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HOARDING CLEANUP: IT’S NOT JUST JUNK REMOVAL, IT’S ABOUT HEALTH AND SAFETY

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

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HOARDING CLEANUP: IT’S NOT JUST JUNK REMOVAL, IT’S ABOUT HEALTH AND SAFETY

Hoarding is a serious problem that is more than just the dramatized version we see on TV.  If you’ve ever been a home that was overwhelmed with hoarding, you know the toll it can take not only on the house but on the people who live in it.

Whether that hoarder is a friend or colleague who lives on their own, or they’re a family member who lives with you, you probably like to help. But when cleaning up these homes, more is involved than just taking out the trash.

Most people who hoard on an extreme level have emotional and mental health problems. People dealing with this disorder have a constant issue getting rid of their possessions. This leads to clutter that can disrupt their way of living with others. But when the well –being of the home occupants is in danger, cleaning up a hoarded home is necessary. And when you do, it’s best to call a professional who handle such cases regularly.

Hoarding is usually manifest itself more like an indoor junkyard. A house that has been taken over by a hoarder:

  • Poses safety hazards; fire hazard, tripping, hazardous materials/ bio contaminants
  • Looks terrible
  • Emits a stale or foul odor
  • Affects all inhabitants negatively

Hoarder Cleanup is like cleaning up to a crime scene. You need to very cautious when it comes to the physical removal of the trash and clean-up process. Workers must wear protective suits (PPE), which include disposable gloves and face mask, to protect themselves against bacteria and diseases. They also keep a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit on hand.

Hoarding cleanup services are effective way to curtail the hoarder habits and even to restore the home to proper living conditions. With hoarding cleanup, you can transform the home into an entirely new feeling.

The idea of a hoarding cleanup, will probably seem objectionable to the hoarder, that’s why the best strategy to initiate the hoarding cleanup process may be to approach the hoarder with an organized list of concern. When done in a caring way with a family and friends. With care and a good plan, the hoarder can be convinced that hoarding cleanup is what’s best for everyone.

If you or a loved one suffers from hoarding or you need assistance cleaning out a hoarder’s house. Using the latest cleaning and restoration tools and techniques, we’re standing by 24/7 to return any property to a safe, clean and orderly condition.

Call us at: SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

WHICH BIOREMEDIATION PROVIDER SHOULD I CHOOSE?

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

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WHICH BIOREMEDIATION PROVIDER SHOULD I CHOOSE?

When choosing a bioremediation provider, it is important to know whether the company is qualified or not to handle a biohazard situation, insurance professional need a deeper understanding of proper bioremediation standards and what it takes to fully decontaminate a property. These are the things to ask when choosing a bioremediation provide.

  1. Is the company compliant with EPA and OSHA standards?

These are the strict laws in place limiting how medical waste can be stored or disposed of. Not all bioremediation providers are licensed to transport and store medical waste.

  • EPA – the disposal of medical waste must be in accordance with federal, state or local regulations.
  • OSHA COMPALIANCE – These regulations are in place to protect the biohazard company and employees and prevent injury and potential liability for all involved. All technicians should be trained in Blood borne Pathogens, Personal Protective Equipment, Heat Illness, Fall Protection, Lift Safety, Lock –Out and Tag-out and Power Tool Safety.
  1. Does exhibit a sense of transparency?
  • Bioremida5ion Provider should be able to provide detailed reports on each phase of process.
  1. Does the company provide a sensitivity training?
  • Bioremediation professionals should be compassionate, understanding and above all offer a peace of mind to those involved.

SERVPRO of Ventura use advance restoration equipment and techniques to clean up any type of damage including biohazard. Our highly trained and compassionate technicians are available 24/7 to return your home or business to a safe and livable condition through a non – toxic bioremediation process.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?

CALL US SERVPRO of Ventura  (805) 656-3911

WHAT IS LIKE TO BE A CRIME SCENE CLEANING PROFESSIONAL?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Cleaning up mess left behind after a homicide, accident, or suicide requires a professional for cleaning. It’s not wise to cleanup a crime scene yourself. Aside from maintaining a sound state of mind in the midst of chaotic situation, crime scene cleaning professionals need a measure of practicality. Role of Crime scene cleanup professional is demanding, emotionally and physically.

When are crime scene cleanup called in?

