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What Are the Dangers of Cleaning Hoarder Houses?

What Are the Dangers of Cleaning Hoarder Houses? - Bio-One of Poway

Hoarder houses typically have excessive clutter and debris, making them almost impossible to navigate in. The accumulation of junk, papers, clothes, and other items is a breeding ground for bacteria, dust, and pests that can become health hazards. However, the dangers do not end there. In this blog post, we will reveal the pernicious dangers that lurk in hoarder houses and how remediation technicians at Bio-One can handle these cleanups.

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Mold Infestation

Moisture from incidents such as water damage, pipe leaks, and spills, can go unnoticed in hoarder houses. It provides an ideal environment for mold growth, which may result in respiratory issues. When Bio-One of Poway remediates hoarder houses, we ensure that mold testing and remediation is one of their highest priorities. We are Micro-certified mold remediation inspectors and contractors!

Vermin Infestations

Rodents and other pests thrive and multiply in hoarder houses. They can cause severe damage to the property and pose a threat to the health of those who enter the premises. Rats, mice, cockroaches, and other pests carry diseases and bacteria that can spread throughout the house. At Bio-One of Poway, we have experts trained in cleaning up and removing animal waste to eliminate infestations safely.

Structural Damage

The sheer weight of clutter in hoarder houses can cause structural damage over time. Piles of items can place excessive stress on the floors and walls, leading to cracking or collapse. This danger is not only limited to the hoarders themselves but also to any visitors or emergency responders who may enter the house!

Fire Hazards

Cluttered spaces are at a higher risk of fire hazards. Flammable items, such as paper and chemicals, can quickly catch fire and spread throughout the house. In hoarder houses, these risks are heightened due to blocked exits and narrow pathways that make it difficult for firefighters to enter the premises in case of an emergency.

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Electrical hazards are also common in hoarder houses, as electrical outlets may be overloaded with extension cords and overloaded power strips. Additionally, clutter can easily block or cover heating vents, increasing the risk of fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Physical Hazards

The clutter in hoarder houses creates physical hazards for anyone who may enter or try to move around the property. People can trip or fall, and stacks of items like old newspapers or magazines can collapse and cause injury. We are prepared to move and manage bulky items, such as furniture, in order to create a safe and accessible living space.

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Human and Animal Feces and Urine

In extreme hoarding situations, animal feces and urine may be present on the property. It can cause serious health issues such as E. Coli and Salmonella infections. Human bodily fluids are also a potential threat and have the potential to carry harmful diseases. We handle disposal with care and ensure the safety of everyone involved.

The Emotional Weight of Hoarder Houses

Hoarding not only poses physical and health hazards but also has a significant emotional weight. Hoarding is often linked to mental health issues, which exacerbates the situation for the hoarder and their loved ones. The process of decluttering and cleaning can be overwhelming and emotional, which is why our team at Bio-One of Poway approaches each case with empathy and understanding.

We are a Mental Health First Aid Certified Company

At Bio-One of Poway, we understand the sensitive nature of hoarding situations and the impact they can have on individuals and families. As a Mental Health First Aid-certified company, we can recognize and support those in need of mental health resources. We approach each case with compassion, respect, and a commitment to helping our community through the hoarding cleanup process.

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