In our last few blog posts, we’ve been giving you overviews of the many important services we provide the Grand Junction community. We’ve talked about asbestos abatement (which you can read about here) and lead paint abatement (which you can read about here), but we have yet to talk about another one of our important services: hoarding clean up. We’ve designed our hoarding clean up services to help in a professional, compassionate way that’s best for everyone involved. Teaching you about the things that we do here at Encompass Environmental is important to us. The clearer we can be, the more you can learn and the easier the restoration process becomes. This blog is another way that we can help the Grand Junction community. We feel that being open and honest and teaching people about our industry is just another part of our commitment to our customers.
What Is Hoarding?
Before we start talking about our hoarding clean up services, it’s important to first talk about what hoarding is. Though many people think they know what hoarding is, there are many misconceptions about it. Some people might think that it just has to do with people who have too much stuff in their homes, but it’s a lot more complicated than that. Hoarding is more than just a person’s choices. It’s a psychological condition that compels people to collect items. This same condition makes it incredibly difficult for people who struggle with it to get rid of these items, no matter how unimportant they might seem. People with hoarding disorder compulsively collect things that other people might not think are very important. They might collect old newspapers, pieces of plastic, and clothes that are worn through or no longer fit.
But even though other people might see these things as worthless, people with hoarding disorder have a hard time getting rid of these items. Because of this, people with hoarding disorder may collect so many items that it can create cramped living conditions. The thought of giving things away or throwing them away is so distressing for some people with hoarding disorder that they are compelled to sacrifice the space around them instead. But that doesn’t mean that having a collection means that you have hoarding disorder. There are varying levels of hoarding disorder, and it only becomes severe when it harms your life. Hoarding disorder becomes severe when it turns into such a problem that it affects your life on a daily basis. For more information about what hoarding disorder is, we recommend taking a look at this article here.
Why Are Hoarding Clean Up Services Important?
Unfortunately, hoarding can lead to many potentially dangerous problems. On top of this, many people with hoarding disorder don’t realize that they have a problem. This can make clean up difficult and all the more important. Oftentimes, hoarding disorder becomes a huge problem, which means that the people who have it collect so many items that it prevents them from using the spaces around them in the way they were intended. For example, someone with hoarding disorder might collect so many items in the kitchen that it becomes impossible to cook there. The same thing can happen with other rooms like the bathroom. And this disorder is more common than you think: on average, it affects 2–5% of the population. This is just another reason why hoarding clean up services are so important.
But hoarding clean up isn’t just as easy as picking things up and throwing them away. The problem with having too much clutter is that animals and bacteria like to make homes in it. In fact, some people with hoarding disorder actually collect large numbers of animals. They often collect so many that they can’t care for them properly. Bacteria, animal feces, and rodents can all cause serious health effects to people with hoarding disorder, even if they don’t realize that anything is wrong. Companies that offer hoarding clean up services—like us—wear the proper protection and bring the right equipment to safely and effectively perform hoarding clean up. Because of everything necessary to stay safe while cleaning up, it’s often impossible for people with hoarding disorder to clean up their houses on their own.
Our Hoarding Clean Up Services
One of the most important aspects of hoarding clean up is having compassion. At Encompass Environmental, we know how to sympathize with and relate to people who have taken possession of their property to a potentially dangerous level. We are never judgmental, and we are always gentle because we know just how complex an issue it can be. First and foremost, we’re there to help. We also recognize that each situation is different. That’s why we take the time to work with people’s individual needs. Our goal is to help people not only in the short term but in the long term. We don’t want to just get in and get out. We do our best to make sure the problem goes away and stays away. Hoarding clean up can be a difficult process, but we’re here to make it a little easier.
At Encompass Environmental, we understand how difficult the restoration process can be. No one wants to go through the time and effort it takes to restore a property, whether it’s through meth decontamination or lead paint removal. But unfortunately, these things happen, and they’re more common than you think. That’s why Encompass Environmental is committed to helping our clients through these tough times. We know the process isn’t easy—it’s one more reason why it’s so important for us to give you as much information as possible. If our blog posts can help you even the tiniest bit, this blog will have done its job. Because they’re difficult to take care of and no one wants to deal with them, people don’t talk about things like hoarding clean up and meth decontamination. Still, we believe that sharing our experience is the best way to help our community.
*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.