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Understanding hoarding disorder and how Bio-One of Chula Vista can help

 Nov 09, 2021

Understanding hoarding disorder and how Bio-One of Chula Vista can help

If you know someone dealing with a hoarding lifestyle, you need to understand that they might be dealing with other mental health problems and situations that, because they didn’t know how to handle them at the moment, they developed into the delicate issue that is hoarding. 

Hoarding, by definition, is a situation where an individual is incapable of parting with items and belongings. Some people also struggle with animal hoarding, a more delicate situation that involves other creatures and that might result in a public safety issue. The reason for hoarding is that people add an emotional value to their possessions, it goes beyond what the items might cost in terms of money or functionality.


Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists have assisted victims and victims’ families when hoarding situations have gotten out of control. The reality is, hoarding poses multiple physical and biohazard risks that must be approached in a timely manner, with the sensitivity that entails helping someone overcome a life-threatening scenario, and the importance of the willingness to overcome them.

Houses impacted by hoarding are hazardous. Victims face physical dangers, risk of fire, diseases and infections.

Why do people hoard? 

There are multiple risk factors for someone to develop a hoarding disorder, and now being recognized as a mental health disorder has allowed mental health professionals a better understanding of why do people might develop a hoarding disorder. Risk factors include:

  • A traumatic life event: Losing a loved one, a pet, a job, or even something that they found extremely valuable might result in the development of a hoarding disorder. 
  • History of mental health conditions: Schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, and Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD) are common mental health conditions that health specialists have associated with hoarding disorder. The help from mental health specialists plays an important part in overcoming hoarding, as the diagnose will lead to treatments and practices to reduce the tendency of developing hoarding disorder in the future. Psychotherapy and Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are common treatments for hoarding disorder.
  • Stress and extreme worrying at an early age: We could say that these risk factors are associated with each other. While hoarding it’s reported to affect mostly elder women and men, when kids/teenagers are put under pressure or stressful situations, they may not know how to handle them, resulting in hoarding disorder in their adult life. 

Additionally, people may turn to hoarding as an escape, as a way to protect themselves. Isolation from friends and family is usual, as hoarding is often seen as an embarrassing, shameful situation. For Bio-One of Chula Vista, helping is our main priority. Hoarding disorder must be treated with deep compassion and understanding of each reality. 

Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists can restore your house or property to a safe, hazard-free environment.

Bio-One of Chula Vista can help you

Hoarding represents multiple health risks for victims and anyone involved in trying to help overcome the situation. There is usually clutter, decomposed food, and occasionally, human/animal waste, which may result in biohazards and safety threats. Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists are trained to tackle hoarding situations and restore properties to their original condition, a safe environment with a new perspective for people. There is a positive outlook for people struggling with hoarding, and we are here to help you.

Locally owned, Bio-One of Chula Vista proudly serves the following San Diego County cities: Chula Vista, San Diego, National City, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, El Cajon, Santee, Lakeside, Coronado, La Mesa, Imperial Beach, Bonita, Alpine, and surrounding communities. We are also proud members of the National City Chamber of Commerce and an approved HomeAdvisor company.

We offer free estimates for our services, and we are available 24/7! Give us a call at 619-892-1744.

Nov 02, 2021

How does mold affect your health? Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists can help you.

Mold spores are present in the air, they’re part of the natural environment. We can’t control mold growth outdoors, as it plays an important part in decomposing dead organic matter. Indoors, however, mold growth should be prevented by all means. 

Mold is present in damp, humid environments. Usually, after a flood, or if there’s signs of water damage (leaks in roofs, windows, vents, or pipes) mold can start to grow within 24 to 48 hours. 

Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists offer mold remediation services. Our certified technicians work throughout San Diego County and surrounding communities to properly remediate residential and business properties from mold damage. If left unattended, mold can cause major complications to the property, as well as respiratory health problems.

Mold can look like multi colored rings, spots and stains. In this case, it's mostly black.

What is mold and where does it grow?

