by Luke Jones
Posted 3/18/2013 12:00 am
The list of disaster cleanup companies is new to Arkansas Business. The companies listed have a variety of specializations, but all work to clean up damage from disasters both natural and unnatural.
The various ServPro franchises, for example, can send out workers to deal with damage from a hurricane or tornado, but also deal with biohazards and sewage spills.
There can be a lot of money in disaster cleanup: Metro Disaster Specialists of North Little Rock performed a $6.1 million cleanup of North Pulaski High School in Jacksonville after a 2011 tornado that damaged several buildings and left debris all over campus.
Some of the companies carry over from our environmental consulting firms list, including the largest group represented, the Center for Toxicology & Environmental Health LLC in North Little Rock.
CTEH was among the contractors hired by BP to help clean up the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. “We are not an actual pick-up-the-chemical-type company,” Glenn Millner, one of the company’s founders, told Arkansas Business in 2010. “But we’ll make sure that the dispersants being used, or any type of chemical involved, we’ll make sure that the workers are protected and the public is protected from that.”
Some other companies are new to our lists, like Arkansas Crime Scene Cleanup of Heber Springs, a company that Arkansas Business featured in an article last year.
Its services are mainly to clean up areas that have been the scene of a gory injury or death and range from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on the extent of the mess.
Grubbs said most of the death cleanup involved suicides, followed by natural death and finally actual crime scenes.
However, about a third of his business goes toward cleaning up hoarding scenes, which has increased from 25 percent a year ago, partially because of increased awareness from shows like A&E’s “Hoarders.”
“They’re coming out of the woodwork, the more they see the TV shows, the more they read the articles,” Grubbs told Arkansas Business.
Some of the other companies on the list, such as ServPro, perform similar services, but Grubbs’ company is the only one that deals with it specifically.