Bio-One of Augusta decontamination and biohazard cleaning services

Biohazard Remediation: Professional & Discrete Cleanup

Biohazard Remediation
Bio-One Biohazard Cleaning Crew

If you need any type of biohazard remediation, the team at Bio-One® of Augusta is always here to help, providing you with professional, discrete and compassionate cleanup services.

What Is Biohazard Remediation?

Biohazard remediation is the complete cleanup, removal and restoration of a space contaminated with any type of biohazard. This includes potentially hazardous materials such as blood and bodily fluids, animal waste, medical waste, tear gas and other chemicals. Anytime you are dealing with a substance or substances that could be toxic to humans or potentially infectious materials, professional biohazard cleanup is needed.

While homeowners and cleaning crews can handle typical cleaning tasks, handling biohazardous materials is another matter altogether. A professional biohazard cleaning company uses special cleaning products, cleaning equipment and personal protective gear to ensure that all traces of biohazardous materials are removed and that the crew is safe during the remediation process.

Homeowners, business owners and regular cleaning services don’t have the best cleaning products or safety gear, and they truly don’t understand the procedures necessary to ensure that a space is completely cleaned and sanitized. Cleanup often necessitates removing furnishings, carpeting and even drywall to ensure that all contaminated areas are removed or sanitized.

When we enter a biohazard situation, our first step is to study the area carefully, determine the location of any biohazardous materials and create a cleanup plan. As experienced, trained professionals, we can assess any situation quickly and get to work to restore and remediate the area.

What Are Biohazardous Materials?

Any material that could pose a danger to human health could be considered a biohazard. For instance, if blood or bodily fluids are present, there could be many bloodborne pathogens in these fluids, including viruses such as HIV or hepatitis. Likewise, any medical waste, such as syringes, IV tubes, bandages and other items can be potentially dangerous if not handled correctly.

Human and animal waste, especially rodent waste, also can be toxic. We often encounter human waste as we clean up homeless encampments or after a person has died. Rodent waste is particularly dangerous and can cause serious respiratory issues and diseases.

Many different types of chemicals also can be hazardous to humans if spilled. The chemicals could burn the skin and the fumes could burn your eyes or harm your lungs if inhaled. Other toxins include mold and mildew, which also can be harmful to your health, especially if you are prone to lung issues or have a weakened immune system.

Types of Biohazard Remediation

Trauma Cleanup  We can provide remediation services for any type of trauma scene cleanup. This includes suicide cleanup and unattended death scene cleanup as well as crime scene cleanup.

No family member, friend or landlord should ever have to handle these tasks on their own. Not only is this emotionally painful, but you will be risking your health, and our team can provide you with clean up services as quickly as possible during your time of need.

Hoarding Cleanup If a loved one is suffering from hoarding disorder, this can be difficult to handle in general, but family and friends (or landlords) should never tackle hoarding cleaning on their own. Not only is this horribly stressful and overwhelming, but it also can be dangerous.

When we provide hoarding cleaning services, we often find many toxic items including mold, rodent droppings and even dead and decaying animals. Our team will provide compassionate cleanup services and do our best to preserve any furnishings and items that can be preserved or donated.

Homeless Encampment Cleanup Homeless encampments pose a variety of serious health risks as we often find human waste, animal waste, needles and other dangerous items. With homeless cleanup, we strive to restore the site to a safe condition yet still treat the unhoused persons (and their belongings) with care.

Professional Odor Removal  If your home, office or vehicle is plagued with horrible odors that just won’t go away with multiple cleanings, it’s probably time to call in a professional. We can find the source of the smell and clean and sanitize and deodorize, restoring the air to a healthy state.

Many odors aren’t just unpleasant, they also can be toxic, which is why it’s important to have professional help. In some cases, there might be dead rodents or rodent waste in your walls or vehicle, and these require special handling and cannot simply be wiped up or vacuumed up. Vacuuming can spread toxins from animal waste in the air and damage your lungs. Rodent dropping cleanup must be handled very carefully, and we always recommend opting for a professional.

Chemical Cleanup One surprisingly common cleanup task is handling the aftermath of a crime scene that entailed the use of tear gas. Tear gas cleanup is one of our areas of specialization and no one should ever handle this task on their own. You must wear protective equipment and you must use very specific methods to remove tear gas residue.

With tear gas (and often other chemicals), we aren’t just cleaning up the visible residue. In many cases, tear gas can end up in your HVAC system or areas that most business owners or homeowners might not notice. This is why it’s so important to hire a professional biohazard remediation team to handle chemical spills or tear gas cleanup.

How Much Does Biohazard Cleanup Cost?

The cost for biohazard cleanup varies based on the scope of the job itself, however, many types of biohazard cleanup are covered by insurance. As we know that this is a difficult, stressful time for our clients, we can handle the insurance claim for you and have worked with all of the major insurance carriers in the August metro area.

We strive to make the cleanup process as easy as possible for our clients because we fully understand that we are helping you deal with a highly upsetting and traumatic situation. No matter the situation, we will provide you with compassionate, caring and discrete cleanup services.

Contact August Bio-One® 24/7

At Augusta Bio-One® we are available at any time for biohazard remediation services. We serve the entire Augusta metro area, and you can call us any time day or night, 365 days a year. If a tragedy has occurred, we are always here to help providing you with compassionate, caring cleanup services.

hoarding cleanup

Hoarding situations can be quite traumatic, and whether you are a landlord left with a mess from a tenant or a family member struggling to help someone with hoarding disorder, it’s best to call in professionals to remediate these situations. At Bio-One® Augusta, we offer fast, comprehensive and compassionate hoarding cleaning services.

