People with hoarding disorder excessively save items that others may view as worthless. They have persistent difficulty getting rid of or parting with possessions, leading to clutter that disrupts their ability to use their living or work spaces.
Hoarding is not the same as collecting. Collectors look for specific items, such as model cars or stamps, and may organize or display them. People with hoarding disorder often save random items and store them haphazardly. In most cases, they save items that they feel they may need in the future, are valuable or have sentimental value. Some may also feel safer surrounded by the things they save. Compulsive hoarding affects approximately 700,000 to 1.4 million people in the US.
- How long does hoarding clean-up take?
In reality, it depends on the extent of the hoarding. If the "collection" encompasses the entirety of the home, that will take longer than if the "collection" only takes up a couple of rooms. Hoarding clean-up can take anywhere from one day to a couple of weeks depending on the severity of the situation.
- What if there are valuable items that the homeowner may want to keep?
Cleanway Services personnel are trained to put aside all valuables and any items that may have a monetary value. These items are shown to the responsible party and boxed up for further evaluation by the responsible party. If there is something special that you want to keep, we won't throw it out, we will make sure it is in a safe place while we finish cleaning up the home and giving you a fresh start.
- Why is Hoarding Cleanup dangerous?
Untended pets: When a pet or in a lot of cases, many pets are left untended they leave behind feces and urine. If they are in poor health they can also be carrying fleas or other dangerous conditions.
Rotting food: Rotting food and decaying meat and produce are a health hazard themselves in addition to the rodents and vermin that they attract.
Infestations: Very common in hoarding situations are maggots, mice, rats, roaches, insects, and so much more.
Failing housing systems: When a home is neglected due to the hoarding situation it is common for us to find failing systems such as leaking pipes, rotting floors due to the water damage caused by the leaking pipes, failing plumbing, and un-maintained HVAC systems. When water damage is present, there is sitting moisture which breeds mold infestations in the walls, floors, and air systems. When built up dirt and other airborne pollutants contaminate the HVAC systems, including air ducts, heat exchanges, blowers, coils, and filters the person living in the hoard is in danger of breathing in all of the contaminates causing them to get sicker than they would if the HVAC system was properly maintained.