Archived Biohazard Blog Posts
Employees dressed in full PPE while doing COVID-19 Cleaning
General Recommendations for Cleaning and Disinfection of Households with People Isolated in Home Care (e.g. Suspected/ Confirmed to have COVID-19):
- Household members should educate themselves about COVID-19 symptoms and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in homes.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
- In the bedroom/bathroom dedicated for an ill person: consider reducing cleaning frequency to as-needed (e.g., soiled items and surfaces) to avoid unnecessary contact with the ill person.
- As much as possible, an ill person should stay in a specific room and away from other people in their home.
- The caregiver can provide personal cleaning supplies for an ill person’s room and bathroom, unless the room is occupied by child or another person for whom such supplies would not be appropriate. These supplies include tissues, paper towels, clean ers and EPA-registered disinfectants.
- If a separate bathroom is not available, the bathroom should be cleaned and disinfected after each use by an ill person. If this is not possible, the caregiver should wait as long as practical after use by an ill person to clean and disinfect the high-touch surfaces.
- Household members should follow home care guidance when interacting with persons with suspected/confirmed COVID-19 and their isolation rooms/bathrooms.
- The ill person should eat/be fed in their room if possible. Non-disposable food service items
o used should be handled with gloves and washed with hot water or in a dishwasher. Clean hands after handling used food service items.
Are you sure this water is sanitary
Sewage Flooding and Contamination
When working a water damage we distinguish each job by category. For instance, a Cat 1 would involve sanitary water, a Cat 2 would be significantly contaminated, and a Cat 3 would be grossly contaminated. This is important because it affects work activities and protective measures that are needed for each job. It is important for our technicians, when working these jobs, to protect themselves by wearing the following PPE (Personal Protective Equipment): Full face respirator with combination HEPA particulate/organic vapor filters, a full body suit, nitrile gloves, heavy-duty work gloves and waterproof boots.
On this particular Cat 3 job, a building under construction experienced a sewage loss in one of the restrooms, which resulted in most of the floor throughout the wing being affected. We were contacted by the customer and were able to respond immediately to begin the work process. In this case, we performed a water extraction, decontaminated affected areas with an antimicrobial multiple times, removed flooring and drywall, placed several air scrubbers and dehumidifiers to aid in the drying process, and HEPA vacuumed all affected areas.
Upon completion of services our customer was thrilled to be able to resume construction on the building and appreciative that our highly trained and certified crew made such a massive, gross debacle “Like it never even happened.”
Cutting out affected areas of drywall
Always count on SERVPRO for a fast response time!
SERVPRO of Lake County Florida was contacted by a medical facility on a Sunday afternoon for a major sewage backup; our on call weekend crew was ready for the task. The supervisor headed to the job site within a short time while the crew loaded up all the necessary equipment and proceeded to their destination. They accessed the situation and put on all their necessary PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and started spraying anti-microbial solution over the entire affected areas. They began to extract all the material from over 2,000 sq. ft. of affected flooring. When they had the situation under control they began to cut all the affected flooring and drywall according to IICRC standards, then places dehumidifiers and Hepa-Filtered Air Scrubbers to clean the air. When we finished late that night the customer was very pleased on how we took control of their situation. We told him that our goal was to make it “Like it never even happened.” Please call SERVPRO of Lake County FL. at Ph. 352-735-3311
Who Should Wear A Cloth Face Covering?
- CDC recommends all people 2 years of age and older wear a cloth face covering in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected. That’s why it’s important for everyone to wear cloth face coverings in public settings and practice social distance (staying at least 6 feet away from other people).
- While cloth face coverings are strongly encouraged to reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recognizes there are specific instances when wearing a cloth face covering may not be feasible. In these instances, adaptations and alternatives should be considered whenever possible.
Crew in Tyvek Suites doing a COVID 19 Cleaning
As Florida businesses begin to reopen, we are happy to offer COVID-19 related cleaning. To date, we have already carried out a number of cleanings for many members of our Lake County community. We can provide estimates for proactive, suspected, and confirmed cleanings. Treatment involves fogging the area(s) with an EPA registered water-based disinfectant then wiping down touch points. This product is a hospital grade disinfectant and falls into the lowest toxicity category. It is also NSF certified for direct food contact surface use. If desired, we are happy to provide a safety data sheet.
We understand the uncertainty associated with the virus and are happy to be of assistance during the country's time of need. If you feel that you need a cleaning of any kind, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We are here to help! Our office can be reached at 352-735-3311 or you can email us at SERVPRO5614@SERVPROoflakecounty.com.