Clutter Vs. Hoarding

Clutter is something that can be hard to avoid, and with our busy lives, it’s not surprising if a person has a few piles of clutter here and there. It might be a pile of bills that need filing or perhaps a few loads of laundry that need folding or even a few bags of discards you keep meaning to take to a charity shop.

Clutter cleanup can be stressful, but while it’s not uncommon to have a pile papers and perhaps a cluttered closet or two, this isn’t the same as hoarding. With hoarding, you begin to find that piles of clutter begin overtaking all of the common areas of a home as well as the yard and garage.

It might start with a pile of papers on the dining room table, but eventually, there might be piles all over the dining room floor and then piles of junk begin to accumulate in other rooms, often leaving these rooms uninhabitable.

With hoarding, we typically see that most rooms of a home are filled with papers, clothing and other items, and often most rooms are difficult to access. The kitchen, for instance, might be unusable due to items on every surface as well as the floor and inside cupboards. Refrigerators and cupboards often are filled with rotten and expired foods, etc.

What Is Hoarding Disorder?

While excessive clutter can be a sign of mental illness, such as depression, hoarding is a disorder in its own specific category. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which is produced by the American Psychiatric Association, was added to the manual’s list of disorders in 2012.

Hoarding is classified as “persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value.” Additionally, the person who hoards believes the need to save items and suffers from distress when discarding items, including those with no actual value.

This hoarding must cause a significant disruption in the person’s daily life, impairing their ability to engage with others socially or even occupationally. The hoarding also prevents the person from being able to “maintain a safe environment,” for themselves and others.

While hiring us for hoarder cleaning services can be a huge help, the person with hoarding disorder will need additional help from trained professionals. There are psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists that specialize in the treatment of hoarding disorder, and therapy is crucial if long-term success is to be achieved.

Many people with hoarding disorder, also have co-occurring disorders such as depression or anxiety, so these issues also need to be addressed to help a person achieve a healthier, happier life.

Why You Need A Professional Hoarding Cleanup Company

In many cases, we are called in to help by a landlord or family member to help remediate a hoarding situation. There are several good reasons to contact a professional hoarding cleanup service rather than trying to tackle the mess in a hoarder’s home on your own.

1. Hoarding Cleanup Can Be Dangerous

Through the years, we handled many hoarding cleanups, and we know that many dangers are lurking in a home or yard filled with personal items and junk. Often, we encounter dead, decaying animals and animal feces, which can be toxic. Sharp objects, biohazardous material, toxic odors and mold are common, as well.

None of these items should be removed by a typical cleaning service. Hoarding cleaning services are a type of biohazard remediation and you truly need a team of professionals to come, assess the situation, and create a cleanup plan.

We use personal protective equipment, and we ensure that all biohazards are removed from the home and yard.  A maid service or house cleaning service generally does not have the protective equipment or special cleaners that a hoarding cleaning service would use, and we don’t simply handle junk removal and surface cleaning. In many cases, carpeting, flooring and even drywall will need to be removed as well as furnishings, as these items all could be contaminated with biohazards.

2. Hoarding Cleanup Is Stressful

For families, hoarding cleanup can be deeply emotional and stressful. Even for a landlord, simply viewing a property in such a state of filth can be traumatic. Obviously, this is a traumatic situation for the person who suffers from hoarding disorder, as well.

While our team strives to provide compassionate services, with a professional crew, we can detach ourselves from the emotional aspect of the cleanup process. It’s much easier for a third party to come in and handle cleanup because we don’t have any emotional attachment to the items or to the person who hoards them.

However, while we are a third-party cleaning company, this doesn’t mean that we don’t understand that this is a highly stressful situation. Our cleaning crews are experienced and respectful and trained specifically to handle these unique situations.

While part of the process is “junk removal,” we truly do understand that these items are not considered to be “junk” by the person who hoards, and we strive to be understanding throughout the entire process.

Our goal is to make hoarder cleanups as easy as possible for our clients and provide them with a fresh start. This can be especially emotional in situations where animal hoarding has occurred, and we do our best to remediate any hazards, but also to provide respectful, supportive services.

3. We Offer Fast Hoarder Cleanup Services

While our services are comprehensive, we always strive to restore a property to safe living conditions as quickly as possible. Our hoarding cleaning services include removal of all excess items, as well as animal hoarding cleanup and gross filth cleaning, as well as deep cleaning after everything has been removed.

Deep cleaning isn’t just cleaning floors and counters. We clean under and behind heavy appliances. We clean inside appliances and cupboards as well as cleaning walls and ceilings and even doorknobs, light switches, trim, etc. 

Additionally, we do our best to recover anything of value and restore those items. There may be collectibles and other cherished items that we can clean and restore. Likewise, we will do our best to clean furnishings or household items that can be restored, such as appliances, tables, cabinets, etc. In some cases, items with porous surfaces are best disposed of, but we always do our best to clean everything that we possibly can.

Call Bio-One® 24/7

At Bio-One® Augusta, we provide hoarder cleaning services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Additionally, we can provide 24/7 biohazard cleanup including trauma cleanup, suicide cleanup, crime scene cleanup and much more. We serve the entire Augusta area and surrounding counties, so feel free to call us at (706) 305-5029 at any time.

