People with hoarding disorders 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. Let us help you clean out your space.
What is hoarding?
People with a 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 cleanup take?
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 cleanup can take anywhere from one day to a couple of weeks depending on the magnitude 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 monetary value. These items are saved for final review by the responsible party prior to disposal. If there is something special that you want to keep, we won't throw it out, we will make sure it is stored safely while we finish the job.
Why is hoarding cleanup dangerous?
Untended pets: When a pet is left untended, they leave behind feces and urine. If they are in poor health they can also be carrying fleas or other dangerous pathogens.
Rotting food: Rotting and decaying food are a health hazard, in addition to the rodents and vermin that they attract.
Infestations: Very common in hoarding situations are maggots, mice, rats, roaches, and other insects.
Failing housing systems: When a home is neglected due to hoarding it is common for us to find failing systems such as leaking pipes, rotting floors due to water damage, compromised plumbing, and un-maintained HVAC systems. When water damage is present, the risk of mold infestation is high. When built-up dirt and other airborne pollutants contaminate HVAC systems (including air ducts, heat exchanges, blowers, coils, and filters), people on the premises are in danger of inhaling contaminants.