Service Restoration has fielded hundreds of calls from property owners concerned with cleaning and disinfecting their properties from Covid-19. As a certified disaster cleanup contractor, Service Restoration has invested countless hours in training and certifications for bio-hazard and pathogen cleaning.
If you or someone you know has recently tested positive for Covid-19, you need to begin thinking about hiring a restoration company to help clean up your property. Covid-19 is particularly dangerous because it has the ability to live on surfaces for more than a week. This means that after your recovery from Covid-19, you need to hire professionals to decontaminate your property to prevent yourself from catching the disease a second time. However, before you decide on a restoration company to help you clean up your property, you need to make sure they have the proper certifications.
Decontaminating a property from an infectious disease such as Covid-19 is a much different procedure than a normal property restoration. Biohazard remediation is the industry term for the cleaning of properties after they have been contaminated with an infectious disease. Most restoration companies deal with traditional property cleaning, and not biohazard remediation. This is why it is very important that you make sure the restoration company you hire to decontaminate your property has the necessary certifications to perform a biohazard remediation. If you hire a traditional restoration company to decontaminate your property from Covid-19, there is no guarantee that they will eliminate all signs of the virus from your house. Instead, you and your loved ones may be left susceptible to Covid-19 weeks after you have recovered from the disease.
The first step that a restoration company must take to be certified to perform biohazard remediations is receiving a certification from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC). Their website should clearly state that they have been certified by the IICRC. If the restoration company has not, they should not be trusted to decontaminate your property from Covid-19. Additionally, they should be in compliance with all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. You need to make sure that the restoration company you are dealing with has these two specific certifications before hiring them to perform a biohazard remediation.
After you have determined that a restoration company has an IICRC certification and complies with OSHA regulations, you should check to see if they describe their cleaning process. Specifically, check to see if they mention that their cleaning procedures have been approved by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If they do not specifically mention these approvals on their website, you need to call them and ask if the CDC and EPA have approved their cleaning procedures. Once again, if they do not directly tell you that they have, they are not a restoration company that should be trusted with any kind of biohazard remediation. Checking to see if a restoration company has these certifications and approvals may take you some extra time, but it will guarantee you that the company you hire is qualified to decontaminate your property from Covid-19. This will give you peace of mind that both you and your loved ones are safe from any future infection.