When people think about biohazard cleanup, they often think about some type of hazardous chemical or perhaps a crime scene. However, at Bio-One® Augusta, we are called in for a wide range of biohazard cleanup jobs and often we are helping families during the most challenging times of their lives.

Types Of Hazardous Materials

Anything that can pose a threat to a human being can be considered a hazardous material. After all, even household cleaners can be dangerous if ingested or, in some cases, the fumes can be dangerous. However, when we talk about biohazard remediation, we typically mean one of the following materials:

Human Bodily Fluids – There are many bloodborne pathogens, and blood and other bodily fluids can transmit a wide range of viruses (HIV, hepatitis, COVID-19) or bacteria (MRSA, E-Coli, salmonella, etc.)

Human & Animal Waste – Urine and feces from either humans or animals also can transmit disease. In homeless encampments, death cleanup and hoarding cleanup situations, we often remove human waste as well as rat dropping or pet waste.

Hazardous Chemicals – Hundreds of chemicals pose a danger to humans, and OSHA defines a chemical as hazardous if it poses a threat to your health, such as a toxin that could affect your lungs, skin or eyes. In some cases, the chemical or compound might be hazardous because it is flammable or explosive. These are just a few examples of what might constitute a hazardous chemical or substance.

When Should You Call Bio-One® Augusta?

If your home or facility has been contaminated by hazardous materials, it’s always best to use a professional biohazard cleanup service. Likewise, if a person dies, such as an unattended death or suicide, a professional should be called. Handling biohazardous material on your own is never a good idea.

Businesses must adhere to OSHA rules regarding biohazard situations and cleanup, so for a landlord/property owner or business owner, it’s always best to contact a professional cleanup service. Failure to properly clean up after an accident can result in fines and even set you up for lawsuits for negligence.

Proper biohazard cleaning requires the use of personal protective equipment as well as special OSHA-approved cleaners and equipment. Additionally, we ensure that all hazardous materials are removed from the area. In some cases, this requires removing furniture and other items, as well as removing carpet, padding, flooring and drywall. None of this should be handled by a family member, business owner or employee.

Additionally, for a family member, friend or even a landlord or boss, attempting to clean up after a traumatic event isn’t something you should have to handle. When a loved one has died, we can provide compassionate, discrete cleanup services and complete these tasks as quickly as possible for your peace of mind. 

When it comes to hoarding cleanup, this can be a horrific ordeal for families and landlords, and highly emotional. Hiring a biohazard cleaning company not only ensures complete biohazard remediation but also can lessen the grief of a difficult situation.

Our Biohazard Cleaning Services Include:

What To Expect: Fast & Compassionate Services

While some biohazard situations are more emotional than others, we know that any type of accident or hazardous situation can be stressful, so first and foremost you can expect compassionate services from the whole Bio-One® team. We understand that this is a difficult time, and do our best to be helpful, kind and discrete and work as quickly as possible to complete the cleanup.

We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. There is never a time when we aren’t available to help you with biohazard cleanup, so whether you need crime scene cleaners, suicide cleanup or there’s been a traumatic accident at your home or place of business, we are always here to help.

We work with all major insurance companies as well, so you don’t need to worry about paying upfront for our services. We understand that this is a trying time, and we do our best to limit paperwork and other minutiae at the time of service to make the cleanup process as easy as possible for our clients.

When we arrive at the scene, our first step is to complete an OSHA-mandated assessment of the area. We then secure the area and limit access to ensure that there is no cross-contamination of hazardous materials. The next step is to remove all traces of biological materials and other biohazards. After all biohazardous material has been removed, we disinfect and deodorize the area.

Our Service Area

As our name suggests, we serve the entire Augusta metro area and all of Richmond County. Our service area also includes Aiken, Barnwell, Burke, Columbia, Edgefield, Jefferson, Lincoln and McDuffie counties. If you need any type of biohazard cleanup, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (706) 305-5029. We are here to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

rodent dropping cleanup

While any kind of animal waste can seem like a disgusting mess, rodent droppings are particularly problematic. In some cases, rodent dropping cleanup should be handled by a professional. Here’s a quick look at when to call a pro and when (and how) to handle this mess on your own.

The Dangers Of Rodents & Rodent Waste

Rats, mice and other rodents can carry a variety of serious diseases. Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a life-threatening disease that can be caused by exposure to rodent droppings, rodent urine and even the saliva of these animals.

Salmonellosis and rat-bite fever are two serious illnesses that can be caused by consuming foods contaminated by rodent droppings. Believe it or not, bubonic plague is still around, and you can contract this disease by coming into contact with rodent droppings. While plague is rare, with only about five cases per year in the United States, this simply further illustrates the dangers of rodents and how they pose a serious public health risk.

Small Rodent Issues

In some cases, you might have just a few droppings from one rat or mouse. In this case, you probably can clean up the mess yourself although we are always happy to help. If you do decide to clean up droppings on your own, be sure to follow the correct safety procedures.

Begin by mixing a bleach solution with one part bleach to nine parts water in a spray bottle. You also will need to wear plastic gloves or rubber gloves. Then, spray the bleach solution on the rodent droppings or urine until is soaking wet and let the area rest for at least five minutes.

