Hoarding behaviors are complicated conditions that have been associated with a number of diagnosable mental illnesses. Most commonly, hoarding is recognized as a possible symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In the United States, OCD affects about 2.5 million people, which means there are many at risk of practicing unsafe and unsanitary hoarding behaviors. If your loved one is suffering from untreated mental illness that leads to hoarding practices, it can be difficult to work through that recovery process without professional help. Therapy and medication are a major part of that professional help, but there is also the need for cleanup and removal of unsafe hoarding conditions. For any kind of space affected by hoarding, we can help. ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning and Restoration offers comprehensive hoarding cleanup in King of Prussia, PA, and surrounding communities. We can remove all hoarded materials and return the space to pre-loss conditions with sensitivity and compassion for everyone involved.
The main reason why hoarding cleanup should be done by professionals with the right equipment, protections, and training is because hoarder spaces often contain dangerous materials. People who hoard can collect a broad range of items from something as benign as newspapers to things such as unsanitary used needles and animals. Hoarding spaces pose risks of exposure to biohazards, narcotics, falling objects, and potentially unsound building structures in almost every hoarding condition.
Our team has the experience and equipment needed to safely and quickly remove hoarded items, dispose of them properly, and repair any damages to the space. Some of the most dangerous items we’ve encountered in cleaning up past hoarder spaces include:
- Rotting food and trash
- Human and animal waste
- Body fluids
- Live animals, often carrying disease
- Dead animals
- Insect and other pest infestations
- Mold and mildew
- Sharp objects like needles, broken glass, and drug paraphernalia
- Narcotics and narcotics production materials
- High levels of dust leading to very poor air quality
- Stacked objects with risk of falling
- Damaged floors, walls, ceilings, and other compromised parts of the property
Not only is our team able to properly handle these dangerous materials, it can also remove and clean your property quickly while working with insurance providers and any other parties involved. Our goal is to return your property, including any exterior spaces that have been impacted, to pre-loss conditions while recognizing the stress and difficulties you and your loved one are experiencing.
If you and your loved one are ready to take the step toward recovering a space from hoarding conditions, you can rely on our team to handle the situation quickly, effectively, and professionally. For more information about hoarding cleanup in King of Prussia, PA, contact ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning and Restoration at (610) 524-8003 to reach our main office in Exton, PA.