Hoarding Cleanup Services in Rochester, NY

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

Even though guilt and shame can come with the hoarding condition, PuroClean can help. Hoarders, along with their families, tend to remain at home, refuse to invite people in, and hide the hoarding conditions from relatives, well-wishers, and others that have concern and care. If hoarding is not dealt with, it can lead to very dire consequences.

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

  • Excessively acquiring items that are not needed or for which there is no space,
  • Persistent difficulty throwing out or parting with your things, regardless of actual value,
  • Feeling a need to save these items, and being upset by the thought of discarding them,
  • Building up of clutter to the point where rooms become unusable,
  • Having a tendency toward indecisiveness, perfectionism, avoidance, procrastination, and problems with planning and organizing

Excessive acquiring and refusing to discard items result in:

  • Disorganized piles or stacks of items, such as newspapers, clothes, paperwork, books, or sentimental items,
  • Possessions that crowd and clutter your walking spaces and living areas and make the space unusable for the intended purpose, such as not being able to cook in the kitchen or use the bathroom to bathe,
  • Buildup of food or trash to unusually excessive, unsanitary levels,
  • Significant distress or problems functioning or keeping yourself and others safe in your home,
  • Conflict with others who try to reduce or remove clutter from your home,
  • Difficulty organizing items, sometimes losing important items in the clutter.

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.

  • Health hazards
  • Trip hazards
  • Hazardous to Those That Help
  • Fire hazards
  • Access and egress in case of emergency
  • Putrid odors
  • Deferred maintenance
  • Obscured damage
  • Cleaning Hazards

Excessive contents can hide serious problems such as:

  • Water losses,
  • Roof leaks,
  • Exterior moisture penetration,
  • Cause extensive and long-term damage,
  • Structural integrity risks and failure issues.

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: The following conditions are considered safe and sanitary: All doors and stairways accessible, light clutter, no smells, and no more than three locations with animal waste.

Hoarding Level 2: At least one blocked exit, the presence of malfunctioning heating, cooling, or ventilation system for at least half a year, clutter inhabits 2 or more rooms, light smells, light mildew in kitchens and bathrooms, overflowing garbage bins, visible pet waste on the floor, and dirty food prep surfaces.

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: During hoarding level 4 social problems become markedly more apparent. There will be extreme problems like sewer backup, kitchens and bathrooms becoming nearly impossible to use, animal waste all over the floor, and much more. Everywhere you look mold and mildew are easily visible, and it is nearly impossible to live in multiple rooms.

Hoarding Level 5: This is the most extreme level of hoarding. There is a severe amount of structural damage around the property and smells run rampant. Basic necessities such as electricity and running water are gone, and the property needs severe restoration to become livable again. There are pests around, and garbage can make it very challenging to access certain parts of the house.

The Solution

There is a long list of reasons why it may be overwhelming to approach the task of cleaning a hoarder’s home. PuroClean will develop and execute a plan with you, your family, caregivers, and any other materially interested parties, while conducting ourselves with sincere compassion and empathy during the whole process. Included in our scope of work is to ensure that no clutter is left behind for sentimental reasons. PuroClean will clear out, bag properly, transport, and dispose of everything in a special manner, especially adhering to the rules and regulations related to the type of hazardous material we’re working with. Our number one goal is to ensure that our highly trained professionals, the occupants, and all involved materially interested individuals and their surroundings are protected in a safe and proper manner.

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 (585) 431-6060.

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 Rochester, NY 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’s imperative to be concerned about protection when conducting cleanup and remediation on a home. Part of our responsibility will be to implement emergency solutions to possible developing situations, such as having fire extinguishers, flashlights, insect repellants or control solutions, and first aid kids readily available. PuroClean will also use the proper personal protective equipment for our techs.

Giving all the cleaning supplies – Many unique cleaning supplies and equipment are used throughout the entire project. All PuroClean response vehicles are fully equipped with the necessary materials, equipment, cleaning supplies, PPE, and other tools necessary to complete each and every step of the 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 removal of clutter from each area can be easy once all parties are on the same page and communication is open. Slowly but surely individuals will notice the ongoing progress and normally become inspired to keep moving forward. However, it takes time to complete the decluttering procedure for every part of the home.

Sorting the contents – Local laws and regulations should be followed when managing items that require special handling. All debris and garbage is bagged up and disposed of following guidance from local laws. Salvageable items are split into two separate piles: one is items to keep and the other is 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:

  • Restoration services (after fire, water, mold, or biohazard damage),
  • Forensic cleaning with application of disinfectant that includes the house and any salvageable items and contents.
  • Surface prep and repainting,
  • Re-carpeting.

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.

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