Hoarding is a difficult disorder to deal with if you have a friend or family member that hoards but much more has been learned about the disorder that can help improve the lives of those affected. Hoarding is now understood as a symptom of more complex anxiety disorders which manifests as the extreme collecting of any objects or even animals, coupled with an inability to through anything away. This results in a growing hoard of items that can create dangerous living conditions by increasing fire risks and restricting access in the home, as well as contribute to unsanitary living conditions that can drastically affect the health of those within the home. ServiceMaster SouthWest provides hoarding cleaning services to cleanup and restore the homes of hoarders in Richmond, TX. Our approach stresses the importance of establishing mutual trust and respect with the affected individual and placing them in charge with the cleanup process.
ServiceMaster Hoarding Cleaning Process
ServiceMaster Restore and Matt Paxton, host of TV’s Hoarders, recently collaborated and created a new approach to hoarding cleaning that stresses the importance of mutual trust and giving the individual final say in what to do with the hoarded items. We start by establishing a level of trust and respect with the individual before entering the home and once the individual agrees to have their home cleaned out, we will create a cleaning plan that puts the individual in control. Many people that struggle with hoarding are initially embarrassed about their situation and it takes a close friend or family member to help them understand that the situation is not embarrassing and that it is best for them to get help cleaning their home. Our approach to hoarding cleaning involves the following phases:
- Establishment of mutual trust and respect with the individual
- Creation and implementation of a cleaning plan
- Follow ups to ensure the condition of the home is being maintained
Our technicians are highly trained and certified to provide effective hoarding cleaning and we use advanced cleaning products and equipment to thoroughly clean and disinfect the home once the hoarded items have been removed. We are fully prepared to deal with extreme cases of hoarding and any biohazard materials we may come across such as bodily fluids, mold, and dead animals. The cleaning process is done within compliance of the rules and regulations of the EPA, OSHA, and the Department of Transportation and includes the following steps:
- Decontamination: All dangerous materials are removed including bacteria, bodily fluids, and dead animals and we decontaminate the entire home.
- Odor Removal: All lingering odors are removed with our powerful deodorizers.
- Proper Disposal: We will help sort through hoarded items and decide what should be kept, recycled, thrown away, or donated and we take all biohazard materials to a licensed facility for proper disposal.
The consequences of hoarding can be quite severe so if you have a friend or family member in the Richmond, TX area that hoards, reach out to them and call ServiceMaster SouthWest for hoarding cleaning services. We take an honest and respectful approach to the situation to help clean and restore the home to safe living conditions. You can call us at (281) 247-3113 for more information about our hoarding cleaning services.