Once the bleach has penetrated the area, you can use a paper towel to wipe up the mess. The dirty paper towels and droppings all should be placed into a plastic bag. Then spray the bleach solution on the area where the droppings were located and mop up the area or clean it with a sponge. The mop head and sponge also will need to be disposed of in a plastic bag.

Spray your gloves with disinfectant or warm water and soap before removing them. Once removed, these gloves also need to be placed in the plastic bag. At this point, you can seal up the bag and throw it in a trash can with a secure lid. Then wash your hands carefully with soap and warm water.

One Important Note: Do not use a vacuum or broom to simply sweep up the rodent droppings. You will risk inhaling particles from the droppings which can cause severe respiratory distress, including developing hantavirus. We highly recommend wearing a face mask (preferably an N95 mask or KN95) when you clean up any rodent droppings and then disposing of the mask after cleanup is complete.

Even with just a small number of droppings, it can be smart to hire a pest inspection service to examine your entire property for evidence of further rodent infestation. They can check crawl spaces and attics as well as your yard for any further signs of rodents and also provide you with tips to better secure your property to ensure that these pests don’t become a huge problem.

Ensuring that your attic and crawlspaces are well sealed is one way to prevent rodent infestations. Trimming back tree branches away from your roof and keeping gutters clean are other ways to discourage these pests from building nests in and around your home. It’s also recommended that you don’t leave pet food outdoors, as this can attract many pests, from rats to raccoons and other unpleasant creatures.

Rodent Infestations

If you are dealing with any type of rodent infestation beyond just a few isolated droppings, it’s truly best to hire a professional to provide you with rodent dropping cleanup services and ensure the safe removal of all rat and mouse waste in all affected areas of your home or property.

Our highly trained technicians have the proper personal protective equipment and specialized equipment to ensure that all traces of urine and rodent waste are removed and that sanitizing and cleaning is complete. We adhere to all state and federal protocols regarding the proper remediation of rodent waste. If you also need any type of dead animal removal, we can provide you with this service as well.

Vehicle Infestations

Our professional rodent dropping cleanup up services extend to cleaning any vehicles that have been infested with rodent waste. Rats often build nests in car engines as this provides a warm place for their babies. In some cases, the rats gnaw through wires and cables, and they sometimes even gnaw their way into the interior of a vehicle. In some cases, rodents die in vents or other hard-to-reach areas.

The result is not only toxic, but the odors are terrible and extremely difficult to remove. Our highly trained cleaning crews can remove all traces of rodent waste, dead rodents, nests and also provide odor removal service. Once the vehicle has been restored and is safe to use, we recommend parking the vehicle in a garage if possible. Placing mothballs in the engine also can help repel future rodent infestations.

Hoarder Cleaning Services

If you or a loved one suffers from a hoarding disorder, we can help. We offer caring, compassionate hoarding cleaning services and this often includes rodent dropping cleanup and dead animal removal. We know how difficult and exhausting this situation can be, but we can help remove any contaminated belongings or materials and restore the home to a safe condition.

Hoarding cleanup should not be attempted by family members. Not only is this a highly emotional task, but it can truly be overwhelming, and it can be difficult to even know how to get started with the cleanup. Additionally, it’s truly not safe as most hoarding situations include removing toxic materials such as mold-contaminated items, rodent droppings and more.

Contact Bio-One® At AnytimeIf you need rodent dropping cleanup or any type of hazmat cleaning services and biohazard cleanup, you can contact the team at Bio-One of Augusta at any time. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year and not only will we provide complete biohazard remediation, but we also can handle any insurance claim-related tasks, if applicable. We serve the entire Augusta metro area and all surrounding areas.  

professional odor removal services

While all of our homes or offices can smell a bit from time to time, certain odors can be extremely difficult to remove. If your home, rental unit or office is plagued with unpleasant or toxic odors that just won’t go away, contacting a professional odor removal service can be your best option and Bio-One® of Augusta can help.

When Should You Call Bio-One®?

While opening windows, using air fresheners, wiping down walls and cleaning carpets or flooring often helps with some odors, if you’ve tried all of these and the odors remain, it’s probably best to hire an odor removal service. However, there are many other instances, when you should give us a call rather than trying to handle any cleanup on your own, including the following.

Sewage Spills & Water Damage

If you’ve had sewage back up in your home or place of business, this isn’t just an issue of unpleasant smells. Sewage typically contains a myriad of toxins, including bacteria and viruses and this needs to be cleaned up by professionals. We have the OSHA-approved gear and cleaners necessary to ensure that all toxins and odors are removed.

Water damage also can cause unpleasant odors, and we always recommend that people contact water restoration companies as quickly as possible after any type of water damage or flooding has occurred. Most water damage restoration services offer 24/7 services and cleaning up quickly can prevent odors as well as the buildup of mold. If you do have lingering odors after a flooding incident, please give us a call so that we can remove whatever is causing the odor and ensure you can breathe healthier cleaner air. 

Cigarette Smoke & Other Smoke Sources

We often are called in to handle smoke-related odor cleanup, which can be nearly impossible for homeowners, landlords and business owners to handle on their own. Cigarette smokers and marijuana smokers become desensitized to the smell of smoke residue, but when a house or apartment needs to be sold or rented, these strong odors remain. Professional odor removal is the only way to completely remove the residue and smell.

