Hoarding Safety Risks and Clean-up Procedures

Biohazard Clean Up

Hoarding Cleanup Services in Hoboken, NJ

PuroClean provides you the hoarding help that you have a need for without being ashamed or embarrassed. Homes that may seem daunting and overwhelming due to the amount of clutter, trash, and abundance of personal belongings is one of our many areas of specialty.

The Challenge

PuroClean can help with the shame and guilt that may accompany hoarding. It’s not unusual for hoarders and their families to stay in their homes, not invite guests in, and try to conceal the condition from friends, relatives, and well-wishers who really are concerned and actually care. If hoarding goes unaddressed, it could lead to a very unpleasant outcome.

According to the Mayo Clinic, signs and symptoms of hoarding may include:

Excessive acquiring and refusing to discard items result in:

Hoarding – A Hazardous Situation

Hoarding can slowly develop into a situation that is quite troublesome to control for many of those who suffer from the condition. It can also prove a very hazardous chore to clean up and remediate a hoarder’s property. Parting with their possessions is very difficult for hoarders, specifically while trying to cooperate with family or other caring materially curious parties. Unfortunately, this interaction between the hoarder and those closely involved can cause long lasting disputes and divisions.

Hoarding presents a high level of danger and risk to property and more importantly life.

Excessive contents can hide serious problems such as:

Statistics show that hoarding affects “as many as 1 in every 20” individuals and is more common in older age groups, increasing with age. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), up to 5 percent of the world’s population display traits of clinically diagnosable hoarding. The National Study Group on Compulsive Disorganization guideline for comprehending the level of hoarding and its impact on a house:

Hoarding Level 1: Light clutter, all doors, and stairways accessible, no more than three locations with animal waste throughout the house, no smells, and the house is considered safe and sanitary.

Hoarding Level 2: Dirty food prep surfaces, noticeable pet waste on the floors, garbage bins that are overflowing, signs of mildew in kitchens and bathrooms, light smells, 2 or more rooms inhabited by clutter, over 6 months of a malfunctioning healing, cooling or ventilation system, and at least one blocked exit.

Hoarding Level 3: Clutter becomes a problem inside and outside of the house at hoarding level 3. There are some major problems such as structural damage, smells that are very strong, and rooms becoming entirely impossible to use.

Hoarding Level 4: Social problems become much more noticeable at level 4 of hoarding. There are major problems such as sewer backup, nearly impossible to use kitchens and bathrooms, animal waste laying around the floor, and more. Mold and mildew are easy to spot throughout every inch of the house, and there are a few rooms close to not being livable.

Hoarding Level 5: The most extreme level of hoarding, Level 5 includes the following: Basic necessities like electrical, plumbing, and running water are non-existent. Extremely obvious signs of structural damage throughout the property, rampant odors, noticeable pests present, and garbage presents a challenge when trying to access various areas of the home. The entire premises are in need of severe restoration to again become liveable.

The Solution

The planning leading up to cleaning a hoarder’s house and property can be quite overwhelming for a number of reasons. The best and easiest way to start is to call PuroClean. Our certified technicians vow to work with understanding and care to construct a plan and implement the plan with you, family, or caretakers, as well as any other materially involved parties, in order to provide you with the best care. PuroClean’s main objective is to certify that our highly trained employees, the property dwellers, other materially interested parties, and the environment are sufficiently protected. Also, as part of our work, we will confirm that no clutter is left behind for sentimental reasons, that everything is cleared, bagged correctly, transported, and thrown away in the appropriate manner, suitable to the particular hazardous material.

Hoarding cleanup is another division of PuroClean’s biohazard remediation services, and involves a high level of forensic restoration and cleaning services in which our PuroClean franchises* have been specifically trained in. We know how to bring back a house and make it appear as great as before, even after hoarding problems.

The Cleaning Process – The PuroClean RapidDefense™ Program

Forensic cleaning is defined as the removal of biological contaminants to prepare surfaces, both vertical and horizontal, for professional disinfecting. There are two phases to the forensic cleaning process. First, all surfaces are dry cleaned with disposable microfiber pads to reduce both the bio load and the soil load to prepare them for wet cleaning.

