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Cleaning up after hoarding in a Dutchess County property, not as easy as you think!

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

An ideal spot for rodents, insects and other pests to take up shelter.

How much do you know about hoarding? Unfortunately for those affected, it’s a dangerous issue that increases the risk of fires, mold, and any number of other hazards.

But what is hoarding? This serious mental illness, a subtype of OCD, causes people to accumulate possessions, ultimately disrupting their daily lives, routines, and environments to satisfy their compulsions.

The International OCD Foundation estimates that as many as 1 in 50 people display behaviors on the hoarding spectrum.

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

Own a space that’s been impacted by hoarding and not sure what to do? Call in the professionals, who can clean up the property and ensure it’s 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.

Because these items can become hazardous over time, professionals will ensure safe removal.

Removal of Dangerous Substances

Hoarding can hide dangerous health-related hazards, including toxic 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 professional 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 team at SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County at (845)831-3600 and we’ll make it like it never even happened.

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