Additionally, if your property has had a fire, there is likely smoke damage and this needs to be removed by a professional. Smoke damage is not just unsightly, it also can cause respiratory issues for anyone living or working on the damaged property.

Animal Odors & Waste

We’ve encountered our share of animal hoarding situations and rodent infestation in our years of biohazard remediation and cleaning up animal feces and urine can be tough. Just as with cigarette smoke, homeowners and tenants also often become desensitized to the odors that their dogs, cats or other animals leave behind.

If you’ve purchased a new home and find that it’s contaminated with unpleasant pet odors or perhaps you are a landlord that needs to rent out a contaminated property, we can help. At Bio-One®, we can handle any level of gross filth cleanup, including pet or rodent dropping cleanup. Whether there is just a single room with odor issues, or you have an entire property contaminated with animal waste or odors, our team is equal to the task.

Hoarding Cleanup

Hoarding cleaning services is one of our areas of expertise, and this often includes professional odor removal. In hoarding situations, odors can be caused by everything from cigarette smoke to animal waste to rotting food and more. Our team will provide compassionate, respectful cleaning services and we fully understand how stressful these situations can be.

Unattended Death Cleanup

Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for family and friends to discover that a loved one has died several hours or days after the fact. This is a tragic situation, and the reality is that there will be bodily fluids and odors left behind. These should never be handled by friends or family or landlords or even a typical maid or housekeeping service.

While the emotional toll of cleanup is horrific, these bodily fluids and odors also pose serious health risks. Only a professional trauma cleanup company should handle these cleanup and odor removal tasks, and if this type of tragic situation has occurred, we are available 24/7 to provide you with discrete and compassionate death cleanup services.

Vehicle Odors

We are called to handle vehicle odors more often than you might think. Many critters, such as rats and mice, like to nest in vehicle engines. These animals can leave feces and urine behind, creating terrible toxic odors. In some cases, animals can die in the engine or even burrow into the vehicle cabin and leave their waste throughout the vehicle.

Additionally, if your vehicle was previously owned by a smoker, this smoke can be tricky to remove. Whether you are dealing with animal waste or smoke odors, the Bio-One® team can remove these odors, and if a tragedy occurs in a vehicle, such as a suicide or unattended death, we can provide you with trauma cleanup services, as well.

Fuel Spills

Gasoline emits toxic odors, and it can be difficult to clean up properly. We can provide you with fuel spill cleanup services as well as cleaning other types of fluids, such as transmission fluid spills, etc. We offer comprehensive hazmat cleaning services for fuel spills and many other hazardous materials.

How We Handle Odor Removal Services

The first step with any job is to evaluate the situation and discover the source of the odor. In some cases, this is obvious, but with issues such as dead animals in walls or perhaps animal urine, we need to ensure that we find all possible sources of odor.

Then we remove the source of the odor, which can include removing carpeting, furnishings or even drywall, if necessary. In some cases, items can be sanitized and cleaned, and we will do all we can to preserve items if possible. We have all of the cleaners and equipment necessary to handle the toughest odors and cleaning situations.

Call Bio-One® Today!

At Bio-One® of Augusta, we are available 24/7 to help with odor removal service and any type of biohazard remediation, including trauma cleanup, crime scene cleanup, unattended death cleanup and more. We serve the entire Augusta metro including Aiken, Barnwell, Edgefield, Jefferson, McDuffie, Richmond and Waynesboro counties.

hazmat cleaning services

For many cleanup tasks, it’s often wise to opt for professional hazmat cleaning services. While some cleanups can be handled by maid services or even by homeowners, there are times when hiring a pro is the best and safest option. At August Bio-One®, we can provide you with many different types of hazmat cleanup.

What Is A Hazmat Cleanup?

We are called in to provide hazmat cleaning services for a wide range of situations. For instance, we often provide crime scene cleanup, suicide cleanup services or unattended death cleanup services. When these types of traumatic events occur it’s important the any blood and bodily fluids are completely removed, and that we clean and disinfect any contaminated surfaces.

In some cases, we will need to dispose of carpeting and carpet pads, mattress and even remove drywall to ensure that all biohazardous materials are removed.  Of course, we always do our best to preserve any personal items when possible.

While removing blood borne pathogens and other potentially infectious materials is a common task for a hazmat cleaning company, we also are sometimes called in to clean up chemical contaminants, such as tear gas, or chemical spills. Tear gas (and many other chemicals) cannot simply be cleaned up with water or typical cleaning products.

Additionally, we often are called in to provide professional odor removal services or even rodent dropping cleanup or dead animal removal. There are many odors that simply cannot be removed using typical cleaning methods, so it can be wise to contact a professional for severe odor issues.

In general, none of these cleanup tasks should be handled by homeowners or landlords or a typical maid service. For professional biohazard cleanup services, we use special OSHA-approve cleaners and cleaning methods, and our crew also wears personal protective equipment to ensure safety.

Additionally, while it’s not safe for family or landlords to try and clean up potentially hazardous materials, it’s also can take a huge toll on your mental health. We often are called in to handle trauma cleanup after horrible tragedies have occurred and loved ones (and even landlords) should not have to handle these types of tasks. It’s important to note that we can provide hazmat cleaning services at just about any location, including residences and commercial properties, inside or outside. We also can provide hazmat cleanup for vehicles. Whether a tragedy has occurred or perhaps you need odor removal services after an animal dies in your car (this is quite common), we can help.

