Hoarding disorder is an actual clinical diagnosis. It is a problem behavior that can continue for years and, if left untreated, can result in both safety and health risks to the individual and the dwelling involved. Too often, the mess resulting from hoarding is only discovered after the person leaves the home due to age or health reasons, and family members are left to clean up the accumulation. ServiceMaster by Skip is one of the few cleaning services that offers professional hoarder cleanup that is both efficient and sensitive to the family situation.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there is no clear or single cause for hoarding. It may be a reaction to stress, loss of a loved one, a divorce, or be related to other psychological issues such as obsessive-compulsive disorder. Often, a hoarder may be withdrawn from society, self-isolating, or they may simply be alone or lonely and fall into hoarding as a pastime that becomes addictive. Some hoarders save multiples of any kind of object, while others collect or purchase specific types of items such as books or even appliances. Occasionally one hears of a person who is found with dozens of cats in one house; that’s a type of hoarder. In addition to piles and stacks of items that may fall on a person, hoarding can cause accidents such as falls due to tripping over clutter. Hoarders fill every available space with items. Rarely is any cleaning done. Unsanitary conditions may make the person ill or exacerbate existing illnesses. On top of it all, most hoarder homes are fire hazards.
We provide complete hoarder cleanup, from hauling out the unwanted materials to thoroughly cleaning the entire home. We carefully separate valuables and keepsakes from the rest. We’ll also remove any carpeting or other furnishings that can’t be restored. We are experts at deodorizing structures and furniture, a need in many hoarding cases whether or not animals were present. If you need any of these services in DeKalb County, Sycamore, DeKalb or the surrounding area, don’t hesitate to contact ServiceMaster by Skip.