An unattended death is a term you may have heard before, whether on the news or in passing and regardless of how it occurred, you may not necessarily understand what it means.
What is an unattended death?
Sometimes a loved one, who lives alone, will die and is not found for a certain period of time. There is no set timeframe for what constitutes an unattended death, but it can range from a few days to even months before the body is discovered.
Whether from natural causes, suicide or criminal intent, unattended deaths are never easy to handle. Aside from the traumatic stress and grief experienced by the family and loved ones, an unattended death presents a difficult situation in terms of proper cleanup.
Challenging cleanup and disinfection
Cleaning a house after an unattended death is up to the family of the deceased. Upon first discovering, it is imperative to contact the authorities right away. Once the authorities have concluded their portion of the process, families are then responsible for having the body taken care of, as well as for cleaning up any remaining mess that has been left behind. This can present a few problems:
- No family should have to see the state of their loved one after an unattended death. Due to the biological processes, after a death occurs, the body begins to decay rapidly and the length of time that the body has been left for will determine what stage in the decomposition it is in.
Obviously, the longer the body has been left unattended, the further along in the decomposition process it will be.
- After death, the body produces bacteria and other biological matter that can be airborne or remain in materials of the home. This can present serious health concerns for future residents and even after just a few hours after the death, the biological hazard can be serious.
Because dealing with an unattended death is a biohazard situation, it is crucial for you to call bioremediation experts to help clean and restore the residence to its prior condition. Trying to handle the cleanup by yourself is strongly discouraged and potentially dangerous to your health and safety.
The experts possess the required tools, licenses and protective equipment to ensure that the cleanup is effective and safe without damaging the existing materials of the residence.
Spaulding Decon is here to help
At Spaulding Decon, we implement an unmatched process with resources that set us apart from the competition. Our biohazard remediation services include thorough testing prior to beginning our cleanup process, to ensure that every aspect of the situation is accounted for.
Through the use of our proprietary cleaning products, you can rest assured knowing that our team of experts will remove and clean any existing biohazard threats and restore the residence to its prior, safe state. Once finished, we perform another round of thorough testing to confirm that our cleanup has proved effective and that all contaminants have been removed.
Another aspect that sets us apart is our access to supportive resources such as social works and therapists, to help families deal with the death of a loved one.
Unattended deaths are a tragic and sudden situation that families, unfortunately, have to experience and deal with. We hope to provide the most effective, easiest, and comforting experience when faced with a challenging cleanup. Our teams do an outstanding job.
When faced with a biohazard cleanup situation, Spaulding Decon is the most trusted name in the business. Click here to learn more about our services and how our biohazard remediation process works.