Thursday, September 29, 2016
According to The Washington Post, studies show that compulsive hoarding affects up to 6 percent of the population in the United States, or 19 million Americans! That is already a staggering statistic, and experts say that this serious disorder is on the rise. With so many cases in this country, it is obvious that there would be a great need for hoarding cleanup.
But not just anyone can clean up a hoarding situation. Because of the nature of hoarding, these cases are most often biohazards that pose unique health and safety risks for the property owner(s)/inhabitants and the restoration personnel tasked with hoarding cleanup. Only those companies who specialize in this area truly understand the science and intricacies of the biohazard remediation and decontamination process. Therefore, for the safety of all parties involved, only experts in this field should be responsible for hoarding cleanup.
This is especially the case where animal hoarding is involved. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, approximately 40 percent of object hoarders also hoard animals, and more than 80 percent of animal hoarders have diseased, dying or dead animals on the premises. Dealing with the cleanup of animal waste, including fecal matter and urine, can be just as dangerous as cleaning up infected blood. If technicians are not properly equipped or trained to handle biomaterials, the bacteria transmitted through animal waste can cause infections and respiratory complications.
Recently, the technicians at Joe Taylor Restoration experienced the reality of animal hoarding first hand. An elderly man began to hoard cats, and eventually took in so many that he could no longer take care of them. Several of them died in the home and were not removed, making the property a very unhealthy place to live. The elderly man was relocated to a safe environment, but the courts decided that the property should be cleaned instead of destroyed. Enter, the experts at Joe Taylor Restoration.
Joe Taylor Restoration is well aware of the potential risks associated with biohazards, particularly hoarding cleanup, as well as what it takes to perform the job correctly and completely. Through our partnership with companies like Safewaste of Florida, LLC, Joe Taylor Restoration is in compliance with OSHA, EPA and State Environmental Agencies and is extremely efficient in reporting and testing.
Not only are the licensed and insured technicians at Joe Taylor Restoration trained in how best to handle biohazards, but they will also approach each instance with sensitivity, sympathy, and professionalism. If you would like more information, or if you are in need of biohazard cleanup, please contact us at 888-814-1455 or refer to our Biohazard webpage at https://jtrestoration.com/biohazard-remediation.