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There are millions of people in the U.S. who are affected by hoarding. While the behaviors of hoarders are well known, they are not often understood. Hoarding is considered a mental disorder because those affected have anxiety and depression that make it very difficult to part with anything that is in their home. This leads to an excessive buildup of clutter that creates dangerous conditions in the home by increasing the risk of fires and injuries, blocking pathways and exits, and harboring dangerous materials like mold.
Hoarding is a delicate situation, and you should never make an affected individual feel pressured to clean their home. Instead, show them compassion and have an honest conversation with them about the condition of their home. Only when the individual agrees to clean their home should you call the professionals of ServiceMaster by Replacements to help.
ServiceMaster by Replacements provides hoarding cleaning services in Plainfield, NJ to help those affected by hoarding restore their homes to safe living conditions. Our technicians will work directly with the affected individual and only remove items from the home with their approval. We will treat the affected individual with compassion and respect while ensuring that their home is cleared out and thoroughly cleaned.
Dangers of Hoarding
Those affected by hoarding allow clutter to accumulate in the home which can create very dangerous living conditions for themselves and their families. The clutter buildup may start in rooms, but it will soon take over hallways, stairways, and other pathways in the home. This increases the risk of injuries from tripping or falling items and makes it more difficult to escape the home in case of an emergency. There is also a higher risk of fire as many of the accumulated items are flammable and may start and fuel a fire. Dangerous materials like mold and bacteria can form within the clitter and create unsanitary living conditions.
If you have a friend or relative who hoards, you may want to go into their home and start cleaning. However, you should never approach a hoarding situation this way. You need to first reach out to the affected individual and let them know that you are coming from a place of compassion and respect. Talk to them about the conditions in their home and the danger posed to them and their families. When they decide it is time to clean their home, you can proceed with the cleaning.
Professional Hoarding Cleaning
At ServiceMaster by Replacements, we have experience cleaning out the homes of hoarders and we know how to approach these delicate situations. We start by establishing a mutual trust and respect with the affected individual so that they feel comfortable working with us. They will be involved in every step of the process, and nothing will be removed from the home without their approval.
We will then form a plan to clean out and restore the home that includes the remove of unwanted items. Once the clutter is cleared out, we will thoroughly clean and disinfect the home to restore safe living conditions. This includes cleaning and removing biohazard materials such as mold and other dangerous substances. The hoarding cleanup we provide is done in compliance with the rules and regulations of OSHA, the Department of Transportation, and the EPA.
You can expect the following from our hoarding cleaning services:
- Clutter removal: We will work with the affected individual to remove unwanted items and we won’t remove anything without their approval.
- Decontamination: The home is thoroughly cleaned and decontaminated to restore safe conditions.
- Deodorization: We can remove odors using professional deodorization processes.
- Disposal: Items removed from the home will be disposed of, donated, or recycled.
The living conditions created by hoarding behaviors can be very dangerous, but you cannot simply start cleaning the home of a hoarder. Talk to them about their situation first and when they are ready to clean their home, you can call ServiceMaster by Replacements.
We are available at (732) 842-6917 for hoarding cleaning services in Plainfield, NJ.
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