A growing homeless population has resulted in an increase in makeshift shelters in Laguna Woods, CA, and nearby areas known as encampments. The number of people in what are sometimes referred to as “tent cities” can range from small groups of individuals to hundreds of individuals or families spanning several miles. If you’re a property owner, it’s typically your responsibility to clean up such places. If this is what you’re faced with now, Eco Bear Biohazard Cleaning Company is ready to lend a hand. We provide thorough and affordable homeless encampment cleanup services throughout the Laguna Woods area.
When Homeless Encampment Cleanout in Laguna Woods, CA, Is Necessary
While the reasons for the spontaneous set up of encampments may be understandable, such locations can present several serious health and safety hazards. This tends to be especially true if encampments are set up on private property or within spaces typically accessible to the general public. We recommend contacting Eco Bear for homeless encampment cleanup in Laguna Woods for the following reasons:
- The encampment is posing serious health and safety risks
- Debris left behind is blocking entry/exit points or delivery routes
- The affected area was recently cleared out and needs to be cleaned
- Biohazardous materials within the affected area are close to water sources
- The encampment is a legal liability because of its location and condition
Why a Do-It-Yourself Approach to Encampment Cleanup Is Best Avoided
With no sources of plumbing and no regular garbage pickup, homeless encampments in Laguna Woods, CA, can become breeding grounds for an assortment of biological hazards, or biohazards. This is one of the most compelling reasons why it’s best to avoid tackling cleanup efforts of this nature yourself. Having your staff cleanup encampments can be just as risky. If injuries occur, for instance, you may find yourself losing productivity from employees needing time off to seek treatment or having to handle workers’ comp claims. You could also be held legally responsible for any health issues that affect the public or your employees, or if personal injuries occur.
Mitigating Biohazard Risks for Our Laguna Woods Clients
Blood, urine, vomit, unknown chemicals, various bodily fluids, and human and animal waste are among the many biological materials that can be found within homeless encampments. In fact, many homeless individuals bring “pets” into encampments, which could result in additional biological risks. Any biological materials present need to be handled properly and correctly disposed of. This is why biohazard cleanup is part of our homeless encampment cleanup process in Laguna Woods, CA. We handle this aspect of the cleaning process by:
- Wearing proper personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Using biohazard bags to collect biological materials or contaminated items
- Ensuring the proper disposal of biohazards as per local and state guidelines
How We Approach Homeless Encampment Cleanup
Our approach to cleaning homeless encampments in Laguna Woods can be broken down into four stages or steps:
1. Physical and Biohazard Cleanup
The first step we take with homeless encampment cleanup is to remove trash and other debris within the makeshift shelter. The physical aspect of the cleaning process also includes identifying and removing contaminated items. In some instances, we may place salvageable items in a separate location for former encampment residents to claim. Initial cleanup also involves identifying and removing biohazards. While wearing proper PPE, our cleaning experts will collect such materials and get them ready for disposal. Additionally, biohazard cleanup includes the safe removal of any needles and drug paraphernalia that may be within the site.
2. Sanitization and Decontamination
After biohazards are removed from a Laguna Woods homeless encampment, there may be a need to sanitize accessible surfaces. We do this by using powerful cleaning agents that target tiny microorganisms that can be harmful – referred to as pathogens. Sanitizing and decontaminating surfaces within the encampment reduces the risk of additional exposure to any pathogens that may still be present.
3. Odor Removal
Even after the initial cleanup, there may be lingering odors within a former homeless encampment site. The Eco Bear team targets the source of odors with commercial deodorization agents. These are products that get deeper into surfaces to target the true source of odors. You’ll be left with property free of offensive odors.
4. Full Restoration
Lastly, we’ll take any other steps that may be necessary to fully restore the site of the former homeless encampment. Our goal is to reward our Laguna Woods clients with property that’s fully restored to its original state.
Homeless Encampment Cleanings in Laguna Woods, CA
Even with added security, there’s typically not much that can be done to completely prevent encampments from developing again. If you do have future issues with encampments following an initial cleanup, our cleaning pros will gladly arrive again to assess the situation and take appropriate steps.
Why Choose Eco Bear for Homeless Encampment Cleanup Assistance
Quality is front and center with everything we do at Eco Bear Biohazard Cleaning Company. We’re also pleased to be a company that’s woman-owned and veteran-led. Plus, we’ve earned a solid reputation based on the results we consistently deliver for our clients – as evidenced by our five-star reviews on Google and Yelp. We also understand the need to keep the bottom line in mind when it comes to the services we provide, which is why our rates are reasonable and upfront.
We’re Ready to Get to Work for You
Reach out to Eco Bear to discuss your situation. We’ll get you started with an accurate, honest quote based on the extent of your cleanup needs. Once you give the okay, we’ll arrive with everything necessary to restore your property safely and efficiently.
Contact us today about homeless encampment cleanup in Laguna Woods, CA.