Crime scene and bio-hazard cleanup encompass a large array of situations. The most accurate name is CTS decontamination (crime and trauma scene decontamination), it is also referred to as bio-hazard remediation or bio-hazard cleanup. These terms are used for the cleanup of blood, bodily fluids, and other potentially infectious materials and they also refer to bio-hazard remediation or bio-hazard cleanup, because crime scenes are only a portion of situations that require bio-hazard cleaning. Some of the incidents we clean include: homicide, suicide, accidental deaths, stabbings, decomposition after an unattended death, mass trauma, industrial accidents, bird flu, animal feces, hoarding, methamphetamine labs, anthrax exposure, tear gas clean up, infectious diseases, Ebola and animal-hoarding sites. Here at 11th Hour, our goal is to restore the scene to its pre-incident state. The job is hazardous, grueling, and not for the faint-of-heart, or stomach and it is never recommended family or friends try to accomplish these clean-ups on their own.
Crime Scene Equipment & Supplies Necessary for Clean-up
Before arriving on any scene, we make sure we are well stocked on all supplies and bring all our equipment and tools. We never know what we may find, if there is a thumbnail-size blood stain on a carpet, chances are there is a two-foot-diameter bloodstain on the floor boards underneath it. We arrive on site with all the following supplies
- Personal protective gear: a non-porous, one-time use suit, gloves, chemical-spill boots, and filtered respirators
- Bio-hazard waste containers: 55 gallon heavy duty bags which can be sealed and hard plastic containers
- Ozone machine: to remove odors
- HEPA 500 air scrubber machine: to clean the air
- Traditional cleaning supplies: mops, buckets, spray bottles, sponges, and brushes
- Cleaners: hospital grade disinfectant, industry strength deodorizers, and an enzyme solvent to kill bacteria and viruses and liquefy dried blood
- Other: putty knives, razors, shovels, ladders, wet vacuum, sledge hammers, spackle, saws, paint brushes, steam injection machine, and of course a camera to take before and after photos.
The Hazards of Cleanup: Blood, Guts, Diseases and Poisons
The sites we clean pose dangers that cannot always be seen. Infections can result from blood borne pathogens and bodily fluids that remain in walls, baseboards, or floors can make people sick months or years later. Cleaning can take one hour or forty hours, the area must be thoroughly cleaned and not just look clean. In cases of unattended deaths, the mess can be very large, after death body bloats and eventually explodes, leaving bio-hazard materials in a large area. Cleaning up meth labs are particularly scary. The list of poisons used to make street-grade methamphetamine leaves a toxic residue that coats and infuses every surface and stays in the air. Most of these poisonous substances are absorbed through the skin, making a meth lab one of the most dangerous sites for us to clean. The scene remains toxic indefinitely unless it is properly cleaned. An apartment that housed a meth lab can make its tenants sick a decade after the lab is removed. We know when we clean any type of site, it must be done properly. We have the training, the equipment, the compassion, and the confidentiality to do these jobs.
If you live in Hennepin County or anywhere in the state of Minnesota and encounter any of these situations in your life, please call us, we want to help.
Call a project manager/supervisor at 612-251-3275 or dispatch toll free at 877-866-8877 for a consultation or if you have questions, at 11th Hour, Inc. we are always here to assist you.