Hoarding presents a unique cleaning situation. Hoarders collect all sorts of items, some of questionable value, and refuse to throw anything away. The collections grow over time, filling the home and restricting access to some parts of it. Exits and windows may be blocked. Not only is there a greater risk of fire, but mold, bacteria, and other hazards may thrive in these conditions. ServiceMaster NCR provides hoarding cleaning to the Bethesda, MD area to remove items from the home and thoroughly clean and sanitize it. We can make it safe to live in again, while treating the hoarder with a sense of respect and compassion.
No two hoarding cases are alike and we treat each one carefully. The hoarder is dealing with any number of issues that lead to an inability to part with possessions. In addition, most people are embarrassed to be seen in a situation like this and won’t seek out help. That’s why family and close friends are usually the ones needed to stage an intervention on behalf of the hoarder to begin the process. We work together with the hoarder to sort through items and decide what should be kept, donated, or thrown away. We always leave the final decision to the individual.
ServiceMaster NCR technicians have the training and certification to handle any case of hoarding. We use only the best products and equipment in the industry. After the hoarded items are removed, our professionals will clean and sanitize the house, top to bottom. We can clean up and remove any biohazard, including bacteria, mold, and dead animals. Our methods are in compliance with all OSHA, EPA and Department of Transportation rules and regulations. Our three step process consists of:
- Decontamination of the entire home after the hoarded items have been removed;
- Deodorization of the entire home, using powerful, yet safe products;
- Disposal of items. Trash will be removed, donations delivered and hazardous materials will be transported for legal disposal.
Hoarding is a situation that shouldn’t be handled with a “wait and see” approach. Waiting only makes things worse and a minor problem can become hazardous to a loved one’s health. That’s why it’s important to reach out to a suspected hoarder, and ServiceMaster NCR will help people in the Bethesda, MD area get their lives back on track. Call us at (703) 596-3171 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to learn what to do.