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Hoarding in a Dutchess County home can cause many other issues not thought of.

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

A room in a home filled with refuse and possesions Hoarding creates fire hazards, food and shelter for rodents and hides potentially dangerous mold growth.

According to the International OCD Foundation, obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders affect more than 1 in 100 people around the world. Hoarding is a dangerous issue that increases the risk of fires, mold, and any number of other hazards. It’s a serious mental illness, a sub-type of OCD, that causes people to accumulate possessions, ultimately disrupting their daily lives, routines, and environments to satisfy their compulsions.

As these possessions, clutter and even waste products pile up, they can present fire hazards, become and even cover up water damage, mold growth or rodents.

Do you own a home or property that’s been impacted by hoarding and not sure what to do? Call in the restoration professionals, who can clean up the property the right way and ensure its safely rehabbed for future use.

What Cleanup Involves:

Cleaning up after hoarding requires special consideration. You’ll need a professional team to complete a comprehensive protocol that mitigates any potential hazards.

Removal of Items:

This is the cleaning phase—it involves sweeping the space of the objects and refuse that have piled up over time. Other items in the space may have become contaminated and need to be removed or even discarded. These items can become hazardous over time, or considered a biohazard, professionals will ensure safe removal.

Removal of Dangerous Substances:

Hoarding can hide dangerous health-related hazards, including varieties of mold and other pathogens, along with insects, rodents and other pests.

Ensure you are safely cleaning the space by partnering with a team of professionals educated in safe removal principles and outfitted in the appropriate safety gear.

Complete Cleaning:

Once the clutter and debris are removed and the space is cleared, a licensed team will then deep-clean the area. During this stage, they’ll work to remove all residue and odors to ensure it is ready to use in the future.

In need of a team to help restore a space where hoarding has been an issue? Contact our certified professionals at SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County at (845)831-3600. We’re here to help and will make it Like it never even happened.

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