As a professional restoration and cleanup provider, ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning and Restoration technicians have worked to recover many different sites. From flooding to fire damage, we work to salvage damaged materials, clean and deodorize, dispose of hazards, and repair any structural issues. When we are called to clean up a building that was previously a hoarding space, there are many dangers we know to expect. People suffering from hoarding disorders experience attachments to items that have little-to-no actual monetary worth. This leads to the accumulation of dangerous conditions that can range from falling objects to biohazards. Some of the most common objects we find in hoarding spaces include trash, human and animal waste, used needles, body fluids, and dead animals. In order to properly dispose of these materials and other dangers found in a hoarding space, you need professional help. If you are in need of expert hoarding cleanup in Exton, PA, and the surrounding area, we can help.
Hoarding Cleanup Professionals
Our team of skilled hoarding cleanup technicians has the protective gear, tools, solutions, and training needed to assess the situation, plan a cleanup process, remove materials, and sanitize and repair any damages to an interior or exterior space.
Reasons for Using Professionals for Hoarding Cleanup
Biohazards are one of the biggest reasons why professional services should be called in for the cleanup of a hoarding space. There are Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for handling biohazards that may carry blood-borne pathogens like human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. We handle the following categories of biohazards and regulated materials that are often present at a hoarding site:
Any items that are sharp enough to puncture a person’s skin should be handled with extreme care, especially those that may have biological materials present on them. Sharps include broken glass, used needles, razor blades, broken bottles, knives, and some other drug paraphernalia.
When liquid biohazards are present at a hoarder site, they often include blood, urine, feces, and other body fluids. These can carry blood-borne pathogens and other diseases. Liquid biohazards also occur from rotting food, decomposing animals, and unmarked chemicals, and should be managed by professionals.
Solids that aren’t considered sharps but still carry potential biological materials must also be handled with the proper procedure for their removal and disposal. Often at a hoarding cleanup site, solid biohazards include used personal protective equipment (PPE) like gloves and masks, removal containers, and waste containers. They can also include any solid items affected by liquid biohazards.
Human and animal tissue
Unfortunately, there is a real possibility that human and animal tissue may be present in a hoarding space. Unattended deaths are a common event that leads to the cleanup of a hoarding space. Another reason animal tissue may be present is because animal hoarding is one symptom of a hoarding disorder. When too many pets cannot be cared for properly, one or more may pass away in the house.
A If you are in need of hoarding cleanup in Exton, PA, seek professional help. Contact ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning and Restoration at (610) 524-8003 to reach our main office.