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MOLD REMEDIATION - LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONALS

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MOLD REMEDIATION - LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONALS

Bio-One specializes in all types of extreme cleaning including blood, unattended death, homicide, suicide, hoarding, and feces cleanup.

Have you noticed a musty odor in your home? If so, you may need to take a closer look at your walls and fixtures. Rooms that are constantly exposed to moisture may have concentrated dark patches on surfaces. If you come across these dark patches, you may have a mold problem. 

 

Mold spores become bothersome when they reproduce in masses. Fungi stick to damp surfaces and can produce unpleasant odors. The mold spores are what irritate the respiratory system. People within the home, who suffer from asthma or other respiratory illnesses, may notice worse symptoms. Black mold, a specific species, can produce toxins that are harmful to individuals. Black mold may be fatal to those who suffer from asthma and other respiratory illnesses. 

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Treating a mold problem by yourself can be very time consuming. The EPA says that moldy areas less than 10 square feet can be removed without professional help; however, some people may have problems with recurring growth. This likely derives from the mold’s source. Colonies form 24 to 48 hours after they are exposed to water, or in areas with above 50 percent of relative humidity. If you decide to treat the mold without a professional, you would have to reduce water exposure (halting shower use for weeks), purchase a respiratory mask, seal the room that is being worked in (to avoid spores from spreading to adjacent rooms/furniture and repopulating), remove wallpaper/ceiling tiles/dry wall (with the potential that hidden spores could burst), and treat the area with specific chemicals. Cleaning the growth with the right chemicals can help prevent spores from spreading and suppress the underlying water source from attracting new fungi. Because of the time-sensitivity of this process and the expertise it demands, it’s best to leave the job to Bio-One.

 

Hiring a mold remediation team, like Bio-One, will spare you from any serious health hazards and/or property damage. When mold is caught early, it is easier to treat during the early stages of development. The larger the colony, more remediation is necessary. Not only will the air quality in your home improve, but it will help prevent extensive property damage and costly treatments over time. Contact us today for mold remediation help!

 

 

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NATIONAL PTSD AWARENESS MONTH

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June is National PTSD Awareness month.

Bio-One would like to take this time to thank everyone serving our country, both past and present.  Thank you for keeping us safe.  We appreciate everything you do for us.

We would also like to acknowledge all the other people suffering from PTSD due to varying circumstances.  You are strong and not alone. 

PTSD Awareness Day is observed every year on June 27th.  This year it's on a Sunday.

Many veterans and people who have experienced even minor trauma suffer from this crippling condition.  There are therapies available to aid with this condition, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), giving sufferers hope for a bright future. 

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WHO CLEANS UP CRIME SCENES IN NORTHERN NEVADA?

Bio-One specializes in all types of extreme cleaning including blood, unattended death, homicide, suicide, hoarding, and feces cleanup.

After a violent crime occurs in a home, who is responsible for cleaning up the crime scene?  These traumatic events can leave blood and other biological materials that could contaminate the area in which the crime occurred.  Understanding who is responsible for cleaning up the scene and who pays for these services will help a homeowner/business owner manage the situation in the most practical and painless way possible for themselves, family, and employees.

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Who Is Responsible for Crime Scene Cleanup?

After a violent crime, many property owners believe that law enforcement or the medical examiner will perform the cleanup necessary to restore the area to a safe and livable condition.  However, this is not necessarily the case, and the property owner is responsible for these tasks.  While the homeowner/business owner doesn’t have to clean the crime scene themselves, they are responsible for the process of restoring and remediating the scene to create a safe environment.

WHY YOU SHOULD INVEST IN PROFESSIONAL CRIME SCENE REMEDIATION. 

  • Violent crimes can create trauma for the homeowner/ business owner, their family, and employees. Attempting to clean up the remaining evidence of the crime could increase the traumatic effects of these events.
  • Proper training is required to remediate crime scenes safely and completely.
  • Personal protective gear and chemical compounds are needed to remove traces of biological contaminants and to provide protection against these substances during the cleanup process.

 

Working with a compassionate crime scene remediation service, like Bio-One, is the best way to manage the cleanup or remediation of potentially hazardous substances left behind at crime scenes in a home or business premises.