Mold is type of fungi, it encompasess millions of microorganisms that help in the process of decomposing dead organic matter (trees, leaves, and other organisms). 

There are many types of mold, some of them are harmless and others can be very toxic. If mold is disturbed, spores are released into the air, making it easy to make their way indoors. These spores will disseminate in poorly ventilated areas, and areas where humidity levels are high. All that mold needs to grow is water and organic matter. 


In case you’re wondering “what is organic matter?” it basically entails all surfaces in the house or propert: wallpapers, drywall, house furniture, household tiems, wooden structures… all of these are surfaces where mold can grow and cause damage. Bio-One of Chula Vista’s certified technicians can help you assess the level of damage in your property, and we make sure to remediate areas affected by mold in a timely manner.

How does mold affect your health?

Mold is quick to consume organic matter, which poses a serious problem in terms of building structure, not to mention that mold affects the quality of air indoors, making it a dangerous environment for humans and animals to live in. When mold concentrates in small areas, it can affect people with pre-existing health conditions like ashtma, lung complications and other respiratory problems. Furthermore, mold exposure can translate into headaches, allergies, red eyes, and shortness of breath. 

Bio-One of Chula Vista can help you

If you’re struggling with mold damage in your house or property, let Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists help you. It’s important to tackle the mold problem and promptly fix water-related issues. If you clean up mold but you don’t fix the what’s causing it to grow, you will be wasting your time, your money, and you will remain exposed to its health repercussions.

Mold concentrated indoors can become toxic for humans and animals.

Our specialists can guide you in the steps to prevent mold from growing indoors, while we take care of sanitizing and decontaminating the property from highly contaminated items. We also work with contractors that can offer you solutions to restore your property to its original condition.

Locally owned, Bio-One of Chula Vista proudly serves the following San Diego County cities: Chula Vista, San Diego, National City, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, El Cajon, Santee, Lakeside, Coronado, La Mesa, Imperial Beach, Bonita, Alpine, and surrounding communities. We are also proud members of the National City Chamber of Commerce and an approved HomeAdvisor company.

We offer free estimates for our services, and we are available 24/7! Give us a call at 619-892-1744.

Oct 26, 2021

Blog - Risk factors associated with hoarding and how Bio-One of Chula Vista can help you

Hoarding situations can be emotionally taxing for the victims and families involved. People struggling with hoarding are usually incapable of dealing with these situations on their own, and that’s where Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists come in to help not only the victims but the victim’s families. Hoarding is rooted in a deeper problem than just compulsive buying. Many people struggling with hoarding are also dealing with mental health conditions that need to be addressed in order for people to gain control over their lives. 

Bio-One of Chula Vista’s certified technicians are trained to guide you in each step of the recovering process. Your safety is our main priority at all times, and we want to make sure everyone feels comfortable as we take care of cleaning and sanitizing the house or property.

Hoarding situations can be challenging and emotionally taxing for victims and families involved.

Hoarding disorder may be triggered by a traumatic life event

People struggling with hoarding tend to add an emotional value to their belongings. People will keep anything from books and photographs to clothing and things that don’t seem to have a functional value in their lives. 

Losing a loved one, losing a job, ending a relationship… These are all difficult situations that, if not channeled well, can lead to not only hoarding but other mental health conditions. 

It’s ok to feel bad, and it’s ok to ask for help if you need it. Bio-One of Chula Vista can help you get the necessary help to overcome these challenging situations. 

While hoarding affects the elderly, early symptoms may develop in teenagers

According to Psychiatry’s article about hoarding, the disorder affects mostly people over 60 years old who have also been diagnosed with other mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. It’s important to point out that early symptoms may develop in teenagers who experience trauma and stress, and these symptoms tend to increase as they get older.

People struggling with hoarding also tend to live by themselves. Isolation from family and friends is common, especially if the situation has gotten out of control. Hoarding is perceived by many as an embarrassing condition, which makes it more difficult for people to seek help and for the victims of the families to learn about the problem.

