Recent Biohazard Posts

What is hoarding and why is it a problem?

5/27/2019 (Permalink)

Hoarding can create debilitating property damage.

You’ve seen it on TV, but the truth around this disorder is that it is a harsh reality for a lot of affected individuals.  Hoarding spawns from Obsessive Compulsive and Anxiety disorders, creating a debilitating act of having to hold onto or keep items most people would see as trash.  These items could include newspapers, old food containers, old clothing, photographs, food or even animals.  

Most often, this can lead to dangerous and harmful living situations for the hoarder and anyone who may come in contact with their residence.  These items can create piles and piles of debris that can make it often impossible to walk freely within the home, making the homeowner at risk for injuries.  Old food and containers can cause an increase in unsafe pathogens and toxins that can affect quality of life.  The piles of items can also make a breeding ground for unwanted pests.  

Unfortunately, most situations do not get resolved during the individuals’ lifetime and relatives or landlords can inherit the problems that their family members or tenants have left.  Our trained technicians can work with you on cleaning up what can feel like a lifetime of debris and restore the home to its original condition. 

For more information on hoarding or getting help for yourself or a family member, visit the Anxiety and Depression Association of America website.

Measles in Pittsburgh?

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

There has been at least 5 total cases of the Measles in the Pittsburgh area.

The Allegheny Health Department has confirmed at least 5 businesses in the Pittsburgh area where measles may have come in contact with, states the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

What is the measles?   

According to the CDC Measles, or Rubeola is a highly contagious virus that starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, followed by a rash that spreads all over the body.   

We rely on vaccines to help reduce the impact of the measles on society, however if not vaccinated you are 90% more likely to be affected by the measles.     

So, what should you do if you think your business has been exposed to the measles? 

Call SERVPRO of West Beaver County immediately at (724) 709- 7235.  SERVPRO of West Beaver County can work with you on fully disinfecting your home and/ or business. Exposure to biological contaminants can pose serious health consequences.  We are trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.  

Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property. 

For more information on Measles and Vaccination, visit The Center for Disease Control and Prevention.