Suicide Clean Up at San Antonio Apartment

Last week I got a call to an Apartment in San Antonio that there was a suicide. I rushed over to the scene to see what needed to be done. I usually go to a scene to bid by myself. After I check in with the apartment manager, they give you the key and then I am on my own. Every time is different but the feeling is always the same. The adrenaline you feel as you walk or drive over is very intense. You never know what you are walking into and you are alone in an apartment that has just seen tragedy. There is a dark feeling especially after a suicide. As I entered the front door I was immediately confronted with a blood and tissue soaked couch. A single gunshot wound to the head is obvisous. The TV is still on and a fan blowing. As I continue in the room I observe lots of things. An overwhelming feeling of grief for this person comes over me. I see a picture of the deceased and their loved ones. I see lots of movies and things that I love too. This person had so many of my same interests. I see open on the floor a calendar saying starting medical school. As I move forward through the apartment I see a lot of medical equipment that the EMT’s tried very hard to save their life and were not successful. And for a split second I say to myself, “why”? I know this was a very young person just by the surroundings and it just bothers me. I say a little prayer for the deceased and for their loved ones. Then I begin the process of cleaning up. I am there so that the family or no one else will have to see this sadness. It is gruesome, so I better get started!

Crime scene cleanup business ‘is not a job for everyone’

I came across this article at and it does a great job explaining why some people shouldn’t be in the crime scene cleaning business and why you need tough skin to be a crime scene cleaner. Not only to deal with the sights but the family of the deceased. I had a family stand outside an apartment in San Antonio and wanted to see what I was putting in the incineration boxes. They actually wanted to sift through the box of bio-hazard waste to make sure we didn’t toss anything. It just is incredible the way families can act when their loved one passes. People stand outside of terrible crime scenes and fight over who gets what about things that really don’t matter, like lamps. We always take our time to bag important items for the family. There is an emotional switch you have to turn on and off especially when this happens. I often think of the victims and their families during and after the clean-up. But at the end of the day it is nice to know that I helped start their healing process. That is why I continue to clean up crime scenes and that is why I feel it is rewarding.

Crime Scene Cleanup Austin / San Antonio

A crime scene can include any of the following: homicide / murder, assault, suicide or unattended death. These tragic events almost always leave blood, body fluids, feces and/or human decomposition. Because the blood, body fluids, feces and decomposition found at a crime scene can carry infections diseases, only a crime scene cleaning company that uses OSHA-compliant technicians should be used to clean and decontaminate a crime scene. ECS has been properly trained and certified to safely clean, decontaminate and remove items from a crime scene that have been soiled with body fluids, blood, urine, feces or gross filth. If you or someone you know is faced with the aftermath of a suicide, assault, homicide / murder or unattended death, don’t hesitate to call ECS. We are experts in the field of crime scene cleaning and handle every contingency with professionalism, compassion and confidentiality.

Please note: Using typical janitorial services for a crime scene or bio-hazard not only endangers the safety of those persons, but it also creates a costly liability for your business. All of our technicians have been properly trained and certified to handle your crime scene cleaning needs in a safe and legal manner. The United States Dept. of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can issue fines ranging from $7,000 to $70,000 for violations of the Code of Federal Regulations, 29CFR1910.1030.

Hoarding Cleanup

Thanks to the success of a recent TV series, a spotlight has been put on this complicated affliction, and people are beginning to recognize the dangers associated with excessive hoarding. In severe cases, hoarders create an environment that is no longer safe to live in.

Severe hoarding usually involves the excessive accumulation of furniture, personal items and trash which build up over time until there is literally no living space left in the home, making it difficult to walk through or quickly exit in an emergency such as a fire. Pet urine / feces, expired or rotten food, disease carrying rodents, rodent remains, rodent feces, insects, mold and bacteria are all commonly found in the home of a hoarder or a gross filth property. The presence of these increases the chances of exposure to E. Coli, Staph Viruses such as Hoarding Clean up Service MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), bacteria and other serious health risks. Only a trained OSHA-certified professional should be used in these circumstances. In addition to expert crime scene cleaning in the event of a homicide / murder, suicide, or unattended death, ECS has extensive experience in dealing with hoarding and gross filth. We offer a comprehensive decontamination process for hoarding and gross filth properties.

OSHA Compliant Technicians

Our highly-trained team of OSHA-compliant technicians are always on call, ready to help you with any crime scene, accident, decontamination or gross filth cleaning needs you may require. ECS technicians will promptly handle every contingency with professionalism, compassion and confidentiality.
We are a specialized cleaning company that helps families recover from the aftermath of tragedies such a suicide, homicide or unattended death. In addition to crime scene cleaning, ECS also provides decontamination and cleaning services for the following: hoarding and gross filth; blood and body fluids; pet urine and feces; human and animal decomposition; and crime scene chemicals. With our professional and highly-trained OSHA-compliant staff, you can rest assured that ECS technicians are ready to safely handle any contingency, no matter the size or severity. All of our technicians have completed a crime and trauma scene decontamination specialist course with these certifications.

Our certifications:

  • Crime and Trauma Scene Decontamination
  • Blood-Borne Pathogens
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Airborne Pathogens
  • IICRC Certified Odor Control
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Training
  • Hazard Communication (HAZCOM)
  • Awareness-level Permit Confined Spaces
  • OSHA-specified training regarding biohazard compliance for Federal, State, and Local agencies.

ECS prides itself in providing professional development in the multi-housing industry. We are an active member of the San Antonio Apartment Association , as well as a volunteer for many local projects and organizations. Some of these include SAPD’s Blue Santa, 100 club, bicycle rodeo and the battered women’s shelter. We believe in giving back to our community.