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Frequently Asked Questions About Biohazards

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Q: How is a biohazard cleanup different from a regular cleanup?

A: Biohazard cleanup involves a much more detailed process. All potentially hazardous materials including blood, urine, feces, vomit, etc. need to be disposed of in a proper manner. Contaminated materials cannot be disposed of with regular waste or trash. Also, biohazard cleanup requires the removal of all contaminated porous materials such as carpet, pad, drywall, clothing, and cloth or leather furniture. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville adheres to all federal and state rules and regulations associated with the removal and disposal of contaminated waste.

Q: Can I just use my regular cleaning or janitorial service for biohazard cleanup of blood or bodily fluids?

A: No, not unless your regular cleaning or janitorial service has been properly trained and equipped to handle biohazard cleanup and waste such as blood or bodily fluids, and has a legal place to dispose of the recovered biohazardous waste. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville has well-established bloodborne pathogen protocols in place and existing relationships with medical waste disposal services.

Q: Who pays for bio-recovery services?

A: In many cases home, business or auto insurance will pay for bio-recovery services. Ultimately, the property owner or tenant may be responsible for the cost of the service if not covered by insurance. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville works with insurance companies every day and has been responsible for multiple death and trauma events being covered by the homeowner’s insurance company.

Q: Why would I need a biohazard cleanup?

A: Biohazard cleanup services are needed for a variety of reasons including blood, urine, or feces contamination, crime or trauma scenes, death scenes, hoarding, needle cleanup, etc. ‘Biohazard’ is a general term for materials that could potentially be hazardous to human health, animal health, or the environment. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is highly trained to identify different situations and assist you in the best and most expedient way possible.

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