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What You Need to Know about Dealing with a Hoarder's House & How Bio-One Can Help

What You Need to Know about Dealing with a Hoarder's House & How Bio-One Can Help

There are two types of people in this world when it comes to hoarding: those who can't seem to let go of anything and those who can't stand the thought of holding on to anything for too long. Regardless of the reasons, the result in these scenarios is a hoarder's home cluttered and crammed with stuff, whose occupants live in a constant state of anxiety and fear when things get messy or disorganized.


Hoarding Disorder can severely impact a person's health, happiness, and quality of life. To overcome hoarding, the individual will need to develop new habits and thought patterns, and, though it is a daunting and challenging process, it's important to remember that change is possible.

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Let's cover the basics you should know if you want to clean a hoarder's house and how a professional cleaning company like Bio-One can help you in these situations. We are the trusted choice to clean hoarding scenarios with a caring, compassionate team of professionals who are always ready to assist people through the transition to a better life.


What is Hoarding Disorder (HD), and how can it impact a person's life?

Hoarding disorder (HD) is a mental health condition characterized by excessive accumulation of possessions. People with HD may have difficulty parting with items, even if they no longer need them or are of little value. This can make it difficult to navigate through their living space and often results in significant distress and impairment in daily functioning.


HD can greatly impact a person's life by preventing them from being able to use their living space effectively and can also result in unsanitary and hazardous conditions, such as the risk of fire, falls, and infections. While HD is often conceptualized as being only related to excessive clutter, another critical aspect of hoarding behavior is its inclusion of acquiring large numbers of items of little or no value.

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How can a person overcome Hoarding Disorder and develop healthier habits?


There is currently no known cure for HD, and there are only a few treatment options available. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been found to be helpful in the treatment of HD and may help people with this condition learn strategies to manage their symptoms better.

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Other treatment methods have included support groups, relaxation training, and motivational interviewing. For severe or persistent cases that do not respond to these treatments, medication may be prescribed as well.


If you or a family member is struggling with hoarding disorder, you can best reach out to a mental health professional. Talk to a doctor about the symptoms and discuss what treatment options may be suitable for you or your loved one. Many helpful resources are available online and through support groups. Remember that no one has to go through these events alone.

What should you know about dealing with a hoarder's house, and how can Bio-One help?


If you're dealing with a hoarder's house, there are a few things you should know. Being patient and understanding are determining factors in these situations. Second, you need to be prepared for the possibility of finding unsanitary conditions and hazardous materials. And third, you should not rule out the possibility of turning to professional help to deal with the situation.

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It can be emotionally draining to know where to begin when cleaning and organizing a hoarder's home. Here are some simple tips that will help you get started on your journey to reclaiming the space:


  • Get organized. The first step in any hoarding cleanup is to clearly define the areas that need to be cleaned and the items that need to be removed. Make a list of all the rooms in the home and then take inventory of what the individual has in each room. Gather your cleaning supplies, protective gear, heavy-duty trash bags, and most importantly, get prepared mentally for what you may encounter in the home or property.

  • Set goals for yourself and everyone helping. It's important to set concrete goals when it comes to tackling a hoarder house cleaning. Otherwise, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and give up. Decide how much you all want to accomplish each day or week and make sure to stick to the plan.


  • Don't go through the process alone. It's important to have a support system when dealing with hoarding situations. Ask friends or family members to help with the physical labor involved in deep cleaning and sorting your belongings. You may also want to seek professional help from a therapist or counselor who can help you deal with the emotional aspects of hoarding.

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  • Be patient. Rome wasn't built in a day, and your hoarder's paradise won't be decluttered overnight either. It's important to take things slowly and be patient with yourself as you all work through the cleaning process.


  • Don't be afraid to ask for help. If you need to address hoarding effectively and ensure the whole process goes as smoothly as possible for everyone involved, consider hiring hoarder cleaning services to help you. Professionals are trained to approach the cleaning and disinfection process promptly.

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There's no easy solution to dealing with a hoarders house, but Bio-One can help. We're here to provide you with the resources and support you need to get through the situation. Additionally, our restoration technicians are trained to dispose of all the discarded items safely.

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Bio-One of Pittsburgh is always ready to address problems that result from unforeseen circumstances, such as death and critical injury. Our certified technicians are always prepared to help you deal with extreme situations that may be emotionally and physically taxing, allowing you to concentrate on other essential tasks to begin the healing process in a clean environment. Locally owned and operated, we provide:

Professional cleaning, disinfection, and decontamination services


  • Crime scene cleanup services

  • Blood spill cleanup services

  • Homicide and suicide cleanup services

  • Unattended death cleaning services

  • Biohazard cleanup services

  • Feces and bodily fluids cleaning services

  • Odor removal services

  • Virus Disinfection services

  • Fentanyl cleanup services

  • Tear gas cleanup services

  • Emergency vehicle decontamination services

  • Sewage backup cleanup services

  • Medical Waste disposal services

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Hoarding cleanup services


  • Hoarding cleanup

  • Animal hoarding cleanup

  • Junk removal

  • Deep cleanup

  • Gross filth cleanup

  • Hazardous waste removal

  • Homeless encampment cleanup

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Bio-One works closely with victim support centers nationwide and local authorities, communities, emergency services personnel, hoarding task forces, apartment communities, insurance companies, and other organizations to accomplish each customer the most efficient and superior service possible. 


Several crime scene cleanup companies may face unexpected, unfortunate life events. Still, Bio-One is the right choice because of our expertise and profoundly caring and discreet specialists.


We are proud members of the NAPO Pittsburgh - National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals

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Bio-One of Pittsburgh serves the following Pennsylvania counties: Allegheny County, Washington County, Beaver County, Butler County, Armstrong County, Westmoreland County, Lawrence County, Greene County, Fayette County, and Mercer County.


We also serve the following cities and surrounding communities: Allison Park, Aspinwall, Avalon, Bairdford, Bakerstown, Baldwin, Bellevue, Ben Avon, Ben Avon Heights, Bethel Park, Blawnox, Boston, Brackenridge, Braddock, Braddock Hills, Bradford Woods, Brentwood, Buena Vista, Bunola, Carnegie, Castle Shannon, Cheswick, Churchill, Clairton, Coulter, Crafton, Creighton, Crescent, Cuddy Curtisville, Dormont, Dravosburg, Duquesne, East Mc Keesport, East Mckeesport, East Pittsburgh, Elizabeth, Emsworth, Etna, Forest Hills, Fox Chapel, Glassport, Glenshawock, Harwick, Heidelberg, Homestead, Homewood, Indianola, Ingomar, Ingram, Jefferson Hills, Leetsdale, McKees Rocks, Millvale, Monroeville, Morgan, Mount Oliver, Munhall, Natrona Heights, Noblestown, Oakdale, Oakland, Oakland (borough), Oakmont, Pitcairn, Pleasant Hills, Plum, Port Vue, Presto, Rankin, Rennerdale, Rural Ridge, Russellton, Sharpsburg, South Park, Springdale, Sturgeon, Swissvale, Tarentum, Turtle Creek, Verona, Wall, Warrendale, West Elizabeth, West Homestead, West Mifflin, West View, Wexford, Whitaker, Wildwood, Wilkinsburg, and Wilmerding!

Our hoarding cleaning service is available 24/7/365 to help you in your greatest moment of need. Contact us at 412-414-3101.

Published by:

Rafael Alemán.

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