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Hoarding is an often-misunderstood issue that affects millions of Americans as well as their families. Hoarding is classified as a mental disorder because those affected are prevented from throwing anything in their home away by underlying anxiety and depression. Because of this, those affected will keep things in their home which will cause clutter to build up to an unsafe level. Excessive clutter from hoarded items creates dangerous conditions by restricting access to exits and parts of the home, increasing the risk of fires and injuries, and allowing mold and bacteria to form.
You should never force a hoarder to clean out their home, but instead, approach them with compassion and help them understand the dangerous conditions they created within their home. Once the affected individual agrees to clean their home, you can call a professional like ServiceMaster by Replacements to help with the cleanup.
ServiceMaster by Replacements provides hoarding cleaning services to help those affected by this disorder. Our technicians can clear out the home and restore safe conditions through effective cleaning and restoration, and we work directly with the affected individual. You can expect our technicians to treat the affected individual with respect and compassion and we will not remove anything from the home without their approval.
Dangers of Hoarding
Hoarding behaviors result in very dangerous living conditions as the clutter of items grows within the home. The clutter will start to spill out into hallways and stairways which can make moving throughout the home difficult. There is a higher risk of injury from tripping or falling items and it may be impossible to quickly evacuate the home if there is an emergency. The risk of a fire is much higher in a home full of clutter and if a fire does occur, it will spread very quickly because the hoarded items will be fuel for the fire. In homes with excessive clutter, it is also possible for mold and bacteria to form which can affect the health of those within the home.
It is tempting to start cleaning the home of someone affected by hoarding, but this is not the best strategy. If you have a friend or loved one who hoards, you need to reach out to them to talk to them about the issue. Take a respectful approach and help them understand that the conditions in their home are putting them and their family in danger. You should only proceed with cleaning out the home when the affected individual agrees to proceed.
Professional Hoarding Clean Up
Our technicians at ServiceMaster by Replacements know how to approach individuals affected by hoarding and work with them to provide effective hoarding cleanup services. We first make a personal connection with the affected individual to establish mutual trust and respect, and we will help them make decisions about what items should be kept or removed from the home. The affected individual is in charge of the cleaning process and nothing is removed without their approval.
Once the unwanted items have been removed, we can thoroughly clean, restore, and disinfect the home. We use advanced cleaning products and methods to restore safe living conditions in the home and we are equipped to remove mold, bacteria, and other dangerous materials. Our hoarder cleanup services are done within the rules and regulations of OSHA, the EPA, and the Department of Transportation.
Our hoarding cleaning services include the following:
- Clutter removal: All unwanted items are removed from the home once the affected individual approves.
- Decontamination: We will thoroughly clean and decontaminate the home using advanced cleaning products and methods.
- Odor removal: Any lingering odors can be removed with our advanced deodorization processes.
- Disposal: We will dispose of, recycle, or donate the items removed from the home.
It does not take long for hoarding behaviors to lead to very dangerous living conditions that can affect the hoarder and their family. Make sure you reach out to someone who struggles with hoarding and needs help and call our professionals for hoarding cleaning once the individual is ready to clean out their home.
You can call us at (732) 842-6917 for hoarding cleaning services.
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