When dealing with the aftermath left by a hoarder, where do you even start? It’s an enormous job and one that can also be dangerous. This can affect anyone buying a new home, a loved one that has kept the inside of their home private, or even your next door neighbor. The tips below can help someone clean up the home of a hoarder.
Cleaning up the home of a hoarder is one of the most time consuming and challenging jobs anyone can take on. There is more to hoarding cleanup than simply organizing and cleaning. In fact, many hoarder houses are infested with rodents, roaches, and other animals and are breeding grounds for mold. These 4 tips can help you through the cleanup process:
1) Always wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) - You can be exposed to many bacteria and viruses when cleaning up the hoard. A common animal you may find while cleaning is rodent, and rodents most likely carry viruses. Rodents can carry Lyme Disease, Hantavirus, Salmonella, and Typhus. You can also be exposed to needles, human or animal feces, urine, and other harmful bio-hazards that can affect your immune system. Always wear gloves, booties, protective eyewear, N95 mask.
2) Separate and Organize items into 3 Categories - This one is not that simple. Yes, the easy part is creating the 3 different categories, which are keep, donate, and throw away. The hard part is getting to get the hoarder to understand how to put items in the donate and throw away pile.
3) Hoarding is a Mental Disorder - Hoarding may be present on its own or as a symptom of another disorder. Those most often associated with hoarding are obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD).
4) You may need to ask for Help - Helping anyone with a hoarding situation can be extremely tuff. First of all knowing where to dump the "throw away pile" and being able to haul it away. Second, being able to work 8-10 hours a day for about 6 days to get the home cleaned and livable. Lastly, having the proper tools and knowledge to clean everything and anything up. Please call Bio-One East Irvine when you need help!
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