Bio-One of Fremont decontamination and biohazard cleaning services

Expert Recovered Vehicle Decontamination in Alameda County, Santa Clara County and Contra Costa County - Bio-One Fremont

In March of 2018, Kevin Jameson, owner of Bio-One Fremont, found his truck was stolen during a period that saw over 40 trucks stolen in a 3 month period. Luckily, OnStar helped to locate the truck, but only after a fair amount of drugs were used in the cab. Kevin can confirm he was not alone in this experience.

Law enforcement experts have affirmed that stolen vehicles are often repurposed for various illicit activities by criminals. This includes drug consumption, which poses contamination risks and health hazards for anyone exposed to these vehicles. Here are some common ways stolen vehicles are exploited by criminals:

Transportation for Illegal Activities: Criminals often utilize stolen vehicles as a means of transportation for committing additional crimes, including robbery, burglary, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and contraband smuggling. The anonymity afforded by a stolen vehicle aids criminals in evading detection and executing illegal operations.

Resale on the Black Market: Some thieves target vehicles with the intent to sell them on the black market or to unsuspecting buyers. Stolen vehicles may be stripped for parts, which are then sold individually, or they may be given new identities through fraudulent documentation before being sold to unsuspecting individuals.

Chop Shop Operations: In chop shop operations, stolen vehicles are dismantled, and their components are sold separately for profit. Valuable parts like engines, transmissions, and electronics are removed and sold to consumers seeking cheaper alternatives to legitimate auto parts.

Joyriding and Street Racing: Stolen vehicles are sometimes taken for joyrides or used in illegal street racing activities. Joyriding involves driving stolen vehicles recklessly for excitement, often leading to property damage, accidents, or injuries to innocent bystanders.

Use in Other Crimes: Stolen vehicles may serve as getaway vehicles in the commission of other crimes, such as bank robberies, carjackings, or shootings. The mobility provided by a stolen vehicle enables criminals to quickly flee the scene of a crime and evade capture by law enforcement.

Temporary Shelter or Hideout: Homeless individuals or fugitives on the run may repurpose stolen vehicles as temporary shelters or hideouts to evade authorities or harsh weather conditions. Abandoned or stolen vehicles may be converted into makeshift living spaces or sleeping quarters.

Insurance Fraud: In instances of insurance fraud, criminals may stage vehicle thefts to file false insurance claims and receive payouts from insurance companies. Stolen vehicles may be abandoned or disposed of after the fraudulent claim has been processed.

Overall, criminals exploit stolen vehicles for a range of illegal activities, including transportation for further crimes, resale on the black market, chop shop operations, joyriding, and involvement in other criminal endeavors.

If your vehicle was recently recovered, Bio-One Fremont can assist in removing odors from cigarette and marijuana smoke, or body odor. They can also remove residue form methamphetamine. Once cleaned, Bio-One Fremont will provide you with a Certificate of Disinfection should you wish to sell your vehicle.

Fremont, CA - Family-owned and operated, Bio-One of Fremont is a leader in crime scene cleanup and biohazard decontamination services in Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties.

Whether you need help remediating a crime scene, suicide, or other trauma event in the San Francisco Bay Area, they are ready to answer the call.

Since joining the Bio-One family, Bio-One of Fremont has continually grown and provided a very valuable service to families around the Bay area.

The scenes they remediate are often overwhelming and dangerous, but the crew are trained and experienced and here for you. It is a wonderful service they provide.

Kevin Jameson, owner, states - "We hope you never need our service, but in the case of an unattended death, suicide, or a violent crime, Bio-one of Fremont is here to help families and loved ones so that they do not have to go through additional trauma of cleaning up. Our goal is to allow families to start the grieving and healing process while we restore the property for them".

As a former crime scene technician, Kevin describes that when there is a death, only the body is removed and the family is left with the aftermath. That's where Bio-One helps. Using proper equipment to remove biohazards and medical waste safely in addition to proper PPE and hazmat suits, Bio-One allows the family to safely return to their home.

Most jobs are covered by homeowners insurance, and Bio-One of Fremont realizes that working with an insurance company can be overwhelming during difficult times. Bio-One of Fremont has dedicated staff who work directly with your insurance company from opening a claim to submitting all necessary documentation to close it upon completion.

"Anything trauma scene-related or death-related is typically covered by homeowners insurance so our clients only pay a deductible for our services"

Coordinating with the insurance company allows family members to focus on healing and supports Bio-One of Fremont's motto, "Help First, Business Second"!

A portion of their business is also hoarding. You can find a guide on their website.

They also provide cleaning for people with mental health or mobility issues. Bio-One of Fremont crew members are certified in Mental Health First Aid and have completed additional training with the San Francisco County Department of Mental Health to further assist their clients.

Additionally, Bio-One does cleanouts when residents or tenants leave behind a large mess or odors related to mold, cigarette and cannabis smoke.

Bio-One provides many services and resources which can be found on its website.

They answer the call 24/7 and are here to help you.

Their company vehicles are also unmarked for your privacy.

Bio-One of Fremont has a 5-star rating and have received numerous testimonials which can be found on their website.

Located in Fremont and Livermore, you can reach them by phone at 925-369-3096 or via email at mailto: info@bioonefremont.com

Find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bio.one.fremont or visit their website at www.bioonefremont.com.

