I offer West Hollywood unattended death cleanup information and services every day. Call now for information and to make an appointment if you care. You don't need to make an appointment to call. I will answer your questions as best that I can. With over 15 years in the blood cleanup business cleaning after unattended deaths in West Hollywood, I think I can help.
I guarantee my unattended death cleanup work as well as my price, and in writing.
I also have a West Hollywood biohazard cleanup web site that offers more information on unattended death cleanup issues.
Questions I Ask
- Can you tell me who will be your West Hollywood responsible party?
- Will you be using West Hollywood homeowners insurance?
- Can you tell me if this work will involve a West Hollywood house, condominium, apartment, mobile home, or other type of structure?
- Can you tell me if death occurred in a bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchen, or hallway?
- Can you tell me how long the decedent (person who has passed away) remained down before being removal?
- Can you tell me if the coroners seal has been broken on the door and if not, who can open the door for me?
- Can you tell me if there's running water and electricity available?
- Can you tell me if you will pay by check or cash?
- Can you tell me if there's any other information that might help inform me about the work to be done?
These questions help me price my West Hollywood unattended cleanup work while giving me an idea of what type of equipment I might need. Unattended death cleanup work may at times require some demolition work and it's best to know before what tools to have.
Most often I give a telephone quote and I will keep it, barring unforeseen events or conditions. My price for unattended death cleanup has a low price and a high price.
Because I have no connection to West Hollywood County Corner's Department crony referral scams controlled by corners investigator's, I do not need to pay a 10% kickback to a corners employee. So if a corner's employee directed you to another biohazard cleanup company by handing you a card or a piece of paper with their telephone number on it, you know what I'm talking about. I do not need to charge you for a referral fee.
My West Hollywood prices reflect my cost for the work to be done on an unattended death cleanup. My prices will include my own costs for staying in business. My business costs include my license, my business insurance, my bond, my traveling expenses, vehicle maintenance expenses, cleaning solutions, tools, and equipment. And I must have a fair profit.
With that said, my prices remain well below my competitors' prices and the difference in prices is sometimes so great that callers find it hard to believe. They think that they will receive less service, not true. I will remove the death scene. The fact is, I 15 years of experience allows me to keep prices down because I know what I'm doing. Plus, I have no employees for whom I must pay Social Security tax, health insurance, sick leave, vacation, or retirement plans.
A unattended death scene cleanup will involve a specific area or a more general area depending upon a few conditions. In the great majority of cases involving unattended deaths, which most often occur among our older population, death occurs in bed or in the bathroom during the early morning hours. In such cases, the death scene will consist of a contained area that will include mattress, mattress springs, bedding, and possibly carpet and carpet padding below the bed.
Carpeted hallway floors will involve a smaller area than a hallway floor consisting of ceramic tile, natural stone, or other nonporous surfaces. This is because of fluid migration on a carpet restricting fluid flow.
Many unattended deaths in bathrooms occur on a linoleum floor which allows for fluids to migrate along the toilet's grouting, bathtub grouting, or walls, which may allow some seepage below baseboards and into walls. In the case of a toilet with poor grouting, fluids may seep below the toilet requiring removal of the toilet. This all goes toward the definition of a death scene.
At times heavy fly infestation will occur. Flies may broaden the meaning of "death scene cleanup" depending on the seervice. So we need to consider whether or not we want to include the fly population's part in a death scene definition. In such cases their presence may include an entire home. The question becomes whether or not the family prefers to remove the flies or have the biohazard cleanup company remove the flies. This all goes toward the price of cleaning besides the meaning of death scene cleanup.
In a worst-case unattended death, "unattended death with significant decomposition," cleaning, disinfecting, and sealing parts of walls and floors may be required. In a worst-case incident, an unattended death by a robust person at the top of a plywood's stairway covered by carpet and carpet padding, a large unattended death cleanup scene occures. Compare this to a recent bathroom unattended death a on a flat, nonporous surface. These conditions all go toward the definition of a "death scene."
