services.  We understand how difficult the situation is to begin with and it is our goal to alleviate some of that pain and stress. Not only can our team clean up from these heartbreaking events, they can also help with any pack-out services and overall property cleanup so you can focus on grieving and honoring your loved ones memories. 

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes is Here in Your Community, Here to Help.  712-262-4379

Serving the communities in Clay, Dickinson, and O'Brien counties.  Our team of professionals is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including holidays.     

Death Scene Clean-Up: A Tough Subject

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Families are impacted with the death of a loved one and sometimes don’t know where to turn when that death happens in a home.

I debated writing this blog for quite some time. But this week we received a call from a funeral home in another town, and it hit me that even though it’s not the easiest topic to discuss, it is worth the discussion. Families are impacted with the death of a loved one and sometimes don’t know where to turn when that death happens in a home.

The clean-up that is needed after an unattended death is not easy to write about and is definitely not something a sales or marketing person wants to talk about. I have experienced the suicide of my dear brother-in-law and I know the anguish a family goes through as they process that death is debilitating. The clean-up afterward can obviously prove too traumatic for a family to perform. The same can be said when an elderly loved one dies alone. Body decomposition, though natural, is very hazardous to anyone in and or around the area.

Cleaning up can be emotionally challenging, not to mention dangerous if blood and/or other bodily fluids are involved. Our team at SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes will treat the family and their loved one’s property with the greatest empathy. Our goal after a death is to remove the burden of cleaning up by those family members left behind.

Many times, our own team is impacted with strong feelings or reactions to the death, despite having no acquaintance with the victim. Our team has the training and experience to stay focused on the unique nature of their cleaning task. They are cleaning and restoring the site of the traumatic event. They are preforming an invaluable service to the customer. Our hope, is that our clean-up process will help the customer recover in a small way from the aftermath of the loss of life.

We have an insurance expert in our Spencer office who can also help family members navigate the homeowner’s policy. Many people don’t realize that insurance policies often offer coverage for crime scene and trauma cleaning, so it’s crucial to check with the insurance policy adjuster to determine if coverage is offered.

All these are reasons why I feel it’s important to write this blog. Helping a family in their time of need by responding 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help them restore their lives is of the utmost importance to us.

While we hope that you never have to experience a death that needs Biohazard Clean-up, we do want to let you know that there are experts out there who will help if ever the need arises.

Need help? (712) 262-4379