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What to Remember About Hoarding & the Cleanup Process | SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

You may sometimes hear about hoarding on reality TV, but it’s a serious issue. When a space is used for hoarding, it can eventually lead to a variety of health-related hazards, including an increased risk of mold growth.

But what is hoarding exactly? Hoarding—which impacts as many as 1 in 50 people—is an obsessive-compulsive disorder that causes people to collect and resist discarding possessions. Usually this disorder develops in secret, and over time, those possessions ultimately accumulate in large quantities that can take over a home or commercial space.

Those affected by the condition cling to those items because they believe they will be of value at some point, but in reality, most often the items have little to no value.

As these items add up, they can become fire hazards and can hide pests or mold growth.

If a space you own has been used for hoarding, what should you do? Your best move—call in a team of professionals to make the space usable again.

3 Stages of the Clean-up Process

While you might think that you just need to clear out clutter and clean up, there are a number of special considerations when it comes to a space that’s been used for hoarding.

Professionals will provide a comprehensive clean-up that mitigates any potential safety hazards.

Removal of Items

This is the part of cleaning up that most people think of. This stage involves clearing the space of all clutter and accumulated items.

If other items not related to hoarding have become contaminated, those may also need to be removed and even discarded.

Removal of Dangerous Substances

Hoarding accumulates piles of clutter and other objects, which can conceal health-related hazards, including rodents and pests, along with toxic mold growth.

To ensure you are safely cleaning the space and not putting yourself at risk, partner with a highly-trained team outfitted in safety gear.

Complete Cleaning

Once the clutter and debris are removed and the space is cleared, a professional team will perform a deep-cleaning. This will remove all residue and odors—ensuring the space is ready to use again in the future.

In need of a team to help restore a space where hoarding has been an issue? Contact our team at SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island, and we’ll make it like it never even happened.

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