Hoarding Cleanup Help Frequently Asked Questions
Where Do I Turn For Help?
There are a growing number of websites designed to address exactly this question. Many people are afraid to contact civil authorities for fear of making the hoarder's life even more intolerable. Unfortunately, sometimes this is the only way for the person to get the help they require.
Contacting a certified cleaning service, as well as a professional therapist who has been trained in dealing with compulsive behaviors is also key to getting the hoarder started on the road to recovery.
How Do I Handle a Hoarder Who Refuses to Get Help?
Dealing with a hoarder who has no concept of being a hoarder is one of the most difficult obstacles to overcome. It is now known that when a hoarder's possessions are removed by force it is almost 100% likely that the individual will return to the activity as soon as they return to their home and are left alone without the proper treatment.
It is recommended that a professional therapist be contacted who can assess and diagnose the situation before offering expert advice on how to proceed.
How Long Does Hoarding Cleanup Take?
Depending on the severity of the damage done by the hoarder's activities it can take anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks to completely reverse the damage and properly clean and sanitize a hoarders living area.
There has been some case that went undetected so long that the home was affected beyond repair and was therefore destroyed. Of course this is a rare and severe case, but it give you an idea of just how devastating the illness can be when not detected and addressed in time.
Why Should I Hire a Professional Cleaning Company?
Although it is not absolutely necessary for you to hire a professional cleaning service to help you, you should make sure you have properly assessed the situation before you pull on the rubber gloves.
There is no telling what you are likely to find buried beneath the mounds, piles, and stacks of garbage, not to mention the nooks and crannies that likely have not seen the light of day in years.
It may be that someone with specialized knowledge in dealing with hazardous materials is required to properly remove, clean and sanitize the area in order for it to truly become livable again. There are definite health risks to consider before tackling a hoarder cleanup job on your own.
What Can I Expect When You Arrive?
Our team of highly professional cleaning technicians will arrive at the home with as little fan fare as possible. We understand that his illness has far reaching social implications and that privacy is an important issue for many people.
We will quietly and discretely go about our task in such a way as to minimize drawing unwanted attention to the vicinity.
Our team will coordinate with the rest of the team that has been put together to help the hoarder and help make sure they are part of the process.
How Much Will This Cost?
It is difficult to pre-determine the costs of hoarder scene cleanups. There are too many variables that need to be assessed on site before a proper determination can be made.
We offer a free consultation, which will allow us to come to a reasonable price for our services.