Hoarding Cleanup Services

Hoarding cleaning services are a unique type of hazmat clean up. This process can take longer to handle, depending on the size of the property and the scope of the hoarding situation.

Hoarder cleaning services require a team that not only understands how to provide complete biohazard remediation, but also a team that understands that this is a highly emotional situation. We will work with your family and provide compassionate, caring cleanup services and do our best to preserve any important personal items, if possible.

We know it can be difficult for a person to come to terms with their hoarding disorder and we have handled many of these cleanup jobs. It’s tough, but once we’ve restored order and disinfected the dwelling, it can make it much easier for a person to recover from this mental health issue.

Of course, safety is the most important factor, and our biohazard cleaning crews ensure that all contaminants are removed, including dead animals, rodent droppings, mold, mildew and any other hazardous materials.

Homeless Encampment Cleanup

This is another unique situation that necessitates a high level of expertise and compassion. Homeless encampments often require everything from feces and urine cleanup to needle and narcotics removal. Our goal is to ensure that the community’s safety needs are met, but we also want to treat these unsheltered people with as much dignity as possible and handle their belongings with care.

Types Of Equipment We Use

Depending on the situation, our crew has a myriad of personal protective equipment and cleaning equipment at their disposal. This includes protective suits and non-porous gloves, chemical-resistant boots and respirators or N95 masks, depending on the situation.

We also use special types of solvents and special containers and bags created to safely store biohazard materials. Other equipment we can use includes special brushes that can access hard-to-reach locations, fogging machines to aid with odor removal and equipment to help us remove carpeting and flooring. We also take pictures of the area before and after the cleanup is complete as this will be needed by the insurance company.

We Work With Insurance Companies

When a tragedy occurs, the last thing family members need to handle is wrangling with an insurance company. We know that you have enough on your mind, and we will handle the interaction with your insurance company. We work with most major carriers and can open the claim and work directly with the adjusters.

Contact Bio-One® Anytime!

At Augusta Bio-One® we are available to provide hazmat cleaning services at anytime night or day. You can call us 24/7 and 365 days a year at (706) 305-5029, and we will provide you with fast, comprehensive and compassionate biohazard cleaning services.

crime scene cleaner

A professional crime scene cleaner can provide cleanup services for many different situations, and not just crime scene cleaning. At Bio-One®, we can provide many types of biohazard cleanup, and there are many instances when it’s smart to hire professional cleanup companies rather than trying to handle these tasks on your own, including the following.

1. Crime Scenes

With some crime scenes, especially when a violent crime has occurred, the Bio-One® team will arrive to clean up blood or other bodily fluids as soon as law enforcement has cleared the area. However, that’s not always the only thing left behind at a crime scene. For instance, if the police had to use tear gas at some point, this should be cleaned up by professionals.

Tear gas cannot simply be removed with water or your typical cleaning products. We use special cleaners to remove the tear gas residue. Our team also wears protective clothing to ensure that we don’t physically come into contact with the tear gas, as this can cause heart damage or liver damage. No one should try to clean up tear gas residue on their own, you should always contact a professional cleanup crew. 

2. Unattended Deaths & Suicides

Finding a deceased loved one is one of the most traumatic moments imaginable, and even if you encounter a tenant or employee that has passed away, this is still a hugely traumatic situation. Losing a loved one to suicide can be even more traumatic, and no family member or friend should ever be faced with the task of suicide cleanup or unattended death cleanup.

While death scene cleanup can take a huge emotional toll on a person, the unfortunate reality is that death is often messy any bodily fluids left behind can be toxic. Blood and other bodily fluids can contain viruses such as HIV or hepatitis, and only professional hazmat cleaning services should be used for tasks like these.

Professional biohazard remediation is much more complicated than most people understand. Biohazard cleanup often includes removing carpeting and flooring or drywall, as well as furniture and personal items that have become contaminated with bodily fluids or other biohazards, such as urine or feces.

3. Hoarder Cleanup Services

If you have a loved one or tenant suffering from a hoarding disorder and their home has reached the point where it is no longer safe to inhabit, this is a good time to contact a company that specializes in hoarding cleaning services, and many crime scene cleaners (including Bio-One®) offers this service.

This is not a task that family members or a landlord should try to handle on their own. Aside from the heavy emotional toll this can take, there could be a wide range of biohazards on-site including dead animals, animal waste, mold and other potential toxins. We can provide you with comprehensive hoarding cleanup services, and our team fully understands that this is a sensitive and emotional time and will work with discretion and compassion.

4. Homeless Encampment Cleanup

Homeless encampments can pose a health and safety hazard to the entire community, and, of course, that includes the people that live in these encampments. During cleanup, we typically find human and animal feces, rotting food, contaminated needles and other dangerous items and will provide complete biohazard removal and biohazard remediation.

This is a difficult situation to navigate, but we can handle cleanup with caring and compassion. We can ensure the cleanup is thorough, while still respecting the dignity of the people who lived in the encampment. We will treat these unsheltered individuals (and their belongings) with care.

5. Rodent Dropping Cleanup & Rodent Cleanup

Rodent infestations can be horrifying to deal with, and homeowners or property owners really should not handle these tasks on their own. Rodent droppings and dead rodents can carry diseases such as hantavirus, hemorrhagic fever and even plague.

