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Cleanup, Biohazards, and Hazmat Remediation

Exposure to biohazards and chemical contaminants can lead to serious and sometimes permanent health complications. Having these substances in your home poses a serious risk to you and your loved ones. Our chemical cleanup experts are available 24/7 to help you and your family be safe, evaluating, quoting, and restoring your home.

Restoration USA works with all insurance companies. We can even file your claim so that you don’t waste time on hold with insurance companies while your family is in danger.

What Will a Local Hazmat Cleanup Company Cover?

There are many situations that a professional Hazmat Cleanup company can take care of. These are some of the most common needs:

Bloodborne Pathogens

Bodily fluids, tissue, or any other substance of this nature should be handled only by professionals with appropriate training and gear. After a crime or unattended death, bloodborne pathogens can pose a risk of hepatitis, AIDS, and other diseases.

COVID-19 Disinfection

Now more than ever, proper disinfection and sanitization are crucial. If you’ve had confirmed cases in your home or business, having a professional cleanup is a must-have to prevent the virus from spreading in schools or government buildings. See also: CDC Recommendations for COVID-19 Sanitization

Asbestos

Asbestos has been regulated for years now, but there are still countless homes and buildings that have never been renovated to comply with modern standards. Improper handling and disposing of asbestos can pose a risk of causing mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. That is why there are so many laws concerning the handling of asbestos. If you find yourself dealing with asbestos in a renovation project, contact professionals who have the proper gear and training to handle it safely.

Lead

Much like asbestos, lead has also been phased out slowly over the years, yet there are still old homes where lead-based paint has been used and never renovated. Lead exposure in adults can cause cancer. In children, it may also cause damage to the brain, nervous system, and slowed growth and development. If you’re moving into an older home, having it inspected and restored by professionals is critical.

Unattended Death

No one should go through the trauma of cleaning and restoring an area after an unattended death. Professionals will respectfully and compassionately take care of the burden so that those affected can grieve comfortably and safely. Learn more about unattended death cleanup here.

Types of Hazmat Cleanup:

Commercial Cleanup

Accidents happen everywhere, but when they take place in commercial or industrial settings, things become a lot more complicated. There might be flammable, corrosive, or toxic chemicals to deal with, and the potential monetary loss is usually in the thousands, if not higher. In these cases, restoration companies need to act fast, efficiently, and professionally to minimize damage and resume production as soon as possible.

Crime Scene Cleanup

A crime of any kind is traumatic enough that its victims should not be forced to deal with the aftermath. Cleaning up any bodily fluids like blood is not only jarring but dangerous. Crime scene cleanup companies are efficient and compassionate so that those affected can have a safe and livable home as soon as possible.

Sanitization

Now more than ever, sanitization is crucial. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that any place where large numbers of people gather, such as schools, government buildings, or gyms need to be properly sanitized with chemicals that kill viruses and bacteria.

Biohazards

Not all biohazardous materials come from crime scenes. Something as simple as a flood or sewage backup will fill your home with nasty bacteria that needs to be properly sanitized in order to make your house livable again.

Chemical Spills

Nearly every household uses products containing hazardous materials or chemicals. Pesticides, herbicides, insect repellants, certain painting products, glue, chlorine – All of these can cause serious harm in the right conditions. If there is a chemical spill, you should take the right precautions, opening windows, using protective gear, and knowing the symptoms of chemical intoxication:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Irritation of the eyes, skin, throat, or respiratory tract
  • Changes in skin color
  • Headache or blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Clumsiness or lack of coordination
  • Cramps or diarrhea

When any of these symptoms are present, you should clear the area and contact professionals to handle it. See also: CDC Guidelines on Hazmat Cleaning

Finding a Hazmat Cleaning Company Near You

Finding a company to safely dispose of biological and chemical waste near you is harder than it seems. Unfortunately, it is very easy to get your hands on a license, so there are plenty of people who are just looking to make money off of those in need without providing quality service.

A good way to sort companies is to look for before and after photos, qualifications, licenses, and reviews. You should also ask what kind of service they provide:

  • Make sure they clean and disinfect rather than just deodorize areas with pungent smells
  • Ask if they will remove and dispose of any contaminated materials
  • When dealing with vehicles, make sure they will clean and disinfect them so that they can be labeled a “biohazard vehicle” for insurance purposes.

Here at Restoration USA, we only work with Hazmat cleaning companies we trust. We look for businesses with proven track records, proper qualifications, training, and satisfied customers. If you’re having trouble finding someone who can help you out, our network of Hazmat cleaning companies throughout the country has got you covered.

How Does Hazmat Cleanup Work?

Hazmat Cleanup is a complicated process, and the actual process varies on a case to case basis, but there are some common procedures you can expect:

1. Evaluation

Operators will arrive at the scene and perform an evaluation of the situation, potential hazards, waste to be disposed and work needed. At this point you will probably be given a quote, though the number is liable to change slightly as the area is explored further.

