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Truly, anyone who has come across a filthy home knows it would be overwhelming to clean. What categorizes a home as “gross filth”? What kind of cleaning process is involved? Let’s discuss the answers to these questions and more.
Typically, a home that you can not live in because it is so dirty, is considered “gross filth”. For instance, the home of a hoarder may be packed with massive amounts of trash, boxes of personal belongings, and debris. In fact, fecal matter, bodily fluids, dead animals and expired food are not uncommon. In addition, finding mold, mildew and a strong odor are extremely likely.
First, a trained professional needs to be involved in the entire process. Gross filth cleanup can be hazardous to your health, so technicians come prepared with appropriate clothing and tools. Then, the removal of contents and waste can begin. Once this is done, sanitation of the entire home begins.
It may seem obvious, but hoarding has many health risks. For example, fire hazards, contamination from hazardous materials, and general neglect. Homes filled with old food can also attract rodents and insects. It is best to get the problem taken care of as soon as possible.
Typically, you will find companies charge between 75 cents to $2 per square foot. However, this all depends on the amount of junk being removed and how severe the mess is. A company will typically charge more if they will be entering an environment that isn’t safe.
Unlike a traditional junk hauler, we are committed to protecting your privacy. Complete Detail understands privacy is important when dealing with a hoarder. Our goal is to transform your living condition into a respectful living space. In time, the home can be a place to be proud to bring your friends and family. Best of all, we have processes to make it less obvious that a clutter and hoarding cleanup is taking place. For example, we don’t pull up to your home with trucks and dumpsters that advertise “junk” hauling. We know that could embarrass most people and make them feel more vulnerable.
Without a doubt, Complete Detail will handle your specific hoarding situation with utmost care and confidentiality. If you are still cautious, feel free to read the reviews our satisfied customers have left us. We are positive our customer service is the best you will find. It is always our main goal to leave our customers happy with their service.
Timing differs for each home depending on volume, size, hazards, and more. Many professional cleaners can do the job in about three to five days. However, depending on the hoarder, the entire process can be extended to several weeks, if not more. Again, this is a sensitive matter to the hoarder and their family. If a job is prolonged, it will only make matters worse to get upset. Usually, it is best to have a mental health professional available for consultation if necessary.
The National Study Group on Compulsive Disorganization has hoarding broken down into five basic levels. Each level has certain criteria to be met in order to be considered serious enough to be in that specific category. Here is a basic breakdown of those five levels.
This is the least serious of the five levels. However, they display the following signs:
You may think these are common signs, and at first, they are. However, the individual has a hard time throwing items away or maybe shops an unreasonable amount for things they don’t need. Maybe buying things just because they are on sale. Either way the lack of clutter might hide the condition, but it is still a disorder they must deal with.
As you will see, hoarding level 2 requires much more intense signs. For example, they have things like a blocked entrance/exit, appliance not working or HVAC system down for at least 6 months. Obvious clutter and narrow pathways are common in addition to mold and mildew in the bathroom and kitchen. Other tells might include:
Already at level 2, those who are hoarders may avoid inviting others into their home due to embarrassment. In addition, their surroundings may cause anxiety or depression and lead to being withdrawn from almost all social interaction.
In a home with a hoarding level 3, it is typical to see things like TV sets and furniture outside. Several appliances aren’t working, and you start to see light structural damage. Additionally, you will find an excessive number of pets (exceeding local regulations) being neglected. There is obvious signs of rodents, fleas, and spider webs. Narrow pathways are through the home. Other signs include:
Typically, a person with a level 3 hoarding problem has poor personal hygiene. They also often struggle with weight issues because of an unhealthy diet. Usually if someone brings up the state of their home or lifestyle, they get defensive and angry or seem indifferent to the situation.
Obvious mold and mildew will be growing in residences within hoarding level 4 issue. Structural damage, sewage buildup and an excessive number of pets is not uncommon. Sadly, animal waste is found throughout the home and has been there for several weeks if not months. Bedrooms are unusable and rotting food is on surfaces. Other characteristics include:
It is not uncommon for people with a hoarding level 4 to have extremely bad personal hygiene and go weeks without bathing. Mental health goes downhill as they focus attention on delusional plans or on memories that make them feel happy.
Hoarding level 5, is the most severe level possible. You will see structural damage to the home. For example, broken walls, no electricity or running water and fire hazards are present. Additionally, rodents and other pests are visible and found excessively throughout the residence. Other signs include:
Often, those with a hoarding problem this severe do not live at their residence. A family member or friend will often allow them to stay with them. It has also been noted that hoarders within this level discharge waste into bottles or buckets that remain inside the home. Severe depression often accompanies this level as well.
It is difficult to put a price on a job that can vary greatly from person to person. Some companies can charge anywhere from $35 per employee hour to $80 per employee. Other companies will charge by square footage. This can range from $. 75 per square foot to $2 per square foot. Each job will need a different type of containers to remove the trash. The prices of the containers can range from about $175 to over $450, depending on the contents of the containers and the length of time they will be used.
Of course, our Clutter & Hoarding Damage Service company is fully insured and has certificates available upon request. Complete Detail is rated well on BBB in addition to customer testimonials. If you need a Hoarding Cleaning Company in Ohio give us a call at 937-507-2927 or visit our Contact Us web page.
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