The Different Types of Trauma Scene Cleanup

House fires cause more than $12 billion in damage each year. Cleaning up such disasters is hard—especially when you consider the size of billions worth of property loss. However, the cleanup itself is only part of the problem.

The emotional toll on those affected by trauma is huge, and it makes it even harder to focus on cleaning and sanitizing the space. While you’re taking some time to get your family’s feelings in order, you know that eventually, the trauma cleanup will have to be addressed.

You can’t wait around for months, and even weeks are too long. Harmful bacteria may have already multiplied by then. But you can’t handle a cleanup of this size on your own.

You need an expert who knows what they’re doing and has experience in the field. Keep reading to learn about the different crime and trauma scene cleanup services and how they can help you.


Pathogens are microorganisms (germs) that cause disease and illness. You can find them in blood, feces, vomit, urine, semen, and more. Pathogens cause different viruses, including food-borne diseases, respiratory infections, and even meningitis.

The best way to avoid contact with these pathogens is to hire a team trained in the safe removal of bodily fluids. They’re your best bet to ensure you don’t get sick from a trauma or crime scene.


When you think of a crime scene, you often imagine a bloody mess or an area littered with broken glass and other items that need to be picked up. But these are only some types of residue left behind at a trauma scene. Residue can include anything from blood stains and pill debris to corrosion caused by spilled alcohol.

Whatever kind of residue it is that you’re dealing with, you don’t want it at your home. Trauma scene cleanup services understand how important it is to erase all traces of harmful leftovers. They will restore your property to its original condition, removing any signs that the trauma ever occurred.

Unattended Decomposition Cleanup

Unattended decomposition is when human or animal remains start to decay. These types of scenes can result from a fire, flood, or natural death.

If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to find a trauma cleanup service immediately so they can dispose of the body. Specialists will sanitize your space and allow you to live there with a renewed sense of safety.

Make Trauma Cleanup Easier for You

Trauma cleanup is both challenging and dangerous. That’s why it’s necessary to have a team of professionals on hand to help you with the aftermath.

We have the equipment and expertise needed to safely dispose of biohazardous materials, while also disinfecting and deodorizing the space to ensure that it’s safe for you and your family members again. Whether you need trauma cleanup services after an accident or crime scene cleanup following a disaster, call our 24-hour emergency line. We’ll be there within an hour to help you get back on track.

Trauma Scene Cleanup Services

In Orange County, many people are left wondering who to call to deal with the hazards remaining after a traumatic accident or a death outside of any hospital.

Our trauma cleanup teams are ready 24 hours a day every day of the year to handle cleaning, decontamination, disinfection, repairs, and odor removal.  In most situations, our services are covered by homeowners and business insurance.  Here is some additional information that we hope will answer more of your questions.

If you’re facing the difficult situation of an accident cleanup, crime scene cleanup, or other trauma scene cleanup it’s important to call in a professional team.  It’s unfortunate, but after law enforcement and emergency responders leave it’s up to families or businesses to clean the scene.  Despite being graphic and emotionally traumatic for family or co-workers.  And most importantly there are very serious health hazards that few people are equipped to deal with.

Biohazard Remediation

Many incidents present a very high likelihood of exposure to bacteria, viruses, and other disease organisms.  And those dangers grow over time.  Bio-remediation is a difficult task, both emotionally and technically.  Situations calling for professional trauma scene or biohazard cleanup include

  • animal remains
  • animal wastes
  • blood cleanup
  • hoarding
  • homicides
  • home, commercial, and industrial accidents
  • sewage backups
  • suicides
  • unattended deaths
  • water damage

Special training and equipment are necessary to prevent the release, transfer, and spread of pathogens.  And specialized antimicrobials are necessary to assure complete disinfection.  Only fully trained technicians are aware of and understand the many technical details of decontamination. Cleaning behind baseboards is just one example.  Treatments are regulated, and those regulations include the use of licensed medical waste transportation.

Cleaning and Restoration

Trauma scene and accident cleanup also require special cleaning and repair expertise.  We don’t miss a single detail.  Our team addresses walls, ceilings, and flooring (including carpet, wood, laminate, vinyl, and tile) in every minute detail.  Plus upholstery, air ducts, HVAC equipment, drapes, and blinds.  We’re also experienced in cleaning and repairing cabinets and countertops, and have special equipment for dry cleaning and ultrasonic cleaning small items. Plus additional equipment for thorough and permanent odor removal by safely breaking apart odor-causing molecules.

Crime scene cleanup poses special challenges such as fire-extinguisher residue as well as tear gas or pepper spray which permeates porous materials.  Did you know that fingerprint dust is highly toxic?  Our experts are well-prepared and know exactly what to look out for.

Our Professional Services

When tragedy strikes you need the support of family, friends, and co-workers.  Let Service First take care of everything else.

We’re here to help, and we’re ready 24 hours a day with all the right training and equipment.  We know you’re going through a difficult time so our technicians are discrete, respectful, compassionate, quick, and thorough.  Their experience and training mean that you’ll return to an area that’s fully restored to a clean and sanitary environment with no painful reminders.

Additional Resources

In addition to insurance covering accident and trauma scene cleanup, the California Victim Compensation Board can help victims as well as their families whenever certain types of crime were involved.  That specifically includes paying for crime scene cleanup that’s not covered by insurance.  Their web page is

The Orange County Probation Department,, may also be of assistance.