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The 5 Levels of Hoarding: Professional Hoarding Cleanup in Zionsville, IN

August 30th, 2017 · No Comments

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Hoarding is a disorder that mystifies many people. It’s a diagnosis that’s said to be closely linked to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and happens later in life. According to the Mayo Clinic, there’s often no direct or single cause for people becoming hoarders, and many family members are surprised to find out their elderly relatives are hoarding things in their home when they’re forced to leave the home due to health reasons. ServiceMaster DSI in Zionsville, IN, provides professional and compassionate hoarding cleanup services for families affected by a home that has become uninhabitable because of hoarding.

Hoarding is classified into five levels:

Level 1: Clutter is minimal and there’s evidence of rodents or pests. If pets are in the home, evidence of accidents are present, but biohazards aren’t evident. This level may need a good cleaning but does not need hoarder cleanup.

Level 2: Some blocked exits and one major appliance that hasn’t been operable for 6 or more months. Pet odor, an ammonia smell, the evidence of pests, narrowing of hallways due to objects, unpleasant odors, and mildew or mold present.

Level 3: The outside of the home may have discarded items such as old furniture or appliances. Inside there might be two or more broken appliances and structural damage to the home. Pets inside may exceed local legal limits in Zionsville, IN, and you may see or hear pests. Inside rooms are cluttered, one or more rooms are unusable, and there may be strong and unpleasant odors.

Level 4: Mold, mildew, and damage to the walls. Hazardous electrical wiring, aged animal waste, rotting food, and a filthy kitchen. In useable bedrooms, bed covers are torn and dirty and pests are present. The home may also be invaded by large animals such as squirrels, birds or raccoons. Hazardous levels of ammonia and bacteria present as well.

Level 5: Structural damage to the home, no electric or water service, and no working toilets. Pet and pest infestation are present everywhere. The occupant is no longer able to live or sleep in the home and may be camping outside or in a car. Home is a grave threat to life and the animals that inhabit it.

ServiceMaster DSI provides complete hoarder cleanup in Zionsville, IN. From hauling away unwanted items and waste to restoring the home, our technicians are here to help you and your family through this difficult clean up. Contact us today at (317) 559-2231.

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