Hoarding Clean-Up

Cleaning Up Clutter

In some cases, a property can suffer severe damage and contamination without a precipitating event such as water damage or a fire. One example of this is a hoarding situation. Hoarding is defined as “a pattern of behavior that is characterized by excessive acquisition and an inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that … cause significant distress or impairment.”

If you have a property that has been subjected to hoarding, our specialist team will bring your home or business back to an inhabitable state. We will

remove garbage, declutter, and rid your property of the filth that is often present in a hoarding situation. HRS will disinfect the premises, ensuring the property is properly sanitized and deodorized.

If the structural integrity of the building is in question due to the accumulated weight of the hoarded items or deterioration of surfaces, HRS can perform an inspection and reconstruct any elements that are failing.

If you encounter a hoarding situation

According to the American Psychiatric Association, there are several steps you can take when dealing with someone with a hoarding disorder:

  1. Gather information from a reputable source such as the International OCD Foundation.
  2. Talk to the person to try to understand why they hold on to items.
  3. DO NOT simply remove the clutter without their permission.

Why Choose HRS Restoration Services? 

HRS Restoration Services is Denver’s go-to company for a hoarding cleanup. Our hoarding cleanup crew is licensed, trained, and certified in accordance with industry standards. Our commitment to customer service is demonstrated by our positive reviews on Google

We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help with hoarding cleanup. Call HRS so our discrete and experienced team can get started right away!

 

Types Of Hoarding HRS Handles

Over the last 25 years,  HRS Restoration Services encountered every kind of hoarding situation imaginable.. 

Be it trash build-up, clutter, animal hoarding, or animal and human waste, we’ve seen it and we’ve cleaned it all. For a more detailed explanation of different hoarding situations, please see below.

 

Trash Build-Up

Trash build-up is a perfect breeding ground for germs, bacteria, and other microbes. If 

And when trash includes rotting food, it may also release hazardous fumes and attract rodents and insects. 

Trash build-up can also impede movement and become a tripping hazard, which can be especially dangerous when the inhabitants of the home need to escape due to a fire or other emergency.  

Furthermore, safety personnel (e.g., EMTs, firefighters, etc.)  will have difficulty accessing the home when someone calls 9-1-1 for assistance.

Clutter

Similar to a buildup of trash, a buildup of clutter can create tripping hazards and impede egress. 

Piles may collapse or fall over and injure the home’s occupants or trap them under the debris. Similar to trash, clutter will prevent the home’s occupants from being able to exit in an emergency or for rescue personnel to enter the home when called upon. 

Animal Hoarding (live or dead)

Hoarding behavior may extend to live animals. If hoarders are unable to provide the minimal amount of care and sanitation, animal hoarding can result  in starvation, illness, and death. 

Overcrowded and filthy conditions in a hoarding situation can also result in worms, fleas, mange, ear mites, upper respiratory infections, parvo, distemper,  and can lead to feces-matted fur and urine burns. 

Due to the congested living situation, diseases are transmitted from animals to humans. Since urine is present in the home, there can be an overwhelming smell of ammonia, an irritating and flammable substance. 

Feces

When there are large amounts of feces and urine, it can damage floors and make them structurally unsafe. Urine and feces also release toxic chemicals and gases into the air, creating a lingering odor and unsafe conditions for people with pre-existing respiratory issues and other health-related conditions.

 

Commercial Damage Restoration Process

HRS Restoration Services has developed a hoarding cleanup process that involves going room by room and removing debris, clutter, and trash. Next, we make any necessary repairs to structures, walls, and flooring to ensure the home is safe for occupancy. 

Then, we thoroughly clean and deodorize all surfaces and remaining contents of the home. Finally, we dispose of all debris, clutter, and trash in accordance with local laws and regulations. Below we discuss each step in our hoarding cleanup process in more detail.

Step 1 – Pick One Room to Start

Hoarding house cleaning can be overwhelming and extremely stressful. Before we can begin hoarder junk removal, we approach the situation methodically, beginning with one room before we move on to other areas. 

HRS creates a plan on how to separate items that are salvageable, recyclable, or landfill-bound. Then, HRS Restoration Services can safely remove items while wearing protective gear. 

Step 2 – Remove All Debris, Clutter, Trash 

Cleaning out a hoarder house involves removing debris, clutter, and trash. HRS’s professional hoarding cleaning services in Denver adhere to best practices by wearing protective equipment while having a skilled engineer assess the property for structural damage.  

Step 3 – Make Structural Repairs 

Speaking of structural repairs, once waste has been removed from the home, HRS Restoration Services can repair the home and bring it into compliance with local safety guidelines. 

