Recent Biohazard Posts


10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Residential home of an hoarding situation before cleanup.

Hoarding is actually categorized as a disorder of behavior where a person has the inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that end up eventually covering up all areas of their home or living space.

Hoarding is categorized as a biohazard due to the substances that might be found in your home, apartment, or commercial building. During hoarding situations there could be a wide range of things you could find from house supplies and magazines to hazardous materials and animal waste or remains. SERVPRO of Renton trains our technicians to specialize in hoarding cleanup and restoration. Hoarding cleanup includes not just removal of items but also recovery and restoration of useful and valuable objects.

Following the cleanup and restoration process, our technicians will deodorize the scene so eliminate any and all existing odors that could have come from a number of sources. If more cleanup is necessary like, carpet cleaning, mold removal, or water damage; SERVPRO of Renton will handle everything and continue to communicate with you throughout the process.


Hoarding Tips:

  • A common problem 2-5% of Americans meet diagnosis requirements
  • Hoarders see objects having significant value
  • Often begins during adolescence around the age of 13 or 14
  • Often environmentally related
  • Depression is often related
  • Most hoarders have Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Consequences are more than a messy home- unsanitary living environment
  • Increased risk of fires for occupants and their neighbors
    • Accumulation of objects
    • Blocked exits
    • Unsafe cooking and heating environment – 39% of fires in hoarding homes result from cooking
  • Safety and health risks to people, animals, and the community

If you are struggling with a hoarding situation and need help discarding any or all items, SERVPRO of Renton will be there to help you through this process. Give us a call today at (425) 255-2227 for any questions or concerns.

Bio-hazardous Situation

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

This biohazard came from a sewage overflow of a household bathroom toilet.

George has been the maintenance supervisor for the downtown mall for nearly thirty years. He has cleaned up his fair share of messes: child vomit near the carousel, spilled soda in the food court, and even vandalism or two. He’s also dealt with clogged toilets and messy bathrooms. One day, he was doing his rounds when he gets a call over the radio from one of his employees. The women’s bathroom on the third floor is flooded! Anita, the maintenance work who called it in, cannot handle the mess on her own, so George goes to help her. When he arrives, however, he realizes that the mess is more than for what he bargained. Someone had clogged all seven toilets and flushed. Water and sewage was running everywhere. George didn’t have enough mops or sawdust to handle the situation. He pulled out his phone to call down to the office, who then called out to someone who could take care of the mess.

While this situation may be slightly exaggerated, it is an example of a hazardous situation. Biohazard makes up 25% of SERVPRO’s jobs, and clogged/backflowed toilets make up a small majority of those cleanups.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to avoid and handle biohazards, let’s talk a little about what constitutes a biohazard. Now, there are three categories of water:

  1. Clean water: water from a sink faucet or from a regular plumbing line.
  2. Gray water: water with considerable contamination and is not safe for public consumption. Dishwasher overflow is a good example.
  3. Black water: water that is grossly contaminated and should be avoided at all costs. May contain feces, harsh chemicals, or even dead animals.

Now, clean water is usually harmless, unless it’s untreated. Then it can turn into a category two or three, which requires a bit more work to clean. Categories two and three are considered bio-hazardous, and should not be cleaned with household items like towels or mops. Do not touch or attempt to clean a sewage line break, a toilet overflow that contains feces, or long term standing water.

Instead, call in SERVPRO of Renton at 425-225-2227 for a cost-free estimate and to ensure that your home becomes a safe place for you and your family.