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Bio-hazard dangers in hoarding situations

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Garbage, trash, & debris can accumulate from a variety of situations including hoarding & improper composting.

When we hear the word “hoarding” we think of the extreme examples shown on popular t.v. shows, but there are many more people who have smaller issues with hoarding and don’t even realize it.  Hoarding comes in many different forms including excessive collecting, replacing items but not disposing of the old or broken pieces, and more commonly not disposing of items that are, or have become, garbage (for example keeping a broken item with the intention of repairing it, but never having the time.) In all of these instances these belongings can turn into a bio-hazard situation fast! We always advise no one live in hoarding condition because of the potential threats for the home’s inhabitants.

Another biohazard concern stems from the remains of expired food & improper compost. Keeping expired food and not disposing of it properly can develop various types of bacterial and infective threats to the environment. These microscopic threats can greatly affect the flora and fauna living in or near the rotting materials. Due to the increased proximity contamination and negative bodily reactions could surface, which could lead to chronic issues, severe illness, and possibly fatal reactions if the hoarded trash and debris aren’t disposed of properly and in a reasonable time frame.

As for the reactions to the building itself, we have seen cases where mold growth has formed and then spread causing structural issues as well. If the mold growth doesn’t raise enough of a red flag, the weight of the accumulated garbage in various areas can cause issues to the flooring.

With any situation of hoarded items, be it food or possessions, a variety of pests are attracted and invited to stay for an extended visit. Flies, mice, rats, and a variety of other rodents and insects are all attracted to decomposing food and love to burrow through belongings. When these creatures make their home in stored contents it brings about another aspect of biohazard through the bacteria naturally found on their bodies, their fecal material and bodily fluids left behind, and through their nesting materials.

Our team at SERVPRO of Kitsap County has had experience in various levels of bio hazard jobs from rodent cleanings to bio hazard caused by water & fire damage, and even trauma cleanup. If you have a friend, family member, or loved one who is need of a bio-hazard cleanup give us a call today. We have the training, experience, patience, and products necessary to properly, effectively, efficiently, and legally dispose of bio-hazard materials. We will help your home look “like it never even happened”

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