How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Biohazard Cleanup Company?

Average range: $3,000 - $5,000
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$1,500
Average Cost
$4,000
High
$25,000
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Reviewed by Irene Pomares. Written by Fixr.com.

The cleanup of biological hazards is important work and involves safety practices and protocols that make it an expensive service. Biohazard and “hazmat” refer to potentially hazardous materials and substances, typically from living organisms like people or animals. Biohazard cleanup entails the removal of these dangers safely by trained and qualified professionals.

Plan on an average cost of $3,000 to $5,000 to hire a biohazard cleanup company. The average customer pays $4,000 to clean up biohazardous waste in a 2,000 square foot home, such as a hoarding situation or virus decontamination. Some unique situations allow for the low cost of $1,500. For example, sanitizing high traffic areas and surfaces from a virus would be a low cost biohazard clean up. On the other hand, the highest cost of $25,000 is possible for homes that need extensive clean up and restoration. A few examples include a major sewer backup or a crime scene occurring in the home.

Biohazard Remediation Cost

Hazmat Cleanup Cost
National average cost$4,000
Average range$3,000-$5,000
Minimum cost$1,500
Maximum cost$25,000


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Biohazard Cleanup Cost by Project Range

Low
$1,500
Decontaminate a home from a virus by cleaning all surfaces in two visits, plus waste removal
Average Cost
$4,000
Cleanup and waste removal of a 2,000 square foot hoarder home, minor related repairs
High
$25,000
Cleanup and restoration of crime scene, bodily waste removal, and repairs to site

What Is a Biohazard Cleanup?

When biohazard comes to mind, you may think of a laboratory with hundreds of dangerous chemicals. However, biohazard cleanup is more common than you think. Anytime a death, chemical spill, sewage backup, or other event potentially exposes people to pathogens, viruses, or chemicals, a biohazard cleanup must be scheduled.

Some events are more serious than others and require immediate emergency services. These include but are not limited to flooding, chemical spills, and sewage issues. Other events, while serious, do not require such haste in the clean up process. Crime scenes, hoarder houses, and dead animals need to be cleaned as quickly as possible, but they can wait if necessary.

During a hazmat cleanup, all hazardous materials are removed from the area. Once they are removed, the space is fully sanitized and disinfected to prevent contamination. From there, odors are likely to linger. A separate service handles odor control, ensuring no one in your home will smell a trace of the event that led to the biohazard cleanup. This is a task best left to individuals with training in the removal of such materials. They have the PPE (personal protection equipment), skills, and knowledge to safely and effectively restore your home to its former glory.


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Hazmat Cleanup Cost by Biohazard Safety Level

When it comes to hazmat clean up, various levels of safety must be addressed. The riskier it is to clean a space, the higher the cost you will pay. This is because the professionals going into the space must adjust their PPE and decontamination protocols to ensure their safety.

According to the CDC, there are four different biohazard safety levels. Starting at level one, the least risk, to level four, the highest risk, a biohazard removal cleaning service varies in price. Unfortunately, there is little room for negotiation with these prices. The cost for PPE and decontamination for the company increases as the level of risk increases.


Cost per Hour to Clean Up Hazmat Biosafety Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4

Cost per Hour to Clean Up Hazmat Biosafety Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4


Biosafety LevelAverage Cost per Hour
BSL-1$25 - $50
BSL-2$25 - $75
BSL-3$50 - $150
BSL-4$150 - $600


Biosafety Level 1

The average cost of biohazard cleanup in a level 1 situation is between $25 and $50 per hour.  At this level, biohazard materials and microbes are less likely to cause disease or a threat to an individual’s health or wellbeing. For example, microbes like E.coli or the Chicken Pox virus fall in this category. Cleaning professionals could be called to handle a BSL-1 case when someone in the home is immunocompromised and at a higher risk of serious complications if they are contained with these microbes. Basic PPE (gloves and eye protection) must be worn at all times.

