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Biohazard Remediation (Crime Scene Cleanup)

     Biohazard Remediation refers to the removal, cleaning, and disinfection of blood, bodily fluids, and other potentially harmful pathogens in affected areas after a homicide, suicide, unattended death, accident, or infectious disease outbreak. Homicides, suicides, and unattended deaths are the primary events that lead to biohazard remediation services. No two cleanups are the same due to the manner, time, and location of a death. Rates will be based on estimated completion timelines due to all of the variables of remediating a scene. Some of these variables include the spread of blood/bodily fluids (on porous or non-porous surfaces), cost of general supplies, tools, and biomedical waste storage, treatment, and disposal fees. We will provide a short description of each of the stages that the body goes through following death. A good description of the five stages of decomposition can be viewed here.​

  • The first stage of decomposition is autolysis (fresh stage) where the destruction of cells or tissues by their own enzymes occur. The process that takes place during autolysis is putrefaction. Putrefaction is the process of decay or rotting of the body or other organic matter. The skin also starts to display a greenish discoloration during this stage. 

  •  The second stage of decomposition is the bloated stage. Bloat occurs (during putrefaction) when gases accumulate in the abdomen, giving off a bloated appearance. This process starts in the abdomen and slowly spreads to the face, breast, and genital areas. 

  •  The third stage of decomposition is active decay. During this stage, the putrefaction accelerates after bloating. During postmortem purging, bodily fluids are visibly forced out of body orifices. A detachment of hair, as well as further skin discoloration occurs with ruptured skin. 

  •  The fourth stage of decomposition is advanced decay, also known as black putrefaction or late decay. This is where bones are exposed and the body appears to be caved-in. 

  •  The fifth and final stage of decomposition is the skeletal stage (skeletonization). This stage begins when the bones are exposed extensively but have not broken down yet. What remains of skin, cartilage, and tendons are minimal during skeletonization. ​

​​     This by no means is an exhaustive list of details concerning decomposition. If you would like more information, click on the provided link above. ​By choosing Royal Cleaners, you are working with a company that is approved by the Florida Department of Health as Bio-Medical Waste Generators and Transporters. In order to obtain these permits, we created viable Bio-Medical Waste Plans that were verified by the Florida Department of Health and have built working relationships with bio-medical storage and treatment facilities. As for compliance, we strictly adhere to state ordinances such as, Florida Administrative Code 64E-16. As your trained professionals, you can rest assured that Royal Cleaners are truly here to provide the royal treatment. 

Junk Removal

This service is reserved for homes/businesses that have unwanted items in/or on the property. The pricing for this service varies due to the size and complexity of the items to be hauled away. This is the case because not all items are created equal and must be disposed of at the appropriate solid waste disposal sites. Generally, our rates will be determined by how much space the items take up in our trucks/trailers and the distance of the property away from our headquarters and appropriate solid waste disposal locations. We also consider the estimated cost of dump fees at solid waste disposal sites before issuing a quote. Prices for large, single items like appliances and furniture will be considered before the issuance of a quote. As a built-in discount to all our customers, additional appliances/furniture may be quoted at a reduced rate. 

​For example:

  • If we provide a $75 quote for a single refrigerator but the client has two for disposal, we will charge $125 instead of $150. 

​Items that we remove are listed below (for any items not listed, just reach out to us and we will provide guidance on whether we can remove them): 

  • ​Appliances (refrigerators, stove/ovens, washers, dryers, microwaves)

  • Furniture (sofas, loveseats, recliners, ottomans, sectionals, sleepers, dressers, desks, etc.)

  • General miscellaneous items and yard debris (wood, tree trimmings, metal, batteries, tires, trash, etc.)

It should be noted that prices are subject to change due to fuel costs and dump fees. However, we will do what we can to ensure that our prices are competitive but also affordable for our clients. 

Hoarder Cleanouts

This service is reserved for homes/businesses that need more care and attention than general cleanups (estate cleanouts). This is due to the potential exposure to hazardous waste such as urine, fecal matter, decaying food, decaying animals, hazardous chemicals, and mold. The pricing for this service will be based on hourly rates due to the complexities of the job based on the size of the property, location, and severity of the cleanup. The severity of the clean outs affects how much supplies and tools are needed to complete the job effectively. Similarly, dump fees will also be considered when completing hoarder cleanouts. 