 

Who Pays for Professional Crime Scene Cleanup or Biohazard Remediation?

There are funds that can sometimes contribute financial help for property owners who are struggling with the costs of remediation for a crime scene on their property.  Sometimes homeowner’s insurance may also include coverage for these situations.  In general, however, the homeowner will assume the bulk of the responsibility for the cost of cleaning up the crime scene.

 

When Can Crime Scene Cleanup Commence?

In most cases, the remediation and cleanup process can begin as soon as the police or medical examiner release the scene.  The first call should be to a professional crime scene remediation service.  These professionals will assess the crime scene and will provide the homeowner/business owner with the right guidance for dealing with the situation quickly and efficiently to restore normalcy to the property.

If you or someone you know needs help after a crime is committed on a property that you or they own, contacting Bio-One is recommended to help resolve the situation and get things back to normal. Bio-One’s trained response team is here to assist 24/7 with crime scene remediation services throughout Northern Nevada. Give us a call at 775-351-3499 to get the peace of mind deserved from the trained professionals who “Help First”.

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#HELPFIRST FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

Bio-One Donates First Aid Kits in Recognition of National Police Week

 

Northern Nevada (May 13, 2021) – In recognition of National Police Week, May 9-15, Bio-One thanked first responders by donating first aid kits to the Sparks and Reno Police Departments, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, and the Nevada Highway Patrol as part of the nationwide campaign #HelpFirst for First Responders. Throughout the week, Bio-One offices in 41 states distributed a cumulative 5,000 first aid kits, which included alcohol swabs, Advil, gloves, gauze pads, and an assortment of bandages.

 

The #HelpFirst campaign aligns with the Bio-One motto, Help First, Business Second, and will be used to help officers and community members in the event of a minor medical emergency.

 

“Bio-One prides themselves in supporting local law enforcement by providing prompt and professional crime and trauma scene cleanup. After first responders have completed their investigation and have released the scene for remediation, we thoroughly clean and restore the property to its previous condition,” said Terry Haufler, owner of Bio-One. “We work with compassion to alleviate the pain and burden that may still exist for community members after first responders leave. Bio-One strives to provide the needed assistance and resources to those immediately impacted. The remnants of a traumatic scene shouldn’t have to be seen by family, friends, property owners and neighbors. We’ve had the honor of being called in for some of the community’s most delicate cases, and we respect our clients’ confidentiality and privacy in all of these matters.”

 

As a 2021 corporate sponsor of the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Bio-One, Inc. will also pay tribute to fallen officers during the virtual 33rd Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13 at 5:00 p.m. (PDT). The event will be broadcasted live on FacebookYouTube, and LawMemorial.org/CV.

 

“We are so thankful for Bio-One’s corporate partnership and their continued support of the Memorial Fund,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund. “This partnership will further bolster the Memorial Fund’s mission of honoring America’s Law Enforcement, as well as provide support for the Museum’s upcoming exhibition opening in September. We are grateful for their commitment.” 

 

Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the fallen, telling the story of American law enforcement, and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., which honors the names of all of the 22,611 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history.  

 

About Bio-One 

Bio-One, a crime and trauma scene cleaning franchise, operates all around Northern Nevada and parts of Northern California. We are committed to providing excellent service in recovery and suicide cleanup, homicide cleanup, hoarding situations, junk removal, deceased animal recovery, feces removal, pest and rodent droppings and much more. Each Bio-One office is independently owned and operated by a member of the local community. For more information about Bio-One, visit us at www.bioonereno.com.

 

 

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The California Police Athletic Federation (CPAF) is proud to announce that the 2021 United States Police & Fire Championships (USPFC) are now Presented by Bio-One, Inc. 

 

Operating under the motto, "Help First, Business Second," Bio-One provides high-level decontamination and biohazard cleanup services while offering clients the privacy and compassion needed at difficult times. Bio-One operates in 41 states with over 110 locations and is committed to providing first-class service. 

 

"We are thrilled to add Bio-One as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2021 USPFC because   First Responders warrant our support," said California Police Athletic Federation President LC Collins. "Bio-One’s reputation is second to none, and with their partnership, we can offer first responders a health and wellness outlet.  We look forward to working with them for years to come."

