Crime Scene Clean-Up
Published February 28th, 2013
Cleaning up a gory scene like this one is a job Mark Raymond has been doing for more than a decade.
"The crime scene is pretty much probably the most traumatic experience for our customer, but also for us having to clean it up," said Mark Raymond.
Raymond is the owner of Servpro in Alachua County.
He's seen everything from a decomposing body to a suicide. As well as a murder scene.
He said it all takes an emotional toll on him.
"Psychological it can be very daunting to have that information as far as how that occurred, but on the other hand that's our job," said Raymond.
Handling the gruesomeness isn't the only quality needed to do this dirty job.
"Also the certain aspect of reverence when your dealing with a customer and she just had a lost. So you have to handle that with kid gloves," said Jason Raymond.
The crew can get a call anytime of the day or night. Once they arrive, they scope out the area and determine what's been contaminated.
Then it's time to gear up.
"The face shield, the respirators, the tie back suits which cover them head to toe, the double gloves and the booties are all really to cover them form any direct exposure to any infectious materials," said Creg Jordan who is the Marketing Representative at Servpro.
Everything that has blood or bodily fluids has to be torn up and placed in a biohazard bag.
"It could be sheets, pillow cases, pillows on a couch. Anything that has absorbed any of the blood from the individual or individuals," said Jordan.
The crew uses these chemicals to clean, disinfect and deodorize the home or business.
If you have carpet, it takes a whole lot more than a carpet cleaner to permanently remove the contaminated area.
"The cleaning of the carpet is never going to get it all out. Number one because you are going to have padding underneath there and the sub floor, which in this era is normally concrete that will absorb those fluids," said Raymond.
Raymond said if a scene is not cleaned up properly it can cause a stench overtime.
Not to mention reminding survivors of the tragedy.
"Even if you clean the surface of a carpet or you paint over the drywall, it's going to eventually bleed back through again," said Ryamond.
So replacing the carpet is a must.
One important part of crime scene clean up is transporting the boxed and bagged biohazardous waste.
Clean up crews are required to have a biomedical waste permit with the state of florida in order to generate, transport and dispose of the waste.
"Basically what they want to know who is transporting it, where it is going which means what facility it is going to and also what kind of facility is that. How did they dispose of it," said Jordan.
Throwing the contaminated waste into a dumpster is illegal and can harm others.
"In our times we see a lot of people who unfortunately we want to call them dumpster divers. So by throwing waste this regulated waster into a dumpster, you increase that chance of the getting contaminated by skin cut or anything that would expose them to the blood that still maybe active, infectious or contagious," said Jordan.
From beginning to end, the process of erasing a crime scene is something that should be done correctly the first time around.
Raymond is currently working with the Florida Health Department to get all the permits required.
The cost for a cleanup can range anywhere between $1,000 up to $5,000. Depending on how much has been contaminated.
Raymond said from experience, most of these situations have been covered by home owners insurance, but it is always best to contact your insurance agency to check if your policy covers it.
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