As your hired professionals, we will do our best to not only remove all trash and nuisance items, but also clean up the residence before we leave (as this is included in the cost).​ As it relates to hoarding, there are approximately five levels. We will provide a brief description of each level, but more information can be found here. Another great site for reference that shows a handy chart of the stages of hoarding can be viewed here.

 

  • The first stage of hoarding is Minimal Clutter, which generally is a tidy home. There is no plumbing, electrical, or fire hazards present. 

 

  • The second stage of hoarding is Mild Clutter, which is a messy home. There will generally be items that are not housed in their rightful place (clothes and other items stored on furniture/floor, newspapers/mail all over kitchen counters, etc.) that might make it slightly difficult to navigate the premises. For the most part, there are no plumbing, electrical, or fire hazards present at this stage. 

 

  •  The third stage of hoarding is Moderate Clutter, which presents itself as an increasingly unsafe and unsanitary environment. During this stage, it is difficult to move around the premises and at least one major appliance is out of order. You can expect that there will be limited space due to large quantities of misplaced items coupled with overflowing garbage. It’s also common to find mold growing during this stage due to the lack of proper ventilation and inadequate/inconsistent cleaning. Generally, common areas have been severely impacted and may not be usable at this time (kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, etc).

 

  • The fourth stage of hoarding is Severe Cluttter, which is definitively unsafe and unsanitary. Mold/mildew will be present on different surfaces as well as other biohazardous matter. At this point, fire hazards are common and movement within the premises is severely limited. Once a property makes it to this stage, professional help is needed immediately. Generally, local governments will reach out to professional cleanup companies to remediate in lieu of evicting tenants or imposing accumulative fines. 

 

  • The fifth and final stage of hoarding is Extreme Clutter, which indicates an unlivable environment. At this point, the premises is filled with fire hazards and biohazards which make it extremely dangerous for anyone to live in. You can expect mold, mildew, rampant animal and human feces, roaches, rodents and bed bugs to name a few. You can also expect that there will be no room to move about and that most appliances will be either broken or inaccessible due to clutter. Professional cleanup companies that are tasked with this level of hoarding will have to use advanced personal protective equipment such as tyvek suits and respirators to aid in the cleanup. 

With Royal Cleaners, we have the tools necessary to handle every stage of hoarding and can assist standalone customers or government entities with the cleanup process. 

Estate Cleanouts

This service is reserved for homes and or businesses that may need to be cleaned before an open house viewing or after an eviction or foreclosure. This also includes incidents where a homeowner/tenant is away and needs a general cleaning of the property. Due to the varying nature of this service, rates are subject to change depending on the location and condition of the property. For example:

  • If the property was vacated due to an eviction/foreclosure and the conditions meet that of a hoarder cleanout, we reserve the right to charge an hourly rate. ​​​

  • For homes that cannot be classified as hoarder homes but need more than a light cleaning, we still reserve the right to charge an hourly rate. These types of properties generally need an extensive amount of work and take a great amount of time, so they are classified as deep cleanings. In addition to the details provided below (light cleanings), we will clean/disinfect inside and out of kitchen/bathroom cabinets, drawers, and surfaces. We will also clean/disinfect all appliances (refrigerators, freezers, ovens, microwaves, etc.).

  • If a property simply needs a light cleaning, we generally charge a set price per square foot. A light cleaning consists of cleaning/disinfecting surface areas, dusting, sweeping, mopping, and the cleaning/disinfecting of bathrooms (bathtubs, mirrors, sinks, and toilets).

Construction Cleanups

This service is reserved for homes and or businesses that need construction debris removed. This service can be used to haul away debris from new home construction or after completed demolitions. The rates for construction cleanup are comparable to our junk removal services and is based off the same factors. Some of the factors include the type of debris (to determine which solid waste disposal sites need to be used) and the amount of debris (to estimate the cost of dump fees at solid waste disposal sites).

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