Next, wet cleaning process involves the application of an EPA-registered hospital-grade disinfectant/cleaner dispensed through a foaming unit and manipulated via mechanical action using disposable microfiber pads.

As we are not cleaning for appearance but for health, all surfaces may be clean to the eye, however, testing the surfaces is an essential step to ensuring we have accomplished our goal, that we have cleaned for health.

How Hoarding Can Affect Insurance Claims

Homes that are in poor condition after hoarding problems can be susceptible to insurance coverage issues due to lack of maintenance and degradation that occurs in these environments. Some insurance carriers, brokers, and agents will provide a list of concerns and issues detailing what safety and maintenance fixes to retain policy coverage. Failure to address these issues can lead to a loss in insurance coverage.

While calling in professionals like PuroClean and their expert crews to assist in sorting through a house and providing cleanup services may not be easy, it may be required to help with the daunting tasks related to the cleanup and remediation.

PuroClean’s biohazard remediation services are available near you and around the clock 24/7. Call PuroClean anytime at (201) 868-4817.

Providing Hoarding Cleanup Solutions Calls for Empathy and Compassion

The goal with any new project that PuroClean is hired for, is to make sure that everything is addressed according to the needs of the client and return the property over in a healthy and safe manner. Our technicians are careful, empathic, and compassionate for all those involved with the project, while helping all who are coming to terms with this problem. PuroClean wants to ensure open communication and while showing concern and empathy for all materially interested individuals dealing with these sensitive and concerning scenarios.

PuroClean of Hoboken, NJ approach to hoarding cleanup:

Initial inspection – Every hoarding situation is isolated and different, as is the method for creating a strong working schedule that helps the project flow smoothly through completion. All cleanups begin with a first inspection and estimation to focus on Health and Safety and establish it as top priority. Following this, PuroClean will arrange a complete scope of cleaning, remediation, repair, and cleanup according to the project’s requirements.

Safety – It is vital to worry about protection when remediating and restoring a house. PuroClean will use the proper personal protective equipment for our techs. As part of our response, we will help implement emergency solutions to situations that can develop, such as having readily available fire extinguishers, first aid kits, insect repellants or control solutions, flashlights, and more.

Giving all the cleaning supplies – PuroClean’s response vehicles are fully stocked with the necessary PPE, materials, equipment, and cleaning supplies along with all other tools that may be needed to complete the daily tasks of the project. There are many unique supplies used for cleaning as well as specialized equipment used for the entire project.

Staging a dumpster – Dumpsters are very important while conducting a hoarding cleanup, and PuroClean will consult the property’s responsible party for assistance in locating an open area for a dumpster to be placed safely. This will also be done in an effort to minimize any possible damage resulting from placement and removal. Dumpsters allow the PuroClean technicians to place all “to be disposed of” contents from the property fast and efficiently.

Decluttering – The decluttering process of the entire home does take some time. Gradually, individuals pay notice to the ongoing progress and it inspires them to keep going. Taking away all the clutter from an individual area is an easy task, but only once it commences fully and with open communication with everyone involved.

Sorting the contents – Local laws and regulations must be checked for dealing with items that have special handling. All trash and debris are bagged up and discarded according to guidance and local laws. Salvageable items are separated into two piles – items to keep and items to donate.

Repairing and cleaning the house – When the entire house is clutter-free, remediation and repairs are started if needed. These can include:

Hiring PuroClean brings the best highly trained team and cleaning services focusing on top-quality care for all. We have the highest quality of services, and our speed and compassion during the remediation and cleaning are unrivaled. No matter how challenging a cleanup might appear, we are willing to put in the work to keep our customers happy.

*It is crucial to know that not all PuroClean offices offer biohazard restoration solutions. If there is a need for a cleanup for a hoarding problem, take time to contact the main office at 1-800-775-7876 to connect with the closest PuroClean Franchise near you.

Last edited on 13th of October 2021

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