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Excessive Hoarding

Once collection becomes hoarding, the accumulation of items in a home or commercial space can create hazards, and the safety of the occupants can become a serious health and liability concern.

These safety concerns can arise from something as simple as stacks of newspapers, which cause a potential fire hazard, to boxes piled up so high that it would be difficult to quickly exit the property in an emergency. Even more alarming, these unhealthy and unsafe living conditions can multiply if another disaster were to occur, such as a fire or flood.

Our long history serving Vancouver Island residents with high quality restoration and HAZMAT services makes ProPacific a trusted choice to remediate the hazardous side-effects that can thrive within a hoarding environment.

If you need to remediate a residential or commercial property where an excessive accumulation of items has created concerns, call (877) 755-9966 to arrange for an assessment.

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NOTE  Depending on your situation, the following steps may be done in a different order (or not at all).

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STEPS TO TAKE

NOTE  These steps are provided as guidelines only, and may not apply to every scenario. Safety is always the #1 priority.

1 Assess

Before attempting to remediate the situation, step back and assess the severity. If there are biological contaminants present, such as mold or animal waste, don’t risk exposing yourself to health hazards. Contact our team to provide an assessment and options on how to proceed.

2 Ask

If you are worried about a hoarding issue, whether your own or concerning someone you know, ask for help. Hoarding can become a serious problem and does not have to be dealt with alone. Reach out to friends, family, and professional services to address the issue.

3 Start

We understand that cleaning up can become an overwhelming situation – but it needs to begin somewhere. If your space does not have any mold or other biological issues, you may consider looking at our de-cluttering tips for some ideas on where to start.

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Signs of Excessive Hoarding

We offer substantial experience within the field of property restoration, but cannot provide counselling or social services for those dealing with excessive hoarding issues.

When hoarding reaches a tipping point, the resulting unhealthy and unsafe living conditions may require intervention to discuss the collection habits in order to prevent any accidents or injuries from occurring.

If you are concerned about yourself or someone you know, here are some signs that may indicate an excessive hoarding situation.

  • Accumulation – An excessive collection of items (often of little monetary value) such as newspapers, clothes, food, or packaging around the home or property. This can cause safety issues for occupants, guests, and any emergency response teams who require access to obstructed areas.
  • Hygiene – Clutter in bathtubs or sinks may lead to a sacrifice in personal hygiene, as the build-up of items prevents these areas from being accessible.
  • Pets – Furry friends can be a great addition to any household, but problems arise when the pet numbers are so high it becomes impossible to properly clean up after and care for them all.

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Tips to De-Clutter

Small actions can make big changes happen. Listed below are a few steps you can take towards removing the clutter and chaos from your space.

  • Delegate Time – Every day, try to set aside 15 minutes to do a little de-cluttering. Choose a place to start and set a timer.
  • Donate – Recycle, donate, or dispose of anything that hasn’t been used or touched in over a year.
  • Place – When sorting and arranging your items, try to follow the principle of OHIO: Only Handle It Once! Pick an item up and make a decision immediately about where it lives. If it doesn’t have a purpose or a place, you don’t need it around.
  • Sort – Filter through all mail and newspapers on the day you receive them, and immediately recycle as much as possible. Junk mail and fliers will soon be out of date and create unnecessary clutter.
  • One In, Two Out – Before you bring any one new item into your space, donate or sell two items to make room and prevent more clutter.

We understand that every hoarding situation is unique, so the above tips are only provided as basic suggestions. If cleaning up is too overwhelming, don’t let the clutter continue to pile up. Phone (877) 755-9966, or use our contact page to arrange for discreet and thorough remediation.

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