HRS is a full-service disaster restoration company that employs skilled craftspeople and plumbers to get the job done right. 

 

Step 4 – Clean 

Once the debris is removed and structural repairs are complete, hoarding cleanup begins. 

We use proper ventilation and EPA-approved cleaning agents to thoroughly eliminate microbes and sanitize all surfaces. If water pipes have leaked or liquid waste or urine has penetrated the walls or flooring, mold and mildew may have formed. 

Thankfully, HRS Restoration Services is a full-service restoration company with a mold and mildew removal process. 

 

Step 5 – Deodorize

HRS’s hoarding cleanup crew is experienced in determining the source of odors and choosing the proper method to deodorize the area. We adhere to IICRC industry standards for deodorization to ensure the safety and cleanliness of the home. 

 

Step 6 – Proper Disposal of All Waste

Salvageable items will be returned to the home if they do not pose a health or safety risk. Unusable items will be donated or disposed of in local landfills. Any chemicals, paint, solvents, etc., will be properly disposed of in accordance with state and local laws. 

HRS Restoration Services works with local waste management companies to arrange delivery and secure permits for hoarding cleanouts. 

HRS Restoration Services – Denver

When disaster strikes, HRS’s 24 hour restoration services are here for your emergency cleaning and professional restoration needs. In addition to water extraction and water damage restoration, HRS offers the following emergency restoration services:

Water Extraction & Water Damage Restoration

Discovering water damage in your home or business—whether from a flood, a dishwasher malfunction, or a sewer backup—can feel devastating. And it can be a serious problem if not dealt with properly. In addition to causing damage, water can also spread contaminants that may lead to disease. A quick response to water intrusion is imperative due to the invasive properties of moisture:

  • Within minutes, moisture-sensitive surfaces swell and disfigure. Paper goods (books, documents, pictures) can be ruined and stains from furniture start to appear on carpeting, which can be permanent.
  • Within hours, drywall softens and warps, and wooden furniture can be permanently damaged. If carpet becomes delaminated (the primary backing separates from the secondary backing), it can cause irreparable damage.
  • Within days, fungi and bacteria begin to grow and spread. Foul odors start to permeate your property.

HRS’s IICRC certified clean-up crews are composed of expert technicians—including Master Water Restorers—who will ensure you receive the highest quality water removal and water clean-up services. Once the cause of the water emergency is mitigated and clean-up has been completed, our construction team can provide the building services you need—such as drywall, painting, flooring, electrical, and plumbing—to return your home or business to its original state.

Our local water restoration specialists are standing by 24/7/365 to help you through your water emergency!

Fire Damage & Restoration

A fire can be the most traumatic and devastating experience a home or business owner ever faces. In a best case scenario, it can cause minor smoke damage; in a worst case scenario, it can obliterate an entire structure. HRS will help you navigate these stressful circumstances and bring your property back to a safely inhabitable state.

The fire damage restoration professionals at HRS are available 24 hours a day! By carefully following our proven procedures, we ensure your property is brought back to the safe, comfortable space that existed before the fire damage and smoke damage. This begins with a property inspection to assess the level of structural damage and content damage. We will report our findings to you and answer any questions you may have so you are fully informed and understand what results can be reasonably expected.

In simple terms, returning your home or business to its pre-fire state consists of three general elements: structural damage restoration, content restoration and/or removal, smoke mitigation, and odor mitigation. Making sure your property is structurally sound is a priority. If there are stability issues, our professional restoration team can provide full construction services to rectify the situation. We will also remove any of your belongings that have been burned beyond repair, including items containing synthetic materials. Any items that are salvageable will be repaired and returned both to minimize cost to the home or business owner as well as to help lessen the anxiety of loss; unsafe items will be disposed of. Finally, our disaster clean-up team will remove all smoke residue, including the pervasive odor. Our IICRC certified Odor Control Technicians will use odor removal techniques include thermal fogging, high-level ozone deodorization, and hydroxyl deodorization.

Mold Inspection, Testing, & Remediation

No homeowner or business owner wants to hear that they have mold. Mold spreads quickly and can cause severe respiratory problems, especially in infants, children, the elderly, and those with health issues. Depending on the extent of the mold, a property can even be declared uninhabitable due to the threat it poses to the health of the occupants.

Mold occurs in damp areas and is often caused by water damage or flooding. Mold can also be the result of a current water leak or improper water leak clean-up from a previous issue. Mold can be present in carpet, wall interiors, floorboards, and ceilings, as well as easily spotted locations. HRS’s experts will determine the source of the mold, remove all traces of the mold, and repair or replace the damaged structures, ensuring the issue that caused the mold is remediated.

