Hoarding disorder, or compulsive hoarding, is an issue that affects a number of people throughout the United States. It can lead to highly unsanitary homes, serious health complications, and even deadly scenarios. At ServiceMaster by T.A. Russell, we provide hoarding cleaning services to address these situations, and help affected individuals learn to manage their very real disorder. We are available to assist property owners in L.A. County, CA.
The Dangers of Excessive Hoarding
Aside from an extreme lack of cleanliness and an abundance of clutter, hoarding can present a number of dangers to those that live in the affected home. The most pressing issue is the blockage of exits in the event of an emergency. If you are suddenly required to evacuate your home due to a fire, flood, or similar event, you may not be able to. To make matters worse, events such as fires can be greatly enhanced due to the extra fuel from the clutter.
There are risks other than those presented by typically thought of emergencies. Tipping hazards are a very real concern, as individuals get stuck under fallen items every year. The inability to clean under hoarded items is also a major risk, as mold, pests, and allergens can become widespread. This can result in health issues like allergic reactions, asthma attacks, respiratory infections, and worse.
The ServiceMaster Approach
A big mistake that many friends and family members of hoarders make is that they are too abrasive when trying to help. A common misconception is that those afflicted with hoarding tendencies are lazy. The truth of the matter is that hoarding disorder incites extreme anxiety in affected individuals when they are faced with disposing items. They are often too embarrassed to seek assistance, as a result. This is why compassion and understanding are a staple of our hoarding cleaning services.
ServiceMaster has developed a proven approach to hoarding cleaning, and our ServiceMaster by T.A. Russell technicians have adopted it wholeheartedly. It includes the following:
- The establishment of trust before any cleaning actually takes place
- Removal of unnecessary items (with consultation from the affected individual)
- Assistance with deciding whether to throw away, recycle, donate, or keep belongings
- Decontamination, restoration, and deodorization of affected areas
- The creation of a cleaning plan that we leave for the affected individual so that they can better manage their hoarding disorder (we will periodically follow up)
Finally, it is important to note that we abide by the rules and regulations of the Department of Transportation, OSHA, and the EPA. This means that we are certified to assist you. We are also able to dispose of dangerous biohazard materials if need be.
If you or a loved one is affected by hoarding tendencies, we encourage you to give us a call at (626) 594-9330. Our ServiceMaster by T.A. Russell representatives are available 24 hours a day, and are happy to answer any questions you have. We are proud to serve West Covina, Arcadia, Glendora, Pomona, Burbank, San Fernando, Alhambra, Monrovia, Diamond Bar, San Dimas, and Claremont in L.A. County, CA.