Biosafety Level 2

Cleaning up level 2 biohazard materials usually costs around $25 to $75 per hour. Building from the first level, microbes and biohazard materials in this category can cause severe illness through direct contact. Examples include measles, mumps, and staph infections. Cleaning professionals would be called to handle this situation to ensure homeowners do not fall ill themselves. It is far too easy to miss crevices or small corners that could harbor the microbes. In addition to basic PPE, clean up professionals must be prepared to decontaminate themselves if they contact any of these materials.

Biosafety Level 3

Level 3 situations are more complicated and require more protection, so professionals charge between $50 and $150. In addition to the safety precautions in levels 1 and 2, biohazard cleaning professionals must take additional steps to ensure their safety. Microbes and biohazard material at this level are airborne pathogens. They can cause serious or fatal diseases, such as SARS. However, a vaccine is available. All skin and orifices must be covered at all times. Professionals must wear a respirator mask that does not allow air recirculation back into the mask.

Biosafety Level 4

This biosafety level is the riskiest level of cleaning that a biohazard professional experiences in their career.  Professionals charge around $150 to $600 per hour in this kind of situations. The materials and microbes in this class cause a high risk of a life-threatening disease with no current approved vaccine, like Ebola and Marburg. Cleaning professionals must wear a complete body suit and decontaminate at the end of each day after entering the space. BSL-4 situations cannot be cleaned up by a homeowner. No one will remain in the home until the structure is cleared for habitation.

Biohazard Remediation Cost by Type

Biohazard remediation is not a one size fits all solution. Different types of materials and issues require various services. Some remediations require combining multiple services to restore the home to its former glory. A different cost is associated with each type of service. This is due to the time, materials, and level of safety that must be considered before the service begins.


Biohazard Remediation Cost by Type: Hoarder Cleanup, Odor Control, Unattended Death Cleanup, Medical Waste Disposal, Animal Waste or Remains Cleanup, Sewage Backup Cleanup...

Biohazard Remediation Cost by Type: Hoarder Cleanup, Odor Control, Unattended Death Cleanup, Medical Waste Disposal, Animal Waste or Remains Cleanup, Sewage Backup Cleanup...


Biohazard Remediation ServicesAverage Cost
Hoarder Cleanup$25 - $150 per hour
Odor Control$75 - $100 per hour
Unattended Death$200 - $300 per hour
Crime Scene and After Death$400 - $600 per hour
Medical Waste$2 - $20 per pound
Animal Waste or Remains$20 - $25 per 50 lbs bag
Hazardous Chemicals$30 - $50 per barrel
Virus Decontamination$1,500 - $3,500 per project
Sewage Backup$2,000 - $10,000 per project


Hoarder Cleanup Service Cost

The average cost to clean a severe hoarder's house by professional cleaners runs $1,000 per day, though estimates average anywhere from $25 to $150 per hour. Hoarding cleaning differs from regular cleaning as, typically, the situation involves biohazardous materials, like rotting trash, animal waste, food waste, and items that could otherwise be potentially unhealthy or dangerous. It is not uncommon for biohazard teams to find deceased pets and pest infestations when cleaning extreme hoarder homes. Sometimes, they even offer human waste cleanup services.

Hoarding cleanups can run into some considerable expense, depending on the severity of the situation. In the case of a hoarding home, the waste and biohazardous materials must be removed first before any actual cleaning occurs. This reveals the extent of any structural damage to the property (as is common in hoarding situations) that needs repair once the site has had biohazards removed. 

Odor Control Costs

The average cost for controlling and removing odor during a biohazard restoration cleanup averages $75 to $100 per hour for sanitization, plus the cost of supplies and solvents. More often than not, odor is one of the first red flags that indicate a biohazard situation. Decomposing flesh, fecal matter, mounds of trash, and other biohazard material do not smell pleasant. The longer they sit and fester, the worse they smell. Should sunlight touch these biohazard materials, the smell intensifies. Worse, these smells seem to remain in fibers longer than any other smells. 

Unattended Death Cleanup

On average, the cost of unattended death cleanup ranges from $200 to $300 per hour. When someone dies at home, it may be a few hours before they are discovered. Time is of the essence when it comes to unattended death cleanup. Failure to promptly remove the body and any waste impacts how livable the property becomes. Odors from decompensation in warm conditions wreak havoc on the home, requiring professional cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing. Depending on how long the individual was deceased in the home, thorough cleaning runs into thousands of dollars. 

