Frequently Asked Questions About Crime Scene Cleanup Services in Illinois

July 12, 2016 10:36 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Most people will fortunately never have to seek out crime scene cleanup services in Illinois. But those people who do require these services might not be entirely familiar with what a crime scene cleanup company does.

We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we receive about crime scene cleanup. Here are a few.

What is involved in a standard crime scene cleanup case?

Cleaners first arrive to the scene to assess the situation and determine the best processes to implement to clean or remove affected items without endangering anyone in the future. Carpet, flooring, wallpaper, walls, furniture and more are removed and disposed of using red biohazard bags at federal- or state-regulated sites.

Is crime scene cleanup dangerous?

Yes, there are many precautions that need to be put in place to ensure the safety of cleaners and future occupants of the cleaned space in question. Certain blood-borne diseases like HIV, hepatitis and more could be present at the sites. There could be sharp items at the site that puncture the skin. In some situations, there could be chemicals or a risk of airborne disease. Cleaners need to wear appropriate safety equipment to prevent any sort of accident from occurring.

How long does it take to clean up a crime scene?

Every crime scene is different, so it’s impossible to give a single overarching answer to this question. In general, crime scene cleanup will take four to eight hours. But again, there are a variety of different factors that could affect the length of a cleanup project, including amount of blood or toxins, the size of the scene, the presence of potentially endangering factors, etc.

Can’t I just clean the scene myself?

Absolutely not, for several reasons. One, to be frank, most people simply do not have the stomach for the job. People who go into the field of crime scene cleanup need to be prepared to see difficult sights on a daily basis. If you had an emotional attachment or relationship with the victim, cleaning the scene will likely be even more difficult.

Two, federal law requires that no one can be put in a position to clean blood spills without receiving training for blood borne pathogens, having an exposure plan, having (and knowing how to use) protective equipment, having had a Hepatitis B vaccine and follow-up evaluations and having been given a method to properly remove and store biohazardous waste in marked containers for future disposal, in accordance with state and federal law.

Simply put, professionals are required for this job to be accomplished safely and efficiently.

Who pays for the expense of a crime scene cleanup?

This depends on the circumstances surrounding the case. In many situations, insurance companies will cover the costs of crime scene cleanup. In other cases, the property owner could be on the hook for the costs.

If you have further questions about crime scene cleanup services in Illinois, reach out to the team of professionals at Forensic Restoration Services today.

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