Biohazard cleanup is necessary any time hazardous materials must be cleaned up. Bodily fluids, like blood, or chemicals teem with pathogens and can be dangerous to human health. Cleanup takes expertise, which is why biohazard cleanup costs can be high.
Here is a breakdown of costs.
What situations call for biohazard cleaning?
The most common cause for biohazard cleanup is flooding. Natural bodies of water, such as rivers, ponds, and lakes, and even flash flooding can introduce waterborne bacteria, viruses, and chemicals from fertilizers into a property. The building must be cleaned by specialists in order to be habitable.
Trauma also requires the services of biohazard cleanup professionals. An accident that caused blood to splatter, a homicide, a suicide, or even a natural death can unleash bodily fluids into the vicinity. Since bodily fluids can contain disease-causing pathogens, professional cleanup is a must.
Biohazard cleanup crews regularly work with a range of dangerous materials. Whether the materials consist of blood, animal waste, or fluids, bodily remains of animals, chemical spills, or other organic hazardous materials, a team experienced in handling the potential dangers is necessary.
Biohazards are microscopic. Cleanup crews are trained to locate the biohazardous materials, such as blood that has soaked through the floors and into the subfloors beneath. The professionals are skilled in preventing contamination and avoiding exposing other members of the household to the dangers.
What are the costs involved in biohazard cleaning?
The services, professional expertise, and advanced equipment come with a cost. On average, a typical 2000 square foot home can be cleaned for $4000, with many homeowners paying between $3000 and $5000. Due to the dispersal of biohazards, rarely is biohazard cleanup localized to a single room.
Low-cost biohazard cleanup runs between $1500 and $2000. Viruses in a home or building usually warrant the low end of the cost. Cleanup crews primarily clean and sanitize surfaces in the space. Excess waste is removed. Normally, this type of biohazard cleanup can be accomplished in one or two visits.
The average cost is by far the most common: $3000 to $5000. Biohazard cleanup for this cost may involve a hoarded home or a lightly flooded home. The disposal of waste materials and cleanup are the primary services. Minor repairs to the affected structure are also performed.
Major biohazard cleanup work demands a cost between $15,000 and $25,000. In such cases, the building will need to be fully restored. A crime scene, extensive flooding, or a sewage backup are examples of situations that call for major biohazard cleanup services.
Areas that have been largely affected by biohazard disasters require extensive cleanup and sanitization. Deodorization is performed to eliminate the foul odors that cause the property to be inhabitable. Waste removal and repairs are also included in major biohazard cleanup work.
How do labor costs affect the price of cleanup?
Labor costs, too, are involved in the overall price tag for biohazard cleanup. Typically, the more dangerous the material, the higher the cost of labor will be. The industry term “biosafety level” runs from one to four, with the latter being a hazard causing life-threatening disease.
A biosafety level of one causes a low-level threat to human health, and therefore is the least expensive to clean up. The chickenpox virus, for instance, is a BSL-1 threat. The hourly costs of labor for the lowest biosafety level run from $25 to $50 per hour.
A biosafety level of two has the potential, upon direct contact, to cause severe illness. Buildings in which a person has suffered the mumps or measles, for example, will have this designation. Hourly labor costs for a BSL-2 threat range from $25 to 75.
A biosafety level of three is reserved for instances where airborne pathogens can cause fatal disease, and a vaccine is available. An example of such a pathogen is SARS. Biohazard cleanup companies will charge a labor cost of $50 to $150 to clean up a BSL-3 threat.
Lastly, a biosafety level of four is given to situations where crews are exposed to a life-threatening disease without the availability of a vaccine. Covid-19 and Ebola are two examples. When biohazard teams are called to BSL-4 scenarios, expect an hourly labor charge of $150 to $600.
Professional Biohazard Cleanup
Disposal costs, averaging $2 to $20 per pound, add to the overall price, as well. Charges for waste disposal usually involve infectious waste, such as those from a hospital, dentist’s office, lab or a similar source. A separate waste pickup charge will add an additional $50 to $200 for transport.
Deodorization services average $100 per hour and leave the property smelling as it did before the trauma. When odors linger, the deodorization process eliminates all traces. Neutralizing offensive odors is important, as it keeps the memory of the trauma from remaining in the building.
When a trauma occurs in your residential home or commercial building, it is critical to begin the healing process. A first step is to consult Aftermath Services. Our effective techniques and compassionate approach give you an opportunity to remain in a hygienic property and close the chapter.
Our certifiedtrauma scene cleanup technicians are experienced in cleaning a wide range of situations. We’ve successfully cleaned hoarded homes, crime scenes, unattended death scenes, and rooms in which suicides have occurred. We remove blood as well as tear gas and pepper spray, too.
Aftermath Services specialists are trained to utilize the most advanced equipment and proven strategies to return a building to its pre-loss condition. We provide not only cleanup, but sanitization, deodorization, and disinfection services so that your property is safe to inhabit once again.
Traumas, floods or any other type of situation that releases biohazard materials can happen in the blink of an eye. This is why Aftermath Services is available 24 hours a day to the Detroit, Michigan, community. Call us when you need reliable, cost-effective, and immediatebiohazard cleanup services.
About Luke Armstrong
Expert in emergency fire and Hutto water restoration services, fire cleanup and Hutto water damage cleanup, mold removal, as well as carpet and upholstery cleaning services. Contributor to several restoration and cleaning blogs.