Who Cleans Blood From Crime Scenes
Who Cleans Up Blood At A Crime Scene?
Author: David Morales
Date: Aug 17, 2021
Popular television shows like CSI, Cold Case, and Sherlock do an excellent job of showing how our law enforcement builds a case around a murder scene to uncover who did it, and how it was done, and even the motive behind why it was done.
We’ve all seen how the area is taped off with caution tape to preserve the scene until the detectives arrive. Then we watch as the detectives uncover clues from the scene that nobody else seemed to notice while crime scene photos are taken for evidence by a supporting cast member. After the crime scene investigation is complete, the body is removed and taken to be autopsied. This is where further foul play is uncovered to add to the case.
But all of these drama television shows fall short in explaining who cleans up blood from crime scenes? And perhaps this is why families don’t know who to turn to when they, unfortunately, find themselves on the wrong side of similar situations they’ve seen unfold multiple times on tv.
Perhaps the reason why movies and television shows leave out this piece of information is hidden from the public because the answer is sometimes shocking. The reality is that it is the responsibility of the family of the deceased to clean up after a murder has taken place. If not the family, then it is often left up to the property owner to take care of the scene cleanup. It is obvious that this can be traumatic for family and/or friends of the deceased to take on this task themselves. For this reason, blood cleanup should be done by professionals who specialize in this unique type of cleaning.
Technicians from OSHA certified biohazard remediation companies are the individuals who clean up blood from crime scenes. Ideally, these companies should be members of the American Bio-Recovery Association (ABRA) who is the leading authority for creating guidelines and standards for this industry, but at the very least they should be licensed by the state to properly remove, clean, and dispose of biohazardous materials that may cause health risks to others.
These technicians are often referred to as crime scene cleaners, forensic cleaners, or biohazard remediation experts. These technicians often have backgrounds in police departments, fire departments, or EMTs. Individuals from these fields have one thing in common–they commonly were exposed to horrific scenes covered by blood and/or bodies.
Use A Licensed Blood and Biohazard Cleanup Company
Only professionals who specialize in this type of thing should clean up blood from a crime scene. In one instance, we encountered a family who tried to use a carpet cleaning company to remove blood and body fluids from a death scene. They ended up calling us after a horrible smell dominated the area a few short days later. Not only were these fluids found underneath the carpet, but there were also maggots that took up residency.
Working with a professional blood and biohazard cleanup company ensures that no surprises are left behind. They will clean and disinfect anything unsightly that you want to be removed from the home. These technicians will also sanitize the area from harmful contaminants that can be potentially hazardous, and that often go unseen with the naked eye. Lastly, a reputable company will dispose of infected materials at city-approved disposal locations that are uniquely designed to handle hazardous material.
For Local Houston Residents
There are four excellent reasons why you shouldn’t take on this task yourself:
- Doing so may be traumatic and cause long-term depression
- Pathogens and other unseen biohazards may be a health risk to those who occupy that space afterward
- Most insurance companies will cover the cost of the work to remove the blood and to sanitize and disinfect the property
- You can use this time to bond with family while the technicians do the rest
For those who are local to the Houston Texas area, we would love to help. BioTechs Crime & Trauma Scene Cleaning has been helping families throughout Texas after a tragic event has occurred in the family. Our compassionate team of technicians is here to help you every step of the way.
For a Free Consultation, or to ask questions, you can call us 24-hours a day at (713) 999-4102.
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