Hoarding might be associated with other mental health conditions

Often, people struggling with hoarding disorder also struggle with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The diagnosis from professionals plays a fundamental part in understanding hoarding and how to provide support for the victims. 

Bio-One of Chula Vista works closely with victim advocate groups, hoarding task forces, and non-profit organizations that can assist families and victims in the face of a hoarding situation. Our job is to make sure you return to a safe environment, with a fresh perspective and outlook on life. Our ultimate goal is to help you get your life back.

Bio-One of Chula is ready to help you or your loved one in their greatest moment of need.

Bio-One of Chula Vista can help you

If you think someone you love might be struggling with hoarding, Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists can help you. We have a group of certified technicians willing to help you in your greatest moment of need. 

Locally owned, Bio-One of Chula Vista proudly serves the following San Diego County cities: Chula Vista, San Diego, National City, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, El Cajon, Santee, Lakeside, Coronado, La Mesa, Imperial Beach, Bonita, Alpine, and surrounding communities. We are also proud members of the National City Chamber of Commerce and an approved HomeAdvisor company.

We offer free estimates for our services, and we are available 24/7! Give us a call at 619-892-1744.

Oct 15, 2021

Animal hoarding is a delicate issue that involves three main concerns: mental health, animal welfare, and public safety. Usually, when these situations go public (you see them on the news, you find out your neighbor is an animal hoarder) it’s very easy to focus on animal welfare. And it’s not wrong: animals are just victims of the circumstances and poor decisions. 

We can’t, however, diminish the issue that is mental health, as it’s probably the main reason that victims got in that particular situation in the first place. When a person becomes an animal hoarder, they’re usually facing a mental health battle that also needs to be looked upon with care and compassion. 

Bio-One of Chula Vista has helped families and victims of hoarding throughout San Diego County and surrounding communities. Tackling these situations requires a dedicated team: caring, compassionate, discreet, and utterly professional. Animal hoarding scenarios are no less challenging. It’s all about keeping a mindset of helping everyone overcome the odds and the difficulties in a timely manner.

What is animal hoarding?

Animal hoarding is very similar to a regular hoarding situation in the sense that people acquire more things than they can handle, creating a hostile, dangerous environment for themselves and the people (animals) around them. Animal hoarding is a little different, though. A person struggling with animal hoarding houses more animals than what they’re able without providing minimum levels of nutrition, sanitation, and shelter.

A person struggling with animal hoarding is usually not aware of how many animals are actually on the property, and they might hoard dogs, cats, birds, etc.

Why do people turn to animal hoarding? 

There’s not a factual reason for people to turn to animals in hoarding situations. As of today, hoarding is recognized as a mental health disorder, and this has allowed medical professionals to treat it with the proper therapy to ensure that the victims understand their behavior and follow the right steps to avoid relapsing to that condition.

Some reasons for animal hoarding, based on first-hand experience in these situations include emotional dependency, paranoia, anxiety, depression, and more. Notice that these reasons are basically a struggle with other mental health conditions. People can turn to animal hoarding as a way to cope with traumatic life events like the loss of a loved one, a separation, losing a job, etc.

Hoarding scenarios pose multiple health risks that must be approached in a timely manner. Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists can help you!

How to identify animal hoarding situations

  • The house or property shows severe signs of deterioration.
  • The victims have lost count on how many animals are under their care.
  • Animals show signs of malnutrition, lethargy, poor socialization.
  • The victims usually isolate themselves from family and friends, as these situations are often stigmatized as embarrassing. 
  • Victims won’t admit they have a problem, and they will stand by saying that the animals are happy and healthy under those conditions. The reality is that animal hoarding situations must be tackled in a timely matter as the lives of the animals are usually in danger.

Bio-One of Chula Vista can help you

If you think someone you love might be struggling with animal hoarding, Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists can help you. Our technicians are trained to be mindful and caring, and we are prepared to tackle these scenarios in a private, respectful manner for you and your loved ones.

