Common Questions Regarding Crime Scene Clean Up in Illinois

December 14, 2016 3:46 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Crime scene clean up in Illinois is not for the faint of heart, and many people never anticipate requiring this service. However, if you face this unfortunate reality, you need a company with empathy, skill and thoroughness so you can at least restore your premises to better conditions. This is not a normal experience for people, so you likely have questions, too. These are the most common ones we receive about cleaning up after an unattended death, suicide, homicide or violent crime.

How do you clean a crime scene?

Our job is to address what is left behind once the investigation finishes and the body is at the morgue. Before we work, the coroner removes the body for examination. Once the autopsy completes, family members can prepare remains for burial or cremation.

Generally, we remove blood, tissue and other bodily fluids and dispose of them in biohazard bags. The same is true with furniture, carpet, flooring and wallpaper that have been affected. As with most bio-waste, this is incinerated and not just thrown into a dumpster. That is against regulations.

Our work starts with assessing the situation. Each scene has unique elements that determine how we clean up the area. For example, a suicide that occurred in a carpeted room has different considerations than one carried out on a wood or tile floor. Also, if the deceased suffered conditions like hepatitis or HIV, those require additional precautions.

What precautions do you take?

There is always the risk of disease, so we wear protective clothing, masks and gloves. Even while taking these steps, we also avoid skin punctures. Wall splinters, exposed coils on mattresses and broken furniture can pierce gloves and leave us vulnerable. Do not take our head-to-toe covering as a judgment against your friend or loved one. This is how we stay safe as we complete our service to you.

How long do you clean?

Depending on severity, jobs require four to eight hours. There are efforts that take days, but that is fortunately uncommon. We give clients a time frame and describe what the work entails. This includes listing affected items that must be disposed of as biohazard waste.

Why should I choose a biohazard specialist?

If the crime, suicide or accident happened on a commercial property, exposing employees to blood and bodily fluids is illegal. Besides the regulatory violation, it could result in a worker’s compensation claim if that employee becomes ill. Outsourcing this to a specialist relieves you of that liability.

You also require thoroughness because, if blood-borne pathogens are not controlled, they will affect workers or household members. Biohazard waste is handled in a particular way for a reason: It can be dangerous. Not only can affected items be removed, but our techniques neutralize pathogens. When we perform the work, you know that it is safe once we finish.

Will my insurance cover this service?

Yes. Homeowner and business policies contain provisions that finance crime scene clean up in Illinois. States also have a victim’s compensation program that covers expenses for deductibles and non-covered damages. Sometimes, you can even get compensated for lost income if you took time off work or closed your business to accommodate investigation and cleanup.

Forensic Restoration Services is available for crime scene clean up throughout the state of Illinois. Call us today for assistance.

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