 

Founded by San Diego Police Lieutenant Veon "Duke" Nyhus, The United States Police & Fire Championships were first held in San Diego in 1967. Duke recognized the need to promote physical fitness and camaraderie among the Public Safety and First Responder community members. 

 

The USPFC caters to active and retired public safety and first responders who participate in Olympic-style competitions and open to individuals representing firefighters, law enforcement, and officers from corrections, probation, border protection, immigration, and customs across the country. Traditionally athletes compete in 45+ sporting events from biathlon to motocross across 35+ venues in Southern California.

 

"At Bio-One our support for Law Enforcement and Fire Service Officers is unwavering, and we're thrilled to partner with the California Police Athletic Federation during this memorable event," said Nick-Anthony Zamucen, founder of Bio-One. "We wish each athlete success and look forward to celebrating these everyday heroes."

 

The 2021 USPFC Presented by Bio-One will take place from June 10th to the 19th in venues across San Diego, California, and strengthen the relationship between First Responders and the community for many years to come!

 

About the United States Police and Fire Championships

The California Police Athletic Federation (CPAF) is the parent organization of two multi-sport programs designed for peace officers and firefighters. The World Police & Fire Games (WPFG) are open to active and retired law enforcement and fire service personnel throughout the world. The United States Police & Fire Championships (USPFC) are open to active or retired public safety and first responder personnel from an eligible agency within the USA. For more information, please visit www.uspfc.org. 

 

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SPRING CLEANING & HOW TO DECIDE WHAT TO THROW AWAY

Time for spring cleaning!  

Don't let this scare you, this is a time to purge and freshen up your space!

If you like to hold onto things, try these steps to help declutter your life. 

 

1.     Pick one section a day to tackle. For example, this might be your kitchen pantry or office files. 

2.     Ask yourself if you want to keep something, and put it in one of three piles: yesno, and maybe.

3.     Get rid of your no's, and set aside your yes's.  Your maybe pile should be considered carefully.  If the item is useful and you need it - keep it. If you are keeping it because you might use it but never have, consider getting rid of it.

4.     Do this for each category in your home that needs decluttering.

5.     Throw items away, donate to charity, or sell some for extra cash.

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Here are 20 things to throw away right now:

1.     Shoes you don't wear

2.     Old makeup or bathroom products—check their expiration dates

3.     Expired coupons

4.     Cords that you can't identify

5.     Tupperware lids that have no match

6.     Old toothbrushes

7.     Socks with no match

8.     Dried out markers and pens

9.     Unused mugs

10.  Unused instruction manuals

 

If you get the first 10 things done, here are some more:

1.     Shopping bags

2.     Foods spoiling or collecting freezer burn—check  expiration dates

3.     Old receipts

4.     Paperwork you don't need anymore

5.     Excess holiday décor

6.     Wire hangers

7.     Countertop appliances you don't ever use

8.     Travel toiletries you’ve collected during vacations

9.     Broken things you won't be fixing

10.  Old magazines

11.  Reference books/manuals—many of these are online now

 

When cleaning out larger spaces, that have outdoor access, such as a garage or storage shed, you may come across rodent feces that have built up over the last year. When rodent fecal matter becomes dry, it can become hazardous if inhaled. Call us to help clean up these spaces for you safely. 

 

 

 

 

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Disclosing death when selling a home

If buying or selling a home in Nevada is in your future, you're likely well versed in the entire process from the initial offer to closing. But are you aware that disclosing a death in the home may be required? Here's what you need to know. 

 

Property Disclosure Documents

No matter how perfect a house looks on the outside, there is often property information a buyer needs to disclose before the sale can go through. Property disclosure documents reveal known structural issues, neighborhood nuisances, hazards, HOA details, water damage, notable repairs made to the home and death in the home. 

 

Rules for reporting a death in the home vary by state, and variations in rules may include:

  • Timeframe: When the death occurred. 
  • How the person passed away: If the death occurred naturally versus due to negligence on the property.
  • Hauntings: If the seller has knowledge that the property is being haunted by the dead. 

