Case 4: Hoarding and High-volume filth Cleaning
Updated: Mar 24
The project begins with the initial assessment of the contaminated environment. The 2-story home was condemned by the local health department. There were dozens of cats living inside and outside the home, saturating everything in urine and feces. After the initial assessment and development of the waste removal plan, application of all applicable PPE and then spray the entire area with the primary disinfectant, Shockwave.
During the dwell time needed for the disinfectant application, review the collateral area to better define the biological contamination plume and for quality control. The scope included placing the personal salvageable items in a segregated, concentrated area in the garage and portions of the home in order to remove contents/trash and manipulate contents in preparation for disposal. These actions were to relieve the home from condemnation from the local health department.
Total labor was 387 man-hours (9 techs). During this process, 44 individual sets of personal protective equipment, over 35 gallons of odor neutralizer and industrial-grade disinfectant were consumed. The conventional waste and trash was transferred with 9 roll-off 40 cubic yard dumpsters to a local landfill. To combat odor and assist in restoring hygiene, the entire structure was treated with many atomizing fogs of Get The Odor Out.
The base ingredient of this product is Stabilized Chlorine Dioxide (2000 PPM), an EPA listed light-duty bactericide. The personal protective equipment used on this biohazard remediation project was PureShield high risk gloves, plastic face shields, various respirators, and KleenGuard Ultra Bloodborne pathogen rated suits.
Most of the contents were deemed unsalvageable due to a total saturation of cat urine. While the urine saturated contents were removed and placed in the dumpsters, the odor neutralizing solution Get The Odor Out was fogged throughout the entire structure. This action treated putrid dust by hydrating it and weighing it down to remove it out of the air and improve air quality.
Heirlooms and salvageable personal items were segregated from items discarded and trash. When reviewing contents for a decision on a salvageable item opposed to trash, it is so very important to watch closely for small valuables mixed in with trash (see above).
Large metal items were set out near the street for bulk metal pick up (see right). The scope extended into the garage space where an area was cleaned out and used to store salvage items. Additional light-duty dust protective suits were used during the capture of the conventional trash and filth, after the initial hygiene restoration treatments.
An additional product was applied that is specifically designed to seal flooring affected by animal urine. The wood subfloor upstairs and the exposed wood wall supports were also treated with multiple applications of the odor neutralizing/hygiene restoration solution.
To neutralize any residual odor, the entire home was treated with an atomizing fog of odor neutralizing chemicals in multiple applications. Once exposed, the internal wood frame supports were saturated with Get The Odor Out. This action, in addition to odor control, assisted with mold because this chemical is also a fungicide. There were no charges for conventional waste because the city provided the dumpsters for at no cost to the
In summary, the home was condemned by the local health department due to overwhelming filth in all parts of it. As the trash and filth were collected and moved into dumpsters, the exposed surfaces were saturated with disinfectant and odor neutralizer. The salvageable items were concentrated in the garage in order to remediate the structural supports and exposed flooring inside.
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