Crime Scene and After Death Cleaning Services Costs

Crime scene cleanup companies charge up to $400 to $600 per hour. This typically includes the cost to clean, disinfect the site, remove and transport waste, and dispose of any hazardous substances or materials.

Cleaning up blood and bodily fluid, such as at a crime scene, is expensive and quite involved. First, many of these sites have sat for prolonged times as there are often legal and investigative protocols that must be followed before cleanup commences. The safety measures required to curb exposure to the hazards make crime scene cleanup costly. Homicide or suicide cleanup costs can run to $25,000 to clean and restore the site.

Medical Waste Disposal Cost

On average, medical waste will be removed at $2 to $20 per pound. Medical waste means any potentially infectious material or waste, usually from a hospital site, clinic, doctor or dentist’s office, lab, or similar source. Removing medical waste requires special handling and certification. In many regions, medical waste must be disposed of at hospital sites only. Medical waste must be bagged in special red bags that identify that it is medical waste with warnings. Some examples of medical waste include used wound dressings and hypodermic needles. Medical waste removal fees are often separate and can run into thousands of dollars for extreme cases. 

Waste removal professionals are specially trained in safety gear and equipment, including the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Medical waste disposal companies arrange for scheduled waste pick-up, usually on a monthly or quarterly contract. The prices for these services vary depending on many factors. Compare costs among providers in your region online.

Animal Waste or Remains Cleanup Costs

On average, transfer stations where animal waste or remains are disposed charge around $20 to $25 per 50 pounds of disposed waste. Deceased animals, both wild and domestic, that weigh under 50 pounds, can typically be bagged tightly and disposed of at these transfer stations by homeowners or residents in their city. No special permit is required. This is the same protocol for self-disposing of animal feces. However, many transfer stations require that you double-bag the waste. In extreme cases, such as in animal hoarding situations, the waste and fecal matter should be removed and disposed of by a biohazard professional to prevent cross-contamination and possible disease.

Hazardous Chemicals

Removing hazardous chemicals cost around $30 to $50 per barrel. Removing and cleaning up chemical hazards, such as waste from dismantling a methamphetamine laboratory, is dangerous work that requires hazmat suits and specialized equipment. Drug labs are very dangerous scenes that can take around five days to contain and clean. First, everything is removed from the site. Then, it is thoroughly cleaned. Before the job is complete, the biohazard cleaners test the site for hazardous materials or substances. The fumes are toxic, even fatal. Some chemicals can be absorbed through skin contact. 

Another instance where you might need chemical biohazards removed is in the event of a spill or leak of a dangerous substance, like a gas spill at a business or home. The highly flammable nature of gasoline makes it a public safety issue that requires an immediate response from a spill cleanup company. Some chemicals are considered to be highly hazardous, meaning that they are toxic and reactive. According to OSHA, they must be removed by professionals in a very precise way.

Virus Decontamination and Protection Costs

Preventing transmission of contaminants and viruses requires carefully attentive cleaning processes. Some bacteria and viruses survive on certain surfaces for up to 72 hours, so decontaminating requires follow-up visits, at an estimated $1,500 to $3,500 for the entire job. Additionally, hazmat suits cost an estimated $80 each. This is an expense passed on to the customer. This process requires that property owners leave the premises for several days and/or tent the home to limit who goes in and out effectively. Special antibacterial/antiviral cleaning agents are used. Some items, belongings, and fixtures require special handling and laundering.

Sewage Backup Cleanup Cost

Depending on the severity, cleaning up a sewage backup costs between $2,000 and $10,000 to resolve, primarily due to the hazardous nature of this waste. In the event of a sewage backup, your first call should be to your local public works department to immediately notify them of the issue. A sewage backup could be localized to your home or affect a larger section of pipes in the neighborhood.

