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The OTHER problems that can come from a hoarding situation in an Ulster County home

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

A room in a home filled with possessions, debris and refuse creating a dangerous hoarding situation It's vital to work with a certified cleaning and restoration company when it comes to the dangers stemming from a hoarding situation.

Compulsive hoarding affects approximately 700,000 to 1.4 million people in the US. It’s a serious mental illness, a subtype of OCD, that causes people to accumulate possessions, ultimately disrupting their daily lives, routines, and environments to satisfy their compulsions.

Hoarding dangers in an Ulster County property can include: unknown water damage, subsequent and potentially dangerous mold growth, bug and rodent infestations, structural damages, and fire hazards.

A home or property that’s been impacted by hoarding warrants a series of procedures to restore it to a safe and livable environment. Call in the restoration professionals, who will clean up the property the right way and ensure its safely rehabbed.

What Cleanup Involves:

Cleaning up after hoarding requires special consideration and a company that understands how to create, execute and complete a comprehensive protocol to handle the hazards. There could be numerous bio hazards involved so health and safety regulations must be put in place accordingly.

Removal of Items:

This is the cleaning phase—sweeping the space of the objects and refuse that have piled up over time, removing contaminated items and discarding properly. These items can become hazardous over time, or considered a bio hazard, professionals will need to ensure safe removal.

Removal of Dangerous Substances:

Hoarding can hide dangerous health-related hazards, including varieties of mold and other pathogens, along with insects, rodents and other pests.

Make sure the property is being properly handled 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 licensed 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 some cases, and especially when mold has been growing, flooring and sub-flooring and/or structural damages will need to be addressed and repaired before the property can be safe to reside in. Working with a company that handles both the remediation and reconstruction like SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz will ease the stress of the situation and decrease the chances having to hire multiple companies

In need of a team to help restore a space where hoarding has been an issue? Contact our certified professionals at SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz at (845)255-4334. We’re here to help and will make it Like it never even happened.

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