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Hoarding occurs when a homeowner collects an excessive number of items far past what is considered normal for the space. Often it looks like the inside of the home is filled with trash. Because of this, hoarding is not a safe situation for anyone to be in.

Soil-Away Can Help

Fortunately, Soil-Away provides restoration services to clean up hoarding situations and return the home to a livable condition. Whether you have inherited a hoarder property, or you are concerned about the safety of a loved one, we can help. Here are some of the services we provide in hoarding situations.

Trash Removal

Most hoarders have an excessive amount of trash left in the house. While most people would throw out a pizza box after dinner, a hoarder might keep the box and end up with hundreds in their house. As a result, at Soil-Away, we will go through and remove all the trash from the home.

Furniture Removal

In addition to the trash, we will also remove and dispose of the furniture. Because it may be out of reach, in many hoarding situations the furniture has not been used in years because it’s been buried under trash. In most cases, the furniture will not be salvageable and will also need to be disposed of.

Biohazard Disposal

Hoarding properties are a breeding ground for biohazardous waste. Whether this is waste from mice, waste from pets, or human waste, Soil-Away will address the biohazards, dispose of them, and sanitize the property.

Mold Remediation

Hoarding properties can also have a lot of mold. Leaks go unnoticed while damp trash piles up. This also creates an extremely toxic and unhealthy living environment. Because of this, before the house can be occupied again, it must be remediated for mold.

General Sanitization and Deodorization

Hoarding situations require a level of discretion, professionalism, and expertise to overcome the challenges. Because of this, the restoration experts at Soil-Away will complete a full sanitization and deodorization of the house before it is occupied again. Soil-Away will also clean the air ducts so that future occupants will not have contaminated air running through their house.

Contact Soil-Away For Restoration Services

Hoarding is a tough situation. It is also dangerous for any occupants. As a result, it must be cleaned before the home can be occupied again. At Soil-Away, we have years of experience providing restoration services to hoarding properties. After completing removal and sanitation services, the home can generally be sold or occupied again. It takes a lot of work, but Soil-Away has the experience. For more information about the hoarding services we provide, contact us today.

What You Need To Know About …

Hoarding might seem strange to anyone who has never wanted to hold onto things that seem to the rest of the world to be useless or excessive. Underneath the desire to hoard there is usually an underlying emotional connection that most people can’t understand. If you are about to partake in a hoarding cleanup, either for yourself or for a loved one, there are things that you should know ahead of time. This will give you the coping skills to work through the hardships and hurdles that can stand in the way of it being a successful path to a new life.

It is About More Than Just “Cleaning Up”

Hoarding is more than not throwing things away. Every object within a hoarder’s house has a specific reason for being there. Although it might seem like a matter of just a basic cleanup, for the hoarder, it means giving up things they hold dear. When you are going through the cleaning process, it is important to know that every little thing might spur debate. So come prepared with an understanding that it is not the same as other types of cleaning. It is an emotional cleaning and is on a whole different level.

If You Try to Move Too Quickly, Things Might Shut Down

If you go into a hoarding cleanup with the notion that things will go quickly and smoothly, think again. There will likely be times when the hoarder will become overwhelmed and halt the entire process. Be patient and realize that when each new item is removed, the hoarder may experience a sense of loss that will slow the process. It might even become frustratingly painful to go through each item. But if you don’t let them feel in control, they will probably shut down the process altogether.

It is Going to Be Highly Emotional and Anxiety-Provoking

When cleaning up a hoarder’s home you will likely experience a lot of emotion coming from the hoarder attached to things that might seem like junk to you. Underlying all the “things” is an emotional attachment that outsiders can’t possibly understand. Be prepared for emotions like anger and anxiety when you are throwing things out. A hoarder has an attachment to both small and big things at a level that you probably don’t understand and won’t see until the cleanup is already in full swing.

Hoarding is something that most people can’t understand from the outside. Hoarders usually have an underlying emotional attachment to things. This means it is vital to be patient, try not to rush them, and not to go too quickly. The hoarder is going to feel remorse at getting rid of the things in their home, regardless of whether you find value in them or not. So be prepared for a long, emotional day – or longer. For more information about this process, let Soil-Away help guide you through your hoarding cleanup situation.


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