Unattended death can be very difficult for family members to discover. Not only do family members or friends have to think about the loved one being alone or missing for some time, but decomposition can lead to serious structural and property damage, insect activity, as well as a putrid odor throughout the home. As bacterial activity increases, so do the potential health risks for those who may enter the property.
Types of Unattended Death can include accidental death, natural cause death or even suicide. “Unattended” meaning the body has been deceased for an unknown amount of time before being discovered and nobody was present when the death occurred. The longer the body goes undiscovered, the more severe the decomposition and bio-hazard risk can be. Sometimes this can be days or even weeks. It is important for your safety to call a biohazard remediation company like Affinity Bio Solutions of Arizona to come to assess the biohazard risks before entering the property or attempting to clean up yourself.
Most homeowners insurance policies cover the expense of the biohazard and unattended death cleanup costs. Biohazards present may be blood and bodily fluids, virus or infectious disease, bacteria, sharps or needles.
We are trained and certified for exactly this situation. Arizona requires that any biological hazardous materials be cleaned up, transported and disposed of properly by a certified biohazard cleanup company. That’s who Affinity Bio Solutions is, and what we do in Phoenix, Arizona.
In addition to biohazard cleanup certification and experience cleaning up unattended death situations, including body decomposition, blood and bodily fluids, Affinity Bio Solutions of Arizona uses proven techniques and equipment to remove odor, virus, or bacteria from the environment from any source. We have the experience, training and Arizona State certifications through the IICRC Trauma & Crime Scene Technician Certification program as well as OSHA compliance for blood and bodily fluid cleanup to deal with all of your unattended death and biohazard materials cleaning, removal and disposal.
It is understandable that during this time of loss, loved ones may disregard personal safety, and just want to clean up and get the situation behind them but the best course of action is NOT to enter the home or vehicle and call a trauma scene biohazard cleaning professional to evaluate the situation first.
Affinity Bio Solutions provides professional, certified Unattended Death, Body Decomposition and blood and bodily fluid cleaning and biohazard disposal throughout the state of Arizona including: Maricopa County, Pinal County, Phoenix East Valley, Phoenix West Valley, City of Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Goodyear, Tempe, Surprise, Sun City, Peoria, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Avondale, Litchfield Park, Buckeye, Fountain Hills, Maricopa, New River, Waddell, San Tan Valley, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, Prescott, Wickenburg, Flagstaff, Sedona, Payson, Lake Havasu City and Tucson.
Technicians at Affinity Bio Solutions are able to effectively asses the biohazard danger and risk to help prevent additional emotional trauma often faced by those observing such situations and help outline the appropriate course of action to help restore the home to a livable condition. When homeowner’s insurance is used, technicians will take photo documentation and inventory the scene to ensure appropriate replacement value and validation of any secondary restoration work needed by other professionals.
Affinity Bio Solutions AZ, LLC is an Arizona Crime Scene Cleanup and biohazard remediation, Hoarder Home and Unattended Death or Trauma Scene Cleanup Company in Phoenix, Arizona that offers a professional, respectful and discreet service to help lessen the effect of traumatic experiences and from unattended deaths, crime and trauma scenes whether by accident, natural causes or suicide and to begin the process of restoring homes and personal property to its original condition while eliminating any potential biohazard risks.
Part of this process involves our IICRC certified technicians evaluating, mitigating or removing potential hazards using procedures accepted by OSHA, as well as disinfectants or other chemicals that align with EPA’s recommendations. In most cases the bio-remediation process and the replacement of personal items or restoration of property is covered by homeowner’s insurance and the second part of the process is to work with the client and insurance company to outline what may require replacement, restoration, or services from other professional entities or organizations. See our section on the cleanup process to better understand the work and safety measures that are taken to effectively remediate a potentially biohazardous environment when dealing with an unattended death and body decomposition situation.
A crime scene, suicide scene or trauma scene may become considered an unattended death if the deceased person is not discovered for several days. These types of situations may also at times be referred to as an undiscovered death
Yes, with an undiscovered death, the home and its contents are much more likely to be severely impacted by odor. Damage to structural items over time is more likely, and insect activity can cause more items within the home to become contaminated.
Absolutely! Professional crime scene cleanup companies like Affinity Bio Solutions AZ have the appropriate personal protective equipment to maintain safety and avoid cross-contamination while restoring the home. Certified and experienced technicians are trained to identify contaminated areas that are typically overlooked by others, such as sub-flooring that is affected because of imperfections in grout. Affinity Bio Solutions AZ also employs a variety of techniques to handle odor issues related to a death in the home. Some of these include the use of air filtration devices, thermal fogging, ozone generation, and the application of chemical odor counteractants.
Homeowners insurance coverage that was in place before the death occurred will almost always cover this type of loss. This coverage will typically include the biohazard cleanup and the replacement of items such as carpeting, tile, framing, or drywall that have been affected by the loss. Some homeowners may also have opted for contents coverage, which means that insurance will typically pay for salvageable items to be restored and non-salvageable items to be replaced.
Affinity Bio Solutions AZ also offers deductible forgiveness up to $1000.00, please call for more information on our unattended death insurance deductible forgiveness policy throughout Arizona including Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Goodyear, Avondale, Buckeye, Tempe, Surprise, Sun City, Peoria, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Wickenburg, Anthem, New River, Carefree, Fountain Hills, Litchfield Park, Waddell, Apache Junction, Florence, Gila Bend, Casa Grande, Payson, Showlow, Globe, Sedona, Cottonwood, Prescott, Flagstaff, Tucson and more.
Aside from the biohazard cleanup and odor remediation, it may at times be necessary to call-in sub-contractors to perform services such as vent, carpet, or tile cleaning. These services are typically paid for by the insurance company if Affinity Bio Solutions AZ indicates they are needed and schedules these services for the client. The replacement or repair of structural items is coordinated by either Affinity Bio Solutions AZ or the insurance company.
If home owner’s insurance is available this step is not necessary and the client may instead focus on quality. The insurance industry has set pricing for biohazard cleanup services, so the invoice to insurance from each company should be similar.
If home owner’s insurance is not available, trying to obtain pricing over the phone should be avoided as it is very difficult for companies in this industry to provide accurate pricing without physically seeing the home. Affinity Bio Solutions AZ provides free in person estimates so that clients can feel confident that pricing will not increase once work begins.
It is helpful to call and schedule services as soon as possible; however, if the medical examiner or emergency services are present at the home, it is wise to let the crime scene cleanup company know emergency personnel, police investigators or EMT’s may be on site, as any investigation may take time and we can coordinate with the first responders to come in for biohazard inspection and cleanup as soon as they are finished.
It is quite common for family members who do not live in Arizona to organize trauma scene cleanup services. DocuSign can be used to complete service agreements online with Affinity Bio Solutions AZ. We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured; with access to the home, one of the first steps is to take photo documentation on arrival and continue to keep the client updated throughout the unattended death and biohazard cleanup process.
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