How long does it take to clean up a Crime Scene or after a Death?
There is no set time that it takes to clean up an unattended death, as this all depends on the circumstances around the death. If the scene is relatively clean and limited to a small area, it may only take an hour to ensure the building is tenable again.
If the death reveals a hoarding situation, or if the death is particularly messy and encompasses multiple rooms and surfaces, it could take the cleanup team the better part of a week to handle it appropriately. Crime scene clean-up services are not typically done by the first responders, but by a third party that comes in after the scene has been cleared for maintenance. Cleaning teams may not begin until the crime scene has been cleared by first responders, which may delay the cleaning process until the forensics team has all the information they need.
When Should You Call a Death Cleanup Service?
After the body is discovered, you should alert first responders to allow the forensics team to take pictures and ask the family questions. Once the forensics team is done with their initial analysis, the body will be taken away to the morgue, and if necessary, an investigation will be launched into the circumstances of the death.
First responders, however, do not take care of the biohazard cleanup that is still required once the body has been taken. They have done their job, and they have moved on to the next step of the process. That leaves you with a house or building that needs to be thoroughly cleaned. This is where a death cleanup service comes in. A death cleanup team will assess the scene and begin the cleaning and disinfection of the building, disposing of any hazardous materials as needed, and disinfecting the remaining surfaces.
Once done, the building will look cleaner than ever with no sign of the incident remaining.
- HuffPost, Trauma Cleaners: Meet the People Who Clear Up After Murders, Meth Labs, and Hoarders, https://www.huffpost.com/archive/in/entry/trauma-cleaners-murder-meth-labs-and-hoarders_in_5d183768e4b03d61163cbb4e
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