Ever wonder what happens to the body of a victim of a violent crime after the investigators are done and the crime scene has been processed? It’s not something you are likely to see on the Discovery Channel. Believe it or not, there are a bevy of companies who make their very living by cleaning up the biohazards associated with this type of cleanup. Their services are professional, thorough and necessary to protect us from coming in contact with various substances that may make us sick.
When a body begins to decompose, several elements go to work. First, the bacteria that live on each and every living organism begin to consume the body, changing the solid structures into liquid. Insects and other opportunistic bugs move in and begin to eat away at the body. The internal organs will liquefy and the smell is intense. Gases from the breakdown of the organic material begin to build up inside the body cavity, sometimes causing it to explode. After the coroner removes the body from the scene, there is generally a large amount of residue, both liquid and solid, for the cleaning companies to remove. After a thorough cleaning has occurred, the workers must also ensure that everything that has come into contact with the body or fluids is properly sanitized and that any insects or larvae of parasites are killed to avoid cross contamination with another person. Coming into contact with any of the bodily fluids or other matter is of the utmost concern for the cleaning crew and anyone else who may inhabit the same space due to bacterial infections, viruses and other communicable diseases, or the growth of mold and fungi.
Body decomposition cleaners have the training and expertise to ensure that the cleanup is quick thorough and sensitive to the grieving family and the cost is usually covered by the deceased person’s homeowners or automobile insurance, allowing the surviving family members to only have to deal with the sensitive subject once.
Hiring a professional to attend to this specific need is paramount to ensuring a thorough, health conscious job and giving the family the peace of mind in knowing that this unpleasant matter is being tended to with the utmost in professionalism and care.