“Bioremediation” is the cleaning up of a biohazardous material with other materials from nature. The term is also sometimes used to refer to using industrial-grade cleaners to clean, decontaminate, and sanitize areas infected with bio hazardous material including, but not limited to, blood, vomit, urine, feces, semen, chemicals, mold, bacteria, and viruses.
When Might I Need Bio Remediation?
Most people don’t come across situations where they need bio remediation in their day-to-day lives but such events do happen and it’s best to know what to do before you find yourself having to make life-altering decisions about dangerous materials in a time of stress, grief, and pain.
There are multiple situations where you may unexpectedly find yourself having to deal with bioremediation. These can include any combination of the following:
- Unattended Death: An unattended death occurs when someone dies without anyone present and their body is left undiscovered for a time. The level of bioremediation needed will Depend on the surrounding conditions, temperature, and how long the body is left, the body will decompose and the resulting liquids seep into the surrounding porous surfaces (like wood, fabric, and paper) as well as having odor permeating the entire space.
- Hoarding: Hoarding is when a person collects materials regardless of value to the point it impedes their daily living. A hoarder’s home is often also in need of basic repair, such as plumbing or mold remediation, which leads to extremely unhealthy and dangerous living conditions. Often hoarder homes will need bio remediation from urine and feces, both human and animal, that are found within the hoarded home.
- Violent Crime: Any time a crime is committed against another person’s body such as murder, rape, or violent attack, bodily fluids such as blood, semen, and urine, as well as body fragments contaminate the entire area. Biohazard remediation needs to take place anytime bodily fluids are left behind.
- Disease Contamination: This occurs when an infected person or material is in a space and is contagious, whether or not they know it. Resulting viruses and bacteria can remain in the area for weeks, months, even years in some cases. Infectious diseases are a biohazard and must be remediated to stop the spread of infection.
- Squatters: Squatters stay in buildings or property for which they are not the legal tenants. Often leaving behind garbage, drug paraphernalia, and bodily fluids (due to lack of working plumbing and other utilities), diseases and dangerous material litter the area.
- Homeless Encampments: People who are homeless usually don’t have access to plumbing or regular garbage pickup when setting up temporary shelter. The result is piles of garbage, pests, drug paraphernalia, feces, and urine, left behind when the people move on. The city or county usually will call us to conduct the biohazard remediation from homeless encampments on public property while individuals will hire us to cleanup private property.
- Suicide: Depending on how a person dies, different amounts of bodily fluids carrying disease can be scattered throughout the area. Bioremediation is needed.
- Sewage Backups: When sewage backs up into homes and businesses, it carries bodily fluids, feces, and urine – all of which potentially carry dangerous diseases. Proper bio remediation is necessary to ensure a safe environment.
- Pest Infestation: Whether from domestic cats and dogs (such as in hoarding situations), fleas, rats, mice, or cockroaches, an infestation of pests can quickly lead to unhealthy conditions and rampant disease from both their excrement and the viruses and bacteria they carry. Biohazard remediation is needed to turn the area back into safe living conditions.
Can I Do the Bioremediation By Myself?
If you’re facing one of the situations listed above, with all the dangers and diseases rampant in biohazardous material such as Hepatitis A, B, and C, HIV, MRSA, and C. Diff, only people specifically trained in biohazard remediation should undertake the job. Such work not only requires personal protective gear and industrial-grade cleaners, but all bio hazardous material and anything it touches is legally classified as medical waste and there are specific rules, regulations, and permits required to dispose of it which varies by state. In addition, if the smallest particle of bio hazardous material is missed in the cleaning, it can pose a threat to anyone in the area for years to come.
When you aren’t fully aware of the dangers or don’t know how to properly complete the bioremediation, doing so anyway can be detrimental to not only your health, but the health of your family, friends, and employees.
Where Can I Go for Bio Remediation in Arizona?
BioTeamAZ is the #1 choice for bio remediation; servicing the entire state of Arizona. We will come in and thoroughly clean, decontaminate, and sanitize your property for you. If you’re in the state of Arizona, give us a call and we will be happy to answer any questions you have and provide you with a free estimate.