Trauma Cleaning

When Do You Need Trauma Cleaning Specialists?

No one thinks a terrible tragedy will happen to them or to someone in their family. Many people are not prepared for something horrific to happen in their home or in the home of a loved one, like a crime scene or a traumatic accident. Unfortunately in life, sometimes truly terrible things do happen. When they do, you need trauma cleaning specialists to help you during this difficult time. Trauma scene cleanup is a taboo subject that many people don’t want to talk about because it’s so unpleasant, but it’s often a reality that people are forced to face. If it happens to you, do you know what you need to do?

What Can Trauma Cleaning Specialists Do?

Trauma cleaning specialists professionally clean a biohazardous scene. They know how to handle the disposal of biohazardous materials, such as human fluids, and effectively remove all signs of biological contaminants that may pose serious health issues.

Even if you don’t plan on living in your home anymore or you are otherwise preparing a property to be sold, you will need trauma cleaning specialists in order to make the space safely inhabitable again. These professionals are trained to handle multiple types of traumatic events that can happen to a property, whether it’s caused by human or by natural causes.

It’s just as important to use a professional service to clean up a trauma scene as it is when dealing with other traumatic events (such as a severe fire or flooding). Specialists in trauma cleanup know how to remove blood, bodily fluids, and other potential blood borne pathogens that may present a hazard to others.  Some trauma cleanup specialists will recommend you to other professionals for reconstruction if there has been too much damage done for cleanup. At JP Maguire, we handle the entire job, including the reconstruction if necessary. We will take care of rebuilding your home or building to the same or better condition than it was before the event.  

This professional expertise of biohazard remediation is extremely important after a trauma event because Federal Regulation state that no employee can be placed in a position to be exposed to a blood spill without first receiving blood borne pathogen training, having written BBP exposure control plan and having been provided personal protective equipment.  JP Maguire ensures these regulations are being met with and works with state ana local law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and EMS throughout Connecticut performing cleaning and disinfection of emergency vehicles, cruisers, jail cells, uniforms, and equipment.

Do You Have a Trauma Scene to Contend With?

What qualifies as a trauma scene that would require the professional aid of trauma cleaning specialists? If your property is contaminated with biological or detrimental health materials, these professional cleaners can help you decontaminate and restore the area back to its original condition. If you’ve been through a traumatic event, you’ve already been through enough. Make the next step as easy on yourself as possible by hiring trauma cleaning specialists who can take care of the matter quickly.

If you’re not sure if your property qualifies for the services provided by trauma cleaning specialists, call and speak to us. Describe your problem and, if possible, send pictures. We can tell you if you need a trauma cleaning service or not, depending on the issue you describe. Once we know more about your problem, we can give you an idea of the time required to clean your property and even give you an idea of how much it’s going to cost. Moreover, we know which regulations need to be followed after a traumatic incident to ensure that law enforcement or insurance agencies have the information they need prior to clean-up. For more information, please contact us at JP Maguire today. 1-877-JPMAGUIRE (1-877-576-2484) or fill out this contact form and we will call you back as soon as possible!

What we can do to keep you safe

JP Maguire and Tomi SteraMist can help when you need it.

The health and well being of all of our clients, friends, and families is of utmost concern to JP Maguire Associates. As you know from the news, Covid-19 or Coronavirus has become more widespread and therefore a concern for everyone. Our thoughts are with those who are affected. We want to share some information with you about keeping those around you safe as well as our capabilities to help you, should the need arise.

What you should be doing right now:

The CDC has outlined specific guidelines that we should all follow on a regular basis to keep ourselves and those around us safe and healthy. They include:

  • Actively encourage sick people to stay home:
    • people who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come until they are free of fever
  • Separate sick people:
    • CDC recommends that anyone who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to your facility or become sick during the day should be separated from others and be sent home immediately.
  • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all who visit your facilities:

    • Place posters that encourage staying home when sickcough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygieneat the entrance to your workplace and in other workplace areas where they are likely to be seen.
    • Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles for use by anyone in your facilities.
    • Instruct people to clean their hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, or wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Provide soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs. Ensure that adequate supplies are maintained. Place hand rubs in multiple locations or in conference rooms to encourage hand hygiene.
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning:
    • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.

What should you do if you have an exposure in your facility?

First thing… do not panic. Having a plan in place ahead of time is the first step to mitigating any further exposures and keeping everyone who uses your facility as safe as possible. Your plan should include a company with the tools and technology that is capable of handling a biohazard clean up on a large scale.

