“About 2% to 5% Americans may meet the criteria for being hoarders,” said Dr. David Tolin, a clinical psychologist and the founder and director of Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living, in an article that was recently published on Web MD.  

This means that there is likely to be one hoarder living in a block of houses. Dr. Tolin further stated:

“Lots of people may acquire things they don’t need, but if it’s not the sort of thing that causes an inability to function adequately, we don’t call it hoarding. If they’re no longer able to cook meals in their own home, if they can’t live safely in their own home, if they’re a threat to others, that’s where we’d say it crosses the line.”

When the Service Team of Professionals is asked to review a hoarding situation, we do not become judgmental. Instead, we try to communicate with the property owner and understand their point of view for holding onto different objects. In most situations, we dedicate an entire team that works with the homeowner, property manager or family member, as needed, to resolve the situation.  

The Hidden Dangers of Hoarding

When it comes to hoarding, most of the times we only look at the surface of the problem i.e. the stuff that a person has accumulated over time. However, there are many hidden dangers of hoarding that most people do not consider.

Most often, hoarded spaces provide ideal hiding and breeding ground to many insects, bacteria, and mold. If there is a hoarded area in your house, it is highly likely that there are multiple insects hatching and many small animals, like rats, mice, and hamsters, nesting and depositing feces in the clutter. There may also be water leaks and dead animals that you are unable to spot because of all the junk. All these things not only cause damage to your house, but also significantly deteriorate indoor air quality, which then will lead to various health issues.

Due to the health hazards that cleaning a hoarded space pose, workers need to wear protective clothing, such as a hazmat suit and a respirator with properly-fitted boots and gloves, to protect themselves from the perils lurking in the clutter. The Service Team of Professionals in Coeur d’Alene makes sure that all its workers are protected and secure while performing such dangerous tasks.

In addition to removing clutter, our professional and experienced team members also identify the problems that may be affecting their houses, such as mold growth, water leaks, or structural damage. We then will propose effective solutions to restore damage without affecting the value of the property.

In a nutshell, the STOP team addresses hoarding problems by devising an effective plan to eliminate clutter and dangerous articles while preserving items of value and sentimental interest to families, wherever possible. 

Allow the professionals from the Service Team to remove this burden from you in a safe manner.