Once the public works department has been notified, you need to call your insurance carrier immediately. Unfortunately, accidents rarely happen at convenient times. If your insurance company is not open when the backup occurs, call them as soon as they open the next day. Make sure you document the time the backup began and take as many pictures/videos as possible.

 Fortunately, your home insurance most likely covers sewage backup. If biohazard restoration cleanup is covered by your policy, you will only be responsible for your deductible.


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Biohazard Cleanup Costs per Hour

Biohazardous waste should only be addressed and cleaned up by a professional for the sake of safety. These individuals are specially trained, have the necessary PPE on hand, and have access to the specialty equipment required for such situations. The process can take a couple of hours to remove pet odors, up to several days to clean up a crime scene. While many work in pairs, some companies enlist a biohazard team. This makes the job much faster, charging a per-hour rate of $25 to $600. It is common for biohazard professionals to garner $200 to $300 each per hour. The rates vary based on the biohazard safety level of the project. Waste removal fees are often separate and can run into thousands of dollars for extreme cases. Know that the costs for removal run the gamut as there are many variables involved that add to the expense of biohazard remediation. For example, it costs significantly more to hire professionals to clean up a chemical spill than it will to remove the smell of pet urine from your home.

Biohazard Waste Disposal Cost

Biohazard waste must be handled carefully and disposed of at specialized treatment facilities. As such, this means biohazard waste can only be placed in specific containers. These containers cannot be stored anywhere once even one ounce of waste is placed in them. Generally, the cost for waste disposal for biohazard removal cleaning service ranges from $2 to $20 per pound. Some companies charge a flat rate of $200 to $300 per 20 gallon waste bin. This means you pay for every container used, regardless of whether it is full or not.


Two Professionals Cleaning a Living Room Wearing Biological Suits and Masks


Biohazard Cleanup Process

Numerous steps are involved in the biohazard cleanup process, which are fairly standard in most, if not all, situations:

  • Assessment. The first stage of the process is for a biohazard cleanup professional to assess and evaluate the damage. During this time, they create a detailed report. This report includes the biohazard safety level, any PPE the professionals need, the extent of the damage/cleanup, and the estimated completion time. This information will be used to create a quote.
  • Control and setup. Next, the technician implements safety measures to prevent cross-contamination and reduce the risk of toxicity. This may include setting up tarps, creating decontamination zones, and backup safety protocols. These protocols protect everyone in the event of a spill during clean up.
  • Remove surface contamination. An overall cleaning to all surfaces occurs next. All large materials will be removed from the area first. Once they are removed, smaller items will be the next focus. Once the materials are removed, the extent of liquid or chemical damage will be evident.
  • Salvage items without compromising safety. The hazmat cleanup company determines which items can be saved and which ones are contaminated. Those that are contaminated will be disposed of immediately. Any items that can be salvaged will be presented to the homeowners. If they do not want them, they will be disposed of as well.
  • Safe and legal disposal of hazardous materials. Your hired hazmat cleaning company disposes of tainted items following legal regulations. Hoarder items often go straight to the dump. However, biohazard materials must go in special bins and be disposed of at a waste treatment facility.
  • Odor-neutralizing and disinfection. After the waste has been removed, the site will be neutralized and disinfected, which helps control and remedy odor issues. Every effort will be made to ensure the entire home is safe for reentry. This includes sanitizing smaller details like switches, bulbs, etc. Doing this prevents any risk of contamination in the future.
  • Cleanup, sanitation, and deodorization. A thorough cleaning restores and remediates the space before anything is brought back in. While all effort is made in the previous step to neutralize odors, some smells linger without deodorization. This add-on eliminates all odors, which ensures no foul memories linger in the home.
  • Restoration of property. Restoring the property to the original condition is the final goal, including repairing the damage that may have occurred. Restoration can take weeks or months to complete. It depends on the extent of the damage. Unfortunately, this process cannot be started until all previous steps are complete.

Biohazard Car Cleaning Cost

Cars often need to have biohazard cleaning to be deemed safe for use. Whether they were the scene of a crime or found abandoned, cars must be fully decontaminated and cleaned before anyone is permitted to buy, sell, or use the vehicle. Blood pathogens, diseases, infections, fecal matter, needles, and biohazard chemicals damage a car. The method of cleanup and the cost varies greatly.