At Bio-One®, we can provide you with dead animal removal and rodent and rat poop clean-up service. We also can provide you with professional odor removal if these animals have died in your walls or even in your car. Rats and mice often build nests in car engines, and sometimes even gnaw their way into the cabin of your car, but we can provide you with complete biohazard remediation and odor removal.

Interested In A Career As A Crime Scene Cleaner?

It surprises many to people to learn how much we love our jobs. Helping people during the worst moments of their life can be rewarding and there’s a huge satisfaction that comes with knowing you’ve truly helped someone navigate those first hours after tragedy strikes. If you truly want a career where you can help others and you have a compassionate heart, working for a company such as Bio-One® might be something to consider.

Of course, there are other aspects to consider if you are thinking about a career in this field. We are on call 24/7 so that we can provide services to people whenever they need them, and that means 365 days a year. You will need to be willing to work in the middle of the night and possibly on holidays.

Crime scene cleanup training is intense, and each member of our team has undergone extensive training to ensure that they know how to clean up any type of biohazard safely and thoroughly.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in this field, a good crime scene cleaner has a high level of attention to detail, and you need to be strong with plenty of stamina. Wearing full biohazard suits with respirators, gloves and other gear can be physically challenging but it’s essential to keep our entire team safe.

Contact Us 24/7 For Crime Scene Cleanup

If you need a crime scene cleaner, death cleanup or any type of biohazard cleanup service, we are always available to help. Give us a call at (706) 305-5029 at any time night or day. We serve the entire Augusta metro area and all surrounding areas.

blood spill cleanup services

If you’ve suffered a trauma at your home or business, we know that dealing with the aftermath as well as the emotional impact of the situation can be difficult. Professional trauma cleanup services can eliminate the burden and stress of cleanup and ensure that any biohazardous material is removed.

While you shouldn’t have to deal with the stress of cleaning up after a tragedy, the truth is that it’s also simply unsafe to handle these tasks yourself. Likewise, a typical cleaning service or maid service also is not qualified to handle most types of trauma cleanup. Here’s why it’s best to hire professionals for any type of trauma scene cleaning.

Potential Health Risks

Whether a crime has occurred or there’s been a tragedy such as a suicide or perhaps the discovery of an unattended death, handling the aftermath of these situations should be handled by a professional trauma cleanup crew as these experts use special OSHA-approved cleaners and wear protective equipment.

Bodily fluids can contain viruses, bacteria and other toxins therefore coming into contact with these fluids can be dangerous. For instance, the hepatitis B virus can survive outside of a body for up to 7 days, and the hepatitis C virus can survive for several weeks. These viruses are transmitted through blood and other fluids.

Regular cleaners also typically aren’t strong enough to remove all traces of these viruses and other bloodborne pathogens. Additionally, blood may have soaked through walls or carpeting or saturated furniture.

Our job is to assess the situation carefully and ensure that all traces of bodily fluids are removed from a trauma scene. Cleaning and disinfecting are just part of our job, and we often must remove carpeting, flooring, furnishings, clothing, drapery, drywall and other items that cannot be remediated and salvaged. We always do our best to save items if we can, but, in some cases, items will need to be disposed of for safety.

The Emotional Impact

With many types of trauma, including homicides, suicide and unattended death, family and friends shouldn’t have to handle these trauma cleaning tasks. While safety is certainly a huge factor, no one should have to clean up after a loved one has died. Even if you are a business owner or tenant and not a close friend or family member, you still may be suffering because of this trauma.

It's far better to hire a team of trained professionals and at Bio-One®, we offer compassionate and discrete trauma cleanup services. We fully understand the emotional toll these situations can take, and we do our best to clean up the affected areas quickly and efficiently of your home or office.

We Handle Insurance Issues

In many cases, trauma scene cleanup services and biohazard remediation are covered by business or homeowner insurance policies. We know that this is a difficult time and that dealing with insurance companies can be overwhelming. Bio-One® of Augusta can open the claim for you and we will work directly with the claim adjusters.

The Legal Aspect

For landlords and business owners, failure to properly handle biohazard cleanup can pose legal risks. For the sake of your business, your tenants and your own peace of mind, it’s best to hire a professional trauma cleanup service for any type of biohazard cleanup. We follow all OSHA standards so you can rest assured that your property will be fully cleaned and sanitized, and all biohazards will be removed.

Hazardous Materials & Tear Gas Cleanup

In addition to trauma cleaning, the Bio-One® team can help with all types of biohazard remediation. This includes cleaning and restoration after an incident that involved the use of tear gas canisters. Tear gas can’t simply be cleaned up with soap and water. In fact, water reactivates the chemicals in tear gas. Protective gear and special cleaners must be used for this cleanup task.

Once the law enforcement officers have cleared the area and a trauma or crime scene investigation is complete, we can come in and provide complete cleaning and restoration services. We also can provide cleanup and remediation for many other types of hazardous materials.

Of course, not all trauma scenes occur inside a house or building, and we can provide crime scene cleanup and trauma scene cleanup when the incident has occurred outside. We also can provide you with comprehensive trauma cleanup services if a vehicle has been the site of a death or another type of trauma.

Hoarding Cleaning Services

Hoarder cleaning services are one of our areas of specialization. This usually involves biohazard remediation such as removing rodent droppings and animal urine and feces. These materials can be highly toxic, which is why it’s best to hire a professional cleanup crew that specializes in hoarding situations.