Crime scene professionals are called for major crimes. Cleanup crews are dispatched to suicides and unnatural deaths. Cleaning professionals who specialize in in crimes scenes also cleanup nuisances such as met labs or tear gas, from properties where law enforcement officials have played a role. They also sanitize hoarded homes.

Professionals Behind Crime Scene Cleanup

Crime scene cleanup experts are known by various professional designations. Trauma scene restoration technicians, biohazard remediation specialist and crime scene cleanup professionals are just few experts. All these specialists have professional history of dealing with death.

Type of Training Required

All crime scene cleaners need to be trained extensively, educating them on the use of personal protective equipment, adoption of best practices and safety risk such as blood-borne pathogens. Certification requirements range from nil to simply being trained in in –house at a crime scene company cleanup.

When you are faced with trauma or crime scene that requires immediate cleanup of biohazard materials, contact SERVPRO of Ventura. We are available 24/7, our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents.

CALL US SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911

THE CONSEQUENCES OF IMPROPER CRIME SCENE CLEANING

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

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THE CONSEQUENCES OF IMPROPER CRIME SCENE CLEANING

Encountering the scene of a tragic accident can be an overwhelming and even a traumatic experience. It could be difficult to take action right away, and it is crucial. Suicide, murder, crime and trauma scenes require cleanup by biohazard cleaning professionals.

Here are some consequences of improper crime scene cleaning:

  1. Threat to health and safety

Biohazard cleanup can be fatal is not handles properly. The biohazard posts a number of health risk for those encountering the scene of the crime even long after the accident occurred. The property is filled with bacteria, pathogens and viruses than can quickly spread infections and diseases.

  1. Property Damage from biohazards

If biohazard and blood stains are not properly removed within a specific time period, permanent damage can occur. Blood can seep in between the floorboards, throughout the grout and make its way to the subflooring. Biohazard cleaners are skilled in cleaning up the bodily contaminants as well as the surrounding environment.

  1. Powerful Odors

When blood, biohazards and tissue stain building, materials, strong odor particles become embedded within the pores of the property structure. There is no household cleaning agent could solve the problem.

Biohazard cleaning services use advanced technology, including hydroxyl technology, ozone generators, Nano carbon technology and powerful deodorizers.

When you are faced with trauma or crime scene that requires immediate cleanup of biohazard materials, contact SERVPRO of Ventura. We are available 24/7, our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents.

CALL US SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911

WHY IS BIOREMEDIATION SO COMPLEX?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

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WHY IS BIOREMEDIATION SO COMPLEX?

Environmental pollutants continue to be a major global problem. Thanks to Bioremediation technology, we are able to reduce some of the damaging effects that these pollutants brought to our environment.

Many Biohazard situations pose health risk to people and clean up companies because of the exposure to pathogens. People with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV, the pathogens can survive in a deceased person up to 16 days after death depending on the temperature and environment. Exposure to viruses can occur due to direct contact, accidentally injured from fragment, inhalation and exposure from bio fluid to the eyes, nose or mouth. Considering these health risk, bioremediation specialist must follow safety regulations and meticulous decontamination process.

Biohazard situation can lead to dangers and some restoration technicians might even not consider. Example is blood that seep through grout or in between floorboards, there is no way to clean the damage but you have to remove all the affected materials. Sometimes, there is still a remaining bio matter that can spread disease, release odor or damage the property.

SERVPRO of Ventura use advance restoration equipment and techniques to clean up any type of damage including biohazard. Our team is trained and equipped with safety equipment to reduce the risk of contamination or illness from biohazard materials.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?

CALL US SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911

REOPENING YOUR BUSINESS- COVID-19 RESPONSE

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

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REOPENING YOUR BUSINESS- COVID-19 RESPONSE

As business are preparing to reopen, it is important to make sure the necessary precautions are taken. Reentering a facility after COVID-19 requires more than basic cleaning it also requires disinfecting. The threat of COVID – 19 is still present. In order to reduce the risk of further spread is to take steps to disinfect your buildings, whether your business is small or big. It requires a company with the experience of handling biohazard cleaning and virus outbreaks. We at SERVPRO of Ventura specializes in handling disasters, such as the Coronavirus Pandemic. Our technicians are trained in Biohazard cleanup, Blood-born pathogen and virus trained, and IICRC certified. They are also trained in in proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

WHAT OUR REOPENING CLEANING INCLUDES?