In the aftermath of a crime, accident, or traumatic event, the cleanup of the scene often falls to specialized professionals trained to handle biohazards and hazardous materials. However, unlike many other industries, crime scene cleanup operates within a regulatory gray area, where oversight and standards vary widely across jurisdictions. This lack of uniform regulation raises concerns regarding safety, service quality, and ethical practices within the industry.

One primary challenge stemming from this lack of regulation is the potential for inconsistencies in training and certification standards among crime scene cleanup companies. While some states may have certification programs or voluntary guidelines, there is no standardized national framework governing the qualifications and training requirements for individuals entering the field. Consequently, there may be disparities in the level of expertise and professionalism among cleanup providers, posing risks to both workers and the public.

Moreover, the absence of regulatory oversight can lead to ethical concerns regarding the exploitation of vulnerable individuals in distressing situations. Without clear guidelines, unscrupulous companies may engage in price gouging, predatory marketing tactics, or substandard practices, taking advantage of clients' emotional vulnerability during times of crisis. This underscores the urgent need for standardized regulations to protect consumers and ensure ethical conduct within the industry.

Furthermore, the lack of regulatory oversight may hinder efforts to enforce health and safety standards in crime scene cleanup operations. Biohazardous materials present significant risks of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, toxins, and infectious diseases, necessitating strict protocols for handling, disposal, and decontamination. Without regulatory mechanisms to monitor compliance with these standards, there is potential for lapses in safety practices, putting both cleanup workers and the public at risk.

In conclusion, the absence of regulation in crime scene cleanup represents a critical gap in oversight that poses risks to safety, service quality, and ethical conduct within the industry. To address these concerns, there is a pressing need for comprehensive regulatory frameworks at the state and national levels, establishing clear standards for training, certification, safety protocols, and ethical practices. By implementing robust regulatory measures, we can ensure that crime scene cleanup operations uphold the highest standards of professionalism, safety, and integrity, providing essential services to communities in times of need.


Bio-One What to Ask Before Hiring a Crime Scene Cleaner

The roots of crime- and trauma-scene cleaning companies can be traced to the 1990s, and at that time only a dozen or so companies existed. The industry was widely unregulated and awareness of contamination risks were relatively non-existant.

"I was young and dumb and saw something you only see in movies, so I quickly shut the door, took a deep breath, sat on the couch with the widow and told everyone else to get her out of here and take her to lunch, and we’ll clean this up for her," said Nick-Anthony Zamucen, Founder of Bio-One Inc. "We were just trying to help a lady in her greatest time of need, and that’s for me how I got into the crime scene and cleaning business."  Read Nick's story in Franchise Times

Today, there are hundreds of companies that advertise crime and trauma scene cleaning, and a simple Google search may prove overwhelming when you're experiencing one of the most traumatic moments in your life. To help, we've listed pre-qualifying questions to ask before choosing a crime and trauma scene company. 

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Crime and Trauma Scene Cleaner

There are a number of key questions to ask crime and trauma scene cleaning technicians or business owners to properly root out which one is best for your goals and circumstances. 

  • Are you local? When there's a blood spill, response time is key to prevent biohazards from spreading and to ensure quick remediation. Several businesses may pay for online advertising in your city, but their technicians could be 3 or more hours away. Furthermore, avoid calling toll free numbers. "These numbers often lead to call centers. We're local. They're not," said Ginger Akemon, owner of Bio-One in Jacksonville, FL
  • Is your business certified and insured? Professional crime and trauma scene cleaning companies should have bloodborne pathogen certifications, they should follow OSHA personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines and remediation processes, and they should have insurance for their business. 
  • What is your process for disposing biohazardous waste? Once the remediation is complete, the accumulated waste will need to be disposed in accordance to local state guidelines. Make sure the business owner or technician is aware of these guidelines and has an appropriate plan for disposal.  
  • What happens to valuable or personal items that are impacted? At Bio-One, we are trained to be mindful of valuable and perceived valuable items, such as pictures, wallets, or a baseball card collection. Professional crime and trauma scene cleaners should ask if there are valuable items to keep an eye out for, and they will keep the family informed if these items are found. 
  • How will you charge for your services? In most cases, home insurance will cover the cost of biohazard remediation - less your deductible. Ask if they can open a claim on your behalf, taking this burden off your shoulders. If you don't have homeowners insurance, it's OK to ask for a free estimate so you can compare costs between other local companies. 
  • Will you be discrete during and after the job? Michele Amoranto, Bio-One owner in Oceanside, CA, always assures her clients that discretion is top of mind while her team is onsite. Bio-One vehicles are unmarked and technicians will designate work areas to don and doff PPE out of view from neighbors. 
  • Do you have a list of resources that can help after the cleanup? You may need flooring replaced or fresh drywall installed, which will also be covered under your home insurance claim, and a recommendation could help speed up the reconstruction process. Additionally, many crime and trauma scene cleaners have connections with local counselors and victim's advocates. In west Texas, Bio-One owner, Garrett Spooner, always offers a list of free mental health resources and states that, "Being volunteers of our local Crisis Intervention Unit, we consider our job incomplete without making sure our clients' mental health, grief process, and other issues our clients may have, are addressed."

Last but certainly most important, make sure the business you speak with shows care and compassion for your situation. They should want to do everything possible to support you and your loved ones.

If you are searching for a crime and trauma scene cleaner, Bio-One is here for you. All of our offices adhere to our business motto Help First, Business Second and are available 24/7. Click here to search for a Bio-One team near you.