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Hoarding Clean Up

What Is Hoarding?

Hoarding is the excessive collecting of personal items, trash, food, etc. and without being able to remove anything from their living space. Eventually, a hoarder surrounds themselves with clutter, leaving narrow pathways to walk through. Today, many people in our society today know someone or themselves are hoarders.

We recognize that hoarding can be the result of a psychological disorder. Hoarding is not due to poor organization or laziness, it is a complex anxiety disorder that makes it difficult for a person to discard or part with possessions, regardless of actual value. They don't realize that the dangers hoarding can pose to their health, their home being susceptible to fire damage, and the other safety risks. Hoarders may feel the item will be useful one day or feel sentimental about it.

The Different Types of Hoarding Behaviors:

  • Animal Hoarding
  • Bibliomania (hoarding of books)
  • Collectors
  • Larder hoarding (hoarding of food)
  • Over-sentimental hoarders
  • Recyclers
  • Shopaholics
  • Syllogomania (hoarding of trash or garbage)

Note: Read Inside The Brain Of Hoarders by Time Magazine

Many have dealt with this problem their entire lives, and often only after other family members become involved, is the issue addressed. By contacting us about your hoarding problem, you can rest assure we'll handle the situation with a professional and empathetic approach to removing the clutter.

Using a professional and understanding approach To Remove Hoarding

Cleaning the home of a hoarder is a difficult task that requires effective planning, detailed execution, and the right equipment. ServiceMaster by Singer provides this and several helpful services to clean hoarding including:

  • Biohazard disposal
  • Cleaning floors including carpet, hardwood, stone, and tile
  • Content cleaning for salvageable items
  • Debris removal
  • Mold removal and remediation
  • Sanitizing and deodorizing services

In many cases, due to the level of contamination in a hoarding environment, our highly trained technicians must utilize protective gear to avoid infection. Not only does a hoarding situation require experts who can navigate the issues, but also people who treat each client with compassion and respect. Contact us or call (410) 346-9336 to learn more about how we can help resolve the hoarding issue you're facing.