Cleaning out a hoarding situation also is a highly emotional task, and it can be much easier and go much more smoothly when professionals manage these jobs rather than family. Not only can we help remediate a hoarding situation, but we also provide support and compassionate services during this time of need.

Call Bio-One® Anytime!

If you need any type of trauma cleanup services, please contact Bio-One® of Augusta at any time. We are available 24/7 and 365 days a year, and in addition to Augusta, we can provide all types of trauma and crime scene cleanup in Aiken, Barnwell, Edgefield, Jefferson, McDuffie, Richmond and Waynesboro counties.

mold removal services

Whether you are a homeowner, a landlord or a business owner, if you spot mold anywhere on your walls, ceilings or cupboards, this toxic substance needs to be removed as quickly as possible and the mold remediation specialists at Augusta Bio-One can help.

It might seem like simply wiping away the mold with a strong cleaner might be adequate, but there are several reasons why using professional mold remediation services is your best option, including:

1. Mold Exposure Can Be Detrimental To Your Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control, mold exposure can cause an assortment of health issues. Some of the most common issues include chronic sore throat, stuffy nose, wheezing, skin rashes and coughing. These symptoms can be especially severe for anyone with asthma or lung diseases or anyone immune-compromised.

If you’ve rarely been bothered by seasonal allergies but have noticed that you are suffering from a mild sore throat and a general feeling of malaise or allergies, mold could be the culprit. It can be smart to hire a mold detection service to come into your home or business and check for signs of mold. Once the mold is removed, you should notice an improvement in indoor air quality.

2. Not All Mold Is Visible

One of the best reasons to hire a professional mold remediation service is that not all mold is visible. While you might be able to wipe away some of the mold you see, there are likely mold spores behind the walls, and these are just as toxic as the mold visible on your walls.

It is crucial that the mold behind the walls is removed, as this will help prevent a recurrence. You may have noticed that after cleaning away mold, it doesn’t take long for new spots of mold to reappear. This is because you only removed the mold that you could see, while the mold behind your walls just kept growing and growing.

While homeowners and business owners can remove some visible mold, it can be tough to tackle issues such as black mold, which does not come off easily. We used special cleaners and equipment to ensure that no trace of mold remains. We also will locate the non-visible and remove that as well, which sometimes requires removing drywall or moving dryers and washers to check for mold behind these appliances. We also can remove mold from under sinks and in attics and crawlspaces or anywhere in your home prone to humidity and dampness.

3. It’s Safer To Hire A Pro

Removing mold is not a simple or easy process, nor is it particularly safe for most homeowners or business owners. Coming into contact with mold or inhaling harsh cleansers can be dangerous, especially for people with allergies, asthma, or immune system issues.

Additionally, typical over-the-counter cleaning products just aren’t effective at mold remediation. At Augusta Bio-One, each member of our team wears special personal protective equipment and uses special chemicals to ensure that every trace of mold is removed from your home or office.

4. Mold Remediation Services Can Prevent Recurrence

A mold remediation specialist can ensure all of the mold in your structure has been removed and this is one of the best reasons to hire a pro. Even just a few mold cells can begin to propagate quickly, and our team of mold remediation experts will ensure that everything is cleaned properly.

Additionally, there are steps that you can take to ensure that mold doesn’t become a problem again. Using an air conditioner or dehumidifier can reduce humidity in your home and ensure that the temperature stays cool enough to inhibit mold growth. Once the room temperature rises above about 77 degrees, this becomes an ideal breeding ground for mold, and mold grows quickly in our naturally humid climate.

Ensuring proper airflow throughout your home also can help. Installing ceiling fans and ensuring that all vents and HVAC systems are clean and clear can help improve the airflow. Ensure that all bathrooms have exhaust fans that vent to the outside of your home and ensure that these fans are clean and working properly. We also recommend using cleaning products designed to kill mold.

There are also mold-resistant paints available, and we highly recommend that you use this type of paint, especially in rooms prone to dampness or exposure to water, such as the bathrooms and your kitchen.

If you have any type of roof leak or window leaks, fix these as quickly as possible. Not only can this prevent mold damage, but this moisture also attracts pests such as termites and we all know how costly it can be to remove termites and repair the damage they cause.

Our Mold Remediation Services

While any structure can have a mold problem, the Augusta Bio-One team often is called in to remediate mold in homes with hoarding situations or in homes or structures with recent water damage or perhaps roof leaks, as any of these situations can cause a mold issue. We also are often called in after a mold inspection or mold testing to remediate the issue.

In addition to removing mold from surfaces, we also remove any contaminated material in the affected area, including drywall and furnishings that might have mold damage. All of these contaminated materials must be disposed of properly otherwise spores could travel to other areas of your home. During the mold remediation process, it also may be necessary to include minor or major repairs, depending on the level of mold damage in your home or business.

Got Mold? Call Augusta Bio-One Today

At Augusta Bio-One, we offer complete mold remediation services for homes and businesses throughout August and Richmond County, as well as Aiken, Barnwell, Burke, Columbia, Edgefield, Jefferson, Lincoln and McDuffie counties. You can call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (706) 305-5029.

In addition to mold remediation services, we also can provide you with any type of biohazard cleanup or hazmat cleaning services, including hoarding cleanup services, trauma cleanup, crime scene cleanup, professional odor removal, emergency vehicle decontamination, rodent dropping removal, sewage backups and much more.

Request a service from your local Bio-One team.

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