When the clean up team begins working on the car, they start by removing all materials in the vehicle. Once the tangible items have been removed, all fluids or chemicals will be cleaned up. From there, the disinfection process begins to ensure that anyone who enters the vehicle without PPE will not become ill. Finally, the odor issue is handled so the vehicle’s new owner will not have to deal with any smells.

Due to the nature of the project, costs vary. Many cleaning companies focus on crime scenes and larger projects because these tend to bring in more revenue. It is safe to say that the cost of a biohazard car cleaning service runs the same hourly rate as biohazard remediation in a home, which averages around $25 to $600 per hour (depending on the biohazard safety level of the car).


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Hazmat Cleanup Services Companies

You may be wondering which hazmat clean up companies are best suited to handle your situation. Below, you will find more information about the most well-known hazmat companies in the United States. While many of these companies offer similar services, some offer additional services. Each of these companies offers biohazard clean up services at all four biohazard safety levels (BSL). Depending on the type of clean-up required and the BSL, the hourly rates for the companies range from $25 to $600 per hour. Please note that emergency services may incur a higher hourly rate.

In addition to biohazard removal cleaning services, some companies offer additional services once the clean up is complete. Some companies are remediation experts, while others can assist with vehicles, unattended deaths, and crime scenes. Regardless of the company selected, every cleaning professional at these national organizations is highly skilled and prepared to finish the job at hand as efficiently as possible.

National Crime Scene Cleanup

National Crime Scene Cleanup has served customers across the United States for over 65 years. Available every day of the year, every member of the team is fully trained in the safest, most effective clean up services. The company offers various services, including trauma, accidents, sewage backflows, viruses, contaminations, and biohazard clean up.

Aftermath

Aftermath provides top-rated trauma cleaning and biohazard remediation across the United States. In their 25 years of service, they have assisted over 30,000 customers. Their 50 regional offices and 75 mobile units allow their team to be ready any day of the year to handle unattended deaths, accidents, and biohazard situations. While the company specializes in crime scenes, teams are more than capable of assisting homeowners in their time of need.

Bio Recovery

Bio Recovery offers nationwide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The company requires its team to exceed OSHA standards to ensure every member is completely safe while completing the job at hand. Bio Recovery offers biohazard cleanup, hoarding clean up, unattended deaths, blood clean up, and more. The company specializes in handling clean up scenarios with pathogens involving blood, urine, and fecal matter.

Steri-Clean

Steri-Clean was established in 1995 to serve clients across the nation. With their focus on the human factor, Steri-Clean provides efficient services while being cognizant of the customer’s emotions. From clutter clean up and animal removal to biohazard services and crime scene clean up, Steri-Clean serves a wide range of clients. Steri-Clean specializes in assisting homeowners with removing any trace of biohazard materials and odors that linger in the home.

ServiceMaster Restore

ServiceMaster Restore is a ServiceMaster Company. With more than 60+ years of experience, their nationwide teams provide a range of supportive, expert, effective services to clients in their times of need. Every member of the team goes through rigorous training and company certifications. Hoarding, biohazard material removal, and restoration services are just a few of the company’s specialties.

Cost Factors

Some factors make your biohazard cleanup project more expensive, one of them being the type of surface that needs to be cleaned. The type of surface makes a big difference. Some flooring or materials require special care and additional labor. Porous surfaces, like a mattress, carpet, or concrete, can be more challenging to clean effectively. Building materials, such as subflooring, drywall, and paint, may require restoration or replacement.

The longer the area has been tainted or contaminated, the more difficult it will be to restore, affecting the overall cost. Removing odors and stubborn stains can be more laborious and time-consuming, causing increased hourly costs in some instances.

You will also have to figure in specialized equipment required for biohazard cleanup, including ozone machines, air scrubbers, negative air machines, hospital-grade disinfectants, respirators, and of course, special suits and masks, that may drive up the cost of the job.

