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Hoarding Problems Can Lead to Significant Damages At a Dutchess County Residence

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

A living and dining room of a home filled with miscellaneous contents displaying a hoarding situation There could be several hidden damages in a hoarding situation. SERVPRO is here to help!

Hoarding disorders can lead to other issues in a home like rodent infestations, water damage and mold growth. A person with a hoarding issue in any residence in Poughkeepsie, Wappingers, Fishkill or Beacon has difficulty getting rid of or parting with possessions due to their perceived need to save them. The thought of disposing of items causes emotional distress. Often, these items are of no importance to anyone other than the occupant of the property.

This sensitive situation can lead to several problems such as accumulation of items for years making for dangerous areas filled to capacity. Entrances and exits might be blocked, doorways, appliances and bathroom essentials might have become inaccessible. In some situations, rodents, fleas, bugs, and other vermin may be present which creates an additional unsanitary living area. The inability to access and address appliances needing repairs such as showers, toilets and sinks can lead directly to water damage and possibly mold infestation if left untreated. Each situation our experts from SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County have faced has been different and handled with care and sensitivity by our professionals. No matter the source of the problem, no two damages have been alike. Having been in the property damage restoration business locally for 30 years, there has been no structure or property that we couldn’t clean, sanitize, remediate or restore.

Sometimes, our teams are called to address a fire, smoke or water damage situations and will encounter hoarding issues when they arrive at the home. Our staff will work seamlessly with the insurance company regarding the contents, and once approved, they will inventory, photograph, clean and pack the items to be stored while the other damages are remedied to preloss condition.

Occasionally, we are called to a home following a tragedy of a loved one and will work with the family members or legal representatives in locating important or sentimental possessions, legal documents and preparing a property as the family needs. Additionally, our professionals are certified in bio-hazard remediation to handle any areas that might need to removed, cleaned and disinfected. The SERVPRO staff is here to assist family in any way possible in a difficult time.

If you or someone you know is faced with a hoarding situation, no matter the size, the team from SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County will help make it “Like it never even happened.”

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