Hoarding is a serious concern, resulting in issues including biohazards, fire hazards, and structural damage. If you or a loved one is struggling with hoarding then getting in touch with the hoarding cleanup experts at ServiceMaster DSI in Parkville, MO can help restore the home to safe living conditions.
Here, we’ll take a look at how our hoarding cleanup experts help make a hoarder’s home safe and livable again.
The First Contact
Contrary to other types of restoration and remediation, in hoarding cases the first contact with hoarding cleanup firm is usually made by a person who is not the sufferer.
Normally, it’s the hoarder’s friend, family, or a care provider, who seeks out professional help for cleaning up a hoarder’s house.
In some cases, housing authorities and law enforcement agencies are also involved.
Reaching out to a hoarding cleanup firm is a big first step, but it’s important for the hoarder to be on board and ready to remove things from the home. We understand that cleanup can be anxiety inducing for the hoarder, which is why we work closely with them and any other medical professionals to make the process as easy as possible.
In hoarding cleanup it’s necessary to properly document everything. For example, our technicians will fill out release forms for collectibles and delicate items and also item sheets that are signed by the homeowner as well as the cleanup company.
Our technicians make sure that photo documentation and our photo inventory are very detailed. It’s likely that the homeowner may not remember many of the things that they have stocked up which makes the photo inventory so important.
Animal hoarding often results in unsafe living conditions for the owner, their animals, and others who enter the property. For example, it’s common in animal hoarding for there to be fecal matter present that may carry different types of diseases and pathogens.
Another problem that professionals address is the presence of ammonia, resulting from animal waste decomposition and urine deposits. It’s also not uncommon to see disease-causing insects fully occupying space inside a hoarder’s house.
We make an action plan that addresses all of these issues and health concerns.
This often includes biohazard cleanup to remove these dangerous elements. This should never be completed by an untrained individual. Mishandling biohazardous materials can result in serious health issues.
Managing Psychological Issues
Along with the actual cleanup, our experts address the emotional issues that come with cleaning up a hoarder’s house. The primary fear most hoarders have is related to losing their valuable belongings and not being in control. This is why we work closely with the hoarder and their support network to ensure the process reduces the hoarder’s anxiety as much as possible and that they are in control of what is kept, donated, and thrown out.
Because of the challenges of hoarding situations and the emotional issues involved, hoarding cleanup is a very complex task, making it necessary to partner with professionals to ensure the process is effective and does not put additional stress on the hoarder.
ServiceMaster DSI is a company that you can rely on for effective and compassionate hoarding cleanup. We have the experience, training, and tools for the job, so the hoarder’s home can be made livable again. To schedule your cleanup in Parkville, MO, today, contact the hoarding cleanup experts at (816) 527-9412.