Hoarding disorder creates dangerous situations for homeowners
SERVPRO team members can do more than help Colorado Springs homeowners after fire or flooding. The trained professionals can also help with clean up in hoarding situations. Hoarding disorder can lead to a wide range of serious problems for those who live in the home as well as those who may need to come in contact with the home, including first responders.
The Mayo Clinic describes hoarding disorder as a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need on the part of the person to save them. Reasons to save items also vary widely and are not based on the actual value of any of the items. The disorder creates a very dangerous living environment that begins with cramped conditions; many homes are found to be filled to capacity with only very narrow passageways to navigate around stacks of clutter.
This can lead to problems such as:
- Tripping and falling
- Injuries from falling items
- Health problems from mold or pets living in the clutter
- Delays in medical care or emergency treatment
- Risks to firefighters and occupants if a fire breaks out and they are unable to get inside or outside of the home
- Living without vital services to include plumbing, electricity, and heating
- Lease violations that lead to eviction
- Having the home condemned
Simply attempting to clean or clear the home without the help of a trained professional is not advised due to the hidden dangers in the home. Mold can grow and develop in areas that are unable to be seen. There is also the persistent issue of bug and rodent infestations, both of which can carry dangerous bacteria, diseases, and viruses.
There is also the risk that mold or water damage has weakened the structure of the home and the cleaned area could collapse. If there is not enough ventilation in the home using cleaners can be hazardous because there is not enough air flow to carry the fumes away. Carbon dioxide levels can hit dangerous highs if clutter is blocking vents or other airways in the home.
The professionals at SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes are trained to recognize these dangers and to form a detailed plan before any further steps are taken. Call our certified technicians 24/7 at (719) 434-4626 to start the process.