Biohazards are potentially infectious materials that come from a human or animal. Although asbestos is harmful, it is categorized as a chemical health hazard not a biohazard. We do not offer asbestos cleaning services. The same applies for meth labs and fentanyl contamination.
In general, this is not something we can do. Due to the prevalence of insurance fraud, most insurance companies need someone who is a friend or relative of the policyholder to initiate the claim. In cases where the policyholder has passed, we can sometimes initiate but it still needs a friend or relative to confirm that the claim is legitimate.
Once the claim is filed and a claim number is obtained, Bio1 can manage the claim with the insurance company on your behalf. We do insurance claims all the time and speak their language so it progresses more smoothly when we manage it. During this time, it is best to direct all calls and questions from the insurance company to us.
We receive many calls about urine or blood in the seats of a car. Since vinyl and leather are not porous, we are usually able to salvage the seats. Sometimes, the stitching is such that there are areas we cannot properly clean.
In the case of fabric seats, the fluids have not only penetrated the fabric but also the cushion below. Any treatment we do on the top of the fabric is not going to suck the fluids out of the cushion. In these cases, the contaminated sections of the seats need to be cut out to avoid odors in the future.
Your auto insurance may cover this so always good to file a claim and then call us once you have a claim number.
The smell from this type of event permeates into porous items. We follow this general practice:
- Clean up the biohazard where the trauma happened
- Have the next of kin remove items they want to keep from the home
- We haul away the remaining belongings
- Odor removal
Our odor removal equipment neutralizes the smell in the air not in the belongings so leaving the belongings there does not allow the smell to be eradicated.
There is a lot of media attention on spray guns and many companies touting their use of electrostatic spray guns as being the state of the art in applying disinfectant. What they do not tell you about is that electrostatic spray guns are only superior when applied to conductive surfaces. Look around your work area. Most of the surfaces are non-conductive.
Bio1 offers two types of COVID cleaning. One is with a fogging machine. This sprays disinfectant. The other is manual wiping. Manual wiping is superior because it has both the chemical action as well as friction which helps break down the protein shell of the virus.
Please do not be tricked into thinking that electrostatic is a superior method or other methods are inferior.
See this impartial article from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
A surface needs to have a negative charge for the electrostatic sprayer to properly coat it. It is not like the sprayer stops once a surface is thoroughly coated. It just keeps spraying and at that point, is not different than a fogging machine.
We are not. We are a small business independent of the franchise with a similar name. We don’t have a call center or answering service to take calls. We have been in San Diego since 2015. The other company that claims to be the “most trusted” opened in the summer of 2020.
1. What kill time do they use?
2. What is the kill time for their disinfectant?
3. Is their disinfectant on the CDC list for human coronavirus?
4. How do they measure the concentration of the solution?
5. What do they do about electronics?
6. What do they do about food items?
7. What do they do about documents and other paper products?
Not usually. We need to haul away the unwanted items so that we can properly assess what needs to be cleaned. We prefer to do a walk through with the customer after the haul away and understand specifically what cleaning tasks the customer desires. There is no way for us to know what filth lies underneath the clutter so we cannot accurately quote the cleaning before the haul away activities are completed.
The protocol we use is to keep the areas wet with germicide for 10 minutes before wiping. This means we can’t disinfect documents, porous items, fabric chairs, food items, etc.
What we do offer for office environments:
Wipe down walls from about the 6 foot mark to the 3 foot mark
Wipe down exteriors of desks, cabinets, and drawers
Wipe down the 3 foot swath of doors which includes door handles
Wipe down garbage cans
Wipe down break room equipment
Wipe down chairs, keyboards, copy machine buttons, computer mice, phones, etc. (this is not a proper disinfection – just a moist wipe)
Throw away all food item, common area magazines, paper clips, etc (optional)
Wipe down pens, pencils, staplers, hole punchers
Wipe down restrooms including all surfaces of sinks, toilets, soap dispensers, mirrors, paper towel dispensers
We don’t move items that look like they haven’t been moved in months (i.e. binders on bookshelves)
Raccoons defecate in a common location called a latrine. Raccoon feces looks similar to dog feces but usually have undigested food visible. Raccoon latrines can be indoors or outdoors (including attics).
Raccoon feces can be harmful to people. Baylisascaris Procyonis is a roundworm that uses raccoons as a host. The roundworm eggs are present in the feces of infected raccoons. People can be exposed to these eggs. Children and pets are especially vulnerable since they may ingest the eggs.
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the incubation period (time from exposure to symptoms) is usually 1 to 4 weeks. If present, signs and symptoms can include the following:
- Liver enlargement
- Loss of coordination
- Lack of attention to people and surroundings
- Loss of muscle control
If you find a raccoon latrine, don’t wait. Call Bio1 and have us remove the waste and properly disinfect the area promptly.