Don’t Clean It Yourself: The Dangers of Biohazard Cleanup

August 1, 2016 5:47 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Biohazard signs aren’t just meant to look scary, everyone is supposed to heed the signs’ warning and stay far away from any area that has been determined biohazardous. Residents should only return to the area after biohazard cleanup in Illinois has taken place.

Cleaning up after a biohazard disaster can be much more expensive than cleaning up after another problem, such as a flood or tornado. There’s no doubt that cleaning up after a biohazard disaster yourself, or just hiring a general cleaning company will save money up front. However, neither you or a general cleaner will be able to safely clean a biohazard zone.

What does biohazard mean?

Many materials can be considered biohazardous. All biohazardous materials are detrimental to our health, but some are worse than others. Biohazard categorization goes from Biohazard 1 to Biohazard 4. Examples of Level 1 pathogens include agents like E. coli and other bacteria that’ll make you sick, but can be treated by a doctor.

On the other hand, level 4 pathogens have no known cure. The life threatening virus Ebola (remember that scare from a few years ago?) is classified as a level 4 biohazard. Just because you’re not hanging out in an area with Ebola doesn’t mean you can’t be effected by a biohazard!

If you’ve ever spent any time in a hospital, you’ve probably seen biohazard signs throughout the facility. This is because human bodies can actually produce biohazardous waste. Human blood and other body fluids can be biohazardous, as well as tissue or other body parts that come out of autopsy or surgery rooms.

Any microbe that comes from a culture needs to be treated with extreme care, as well. Obviously anything sharp that has touched a human (scalpel, syringe needle, etc.) must be placed in a biohazard bin.

What does this have to do with me?

Ok, so unless you’re extremely ill, you probably don’t live in a hospital. And if you’re outside of an Ebola hot zone, you don’t need to worry about contracting a serious biohazardous pathogen. However, biohazards can live in our homes without us even knowing it.

As morbid as it sounds, there have been many examples of people passing away in their home and not being discovered until they were decomposed. While that’s an extreme scenario, it requires biohazard cleanup in Illinois because you never know what pathogens may have been growing while the body was decomposing.

A more likely occurrence could be having a power outage in your home and having meat or other foods spoil. Or a basement flood that produces an extreme amount of mold. Both of these scenarios may sound like something you could clean up by yourself. Wrong! Attempting these cleaning jobs will not completely decontaminate your home and can end up making your family sick over the course of time.

If you’ve experienced any disaster to your home that you think may be a biohazard, call us immediately at 217-259-0058 before you or your family are put in any danger.

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