You also need to calculate disposal costs for biohazardous waste, which vary by location and are typically charged by the pound. For waste that can be disposed of at a transfer station, you will likely pay between $2 and $20 per pound. For biohazardous waste that requires containment in a metal drum, you pay an average of $50 per drum to dispose of it safely.

Depending on where you live and who you call, you may be able to secure pick-up for your biohazardous waste, which costs an additional $50 to $200 to transport. Based on what you are disposing, special packaging or containment may be required, which may also cost money. Your local biohazard waste transportation service can provide more information upon request.

Empathy and Ethics

Biohazard cleanup is often required in response to a complicated situation. Many cleanup professionals will not enter and clean a site if the owner is present due to the ethical dilemmas this can cause. Some cleanup professionals enlist the help of a qualified counselor or therapist to accompany them to situations, such as hoarding homes, to help with the emotional issues. This increases the overall cost. An independent therapist typically charges around $100 per hour.

Biohazard Safety Precautions

The professionals who complete your biohazard clean up have many safety precautions to keep in mind. First, they will never enter a space or touch any materials without wearing the appropriate PPE for the biohazard safety level of the project. These individuals want to clean your home as quickly as possible, but they will not risk their own safety to do so. Aside from their PPE, these individuals always have a safety plan in place for accidental spills of biohazard materials. These materials must go in specially marked bins and be dropped off at specific treatment plans. Should these bins spill on site, the cleaning professionals have a plan in place to quickly clean the mess and ensure no one risks contamination.

While homeowners wait for the biohazard team to arrive, they should avoid affected areas at all costs. If the whole home is affected, it may be best to stay with friends or family or go to a hotel. Those who will not leave their home should make sure the areas they are interacting with are free of any contaminants. No one should touch anything that is covered in fluids or chemicals. You should always act like anything you are about to touch is contaminated and can cause serious illness. If you have any questions about what you should be doing while you wait, call the cleaning company and ask for their recommendations.

Is Crime Scene Cleanup Covered by Insurance?

Anyone who has a crime scene at their home has understandable concerns about the cost of crime scene cleanup. Fortunately, most homeowner’s insurance policies cover biohazard removal cleaning services. Since every policy is different, the amount of coverage varies from homeowner to homeowner. The cleanup company deals directly with your insurance carrier. You will only be responsible for your deductible.

Should your homeowner’s insurance policy not cover this type of event, most clean up companies will work with you. They understand this is not something most individuals’ budget for in their lifetime. Most offer affordable payment plans and only require a small percentage up front before services begin.

Emergency Hazmat Cleanup

An emergency hazmat situation is any event in which biohazard materials are exposed or spilled, and individuals can accidentally touch these materials. Sewer backups, chemical spills, floodwater, and extreme, traumatic accidents are considered emergencies. If blood pathogens, chemical contaminants, pesticides, or other harmful materials are exposed, an emergency cleanup team should be called immediately. If the situation is life-threatening, immediately call 911 first.

A 24-hour emergency hazmat cleanup team costs considerably more, sometimes as much as $500 to $1,000 per visit. A similar service charge is assessed when you require fast service, such as for a sewage backup. A 30-minute response time may cost similar to an emergency service call, depending on the situation.

Until an emergency clean up team arrives, you and anyone else involved should proceed with extreme caution. It is best to stay away from affected areas. If possible, vacate the premises. If you remain in the building, treat all fluids like they are contaminated. You do not want anything to touch you. Be sure to keep details of the situation so that you can explain everything when the clean up team arrives.

Reconstruction Work Costs

Biohazards can wreak havoc on the structural integrity of a home. Often, there are reconstruction and repairs that must occur after the cleanup to remediate the situation. Some common damage costs include replacing flooring, which may be warranted due to damage from biohazards in the home. Carpenters charge around $70 per hour to make basic repairs, plus the cost of flooring materials. Paint may require touch-ups at an estimated cost of $50 per hour. Drywall should be repaired, as needed, which costs around $200 to $280. In severe cases, structural damage may merit the services of a structural engineer to assess and plan for the safety and integrity of your home. Expect to pay from $500 to $2,000 for an engineer to evaluate and design plans for your renovations due to extensive damage.


