We understand that a home or office disaster isn’t always due to a gas leak, water damage or other natural occurrence. Sometimes the person occupying the home can cause issues to arise. Hoarding, the act of having or collecting excessive amounts of things, is a complex disorder that can lead to many negative effects. It damages a space and also a person’s health. If you or someone that you love has a hoarding problem, we can help! At ServiceMaster Recovery Services we help residents in Waukesha, Wisconsin with their hoarding and junk cleanup and restoration needs.

A home that has been overridden by hoarding is in need of restoration. Whether it is a big job or a small job, we are equipped to clean up and restore the space affected. By coming in and removing the mess, we are here to take the burden off your shoulders with clean up, organization, restoration and altogether reclaiming your home and life!

Here’s what you can expect from us:

  • Clutter removal
  • Debris clean-up
  • Locating lost belongings and valuables
  • Help with distributing donation items
  • Assist in distributing kept items to family (local and national)
  • Help facilitate paperwork required by local governments or agencies

Don’t wait on the disaster and don’t let the mess ruin your life any longer. Give us a call today!

How do you know if you or a loved one is falling or has fallen victim to hoarding? Below are signs and symptoms to look out for. There are also different degrees of hoarding. Sometimes, in cases caught early, it can be much easier to stop before it gets too out of control. Regardless, with ServiceMaster Recovery Services you can bet we will work to clean up the mess, no matter how severe.

Signs & Symptoms of Hoarding:

  • Cluttered living spaces
  • Countertops or other surfaces found in the home are covered with clutter and piles.
  • The inability to throw anything away:
    • Accumulation of unnecessary items such as excessive newspapers, magazines or junk mail or trash.
    • Piles are moved outside once there is no more space indoors.
  • Have a difficult time with organization
  • Have a difficult time making decisions
  • Extreme attachment to items

Aside from the household risks, there are more serious complications that can result from hoarding. These risks can lead to both fatal physical and health risks. Some of these risks are listed below:

  • Clutter
  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Increased risk of person falling
  • Increased risk of items falling on people
  • Inability to perform daily tasks, such as cooking or bathing
  • Poor focus and performance
  • Family conflicts
  • Loneliness due to social isolation

Different levels of Hoarding:

There are different degrees of hoarding; some may seem minor while others are clearly fatal. However, no hoarding situation is worth ignoring. Here’s how to tell where on the spectrum you fall with your hoarding concerns:

Level 1: The home is still accessible with few to no spills or pet accidents. You have clutter, but it is not too excessive yet.

Level 2: At least one, if not more exits are blocked and/or a major appliance no longer works. There are visible spills, odors and some bug infestation. The clutter is excessive and garbage is overflowing.

Level 3: The clutter has spread from inside to outdoors because there is no more space indoors. More than one or two major appliances do not function. There are multiple visible spills, strong odor and hazardous substances are found.

Level 4: There is visible structure damage to the home. There is evidence of mold and/or mildew growth, heavy odors and common rooms and sleeping areas cannot be used.  There may be rotting food found.

Level 5: There is major structure damage to the home, which could result in no power, no water, and no sewer function. Obvious hazards, such as a fire or poor health, arise. Ultimately, the home is no longer livable.