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Posted on November 9th, 2012 in ATC News by Advanced Trauma Cleanup

“Compulsive hoarding (or pathological collecting) is a pattern of behavior that is characterized by the excessive acquisition of and inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that cover the living areas of the home and cause significant distress or impairment. Compulsive hoarding behavior has been associated with health risks, impaired functioning, economic burden, and adverse effects on friends and family members. When clinically significant enough to impair functioning, hoarding can prevent typical uses of space so as to limit activities such as cooking, cleaning, moving through the house, and sleeping. It can also be dangerous if it puts the individual or others at risk for fire, falling, poor sanitation, and other health concerns.”

Cluttering/hoarding is dangerous, unsafe and unhealthy.

It is dangerous for you, your family and your pets.

Hoarders die each year from being trapped in their home under piles of clutter that has toppled on top of them rendering them immobile. Since family and friends are not accustomed to entering the hoarder’s home, they will not feel free to check on the homeowner. It can be a long, miserable and scary death.

Undetected molds, mites, insects, pests, rodents and their associated wastes present dangerous respiratory problems to hoarders among other health issues.

Hoarders slowly begin to live solitary lives, which affects them mentally and, eventually, physically.

At ATC we realize that this hoarding habit can grow until it becomes uncontrollable.

We can help. We can clean and dispose of all materials and waste in a n environmentally appropriate manner. Call us NOW!!!