 

So what are the rules in Nevada? Here are the details:

 

There isn't a law in Nevada that requires disclosure of death in a house, if someone passed away peacefully.  Lori Ballen at Keller Williams in Las Vegas says in her article at Disclose-death, "You should only be informed of a death that occurred in a home you are considering for purchase or rent if the death happened due to the condition of the house. In spite of this, according to the same law, a seller or their agent should not lie to you if you ask them any questions."  She also states "However, when it comes to violent deaths that may occur in the home, it becomes a different story.  A suicide or murder case is usually considered as an event that could potentially stigmatize the property, and is more of an ethical decision in Nevada than a law."  Also, Redfin.com states "It’s best to disclose that information up front." Buyers can "ask the listing agent, or use a service like DiedinHouse.com, to investigate whether someone has died there."

 

For a state by state guide on disclosure laws we recommend visiting this resource on Nolo.com

 

Remediating After a Death in a Home

If a death recently occurred in the home you're hoping to purchase, there may have been biohazards from bloodborne pathogens that required remediation. Consider asking the seller how the death was remediated to ensure proper steps were taken. Remediation processes may vary depending on the location of the death, how the death occurred, types of flooring, and if the death was undiscovered for days or weeks. 

 

Bio-One technicians are trained and equipped to properly disinfect biohazards from bloodborne pathogens, and we ensure safe biohazard material handling and disposal. Once the entire area is cleaned of blood and body fluids, we also help property owners restore the location to its pre-incident state. 

 

If you are selling a home and need a biohazard remediated or want to ensure remediation was done correctly, give Bio-One a call at (775) 351-3499 or contact us online. Our experts not only contain and disinfect the dangerous biological materials, we carry out our work in a caring and private manner. 

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BIO-ONE HOARDING REMEDIATION SERVICES

Bio-One is here to help remediate your hoarding situation needs.

The Bio-One team has first-hand experience remediating hoarding situations with care and compassion.  From clutter and trash, to collectables, to animal hoarding, we understand that the removal of many items can be stressful and sometimes overwhelming for individuals/families involved.  Bio-One will make it a priority to establish trust to ensure everyone is comfortable and ready for each day to begin.

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First, we always offer estimates at no cost to you.  An experienced crew leader will tour the home and propose a plan based on your needs, expectations, and goals. 

 

Second, our certified technicians are trained to be mindful of all possessions.  We make it a priority to find and save items of personal value whether that's a wallet, cell phone, keys, legal documents, photos, or meaningful collections.  We can separate things into categories such as keep, maybe, discard, sell or donate; and we can coach/guide/assist you along the way, during the entire process.

 

Third, we make sure to define a clear and concise work order to be adhered to.  If at any time during the process something changes, our team is flexible and we will re-assess things for you and adjust. 

 

Learn how Bio-One can help.

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Bio-One ranked number one in Entrepreneur magazine’s 42nd Annual Franchise 500 for success in crime-scene and trauma-scene cleaning.  This marks the fifth year in a row that Bio-One has been included in the ranking.

Locally, Bio-One is owned and operated by Terry and Tisha Haufler.  We have been serving the Northern Nevada community since 2018.

Bio-One provides service in recovery and suicide cleanup, homicide cleanup, hoarding situations, junk removal, deceased animal recovery, feces removal, pest and rodent droppings, mold and more.

We get to help people during some of the hardest times in their lives.  We’re here to support our community in any way that we can.

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The number of Bio-One franchises have increased 145 percent in the last three years with over 100 locations in 41 states.  “We’re honored to be recognized by Entrepreneur,” said Nick-Anthony Zamucen, CEO of Bio-One Inc.  “The ranking is a direct reflection of our Bio-One family, strength of our business model, and our ability to consistently deliver care and compassion to our clients.” 

Over its 42 years in existence, the Franchise 500® has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees.  Bio-One’s position on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity. 

Each office is independently owned and operated by a member of the local community.  For more information about Bio-One, visit us at Bio-One.

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What If You Could Help Prevent a Suicide? 

 

If you know anyone who you think feels hopeless, has said they have no reason to live, feels like they are a burden to others, is in chronic pain, or feels they have no way out of a situation…….THEY NEED YOUR HELP!

 

Suicide is not a mental illness in itself, but a consequence of many mental disorders, particularly major depression.