My unattended death cleanup services include the following:
- disinfect the area
- remove soiled materials
- scrub and rinse soiled areas and disinfect again
- remove mattresses, mattress boxes, bed frames once reduced
- remove soiled furniture once reduced
Many callers reach me by telephone because they found me on Google or one of the other West Hollywood search engines or directories. Some reach me by referral from apartment and condominium management companies. However you come by finding me, you can expect questions like those above. Expect guarantees for work and price. Expect that I will arrive on time if in the morning hours. Expect that I will continue to work with you following payment should questions or additional cleaning be requested. An unattended death cleanup requires this level of expectations.
Yes, odors do "disappear" eventually because that's natures way. I guarantee it. I cannot guarantee when these odors will disappear. I can say that the sooner an unattended death cleanup removes source materials, the sooner death and blood odors can begin to dissipatate, disperse.
Odors arise during the decomposition process because gases are formed by the many tens of millions of bacteria at work. Not one species, but many species of bacteria are involved in the production and release of gas during an unattended death decomposition. Materials undergoing this process include internal source materials and external source materials.
Because West Hollywood has a Mediterranean-like climate, decomposition will occur more rapidly during winter months then in other states like Minnesota, Michigan, Maine, and Vermont. There, freezing weather influencing the temperature of buildings in which an unattended death occurred will slow the decomposition process and release of decomposition gases. Unattended death cleanup enounters less powerful odors. Ordors remain less pungent, but remain for a longer period of time or at least until spring and summer. This all changes if a heater is left on in a building just as it will in West Hollywood.
Blood and death odors will permeate materials with a cellular structure in many natural fibers. Natural fibers most easily permeated by death and blood odors include cotton and wood fibers. Also, some man-made materials will be easily permeated by blood and death odors. For example, carpet padding will carry a powerful death fragrance for a long period of time because it is beyond ventilation systems fail to reach these odors.
Likewise, a linoleum floor penetrated by blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) will harbor the blood in death odor free long period of time the fluids migrate between two layers of linoleum. A plywood floor will also harbor these odors if it has been soiled by blood and OPIM. In very rare cases, a newer concrete floor that did not receive find finishing work by concrete finishers may harbor these odors. In this case, blood and OPIM soak into the "crown" of the concrete and may even penetrate below. But this is in very rare cases and then buildings with concrete floors laid within the last year or so. It is not common but again it can and does happen.
A pathologist by the name of Arpad Vass conducted soil-analysis to improve forensics techniques to understand time of death as related by soil samples. His work has helped the unattended death cleanup situation more clearly. He used a technique from chemistry to analyze tiny tissue samples from a murder victim's liver, kidneys, brain, and other organs. If the body was less than a few weeks old, the tissue biopsy technique can tell if death was in within a matter of days or even hours.
His work led to isolating and identifying specific molecules that constitute the distinctive odor of death. For example, the molecules that cadaver dogs respond to could now be located in laboratory samples. So analyzing soil samples to determine time since death proved to produce some accuracy in value and does his of homicide cases. All of this research goes toward understanding unattended deaths in cleaning situations created by them.
Some homicides incidentally do become unattended deaths because the victim has been left to suffer and die on the world own. In some cases they remain unattended following death for some time.
I write about decomposition because it goes to corner's department comments about time and death and length of time and unattended death remains in place. By now, the scientific measurement of human decomposition has grown in sophistication because of research projects found at the boneyard and other forensics related research facilities. As a result it's much easier for West Hollywood corners' pathologists to give time and date and time "down" for unattended deaths.
During winter, flies are grounded by the cold; in fact, anytime the temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, flies stop flying. In the summer flies continue to go about their business while reproducing. When the infest a cadaver they multiply their numbers as they make great use of their host. This causes what we call "differential decomposition" because the rate of decomposition will change with the number of flies and other insects using the cadaver as their host.
So in winter months the issue of differential decomposition carries less value for understanding of the length of time that a West Hollywood unattended death went undiscovered. That's because insect life has slowed. In summer months, unattended deaths' differential decomposition will also slow in a tightly closed room where no pre_incident insect was present. More, if air conditioning was on at the time of death, decomposition's overall progress will have slowed making time of death more difficult to discern because of slow decomposition.
These conditions all go toward understanding what involves a West Hollywood unattended death cleanup. Unattended death cleanup takes time, and each element involved in an unattended death helps to answer the question, "How long does an unattended death cleanup take?".
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