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Additional Considerations and Costs

  • Biohazard certification. No certification is required to become a biohazard cleaner. However, you will need a permit to dispose of biohazardous material per OSHA standards and other laws. Anyone who touts themselves as providing biohazard cleanup and removal has the potential of being exposed to deadly pathogens, so training in bloodborne pathogen-safe PPE is mandated.
  • Financial assistance. Most homeowners receive some sort of financial assistance during this process. Many homeowner’s insurance policies cover biohazard cleaning. The homeowner is only responsible for the deductible. For those who need it, third-party financial assistance is available. Hazmat cleaning companies can connect you with options that fit your budget.
  • Victims of Crime Act. Qualifying victims have rightful access to funds covering gaps, deductibles, and out-of-pocket expenses associated with biohazard cleanup costs. These funds have been collected from penalties paid by offenders. Each state has its own process for disbursing the funds. Generally, crimes must be reported within three days to local law enforcement. Your local law enforcement agency can direct you to someone you can speak with in your state to learn about gaining access to the funds.
  • DIY cleanup. It is best not to attempt to remove biohazards on your own as you could be exposed to dangerous, even deadly, pathogens and substances. Professionals are trained in the use of special protective equipment to help keep them safe. However, those who will not heed this advice should prepare to spend $300 to $700 on PPE, towels, shovels, fans, garbage bags, gloves, and disposal fees.
  • Contamination inspections. Additional care must be given to areas of the home or property that can be contaminated yet undetected. Careful inspection of fixtures, switches, vents, ducts, and belongings, like knick-knacks or accent items, needs to occur to prevent further contamination. Failure to review these items can result in being contaminated upon reentering the home.
  • Professional safety requirements. Legal guidelines were set in 1991, providing standards for safe biohazard cleanup and removal. The Blood or Other Potentially Infectious Materials (BOPIM) standards dictated by OSHA establish that anyone in contact with the cleanup must participate in biohazard remediation training. Additionally, it is mandated that biohazard cleaners wear proper protective gear and equipment in these situations.

FAQs

  • What does hazmat mean?

Hazmat stands for hazardous materials. It is an abbreviation used throughout the industry because it is quicker and easier to say. If you hear someone say hazmat, they are referring to the hazardous materials of the job. Specifically, hazmat refers to materials that cause harm if you come in contact with them. Examples include fuel, chemicals, viruses, and radioactive agents. They appear in solid, liquid, and gas states. Hazmat includes feces and urine.

  • How much does it cost to clean out a hoarder’s house?

Hoarding cleaning costs vary depending on the actual condition and severity of the situation. Some hoarding cleaning professionals charge $1,000 per day to clean and remove waste from hoarding homes. Other hoarding professionals charge between $25 and $150 per hour.

  • How much do crime scene cleanup companies make?

Crime scene cleanup companies make between $100 and $600 per hour, plus waste disposal, transportation, and equipment costs.

  • How do I start a biohazard cleanup business?

The first thing to do is complete training through OSHA for exposure to bloodborne pathogens and the use of PPE, which is required for anyone working with biohazardous materials or waste. It also makes sense to work with experienced biohazard cleaners before launching your own business.

  • Do crime scene cleaners make good money?

Certainly, whether a crime scene cleaner makes good money depends on many different factors, but many cleaners report earning an average of $80,000 per year.

  • Is crime scene cleanup a good business?

Unfortunately, crimes, homicides, and suicides happen across the United States every day. Many of these lead to crime scenes that require biohazard clean up due to bodily fluids, blood pathogens, needles, and other biohazard material. So, yes, this can be a good, profitable business. However, it is a mentally, physically, and emotionally draining profession. It is not meant for everyone.

Cost to hire a biohazard cleanup company varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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Cost to hire a biohazard cleanup company varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

The information provided by our cost guides comes from a great variety of sources, including specialized publications and websites, cost studies, U.S. associations, reports from the U.S. government, contractors and subcontractors, material suppliers, material price services, and other vendor websites. For more information, read our Methodology and sources