SERVPRO reopening cleaning and disinfecting includes a wide range of services dependent on your business needs.  These services all include the use of EPA registered, Hospital Grade disinfectants approved for use in COVID-19 in both electric static fogging and spray and wiping.  Carpet cleaning, and floor cleaning may be required or suggested as well, depending on the facility.  Disinfecting of all touchable areas in your building will include but not be limited to: walls, doors, door handles, light switches, windows, tables, table tops, chairs, sinks, cabinets, filing cabinets, computer key boards and mouse, phones, printers, lunch rooms, bathroom stalls and machinery.  Our technicians follow all OSHA regulations, as well as guidance from the CDC.

WHAT BUSINESS CAN WE HELP?

SERVPRO technicians are capable of helping many different types of businesses with our services.  We can effectively disinfect offices, salons, and small stores as well as large manufacturing facilities, warehouses, restaurants, and schools.  All businesses in the state of Illinois have at least these things in common:  employees and being effected by COVID-19.

PREVENTIVE VS. REACTIVE

Preventative disinfecting is a service made for businesses that have not experienced a positive or suspected COVID-19. Preventive cleaning still disinfects all touchable surfaces to treat any possible viruses that may be in your facility. Reactive cleaning on the other handle is just that, a disinfectant service after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.  This disinfecting is a higher level of disinfecting, requiring the use of several types of services.  It is vital that if your business needs a reactive disinfectant cleaning to call us as soon as possible in order to correctly create a plan to reduce further contamination as well as spread of the virus.

WHAT OUR FOGGING ALLOWS US TO DO?

By using the electrostatic fogging technology, SERVPRO technicians can cover an area is a short period of time.  This process allows for the use liquid disinfectant in a non-damaging manner to paper or fabrics.  The fogging turns the liquid disinfectant into a fine mist that lands on all surfaces and then dissipates after a specific dry time.  Because this fine mist allows technicians to disinfect areas faster, this service can be more cost effective then using a pump sprayer technique.  While some areas of your building may require the use of a pump sprayer, where ever possible, our technicians will use fogging to efficiency service our clients.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?

CALL US SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911

THE DANGERS OF HOARDING

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

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THE DANGERS OF HOARDING

People with hoarding disorder excessively save items that others may view as worthless. They have persistent difficulty getting rid of or parting with possessions, leading to clutter that disrupts their ability to use their living or work spaces. It became hazardous for anyone who goes in or around the house.  People with hoarding disorder compromise their own safety and relationships just to hold on to items that they have become emotionally attached. Here are some of the most common dangers of hoarding and the extensive steps involved in the clean-up process.

  1. INJURIES

Piles in a hoarded home can become as high as the ceiling and can collapse and cause injury to anyone in their way. All kinds of items lie scattered all over the place, making it very easy to trip and fall. This may result in broken bones and fractures, sprains and wounds.

  1. FIRE

Fire is one of the main dangers in a hoarded home as the large number of accumulated items creates an abnormally high fuel load. Fires can easily occur when objects cover a heating vent or damaged wires. Clutter obstructs pathways and first responders.

  1. AIR QUALITY

Clutter comes dust and odors from decaying waste products. These can cause serious air quality issues in the hoarder’s home that may cause respiratory problems for people and pets.

  1. STRUCTURAL DAMAGE

Over time, hoarding can cause damage to the building itself due to the overwhelming weight of the excessive contents hoarders put in them.

  1. BUILDING MAINTENANCE

Clutter can prevent technicians from performing necessary maintenance on HVAC equipment and sprinkler systems, creating a safety hazard.

Hoarding clean-up is not an easy task, those helping with the clean-up process need to come prepared with tools and cleaning equipment to remove the trash and clean the home. This includes things like heavy-duty trash bags, empty boxes, buckets, gloves, cleaning agents and disinfectants, mops and brooms. It is best done by restoration professionals who have the expertise and equipment to perform the job efficiently and safely.

 In need of a team to help restore a space where hoarding has been an issue? Contact our team SERVPRO of Ventura, call us at (805) 656-3911.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

When our logo is on your door, your commitment to clean is clear

While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, SERVPRO is here to help keep your customers and employees safe, and also let everyone know you've chosen a higher standard of clean.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive, proactive viral pathogen cleaning program backed by our more than 50 years of experience in cleanup and restoration. With an industry-leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes, we're helping businesses across the country open safely. So make the commitment to keep your employees and customers safer. Make sure your space is Certified SERVPRO Cleaned.

