Materials Removed from Biohazard Scene You Might Not Expect

A biohazard cleanup can be an extensive process that may have a significant short term impact on the functioning of your home, business or property.  Many situations warrant classification as a biohazard, including death, drug production, tear gas from law enforcement, among innumerable others. Though some are easier to clean up than others, it is critical that you always enlist a professional to assess and correct the problem. The cleaning of a biohazard isn’t like cleaning spilled food from a carpet – the hazardous materials must be cleaned and removed down to the very last spore before it is deemed safe to return. Consequently, your property may require a more intensive cleanup effort than you initially realize. Relevant factors in the cleanup process are as follows:


Drywall is extremely porous, allowing the penetration of spores and other contaminants that create ideal conditions for the growth and spread of bacteria and mold. In the interest of safety, it is often the case that exposed drywall be removed entirely. The certified professionals at Safeguard Restore will take every reasonable measure to avoid removing unnecessary material, but in the interest of destroying all possible contaminants, some building material is likely to go.


A comprehensive cleanup will most often involve the removal of affected flooring. Though it may not be visible, a spill of blood or other organic material is likely to have significant seepage into the sub floor – even more so the longer the material is in contact with the surface. Wood flooring, carpet and carpet pads, and other materials likely to be penetrated by contaminants will need to be removed. Safeguard Restore biohazard removal services will evaluate the need for removal on a case-by-case basis, but you should be prepared for the removal of affected flooring materials in the interest of safety.

Outlets and Insulation

Exposed openings in the form of electrical outlets, phone jacks, and routed cables carry the potential for harboring contaminants. Such openings are a breeding ground for mold and bacteria over time, creating a critical health and safety concern. In particular, drug production labs are a common hazard scene that often require wholesale removal of these apparatuses in the interest of safety. The chemicals involved in the production of methamphetamine and cocaine are extraordinarily toxic, and have the potential to cause respiratory issues, the development of cancer, or other serious health issues for those who come into contact. As smoke, steam, and other airborne pollutants associated with drug production can penetrate areas behind walls, it is often the case that outlets, insulation, and other porous materials must be removed entirely.

Safeguard Restore is your go-to biohazard removal services specialist. Regardless of severity and circumstances, the professionals here are able to assist with your cleanup process. From drug scenes to death or extensive water or mold damage, Safeguard Restore is just a phone call away, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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