Biohazards are dangerous substances that could cause sickness or death to living things, specifically humans. By definition, biohazards are substances that are both toxic to people and originate from a living thing. Due to the fact that people are living, humans have the ability to create biohazards, meaning that a biohazard could be in your home right now. Some biohazards are more obvious than others, and that is why it is important to understand how to identify a biohazard and to know what steps to take once a hazardous substance has been identified.
Every Day Biohazards
The most difficult thing about biohazards is that biohazards are often invisible to the eye. A biohazard might also be difficult to detect through your sense of smell. There are many substances that could become biohazards, and these substances can be in the air, in the materials making up a building, or very rarely, in the water that people are drinking. Because these harmful substances can be so difficult to detect, it is important to implement biological agent detection equipment or have professionals test your home on occasion.
One of the things that could cause a biohazard within your household would be a sewer backup. Sewer backups are unfortunately very common in the United States. A sewer backup occurs when the wastewater in your home (from your shower, sink or toilet) is unable to drain away due to a blockage in the home’s plumbing system. The backup will not only smell and cause an eyesore within your home, but the water and sludge can also carry diseases.
Floods can also cause backups and bring dangerous biohazards into your home. When floods go through a town, they pick up all sorts of fecal matter and other contaminants, so when the water reaches your home, it can cause a biohazard for you and your family.
Asbestos is a material that was used in construction materials for many years. It can be found in many older homes and buildings in insulation, paints, tiles, shingles and other materials. It has since been discovered to be a toxic material to people. Asbestos is a dangerous biohazard, but it is also a slow killer in that people could be living in a building with asbestos for twenty to thirty years without knowing about it. If your home was built prior to the 1990’s it is possible that it could have asbestos. If you discover asbestos, or are concerned about it existing in your home, then the best course of action would be to contact a professional asbestos removal specialist.
Mold is another hazardous substance that can be present in your home. Mold is found almost everywhere, due to forming on surfaces that have been exposed to moisture. Mold is a biohazard that can be identified visually, but is very dangerous if inhaled. Like many other biohazards, mold is best dealt with by professionals.
Sharps is a word used to describe any tool that is used to cut or pierce something. Needles and knives are tools that are commonly used and found in homes. If a needle or other sharp object gets human or animal tissue on it and is used again, it can cause sickness. It is extremely important to handle sharp instruments with care and teach children safety tips in order to protect them from getting hurt or potentially sick.
Do You Have A Biohazard In Your Home?
If your home has recently had a sewer backup or a flood, or you are concerned about mold or asbestos within your home, it is important to get in contact with a professional biohazard cleanup crew. We at Sawyer Restoration offer top-of-the-line clean up solutions that will help your home get back to normal. Reach out to us for more information.