Similar to Influenza A, Coronavirus is an enveloped virus. While this would often serve to protect the virus from possible threats, SteraMist features efficacy against Influenza A and other enveloped viruses, including Coronavirus. Tomi (the manufacturer of SteraMist) has EPA studies to meet the standards to respond to emerging pathogens in the enveloped and non-enveloped categories. This includes SARS, MERS, and Covid-19 the current Coronavirus outbreak.

As part of the Tomi Service Network (TSN), JP Maguire has several trained SteraMist technicians that can respond anywhere in Connecticut to promptly disinfect/decontaminate your facility. Using SteraMIst has several advantages over other products including minimizing the downtime of your facility and no harsh chemicals. SteraMist is 99.999% effective at deactivating the virus within 7 minutes and because the main component of the process is Hydrogen Peroxide, the only byproduct is oxygen and water vapor rather than harsh and corrosive cleaners. SteraMist is safe to use around sensitive electronics and expensive industry specific equipment.

JP Maguire is committed to providing our community the information, tools, and assistance to keep everyone safe and healthy. Do not hesitate to contact whenever you need us. As always we are available 24/7.

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Choosing a Reliable Mold Removal Company:

5 Things You Need to Know

Choosing a Reliable Mold Company

48 hours is enough time for mold to spread. Whenever you have a mold problem, seeking help from a biohazard cleaning specialist is among the best decisions you can ever make. It’s rather hard to give a quote over the phone because mold removal calls for a thorough inspection to help determine the scope of work. Killing mold can be an uphill task to handle on your own and it’s wise to leave the job to effective mold treatment professionals. Here are tips to help you when looking for mold removal services.

1. Customer Reviews

Word of mouth is among the best ways to know about the best mold removal experts in town. Professional companies know that their clients will most likely spread the word about their services. So, seeking the opinion of someone who hired a certain service provider before will offer insight on what to expect. Now that you will be hearing from the horse’s mouth, you will be able to separate good mold removal companies from the bad.

The internet is also a powerful platform that can work in your favor. A quick look at the company’s social media pages and website will paint a clear picture of what their services are like. One or two complaints are no cause for alarm, but you may have reason to worry if the company seems to rub all clients the wrong way with negative reviews.

2. Trust Your Instincts

Trusting your gut might not seem like a big deal in this case, but it can help avoid regrets later. If a service provider appears unprofessional or arrives at your home with a dirty, unmarked van, it could be cause for concern. Make sure you are trusting the job to qualified professionals. Your hard-earned money will simply go down the drain when the mold removal job isn’t done to perfection.

3. Insurance

Insurance is a must-have when in need of most services today, and mold removal is no exception. Should anything go wrong on the job, insurance serves as a safety net to cover any accidents or liabilities likely to occur.
Make sure any contractor you use is fully insured, and if there are times when the company works with subcontractors, make sure that they are insured as well.

4. Price

Remember that cheapest is not always the best option. There is some truth to what people say about getting what you pay for, but this doesn’t mean that you have to over-pay either. A mold removal contractor that helps strike a balance between superior quality and fair price is the best.

5. Experience

Mold can be stubborn, and not doing an effective job removing it means that the problem will likely recur in the near future. In order to get perfect results the first time, mold removal is a job that should be handled by experienced professionals. An experienced company knows the best mold removal methods in line with proper guidelines. Such a company can also enlighten you on mold prevention tips for the future.

Bottom Line

With several options to choose from, it can be tough to know how to pick the best contractor. It can make the process go a little easier if you know what to look out for, and the above tips will be of great help to you.

In Freezing Temps: Avoid Pipes Freezing

Avoid Freezing Pipes

As lucky as we have been this winter with moderate temperatures, we know the colder weather is coming. Let’s face it, no one wants to deal with the added stress, expense and mess that are caused by burst pipes. In most cases, your pipes begin to freeze when the outside temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

JP Maguire and Associates has been in business for over 35 years, so we have seen our fair share of pipes freezing due to cold weather. It is very important to take proper precaution when temperatures drop.

Keep Water Running
It is important to keep one or two faucets running on low to allow water to move through the pipes. This will help prevent the pipes from freezing.

Allow Circulation
Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warmer air for circulation. Start in the coolest areas of your home such as your basement and attic to allow warmer air to raise the area’s temperature.

Add Insulation
Add extra insulation in cooler areas in your home. Heat tape or Pipe Insulation can be a great addition in preventing pipes from freezing and can easily be found at your local hardware store.

Seal any Leaks That Allow Cold Air In
Make sure to use caulk or insulation to seal any air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes. Even a small opening can bring in a lot of cold air to cause damage.