 

Most of us think suicide is something that happens to strangers - not to people we know. But someone dies by suicide every 40 seconds. That's 15,385 people this week and 800,000 people this year. If you have 1,000 Facebook friends, 60 of them have thought about suicide in the past year. Maybe you have too. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

 

 

PLEASE REACH OUT whether you are considering suicide, or you know someone with signs of deep depression.

 

Who Commits Suicide?

 

Suicide rates are highest in teens, young adults, and the elderly. People over the age of 65 have the highest rate of suicide. Although women are more likely to attempt suicide, men are more likely to be successful. Suicide risk also is higher in the following groups:

 

·        Older people who have lost a spouse through death or divorce

·        People who have attempted suicide in the past

·        People with a family history of suicide

·        People with a friend or co-worker who committed suicide

·        People with a history of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse

·        People who are unmarried, unskilled, or unemployed

·        People with long-term pain, or a disabling or terminal illness

·        People who are inclined to violent or impulsive behavior

·        People who have recently been released from a psychiatric hospitalization, which is often a very frightening period of transition.

·        People in certain professions, such as police officers and health care providers who work with terminally ill patients

·        Veterans

·        People with substance abuse problems

 

What Are The Warning Signs For Suicide?

 

In many cases there are NO warning signs that a person is contemplating suicide.  On the other hand, here is a list of possible warning signs that a person may be at risk for suicide:

 

·        Excessive sadness or moodiness: Long-lasting sadness and mood swings can be symptoms of depression, which is a major risk factor for suicide.

·        Sudden calmness: Suddenly becoming calm after a period of depression or moodiness can be a sign that the person has decided to end his or her life.

·        Withdrawal: Choosing to be alone and avoiding friends or social activities also are possible symptoms of depression. This includes the loss of interest or pleasure in activities the person previously enjoyed.

·        Changes in personality and/or appearance: A person who is considering suicide might exhibit a change in attitude or behavior, such as speaking or moving with unusual speed or slowness. In addition, the person might suddenly become less concerned about his or her personal appearance.

·        Dangerous or self-harmful behavior: Potentially dangerous behavior, such as reckless driving, engaging in unsafe sex, and increased use of drugs and/or alcohol might indicate that the person no longer values his or her life.

·        Recent trauma or life crisis: A major life crisis might trigger a suicide attempt. Crises include the death of a loved one or pet, divorce or break-up of a relationship, diagnosis of a major illness, loss of a job, or serious financial problems.

·        Making preparations: Often, a person considering suicide will begin to put his or her personal business in order. This might include visiting friends and family members, giving away personal possessions, making a will, and cleaning up his or her room or home. Some people will write a note before committing suicide.

·        Threatening suicide: Not everyone who is considering suicide will say so, and not everyone who threatens suicide will follow through with it. However, every threat of suicide should be taken seriously.

 

What Can You Do?

 

In many cases, suicide can be prevented.

 

·        Know the risk factors

 

·        Be aware and alert to the signs of depression and other mental disorders

 

·        Recognize the warning signs

 

·        Intervene

 

·        TALK TO THEM.  Talk straight.  Ask them if they are suicidal?

 

·        Insist they get treatment and notify family and friends.

 

People who receive support from caring friends and family, and who have access to mental health services are less likely to act on their suicidal impulses than are those who are isolated from sources of care and support. If someone you know is exhibiting warning signs for suicide, don’t be afraid to ask if he or she is depressed or thinking about suicide. In some cases, the person just needs to know that someone cares and is looking for the chance to talk about his or her feelings. You can then encourage the person to seek professional help.

 

What Do You Do If Someone Is Talking About Suicide?

 

If someone you know is threatening suicide, take the threat seriously!

 

·        Do not leave them alone. If possible, ask for help from friends or other family members.

·        Ask them to give you any weapons he or she might have. Take away prescription drugs, sharp objects or anything else that the person could use to hurt himself or herself.

·        Try to keep the person as calm as possible.

·        Call 911 or take the person to an emergency room.

 

Suicide is a common job for us at Bio-One and it is heartbreaking to watch families go through the shock, grief, and loss of their loved one.  Please share this information with your family and friends.

 

We hope you never need our services but if you do, please know that we are here to HELP FIRST and deal with BUSINESS SECOND.

 

Terry Haufler

Owner/Lead Technician

Bio-One Reno

(775) 499-5304

 

 

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