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When a Property Is Impacted By Hoarding.

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning When a Property Is Impacted By Hoarding. Are you impacted by hoarding? We can help.

If you’ve had a rental or family property impacted by hoarding, you’re familiar with the piles upon piles of objects that can accumulate. But how much do you know about the dangers?

Hoarding is a serious issue that increases the risk of fires, mold, and any number of other household hazards.

So, what is hoarding? Hoarding is a obsessive disorder that causes people to hang on to possessions, ultimately accumulating them in large quantities that can take over a home.

Those affected by the condition cling to those items because they believe they will be of value at some point, but in actuality, most often the items retain little to no value.

As these objects pile up in the home, they present fire hazards and can hide pests or mold growth. All of those effects of hoarding could render a property unusable.

So if you’ve discovered that one of your properties has been used for hoarding, what should you do? Call in the professionals, who can clean up the space and ensure the area is safely rehabilitated for future use.

What’s Involved in the Clean-up Process

When you discover a property filled up with objects and trash, your first inclination might be to just toss everything out and clean up. But cleaning up after hoarding requires special consideration.

A professional team will provide a comprehensive clean-up plan to mitigate any safety hazards that have cropped up.

Removal of Dangerous Substances

Because hoarding leads to piles of clutter and other objects, it can conceal dangerous hazards, including toxic mold, insects, and rodents.

To ensure you are safely cleaning the space, partner with professionals who are educated about best practices for removal and outfitted in the appropriate safety gear.

Removal of Items

This is likely the part of clean-up that comes to mind first. During this stage, the space is cleared of all clutter, including items like newspapers and even trash.

If other items in the space have become contaminated over time, they’ll also be removed and potentially discarded.

Complete Cleaning

Once everything is removed and the space is cleared entirely, a professional team will then deep clean the property. During this phase, they’ll take steps to remove all residue and mitigate any odors.

This will help restore the property to its habitable status again.

In need of a team to help restore a space where hoarding has been an issue? Contact our team at SERVPRO® of Dorchester County, and we’ll make it like it never even happened.

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