You may have seen it on reality TV—scenes of extreme, mazelike clutter and hoarding that often results in unsafe, unsanitary living conditions. Hoarding can take over seemingly any space, from a tiny apartment to a large home.
A hoarding situation can be a big job for a home clean up and repair. If you are dealing with the aftermath of a hoarder, you will find that the mess can quickly become overwhelming. Depending on how long the hoarding has been going on, there may be structural damage to your house as well. Hoarders often don't realize what they are doing to the property or take care of repairs.
We often get phone calls from landlords or family members seeking help from disaster clean-up companies that can manage these intense situations. At Fast Affordable Restoration, we are an IICRC Certified Firm that handles water damage, fire restoration, smoke removal, and disaster clean-up services. Often that includes working with hoarding situations to clean up and mitigate potentially dangerous situations.
Why is Hoarding Clean-up So Important?
Hoarding is a serious problem. It's a mental disorder that affects people of all ages and income levels, but it's especially prevalent among the elderly. The condition can lead to health hazards such as respiratory problems, poor hygiene, and potentially even death from starvation or exposure to toxic substances like mold.
It can also cause fire hazards, as well as safety hazards for you and your family if they have nowhere to go in case of an emergency. Hoarding causes financial hardships that may last for years—if not decades—and stacks up legal fees as you attempt to resolve issues stemming from a hoarder's actions or inaction. That is why a fire damage clean-up company like ours offers more than just soot clean-up. We understand what it takes to restore a home from a hoarding situation.
And finally, hoarding has spiritual implications. Cleaning up after residential hoarders can be spiritually draining for our emergency clean-up service team members. We want you to know how much we respect your home space and how much we value the trust granted by this opportunity to help you move on, regardless of whether this is a tenant or a family member.
An Expert Team Ready to Help
We at Fast Affordable Restoration have professional fire flood clean-up technicians with the training and experience to handle hoarding projects. The first step in cleaning up a hoarding situation is to assess what the situation is. This will help us determine not only how much work needs to be done, but what steps to take as we move through the property. We always want to ensure the safety of your building first, so no future damage is caused.
We will carefully assess the condition of the home. Hoarding affects people differently. For example, one person might have just one room filled with debris while another person might have an entire house full of all kinds of items.
As many of our clients are landlords or property management teams, we do our best to move as efficiently as possible through a property so that it can be thoroughly cleaned up, repaired, restored, and rented again. We move room by room, managing all signs of hoarding and removing debris that could be toxic or cause health code violations (animal debris, waste, and other organics). This can include:
- Fire or tripping hazards
- Indoor air pollutants
- Structural damage
- Biohazardous materials
- Pest infestations
- Furniture and personal item removal
- Kitchen appliances and electronics eco-friendly disposal
- Odor control
- Chemical disposal
- Deep cleaning
- structural repair
We follow all the guidelines and regulations set by the California Building Standards Commission and perform mold mitigation where it is needed to ensure a safe and livable space for your new tenants.
Professional Restoration Help for a Challenging Situation
We are a professional home hoarding clean-up and repair company that specializes in removing clutter from homes of families who have suffered through a disaster or those suffering from a hoarding disorder. Our team is equipped to handle any situation so you can regain control over your living space after any type of disaster.
We understand that you need a company that can handle hoarding clean-up with compassion and respect. After all, it’s not always easy for people to let go of their things. That’s why we offer comprehensive solutions for our clients, including demolition services, mold remediation, and other general contracting work.
Feel free to reach out to our expert team anytime you are handling a hoarding situation. We offer free consultations and estimates of the time and cost of our professional services. You can also call our office directly. We will send out one of our team members as soon as possible to ensure your hoarding situation is handled quickly and the property can be used again.
California is a beautiful place to live, with many people coming together from all kinds of backgrounds. That includes those who may be suffering through the challenges of hoarding. We make no judgment and offer our sympathies for such a battle. Our job is to handle the clean-up and get your property back into working order. Reach out today and let the experts at Fast Affordable Restoration handle the aftermath of a hoarding situation in your apartment, home, or business location.