Recent Biohazard Posts

Question From Our Customers: Is Blood Considered a Biohazard?

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

graphic explains why blood is considered a biohazard. Because it contains dangerous pathogens, blood is considered a biohazard and requires professional cleanup when present at commercial properties,

At times, we receive calls from business owners who are concerned that there may be a biohazardous situation in their building that requires a professional clean up.

Most of our customers know that bodily fluids can contain dangerous pathogens and are considered biohazards. However, they are not quite certain whether blood is a biohazard that requires professional clean up or if it they can clean it up themselves.  

The definition of the word biohazard is “a substance that is a risk to human health or the environment arising from biological work, especially with microorganisms.” 

Biohazards include bacteria, microorganisms, biologically derived toxins and viruses.  Exposure to biohazards can be harmful and even fatal to humans and animals. Biohazards can also be toxic to the environment if not properly cleaned.  

Because blood contains pathogens such as HIV and Hepatitis B&C, it is categorized as a biohazard and requires professional removal when present at commercial properties.  Professionals who remediate biohazard situations must follow the protocol that has been established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.  In addition to proper training, this protocol includes the use of personal protective gear such as a face shield or mask, eye protection and gloves.  

The technicians at SERVPRO of Southbury/Torrington have been trained to effectively and safely clean and remove blood and other hazardous bodily fluids from commercial properties.

Please call us at (203) 267-6262 if you have a biohazard situation at your business that requires our professional and discrete services.

Professional Oil Spill Clean Up Services in Litchfield County

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

An oil spill in the basement of your Southbury home requires professional remediation.

SERVPRO of Southbury/Torrington does more than fire,water and mold restoration and remediation. We often receive calls to Hartford County homes and businesses to clean up oil spills. Such spills occur when storage tanks develop a leak, are overfilled or if the heating system malfunctions. Since the typical oil tank in Connecticut is located in the basement of a home, a spill can contaminate the basement.  

Because oil is combustible, quick clean up is vital to safety. If there is an oil spill in your home, turn off all flame and spark sources. Ventilate the area by opening any windows and doors to the outside. Close all doors and seal any cracks between your basement and the rest of your house with towels to prevent vapors from entering the upper floors.  If you have forced hot air heating, shut off the system and close the grills.  

Protect the health of your family by avoiding the contaminated areas. Do not breathe the fumes and if in contact with oil, wear rubber gloves and boots as well as protective eye wear.  If the odor is strong, it may be necessary to relocate your family for a few days, especially if there are children and elderly in the home.  

SERVPRO of Southbury/Torrington has the  training and equipment  to properly remove oil spills in the Litchfield County, CT area. Call us at (203) 267-6262 if you have an oil spill – big or small! 

April Showers Can Bring Septic System Backups to Torrington Homes

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Whether from a full septic tank, a clogged filter or a blocked line, sewage floods from septic tank backups require professional restoration.

April showers bring May flowers however here in the Litchfield area, heavy rains can be rough on a home's septic system.  On days like today, when rain is falling onto already wet ground, septic problems can be common.

When there is great deal of rain, the drain field in your yard can become saturated and stop the water from flowing out of your septic system as designed. Because the water has no exit point, it can eventually make its way back into your home. The waste water can travel back through the pipes and through your drains and toilets, causing an overflow.  If you have sewage backup through one of your drains, that is a clear sign that your septic system is malfunctioning.  

Other signs of a failing septic tank are: 

  1. A Foul Odor: A clear sign that your septic tank needs inspection is the presence of odors in your house, outside near your septic tank or near the pipe ventilation system. We all know the smell of the methane gas escaping, similar to rotten eggs, so it's not hard to identify! 
  2. Soggy Ground: Saturated areas around your septic tank may also indicate a problem. Excess moisture can be a sign that your tank is full or the drainage pipes are damaged.  
  3. Slow Drainage: If you have a slow draining sink, tub or toilet, it is a warning sign that your septic system is  malfunctioning.  
  4. Gurgling Sounds: If you notice that there is a gurgling sound when you flush the toilet, that is a common sign of septic system failure.  
  5. Contaminated Well Water: Well water tests that show results of high levels of nitrates or coliform bacteria are of concern, as they indicate that untreated sewage is seeping into the ground.  

If you notice any of these signs in your home, we recommend that you call a septic system repair contractor to inspect your system and identify the cause. It could be a blocked line from tree roots, an improperly installed leach field, a clogged filter or a full septic tank that requires pumping. Having the problem repaired before it causes damage to your home is the goal! 

In the event that there is already a backup at your home, call SERVPRO of Southbury/Torrington at 203-267-6262. Sewage floodwaters contain harmful bacteria and pathogens that are dangerous and should be cleaned up by restoration professionals. The SERVPRO crew has the training and equipment to clean up and sanitize your home and belongings and make it "Like it never even happened."