If you’re ready for hoarder house cleanup in Garden Grove, you know that there’s a lot on your plate. Hoarder house cleanup is the most extreme type of cleanup due to the sheer volume and type of waste, trash, and filth that’s found in hoarder homes. Cleaning up a hoarder house isn’t simply an aesthetics issue. It’s also a very real health issue that must be dealt with as soon as possible in order to protect the health of everyone involved. 

What Is a Hoarder House?

A hoarder house is a house lived in by someone who is unable to throw anything away. This accumulation of items goes far beyond simple clutter or excessive collecting and instead heads straight into squalor. Hoarding is a serious mental illness that has proven very challenging for doctors and therapists to successfully treat. Many hoarders refuse to believe that they even have a problem, and they feel this way even as their homes are literally falling apart around them. 

When a hoarder gets to the point where they’re ready to make changes, we’re ready to help.

What Is the Biggest Issue When Dealing With Hoarder House Cleanup?

One of the biggest issues when dealing with hoarder house cleanup is dealing with all of the biohazardous waste in the house. Biohazardous waste is waste that’s filled with pathogens, microorganisms that cause disease in humans. It’s present in substances like bodily fluid, blood, garbage, and other items frequently found in hoarder houses.

What Type of Issues Can One Expect To Encounter During Hoarder House Cleanup?

Hoarder house cleanup can be very challenging because you don’t know what you’re going to find until you actually go into the space. 

There may be tons of biohazardous material like blood, human waste, bodily fluids, animal waste, animal carcasses, garbage, rotting food and other types of waste throughout the house. Much of this waste hasn’t been dealt with for years, and it’s most likely teeming with viruses and bacteria. This is the waste that cleanup teams are responsible for safely removing and disposing of. 

Teams may find it very difficult to gain access to certain parts of the house due to passageways, hallways, and doorways being blocked by things like stacked up furniture or other random items. They could also be at risk of being hit by falling boxes, trash, and other items that have been allowed to be piled up really high. This creates a dangerous risk for anyone entering the space. 

Cleaners may come upon the carcasses of dead animals, a very high possibility in hoarder houses. This is not only disturbing to see, but it’s also extremely dangerous. Animal carcasses are usually filled with all types of pathogens, making them dangerous for anyone coming into contact with them. Our teams are used to this, and they can dispose of this type of waste properly and efficiently.

How Do You Dispose of Biohazardous Waste?

There are rules and regulations in place set by OSHA and California’s Department of Health regarding how to properly dispose of biohazardous waste. These rules and standards are in place to help ensure that this waste is safely disposed of so that it can’t hurt the public. 

When we remove biohazardous waste from the home, we’ll place it into the special bins and bags that are sealed so that the waste can’t contaminate other surfaces or people. We’ll then take it to the appropriate waste disposal facility. It can’t be stressed enough that this waste must be handled properly from pickup to destruction in order to keep everyone safe. 

How Do Cleaners Keep Safe?

Our cleaning professionals make sure that they have all of the PPE (personal protective equipment) necessary for every bit of the cleaning process. They wear head-to-toe bodysuits so that they have full-body coverage during cleanup. They wear face shields or goggles that help protect their eyes from splashes of fluids. They wear special boots that shield their feet from contact with biohazardous waste. Hoarding houses may be filled with sharps like syringes and needles that could poke through regular disposable gloves and stick the cleaners. Special puncture-proof gloves protect the hands perfectly. 

Are There Different Levels of Hoarding?

There are several different levels of hoarding, with Level One being the least intense and Level 5 being the highest. Level 5 involves severe structural damage, massive amounts of biohazardous waste, utilities that don’t work, and extreme hazardous conditions. Often this level is reached, your’re looking at a hardcore cleaning that will take a good amount of time to get through. The good news is that once it’s clean, it’ll be safe for use almost immediately. 

Cleaning a hoarder house is a huge job. Depending on the job, you could be on site for quite a bit of time. At Eco Bear, we offer safe, thorough, compassionate hoarder house cleanup care. We will do everything in our power to make the process as simple and easy for everyone as possible.