2. Containment

Inspectors will usually also set up containment measures to prevent the spread of dangerous chemicals, viruses or biohazardous materials.

3. Surface Cleaning

A surface cleaning is done to remove contamination, in cases where items can be salvaged, these will be relocated until the area is safe to return them.

4. Waste Disposal

Your cleanup company will safely and legally dispose of any items that are beyond salvation, as well as any other waste that may be found.

5. Cleanup, Sanitization & Deodorization

Once all of the waste has been removed, your hired company will clean up any remaining spots, then sanitize and disinfect the whole area to get rid of lingering smells.

6. Inspection

Before moving your belongings back into the affected area, it will be thoroughly inspected once more to ensure that no spot remains tainted.

7. Restoration

Not all cleanup companies will help you restore your home to its previous condition. You may have to hire other contractors to take care of fixing and painting any damaged areas. In such cases, we can also help! Get in touch, and we’ll find someone to help you right away.

How Much Does Hazmat Cleanup Cost?

Hazmat cleanup involves complicated procedures, expensive equipment, and specially trained workers, which is why it can get quite expensive. Luckily, most insurance providers take care of the bill for hazmat cleaning, though filing your claim can still be quite a hassle. Here at Restoration USA, we work directly with providers to expedite the entire process.

Most home incidents requiring hazmat cleanup services end up costing around $3,000 to $5,000, though costs can vary widely depending on circumstances. Most hazmat cleanup companies will examine the area, the danger, the amount, and type of waste to be disposed of before offering a formal quote.

Estimated Hazmat Cleanup Costs:

  • $1,500 – $2,000 – Decontaminate households from a virus or bacteria in one or two visits + waste removal.
  • $3,000 – $5,000 – Cleanup of hoarding situations, minor chemical spills, biohazardous materials, unattended deaths, crime scenes
  • $15,000 – $25,000 – Commerical sanitization, major chemical spills, catastrophic events

Cost Factors in Hazmat Cleanup

  • Size of the surface to be cleaned: The amount of time, products, and labor needed will vary depending on the size of the home/business.
  • Type of Surface: The type of surface makes a huge difference when cleaning. Non-porous surfaces like ceramic and glass are very easy to clean, while porous ones, such as mattresses, carpets, and drywall require special care and may need to be replaced.
  • Equipment needed: As is to be expected, different situations will require different equipment, both for protection and to restore the area. Bodily fluids and chemical spills both require higher protective measures and harsher cleaning products than waste removal from a hoarder. This also ties into the type of area being cleaned, as some cleaning products can be corrosive to certain building materials.
  • Waste Disposal: Bio-Hazardous or dangerous waste, such as blood or asbestos, can only be disposed of in specialized containers and locations. You can expect to pay $15 per pound of biohazardous waste and up to $50 per pound for waste that requires metal drums for disposal.

Is Hazmat Cleanup Covered by Insurance?

While we have no way of knowing the specifics of your insurance policy, which is ultimately what really matters, we can tell you that most homeowners insurance covers some form of hazmat cleanup. Usually, death & crime scene cleanup is covered, while hoarding situations, chemical spills, and viruses are rarer.

As mentioned, the only way to know for sure whether you’re covered or not is to speak with your insurance adjuster – not your insurance agent – since they will know the specifics of your policy. Your insurance agent is more of a salesman than anything else, trying to get new people on board. Your adjuster on the other hand is the one that deals with actual claims, so he should be deeply knowledgeable about what is covered and what isn’t.

By calling Restoration USA, we can have an expert speak with your insurance adjuster to find out exactly what is covered by your insurance and then locate a restoration expert that is covered by your policy.

We understand a Hazmat cleaning event can be stressful or traumatic. Our compassionate staff can help you get your home or business back to normal as soon as possible with as few hurdles as possible on your part.

Does My Insurance Company Choose My Hazmat Cleanup Company?

No, they can advise you or make recommendations, but they cannot choose for you. That is called steering and is illegal! You paid for your premium, so you have a right to use it as you see fit. Most insurance providers will try to spend as little as possible, so we suggest looking for options on your own. Our experts can help you find the exact local professional for your needs.

What If I’m Not Covered?

By now, it should be clear that only trained individuals with the right equipment can properly treat an affected site, making sure there are no bacteria, pathogens, or hazardous material left. Just because an area LOOKS clean doesn’t mean it’s actually clean. Bacteria, viruses, and certain fungi are all invisible to the naked eye, so an area you believe to be clean can be just as dangerous as before, though now you don’t know it and might continue to be exposed.

If you are uninsured, please call us. We can help you find a hazmat cleaning company that is within your means or get you in touch with organizations that can assist, such as the National Organization of Victim Assistance, which may be able to provide financial assistance.