Due to the possible toxicity of the mold in your home or business, it’s important to have mold removal handled by professionals. Our mold remediation specialists are IICRC certified in Applied Microbial Remediation, ensuring all aspects of the mold abatement are handled safely.

Asbestos Abatement

Asbestos is commonly found in older buildings, both residential and. It can be found in numerous construction materials, including concrete, asphalt, roof shingles, pipes, siding, wall board, floor tiles, joint compounds, adhesive, and insulation. The US banned the use of asbestos in the manufacturing of most materials in 1978, which is why we assume properties constructed before 1980 could have asbestos present. However, it’s important to note that in our increasingly global marketplace, many building materials are imported from abroad, and not all countries have the same stringent guidelines as the US. Because of this, it is possible to come across asbestos in newer structures, especially commercial buildings.

The hazardous nature of asbestos abatement calls for professional remediation to ensure safe removal and disposal. HRS will extract all asbestos from your property to bring it back to a safely inhabitable space. Once the asbestos remediation is complete, our restoration team can rebuild the affected areas.

Reconstruction & Restoration

Handling a home or commercial property’s disaster situation requires both mitigating the issue and rebuilding the affected areas of the property. Once the emergency has been taken care of—whether it’s water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, trauma clean-up/bio-cleaning, or asbestos abatement—the property will need to be restored. This could include structural repairs, drywall, plumbing, electrical, and/or landscape replacement … just to name a few. As a fully licensed general contractor, we can provide these services to homeowners as well as commercial properties. Our work ranges from basic repairs to complex, multi-faceted projects.

Our reconstruction efforts extend to your belongings affected by the disaster. Our content restoration program will repair any salvageable items including furniture, clothing, and electronics.

Commercial Restoration

Dealing with a disaster situation at a commercial property type requires an additional skill set. Unlike a residence, commercial buildings have employees and, often, patrons that are affected by an incident such as a water event or smoke damage. HRS will provide the necessary remediation services efficiently and discretely. Regardless of when the damage occurs—during business hours or in the middle of the night—HRS is available to remedy the situation. Water damage … storm damage … mold remediation … fire/smoke mitigation … HRS’s professional technicians are ready to bring your property back to its pre-disaster state.

Even well-maintained properties can experience the need for emergency restoration services. Whether you manage or own a hospital, school, apartment complex, office building, hotel, church, or retail establishment, HRS can handle your situation and our IICRC technicians can give you the peace of mind that your property will be professionally repaired.

Over 45 Years of Commercial Construction Experience

Our team is backed by the building professionals at Haselden Construction, bringing over 45 years of commercial construction experience to your job. This depth of knowledge ensures your restoration project is held to the highest quality standards and supported by the expertise of a regionally acclaimed general contractor.

Our general contracting services include preconstruction services, value engineering, subcontractor solicitation and management, quality and cost control, change order management, safety plan and inspection, documentation management, status reports and record keeping, and project close out.

Hoarding Cleanup FAQ

Hoarding cleanup is overwhelming and stressful. Our customers want to know about the cost of hoarding cleanup and how long the hoarding cleanup process will take to complete. Hoarding behaviors are perplexing, so we get asked questions about what causes it, and whether the hoarding behavior can be cured. Below we discuss each of these frequently asked questions in more detail. 

 

How Much Does Hoarding Cleanup Cost? 

Hoarder cleanup service cost will depend on the extent of the hoarding, whether structural repairs are necessary due to neglect, the cumulative contents of the home and whether they can be salvaged, or if their current state necessitates disposal. 

HRS Restoration Services must pay for the necessary permits to properly dispose of waste and structural repairs will increase the cost. 

 

How Long Does Hoarding Cleanup Take?  

The length of time it takes to complete a hoarding cleanup will depend on whether structural repairs and replacements are necessary. If the hoarding situation does not require structural repairs and includes only object removal, cleaning and deodorization, it can be completed in less time. 

However, hoarding situations often involve biohazard and trauma cleanup which, due to the risks involved, often increase the amount of time needed to complete. 

 

Call Us Today To Get Started!

HRS Restoration Services is a trusted third-party service provider that has experience with hoarding cleanup. We work quickly and efficiently to provide relief during a stressful time for the hoarder and their loved ones. HRS has provided hoarding cleanup in the Denver area for almost 25 years. 

We’re available 24/7, so call us today to find out more about our hoarding cleanup services.