Decomposition Cleanup

decomposition-clean-upIt can be traumatic to discover a loved one or neighbor who has died and has begun decomposing. Often, apartment and hotel managers find themselves faced with the problem of cleaning up after a resident who has died and begun to decompose. That’s where Southern Bio-Recovery, Inc. can be of service to you and your community by safely and efficiently cleaning up remains so that the area doesn’t just appear to be clean, you have the peace of mind that the property is sanitary and habitable, once again.

If you discover a dead body call 911 and do not disturb anything, even if the passing appears to have been peaceful or normal. Do not attempt to search the premises. Wait for the local law enforcement. Call Southern Bio-Recovery Services at 404-952-3228 within the Greater Atlanta Community or 1-888-900-2624 throughout Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and Northern Florida. We can come onto the scene once the police have released the area and begin the clean-up process immediately.

Southern Bio-Recovery, Inc. trained, licensed and compassionate technicians can help restore your home or business with our turnkey services.

We are available to be of service to you and your community 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Our trained staff can even help you negotiate with your insurance company so that we can start restoring order today.

There are 5 Stages of Decomposition that make professional help necessary to ensure you, your loved ones and your home or business is protected. Knowing the five stages can help you to know how important competent, compassionate services are when a decomposing body is discovered. The stages are:

  • Initial Decay: the body appears normal and is in the initial stages of rigor mortis and decomposition has already begun. Full rigor mortis sets in between 12 and 24 hours and the muscles stiffen in place with the facial muscles going first.
  • Putrefaction: the body has begun to swell as internal gases are released. The flesh has begun to change colors and there is a strong odor.
  • Black Putrefaction: the skin on the body has begun to turn black and has a creamy consistency. The body cavity has ruptured and the odor has intensified.
  • Butyric Fermentation: the body begins to dry out and mold sets in. A cheesy odor develops.
  • Dry Decay: The body has lost all of its fluids, which is the largest portion of the human body and the rate of decay has slowed.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey a human being is between 60 and 85 percent water depending on age and size. When someone dies the body ceases pumping blood, cells die and bacteria or organisms begin to attack the body. This creates gases and causes the intestines to explode as the body continues to rapidly decay.

Factors such as temperature, age and size of the body, clothing, where the body rests, moisture, cause of death and even the last meal that remains in the stomach can affect the rate of decay.

All of the bodily fluids leave the human remains and become affected by temperature and air as they seep into furniture, carpet and even flooring or sub-flooring. That means that all of the affected areas will need to be carefully removed according to OSHA Standards to ensure the prevention of disease from Bloodborne Pathogens, and the damage to the structure will then be repaired.

Southern Bio-Recovery, Inc. has turnkey services using state of the art equipment such as a Low Volume Fogger for EPA registered disinfectants, Steam-Injection Machines to thoroughly clean all necessary surfaces and a Hydroxyl Generator to remove any trace of lingering odors. We treat every service call with the discretion and dignity that is deserved and return your property sanitized, repaired and habitable once again.

When tragedy strikes, we are your next call in the middle of the night.