CONSULT

A tailored cleaning program to meet your needs.

  • We will assign you a Cleaning Protocol Specialist who understands your business.
  • Programs are based on a range of factors: type of industry, business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touch points, foot traffic and congestion points.

CLEAN

Proactive and COVID-19 emergency response cleaning program.

  • Trained and experienced in biohazard cleaning and decontamination for porous and non-porous surfaces - always adhering to the highest standards set by the CDC.
  • EPA-approved products, including our proprietary cleaning agent SERVPROXIDE, a hospital-grade disinfectant that is NSF certified for direct food contact surface use.

CERTIFY

A commitment to clean for your employees and consumers. 

  • Leverage SERVPRO's trusted brand to reassure your customers and employees that you are taking the steps needed to keep your space at the highest level of clean.
  • Communication touchpoints include a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned window emblem, signage, marks for your digital footprint and more. 

To get a free quote or to learn more, call us SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911

SERVPRO of Ventura Here to Help (COVID 19 Coronavirus Clean-up)

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Ventura professionals are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

While there is no known cure for COVID-19, we are being called upon by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities. We’re here to help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

If you are interested in inquiring about our services, Call Us Today at (805) 656-3911 www.SERVPROventura.com

About CORONAVIRUS

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

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About Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now spread internationally. While the virus is termed "coronavirus," the sickness that results after infection has been termed COVID-19.

COVID-19 has now been declared a pandemic, which is a global outbreak of a disease.

Symptoms

Illnesses from COVID-19 are wide ranging, from mild to severe symptoms and death. According to the CDC, symptoms that may appear two days to two weeks after exposure include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

It is important to consult your medical provider if you develop any severe or concerning symptoms.

If you are a resident of Ventura county, Call: 

CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE:

805-465-6650

Sources:

 http://www.vchca.org/agency-divisions/public-health

 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html

DISINFECTING SERVICES

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

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We are getting a lot of calls asking for our Disinfecting Services. If you think that your home or business needs some CLEANING or DISINFECTING, call us at (805) 656-3911. 

WHY CHOOSE A PROFESSIONAL BIOHAZARD CLEAN UP COMPANY?

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

WHY CHOOSE A PROFESSIONAL BIOHAZARD CLEAN UP COMPANY?

WHAT IS CONSIDERED A BIOLOGICAL HAZARD

A biological hazard, or biohazard, is a biological substance that poses a threat to the health of living organisms, primarily humans. Common biohazards include medical waste, drug paraphernalia and supplies, blood and bodily fluids, biological material, and toxic chemicals.

BIOHAZARD CLEANUP AND REMEDIATION SERVICES

The goal is to restore your home or business to its original, livable condition. They begin by removing and disposing of potentially infectious and hazardous materials according to industry standards and government regulations. The biohazard cleanup specialists decontaminate and sanitize all affected areas and items. It is necessary to discard some materials contaminated by hazardous materials.

Blood and Bodily Fluid

Situations involving blood and bodily fluids pose a risk for spreading blood borne pathogens, bacteria, and viral contaminants. If not properly cleaned and disinfected, these biological hazards may spread diseases or present health risks.

Unattended Deaths

Our biohazard teams provide complete cleanup and decontamination services after an unattended death. An unattended death involves someone who has died alone but is not found immediately.

Suicide and Homicide

The trained crews professionally clean and disinfects affected areas to prevent contamination.

Crime Scene

The professional cleanup teams use professional disinfectants to clean and restore your home or business after a traumatic experience or tragic event.

Illegal Drug Labs

They clean up illicit drug production labs including those used to produce or process methamphetamine, fentanyl, and heroin. The chemicals used in the production and processing of illegal drugs are volatile and may cause explosions or fires.

Cleanup after a traumatic experience or a tragic loss can be intense and overwhelming. There is no reason to go it alone. The biohazard cleanup companies in our network are trained to discreetly clean up and restore your home or business.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices. If you need immediate assistance, call us  – (805) 656-3911. SERVPRO of Ventura is available 24 hours a day—our highly trained technicians are standing by.