Recent Biohazard Posts

Did you know SERVPRO of Denton can clean up anything?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee cleans stairwell banister at Denton business. SERVPRO of Denton is trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal.

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies, SERVPRO of Denton can also offer fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup* and restoration, and proactive cleaning for any residential home or commercial business. 

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments. 

SERVPRO of Denton is trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Denton helps turn unsafe environments into clean safe homes and offices. 

For more information, call us at (940) 566-2277. 

Managing Mold

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Mold, remediation, water, biohazard Although every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same.

When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Denton professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process. 

Call the Team in Green

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Denton. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed

Inspection and Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden in plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. 

Air filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. Our technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO of Denton can clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. Our professionals are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.

Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve repairs such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO of Denton understands mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.

Hoarding: A Serious Situation

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

hoarding, fire, water, storm Each case is very different, and hoarding jobs are often sensitive situations.

According to The Mayo Clinic, “Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.” Many people with hoarding disorder do find their habits to be a problem.

Hoarded items are often things others would throw away or look at as junk or garbage such as old newspapers, junk mail, or packaging.

Hoarding can lead to homes filled with extreme clutter to full capacity from years of accumulation, making living conditions unsanitary and crowded. Bugs, fleas, rats, and other vermin may be present, at which point an exterminator would need to be called. At times, hoarding may spread to the outside the home as well, to storage facilities, or even the garage or yard.

SERVPRO franchises encounter hoarding situations in several different ways. Often, a SERVPRO franchise is called for a fire or water loss and find the hoarding situation when they arrive on-site. A SERVPRO franchise professional will communicate with the insurance company regarding their contents coverage, and after approval, contents can be packed out and possibly cleaned, dried, and stored by the SERVPRO Franchise or relocated to a storage facility so work on the fire or water loss can begin.

Another way SERVPRO franchises encounter hoarding jobs is through calls from landlords, case workers, real estate agents, or family members, often after the death of a loved one. In these situations, the crew will see if they should look for any items or importance while they clean the job. Sometimes family members will come and try to help the hoarder sort through their contents as well.

Each case is very different, and hoarding jobs are often sensitive situations, but SERVPRO of Denton is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” If you encounter a hoarding situation at one of your properties or with your insureds, call SERVPRO of Denton.

Biohazard, Crime Scene, and Vandalism Cleanup

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Biohazard, blood, grafitti, crime scene Failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies, SERVPRO professionals also offer fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners. 

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. Failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments. 

SERVPRO of Denton professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Denton can help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices by remediating the following services:

  • Bloodbourne Pathogens
  • Methamphetamine Labor
  • Crime Scene Residues
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Sewage Backups
  • Black Water Intrusions
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

State and local regulations vary. Contact SERVPRO of Denton today for 24-hour emergency services.

Bloodborne Pathogens

SERVPRO Professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. Trained SERVPRO technicians thoroughly clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure. 

Methamphetamine Labs

Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs, such as methamphetamine, are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO of Denton professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO can clean and restore your property and contents.

Arson and Vandalism

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are recognized as leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage. SERVPRO of Denton also provides general cleaning and deodorizing services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, eggs, spoiled foods and human or animal waste.

What To Do When a Toilet Flood Causes Major Destruction

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Sewer damage requires an extensive cleanup to ensure your building is safe for inhabitants.

When you think of overflowing toilets, you may picture a small flood confined to your commercial bathroom. However, if this type of overflow goes unnoticed, your commercial building in Denton, TX, could have much more extensive sewer damage. The unattended water may travel down walls and through ceilings to affect two floors or more. When this major destruction takes place, you need to call in a knowledgeable water repair team that can help you start the cleanup.

• Stop the flood. A flooded toilet may continue adding water to your building unless you cut off the water supply. Turning off the water may help minimize the damage or at least stop it from getting worse.
• Tear out materials. Because you're dealing with sewer damage, any materials or furnishings that got wet may need to be removed and thrown away. This can include flooring, drywall, insulation and ceiling materials. These items often have to be tossed because sewage usually contains fecal matter, viruses, bacteria, chemicals and other potentially harmful contaminants.
• Disinfect the space. Once the items that can be torn out have been, you need to make sure your commercial space is thoroughly cleaned. The cleaners used will depend on the type of surface getting cleaned, but any sewage company that often deals with this type of cleanup will have the cleaners and equipment needed to get the job done right.
• Dry out the space. Putting dehumidifiers to work ensures your building is rid of excess moisture. If extra water remains, even in the form of humidity, you may have to deal with mold growth in the future.
• Repair the damage. The final step in this cleanup process is repairing any of the damage that was done. If building materials were torn out, they need to be replaced to return your building to normal.

Sewer damage requires an extensive cleanup to ensure your building is safe for inhabitants. If you skip any important steps, you may have to deal with secondary damage sometime down the road. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdenton.com/.

Biohazard, Ponder Texas

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard in Ponder, Tx

SERVPRO of Denton professionals are trained to safely and effectively removed hazardous biological substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. 

When a Biohazard Cleanup is Needed

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO of Denton team is professionally trained and ready to help clean any type of Biohazard!

When an accident or traumatic death occurs in a home, many times families will look to their homeowner’s policy to help defray the expense of cleanup. If their coverage includes biohazard cleaning, an insurance adjuster will normally require an assessment before reimbursement is offered. This can be a challenge for even a seasoned insurance professional to judge the full extent of the damage. Not only are biohazard situations unique, but they are often difficult to remediate which can make the adjuster’s job is also more challenging. Our SERVPRO of Denton team knows how important it is to make a difficult situation easier for the insurance adjuster and the home or business owner.

SERVPRO of Denton also knows that although there are many reasons to hire a professional biohazard cleaning company. Some of the most important reasons, however, are the ones you cannot see. For example:

Safety should never be overlooked.

Companies like SERVPRO of Denton train technicians on proper protocol surrounding the handling and disposal of biohazardous waste. Studies state that 1 one out of every 24 people has Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV and these pathogens can survive in a deceased person for a considerable amount of time. Our SERVPRO of Denton crew follow stringent local and federal safety regulations when performing a biohazard clean up.

Professional cleaners utilize meticulous decontamination procedures that your customer cannot replicate easily on their own.

By researching the best practices of other industries such as healthcare, manufacturing and restoration, we created an innovative and professional cleaning process to deliver hospital-grade sanitation which helps protect your family from dangerous bacteria and blood borne viruses. Our process includes cleaning, sanitation, and deodorizing.

If you need assistance call SERVPRO of Denton at 940-566-2277.