One thing we get asked about quite often is whether or not there are photos of our jobs on our website. As a courtesy to our clients’ sensitive situations, we never post photos of our jobs on our website or blog, nor do we disclose names, addresses or specifics on any cleanup. Photos taken on-site are solely for documentation purposes.
However, there are some rare occurrences where there is no family involved and we can post information without the fear of upsetting anyone related to the scene.
The following is a decomposition cleanup we did in a foreclosed and vacant house. It wasn’t a very involved cleanup so there’s not a lot of details to give, but I’ll take you through what we encountered.
Apparently a squatter had taken up residence in this house (a common enough occurrence, especially these days). Due to circumstances unbeknownst to us or the company managing the property, he died. As the house was vacant, nobody discovered him for some time. Here is what we first saw:
As you can see, you can tell the exact position the body was laying in. There is a detailed outline of the body including feet, knees, buttocks, torso, head and arms.
In a situation like this, you will very often see lots of flies and maggots. Although there were a prodigious amount of flies, they were all dead, which means that this had been sitting for some time after the body was removed.
There were some smears of blood on the wall down the hallway (some of which can be seen in the above photo). These smears were most likely, in my opinion, from vomit or possibly a nose bleed? There was no blood spatter or pool of blood (beyond the fluids you see), nor were there any bullet holes in the wall or ceiling, so it is doubtful that it was a gunshot – self-inflicted or otherwise.
Other than that, there’s not a whole lot to tell. The cleanup was relatively simple. Most of the fluids were retained to the carpet and padding so there was not a whole lot of spreading.
Once the contaminant was decontaminated and removed, along with the rest of the carpet, the odor was virtually dissipated. With a fresh coat of paint and some new carpet, the house is good to go.
We’ll post more on similar scenes, but as I said earlier, this is not a common situation and you probably won’t see this very often. I’d be happy to answer any questions anyone has and, as always, we appreciate any comments.