PARMA, Ohio — The novel coronavirus pandemic has people all across Northeast Ohio taking extra precautions both outside and inside their home. With that in mind, the owners of a small biohazard cleanup business located in Parma are vowing to do what they can to put people’s minds at ease.
Josh Wojciechowski and his wife, Helen Dagostino, started their business, Emergency Clean Team, about two years ago. On most days, they are called out to clean bio-emergencies like crime scenes and drug labs. However, amid the coronavirus pandemic that promises to get worse before it gets better, the two are regularly being asked to disinfect homes and businesses.
“We’re doing a property this weekend that is 250,000 square feet. That will take somewhere between 6 to 8 hours,” Wojciechowski said. “With the extent of the virus and how it’s becoming, we want to ease people and calm them down and add that added protection for them.”
With a couple of pieces of equipment along with their biohazard suits and respirators, Wojciechowski and Dagostino can completely disinfect an average sized home in about 15 minutes. Using highly-concentrated hydrogen peroxide tablets and a vapor steamer device, virus and bacteria-killing disinfectant can be sprayed on any surface of your home, Wojciechowski said. As the final step in the process, Wojciechowski sets up additional equipment that essentially works like a ‘bug bomb’ but, instead, emits disinfecting vapor that spreads across an entire room.
Wojciechowski said the process is far more efficient and effective than using disinfecting wipes on every surface.
“The small microns get into hard to reach spaces a lot easier,” Wojciechowski said. “It will kill the coronavirus but it’s not going to stop the coronavirus if you go out into the public and you buy an object that somebody has touched and you cross-contaminate your house. But this is the added extra protection that you know your house is clean, sterilized and you can sleep calmly at night knowing there are no viruses in your house.”
Wojciechowski said he has fielded calls from potential customers that have chronic health issues or are immuno-compromised. Late last week, News 5 watched as Wojciechowski and Dagostino disinfected the home of a woman with COPD.
As a way of giving back to their community, Wojciechowski and Dagostino are offering free disinfection services to Parma and Parma Heights residents that have had the flu or flu-like symptoms, in addition to those who may eventually test positive for coronavirus. Not only that, their company is offering a $20 disinfection service to customers in Cuyahoga County.
“I just want to help people and calm them down. I want to ease them and make sure they aren’t freaking out,” Wojciechowski said. “I don’t want to take any chances. I want to help our community as much as possible. Our kids go to school here. We have a lot of friends and family in this community. I think other businesses should help too. I don’t mind doing as much free work as possible to try to help contain the virus. Any little work that we do is progress in trying to contain the virus.”
Anyone interested in the Emergency Clean Team’s services can contact them through the company’s website or through Facebook.