Did you know Hoarding Disorder affects approximately 5% of the population? It's a growing concern that can lead to hazardous living conditions for those affected. For those who have loved ones or tenants who live in hoarded homes, it can be a difficult and delicate situation to navigate. The dangers associated with hoarded homes can include biohazards, pest infestations, fire hazards, structural damage, and overall unsanitary living conditions. If you are dealing with a hoarded home, it is important to proceed with care and attention to detail. In this blog, we will share 4 tips for a thorough and safe cleanup after hoarding.
Assess the Situation
Before beginning the cleanup process, it is important to assess the scope of the problem. Hoarding disorder can range in severity, and some homes may require more thorough cleaning and disposal than others. A professional hoarding cleanup company can provide a free consultation and an accurate estimate to create a plan of action.
Don't Tackle the House Alone
Cleaning a hoarded home is not a simple task, and requires experience and knowledge of biohazard remediation. It is important to find a company that specializes in hoarding cleanup. At Bio-One, our technicians are trained in the removal of biohazards, as well as the organization and disposal of items in a hoarded home. As proud servers in the San Diego County Area, we have encountered many hazards in hoarded homes, that range from unsanitary living conditions to biohazards such as mold and water damage, rodent droppings, household pests, human and animal feces, and urine, among others.
Take Care of the Individuals in the House
In many cases, individuals suffering from hoarding disorder are in need of counseling and support. If possible, it is important to connect the individual with a therapist or counselor who specializes in hoarding disorder. This can help them to understand why they are struggling with hoarding, as well as provide them with insight into how to manage their belongings going forward.
It is also important to take into account the emotional stress of having someone else handle their possessions, and ensure that each individual is given the respect and care they deserve. As you take care of this important aspect of restoring a hoarded home, Bio-One will assist in cleaning and disinfecting the property.
Have a Plan for Continued Support
Hoarding disorder is a complex mental health issue and often requires ongoing support and treatment. After the cleanup is complete, have a plan for continued support for the individual affected by hoarding. Whether you encourage therapy, support groups, or ongoing organization and cleaning services, the end goal should be to ensure that individuals with hoarding have the help they need to stay safe and healthy.
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By assessing the situation, prioritizing safety, hiring a professional hoarding cleanup company, and planning for continued support, you can begin to improve the living conditions and emotional well-being of those affected by hoarding. If you or someone you know is dealing with hoarding disorder, don’t hesitate to reach out for help and support.