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When the electricity goes off...
I mow a yard for a retired couple who spends a few months each year up north with their children. This year there was a mix up with paying the electric bill and the power got cut off. They are hoarders and this includes food in two refrigerators and one freezer. All three are packed solid with perishable food.
Needless to say once the power got cut off the food thawed, then began to decompose. Today they called me to see if I could clean it up for them and how much it would cost.
I was in the house for less than 10 minutes. I duct taped two of the freezers shut (the third one would not close) and left.
I had to go straight home and scrub myself from head to toe to get the smell out of me. My clothes went straight into the washer.
I do not think any of the refrigerators or the freezer can be cleaned up. I told the homeowner this and told them that I would have to empty the garage (single car stacked to the ceiling with stuff) and sort out and dispose of what is contaminated by the fluids that have run out of the fridges. Then we have to remove all three units, clean up the floor as best we can, move the one on the back porch that is currently not being used and is clean to the kitchen and put every thing back in to the garage. The power should be back on in a day or two.
So any advice on how to do this?
I am thinking respirators, Tyvek suits and rubber gloves.
How would you get the smell out of the house? Every room looks like an episode of hoarders. They are not going to clean it all out. My plan for the short term is about a dozen extra strength air fresheners.