People who hoard accumulate objects or collect in an exaggerated manner.
It is often articles they don’t need but, they are unable to get rid of them, even their health or the integrity of their home is at risk.
In some cases, the house or apartment of the hoarder becomes a chaotic and dangerous place where it is difficult to circulate. At this point, a pile of stuff could collapse on somebody. They're is also an higher risk to ignite a fire and, above all, to stay stuck inside the house in case of emergency, due to conditions.
It may also be impossible to call any kind of technician to do some repairs, such as electrical or plumbing issues, because the access can be limited. The health of the occupants may as well be at risk since it is almost unfeasible to make an efficient cleanup. If you feel embarrass to invite people home because of its state: it is possible you have a hoarding issue.
Many causes can explain a hoarding problem: thinking that there is a need for every of these objects or, linking people we love/special events of our life with the items that remind us of them. It could also simply be the result of an emotional stress such as a divorce, the loss of employment, passing of a loved one, etc.
Hoarding and its impact on indoor air quality
The habit of storing can lead to an unhealthy environment and is very dangerous for your life! When there are objects everywhere, it can be very difficult to have an overview on the general condition of a house or an apartment. If a water damage occurred for example, it will be very difficult to locate it.
Furthermore everyday household cleaning becomes almost impossible, so dust and dirt accumulate making it attracting for insects and sometimes even small animals such as mice or rats.
The quality of your indoor air will quickly be affected. If you had water damage, a flood, an accumulation of humidity, if some food is buried in the piles of objects or if there’s rodent excrements: mold spores can be airborne along with dust.
If there is presence of black mold, your health can be in great danger because the air that you inhale is then poisonous.
If your windows or ventilation are blocked by piles of objects, the air cannot circulate normally.
The risk that you or your family inhales dangerous pollutants in the air is then multiplied. An indoor air quality sampling can turn out useful.
HYGIENACTION can help you eliminate or reduce the disorder which reigns in your house or apartment, as well as restore a healthy environment. Take control of your environment and improve the quality of your indoor air. Do not hesitate to contact us for additional information or to book an appointment.