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Biological and chemical contaminants come in many forms. You may encounter these in your home or workplace as the result of an unfortunate incident such as vandalism, sewage backup, criminal activity, or death. When you’re faced with potentially hazardous contaminants, it’s important to understand the next steps so you can reclaim your Clearwater, Florida, home or workspace as quickly as possible.

Identifying Contaminants

The first step to properly removing contaminants is identifying the hazards in the affected area. Biological contaminants can include bacteria, viruses, animal saliva, insects, pollen, mold, mildew, feces, and bodily fluids. Chemical hazards can be any organic or inorganic substance that’s found where it shouldn’t be. This may include pharmaceuticals, pesticides, biocides, resins, plastics, and much more. While some contaminants are readily identified, others are nearly impossible to detect with the naked eye. It’s important to enlist a professional with the skills and tools necessary to find and identify all contaminants in an area.

Hazard Containment

Many contaminants can spread when left unchecked. They may enter the ductwork and HVAC system or leak through vents. OSHA has strict decontamination protocols that prevent the spread of biological and chemical toxins. It’s important to work with a professional who’s well-versed in these guidelines and requirements. Following OSHA regulations will ensure that your workplace is in full compliance with the law and ready for employees to return to business.

Thorough Cleaning

Once the hazards have been properly contained, your decontamination team will proceed to clean up the area. This includes removing and disposing of pathogens, sewage, bodily fluids, and any other biological or chemical toxins. Next, the team will disinfect the area to neutralize any bacteria, mold, mildew, or other dangers. Finally, a deodorizing process removes any unpleasant smells associated with the incident. If you need biohazard or vandalism cleanup services, contact ServiceMaster Restore at 727-300-3773. We have the tools, knowledge, and experience you need to handle all types of contaminants promptly and safely.