In the event that you do experience burst pipes, JP Maguire and Associates has a 24/7 Emergency Services to start the process of water removal and drying process. Call 877-576-2484 for our emergency line.

6 Tips In Preventing Winter Fires

6 Tips in Preventing Winter Fires

As the colder season is upon on, it is so important for you and your family to keep proper precautions in preventing house fires. Did you know that heating equipment is the leading cause of house fires? At JP Maguire, your safety is our priority.

Here are six safety tips to ensure your safety this winter season in order to prevent a house fire:

  1. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  2. Do not forget to have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a professional.
  3. Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or sleeping. Also make sure to blow out any candles before leaving or sleeping. Make sure children keep a minimum of three-foot distance away from any heaters, ovens, or fireplaces.
  4. Always use the specified fuel recommended by the manufacturer.
  5. Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  6. Test smoke alarms around the house at least once a month and make sure to replace batteries twice or once per year.

Operation Save A Life

JP Maguire is a proud sponsor of Operation Save a Life.

Operation Save a Life

JP Maguire serves Connecticut providing cleanup and restoration after fires, natural disasters, and property damage. Now they’re helping to provide smoke alarms to local fire departments through Operation Save a Life.

The smoke alarms are then distributed to community members after the fire service is sent on a call. Following a medical transport, fire, etc. the firefighters will inspect, offer to replace alarm batteries, or the alarms entirely.

JP Maguire is also helping local fire departments by offering turnout gear and truck cleaning for safety and cancer prevention.

Reasons To Question the Restoration Contractor Recommended by Your Insurance Company

When disaster strikes, you want to take measures to get your home back to peak conditions quickly.  Whether damage occurred due to water or fire, the effects can be devastating, and the sooner you take action, the better. This doesn’t mean, however, that you should immediately jump on board with the restoration company that your insurance company has recommended; choosing the right company to perform the repair work should be done carefully. While there are some restoration companies affiliated with insurance companies who are skilled and reliable, there are also many problems associated with working with an insurance company’s “preferred contractors.” Here’s a look a few reasons why you should do your homework before having your home repaired by such a “preferred contractor”.

What Are the Details of the Relationship?

When a restoration company is deemed a “preferred contractor,” this name may lull homeowners into a false sense of security. After all, they are “preferred”. Just because the insurance carrier “prefers” the contractor, doesn’t mean that they are the best at what they do. Consider a scenario where the owner of an insurance company is related to or is close friends with an individual who operates a fire or flood Restoration Company. The relationship between the two owners could be the reason why the insurance company “prefers” this contractor. Therefore the preferred restoration company has not been hired based upon performance which could mean that you miss out on having the best work done on your home.

Loyalty Lies with the Insurance Company; Not the Insured

When you elect to work with a “preferred contractor”, you should be aware of the fact that many contractors are paying to be “preferred”. A number insurance companies have programs with Third Party Administrators (TPAs) to oversee the claim process and limit their out of pocket expense. In order to be a part of many of these programs, restoration contractors have to pay annually, monthly, or even a percentage of the total loss to continue to be considered “preferred”. As a result, you can count on the fact that the “preferred contractor” will do whatever it takes to make the insurance company happy in order to continue to get work.

You May Not Get the Best Job

This point goes hand-in-hand with the previous one. Every restoration contractor is in the business to make money, but if some have to pay to be considered “preferred” they are already playing catch up to meet their margins. The restoration service they perform may not include all of the repairs that are needed or they do more than whats required. This includes cutting corners or doing unnecessary work at the homeowners’ expense. In addition, insurance carriers want to minimize the cost of your restoration in order to maximize their profit. Consequently, they may influence their “preferred contractors” in a way that causes you to get short-changed when it comes time to fix up your house.

Don’t Be a Number

When you hire your own restoration contractor, you can typically count on the fact that the restoration contractor will give you the time and attention that you require throughout the entire repair process. They will work for you, the insured not the insurance company. They have to work hard to earn and retain your business there is a lot of competition out there; the right restoration contractor will provide you with stellar service.

As a homeowner, you have the right to hire your own restoration company after a disaster.  Do your homework; ask for references, check to see what people say about them, how long they have been doing property damage restoration, are they full service or will they bring in other vendors to do the work? When it comes to insurance restoration the price isn’t what’s important, the insurance company is footing the bill. What is important is the scope of the job and that you as a homeowner feel comfortable. This is your home, make sure you hire a company that truly understands that.

