Recent Biohazard Posts

Biohazard Cleanup

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Many people don’t realize how common biohazards are. It sounds like something that may only happen at old industrial sites or where people are not sensitive to the environment. But this is a misperception. Biohazards include fairly frequent occurrences like sewer backups and flood water damage. Biohazards affect tens of thousands of homes and businesses every year. 

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For your health and safety, consider biohazard contaminants very dangerous. SERVPRO ENC has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore your home or business from nearly all biohazard contamination.

Be Safe After A Biohazard Contamination
After a sewer backup, flood water damage, or other biohazard contamination, think about whether it’s safe to return to your house or business. Being exposed to biological or chemical contaminants can pose serious health risks. Flood waters usually contain biohazards like pesticides, sewage, and other contaminants. If you’re not certain your activity is safe to perform do not take the risk.  

What To Do After A Biohazard Contamination
•    Stay out of affected areas.
•    Call emergency service personnel if the situation may be life-threatening.
•    Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
•    Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

What Not to Do After a Biohazard Contamination
•    Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
•    Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.
•    Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
•    Don’t use your television or other household appliances.
•    Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.
•    Stay out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Call SERVPRO Eastern Niagara County anytime, 24/7 at 716 694 7776.  SERVPRO’s carpet cleaners service is among the best cleaning services. We’re trained in the most advanced, thorough, and effective ways to perform biohazard cleanups.  

Animal Feces in home

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Animal Droppings in Homes

If you find animal droppings or feces somewhere in or around your home, chances are you've got a nuisance animal problem and need a professional to remove animal droppings. Most commonly people find rodent droppings in kitchens, animal droppings in basement, garages, animal droppings in attics and rodent droppings in home. Animal droppings in basement areas can also be problematic. If you have found animal droppings in any of these areas of your home, it is best to contact a SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County professional to help inspect the situation and safely remove animal droppings to get rid  of animal dropping hazards.

Animal Droppings Cleanup

Water Damage Recovery’s team of well-trained technicians can take care of any kind of animal feces clean up. Our protocol is the same as for mold removal. We take animal droppings clean up very seriously and treat animal feces as a biohazard.

We only use top-quality products and equipment to take care of the odor and pathogen removal. Eco-friendly, plant-based, anti-microbials are used by our technicians to clean every inch of the contaminated area. Our skilled technicians are highly trained to deal with any animal waste clean-up situation.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Need Trauma or Crime Scene Cleanup? Call SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County at 716-694-7776

After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara Count will respond immediately and has the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.

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Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

Biohazard Clean up

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard cleanup is also known as crime scene cleanup or trauma scene cleanup. SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County's biohazard professionals provide this supportive service for victim’s families. During an emotional period for the customer, SERVPRO biohazard professionals have developed a keen sense of how to interact with the customer by providing a level of service victim's families need in a difficult situation. While the police and other responders may spend limited time with the family members, SERVPRO cleaning professionals work around the family longer, by performing the cleaning and restoration of the scene. By performing the cleaning and restoration, SERVPRO helps the family make a step beyond the tragedy, to hopefully carry on with their lives. Our staff is trained in all facets of property damage restoration, from training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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Dangers of Hoarder Homes

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Hoarding Dangers

Hoarding is a condition when a person has persistent difficulty discarding personal possessions.  A significant amount of possessions overwhelm the home preventing normal use of the space or even making it unusable.  Hoarding brings distress and emotional health concerns.

Hoarding can increase fire risk in many ways:

  • Electrical wiring may be old, worn, or exposed from the weight of piles.  Rodents could chew on wiring.  Damage wires poses a fire threat.
  • Cooking is unsafe if flammable items are close to the stove or oven.
  • Heating units may be too close to items or on unstable surfaces that could cause the unit to tip onto a pile which could cause a fire. 
  • Open flames from smoking or candles with excess clutter are very dangerous.
  • Obstructed pathways and exits may prevent escape from a fire.

Also, hoarding could not only impact the homeowner, but, also the first responders to a house fire.

  • A cluttered home would obstruct firefighters movement throughout the home.
  • Firefighters could injure themselves from falling piles or even be trapped by blocked exits.
  • The weight of the stored items, especially if water is added to extinguish the fire, could cause collapse.
  • Clutter could impede the search and rescue of people and pets and make it difficult to provide medical care.

When talking to a person who hoards, focus on safety not the clutter.  Be empathetic, stress the importance of clear pathways and exits for a safer home.

SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County has experience with cleaning hoarding homes.  Hoarding is a specialty situation and in some cases involves some sort of biohazard situation.  Personal protection equipment is a must in these situations and should not be completed by a family member or friend.  If a family member is struggling and you need assistance, please call our office at (716) 694-7776.  We will be happy to assist you in making your home a safe place.

Animal Infestation

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

We all love to see furry creatures in nature, however, when these adorable creatures invade our homes they are not so cute.   Not only can they cause large amounts of damage to the structure of our home and belongings, their excrement can be toxic and the parasites they carry can be harmful to humans.  The best way to reduce the cost of clean-up is early detection, look for possible entry points around the home and listen for noises.  If you suspect there may be an infestation, contact a professional animal removal company and then SERVPRO Eastern Niagara County for proper clean-up. If the area is left untreated and not properly cleaned , you may risk the health of yourself and those around you. We are always here to help!

Vandalism Clean up

9/15/2016 (Permalink)

Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner.

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SERVPRO of ENC will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from home and commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, they can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry

SERVPRO of ENC professionals are trained to safely and effectively clean bio-hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations.

If you are a victim of vandalism, here are a few tips for you:


1. Hose or wash egg or other residue damage from building exterior as soon as possible.

2. Carefully vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery.

3. Save containers revealing the ingredients of products used in vandalism damage.

4. Record all damage and photograph when possible.


1. Attempt to remove ink, paint, or cosmetic stains.

2. Operate damaged lamps or appliances.

3. Discard broken or damaged pieces from porcelain furniture or other contents that may be used for repair.

Biohazard Clean up and Restoration

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard Clean Up and Restoration

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to safely clean and remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are here to help transform any unsafe environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

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The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding, or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

·         Sewage backups

·         Crime scene residues

·         Suicide/death accidents

·         Homicide cleanups

·         Blood cleanup

·         Accident cleanup

·         Hoarding scenes

·         Animal waste/remains

·         Chemical spills

·         Tear gas cleanup

·         Meth lab cleanup

·         Common Biohazard Scenarios

·         Sewage Backups

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Blood borne Pathogens

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO Franchise Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

SERVPRO realizes many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

24 Hour Emergency Service

Biohazard emergencies don’t always happen during regular business hours, and that’s why SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Sewage Clean up and Restoration

4/18/2016 (Permalink)

Toilet Overflow or Sewer Backup?

Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage.

Water damage can be classified by the three types of contaminated water. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

•Water from a clean source like a broken water line

•If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

 Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

•May contain bacteria and viruses

•Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

•May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes

•Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Hour Emergency Service

Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are water damage restoration specialists with specialized training, equipment and protective gear to safely restore your home or business.

Call us at SERVPRO ENC 694-7776