Warm Weather = Busy Season
April 29, 2019 by Tom Gervasio
In this industry, it has proven that warm weather equals busy season. Can you guess what jobs are more prominent in warmer weather? If not obvious, I will explain. Decompositions, also known as Undiscovered Deaths, and Hoarding projects are more common and frequent during the warmer weather months. Why is that? What do Decompositions and Hoarding jobs have in common? Odor. You know how your trash cans smell more in the summer time while they sit in your hot garage or outside- same goes for deaths that go undiscovered for several days/weeks and houses that are hoarded (especially the ones with feces and/or rotten food).
The weather in Eastern PA has been getting hotter and so has our incoming phone call volume. Recently, Bio-One, had multiple hoarding/feces clean up job, and two undiscovered death calls. Starting in early May, we have a large hoarding job where the home is entirely affected by dog feces and urine- several years’ worth.
Undiscovered deaths are being discovered a bit sooner due to the smell that manifests from a decomposed body. Mold, feces, rotten food, dead rodents, rodent feces, and the list goes on and on with items/bio-hazards found in a hoarded home that cause those awful smells most people cannot handle (or their stomach for that matter). Is it a coincidence that the two most common jobs that come with warmer weather were the jobs we had the past month, probably not.
Does our job sound gross to you? I guess I can understand why, however I do not see it that way. All owners of Bio-One got into this business to help people despite how cliché that may sound. Who better to need help than a family member who discovered their loved one's death caused damage to their home? Or how about a person yearning for a healthier life and is to the point of desperation to get their home cleared out and cleaned? Hoarders do not like to call us and have strangers come into their home; they are embarrassed and feeling shame and guilt. But, they do call us and we respect and commend them for wanting to better their lives. We have the fortunate opportunity to help others on a day to day basis, how many people can honestly say that?
Tom Gervasio l Owner l Bio-One Chester County
64 E Uwchlan Ave #208
Exton Pa 19341