Case of the 1,000-Pound Stack of Smoke-Filled Clothes

Contents and Recovery

Strange, how a fire can ignite from the most unlikely source; especially when that source is water related. A condo in an affluent community drew the unlucky straw of being located next to a pump station that ran the lawn sprinkler for six homes. When the lightning struck, it traveled through the pipework of the irrigation system and caught a two-car garage on fire. At stake was a basement stock full of hanging suits, jackets, and pants accumulated over a 70-year period. Belongings of a traveling businessman scientist (not a hoarder) who had passed away a few years prior. A child during the Depression, he could not bear to throw out a rag. This overabundance of clothes included a collection of unusual hats and 15 pounds of socks alone. All told, the smoke-damaged pile of clothes amounted to 1,000 pounds, all of which the policyholder wanted clean as soap.

The claimant was the daughter who had moved into the home as a caretaker. Her intention was to donate her father’s wardrobe to veterans because the clothes were of high quality. She asked that the entire collection, including duffel bags, luggage, and briefcases, be fully restored if possible. A soft contents washing system developed by Esporta of Kelowna, BC, Canada, was put to the test.

JP Maguire Associates is an independent 24/7 cleaning and property restoration and reconstruction services firm operating in a 37,000-sq. foot facility. We’re located in the northwest corner of Connecticut, surrounded by rural areas that are typically serviced by all-volunteer fire departments. In this case, we arrived while the firemen were containing the fire, blowing out windows, ripping off doors, and removing contents from the home. We typically begin our mitigation process with boarding and securing the property, then move to extracting the standing water, installing drying equipment if power is available, hauling in backup generators if not. We try to protect the structure from further damage and mitigate as quickly as possible.

J.P. cleans gear for fire departments statewide, which accounts for a very steady stream of revenue. When it comes to this treasure trove of clothes, we successfully cleaned them, and they’ve since found new homes through a local VFW.

J.P. cleans gear for fire departments statewide, which accounts for a very steady stream of revenue.

So now that you’ve heard a couple nuggets of success, let’s talk process. We use a crew of three employees to run the Esporta Wash System, which can process a 100-pound load max at a time. Given an average Esporta wash cycle of two hours, the job took about 20 hours plus the time allotted to drying, pressing, and delivery.

The wash system utilizes a patented hydraulic action to force organic and inorganic contaminants out of the objects to be cleaned. The force applied can be compared to the force of waves crashing against sand on a beach.

The wash system utilizes a patented hydraulic action to force organic and inorganic contaminants out of the objects to be cleaned.

Laboratory testing shows the technology removes 99% of contaminants and restores close to 90% of soft contents damaged by odor, soot, grime, mold and mildew to “food-grade” clean.

It is capable of removing toxic substances from soiled items previously thought impossible to clean and it results in no shrinkage, fabric damage or color migration. In short, the ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures look like miracles.

After securing the premises, we offer an emergency cleaning service that provides homeowners with clothes to wear. On the day of the fire loss, we ask each of the house occupants to select two weeks’ worth of clothing, shoes, undergarments, kid’s backpacks – any item normally worn within a two- to three-week period. It’s an interim solution with a 24-hour turnaround. For people who’ve had their lives upended, this service is deeply appreciated and always results in high customer satisfaction marks. One claim involved a single mother and her four daughters who were especially attached to their leather handbags, stuffed animals and cherished outfits. They were thrilled we could remove the toxic smoke and water damage quickly.

We return later to categorize and document every item that can be restored. We use claims software that has a direct link to our carrier partners and allows each item to be billed and accounted for, automatically setting the price for each polo shirt or pair of L.L. Bean duck boots, for example. We enter item quantities across two column categories; one category is hanging, or full-service items. This includes wash, iron, plastic sheathing and hanging on hangers. The other category we track is our wash & fold service. We charge by the pound and this includes pick-up and delivery, even hanging garments right back up in the homeowner’s closet.

25 year old goalie pads.

Having the right equipment really helps us dial in on specific losses and cleaning needs such as materials contaminated by chemical-laden fabrics, toxic soot, sewage, bacteria, and other harmful substances. The system is internet connected and provides reports on every wash as well as receives updated cleaning protocols to optimize the restoration process.

Operating a contents line has been good for our business on five major fronts. First, there is the green consciousness mindset of knowing you’re not contributing to landfills or using hazardous chemicals associated with dry-cleaning, such as perchloroethylene (perc). Secondly, by bringing cleaning in-house, we realized a new source of profit by not having to outsource textile restoration. On top of that we realize higher margins and increased profits from processing our own contents. Then there is the CX factor. In this business, a positive customer experience is everything. Lastly, our insurance carrier partners realize substantial savings per claim settlement, which should translate to lower premiums for insureds. It’s a win-win solution for all parties, and that’s quite a rare feat in this business.

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