Locally owned, Bio-One of Chula Vista proudly serves the following San Diego County cities: Chula Vista, San Diego, National City, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, El Cajon, Santee, Lakeside, Coronado, La Mesa, Imperial Beach, Bonita, Alpine, and surrounding communities. 

We offer free estimates for our services, and we are available 24/7! Give us a call at 619-892-1744.

Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists are ready to help you get your house and your life back on track.

Bio-One is proud to work alongside emergency responders and local government agencies to help our community in their greatest moment of need. But we also work with Property Managers, Community Managers, and Residential and Commercial property owners to take care of homeless encampment situations throughout San Diego County.

Our technicians are trained to approach homeless encampment scenarios with deep care and compassion. Cleaning these areas might not solve the root of the problem that is homelessness, but our work guarantees that anyone who is present in these scenarios is free from biohazardous waste, resulting from the same conditions. 


Unfortunately, homeless encampments are difficult situations for property managers to take care of themselves. Often, homeless encampments are conceived in improvised conditions that can make the health and safety conditions quite a challenge. Community members might not know how to handle these situations, and this is where Bio-One of Chula Vista can help you.

Homeless encampments pose multiple biohazards like sharp objects, rats, mice, cockroaches, and biological waste.
The improvised conditions where homeless encampments are set up can become a problem for property managers and business owners. Bio-One of Chula Vista can help you.

Bio-One of Chula Vista focuses on remediating homeless encampments from biohazardous waste 

There are multiple agencies that can provide assistance to individuals who are struggling with homelessness. Bio-One of Chula Vista certified specialists work on cleaning, disinfecting, and decontaminating the biohazardous waste that might represent a health problem for the community. At the end of the day, these situations can be dangerous, so it’s important to trust a biohazard cleanup specialist to remediate these areas. 

Cleaning homeless encampments require expertise and help from professionals. Many times, you can come across biohazards like sharp objects, food/biological waste, rodents, fleas, cockroaches, blood, vomit, and human/animal waste that can pose a threat to building communities, public spaces, passersby, and bystanders.

Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists can take of everything from clutter and debris removal, to the proper disinfection and decontamination of these areas. Following strict guidelines, procedures and using the necessary PPE, Bio-One can take of homeless encampment situations in a timely, discreet manner.

Bio-One of Chula Vista can help you

Homeless encampments must be cleaned by professionals. Don’t expose your family, your community, or your crew members to the biohazards resulting from these situations. Bio-One of Chula Vista can help you. 

We have listed a number of local authorities and facilities that can also help face these situations with care and compassion. It’s important to educate the community about homelessness and be a source of support. Bio-One of  Chula Vista specialists want to make sure everyone is safe and free from all biohazards. If you’re a property manager, or business owner, and need help with cleaning homeless encampments in the San Diego County area, let us help you.

Locally owned, Bio-One of Chula Vista is a member of theNational City Chamber of Commerce, and proudly serves the following San Diego County cities: Chula Vista, San Diego, National City, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, El Cajon, Santee, Lakeside, Coronado, La Mesa, Imperial Beach, Bonita, Alpine, and surrounding communities. 

We offer Free Estimates for our services, and we are available 24/7! Give us a call at 619-892-1744.

Sep 10, 2021

Kitchen and living room area piled with clutter.

Many people feel scared to even bring up the word “hoarding”, as they might feel identified with the common signs and symptoms that diagnose this condition. The reality is: not everyone who collects specific items, or struggles with maintaining an organized living space, is necessarily a hoarder.

There are key elements that can help identify whether a person is struggling with hoarding disorder, or if it’s showing early signs that could be addressed to avoid a severe condition. Hoarding scenarios are often dangerous and hazardous, as the amount of clutter and trash has taken over the daily living spaces and it’s impossible to get the easiest things like cooking, cleaning, bathing, or even sleeping done.


Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists have had the opportunity of helping many families and property owners when the process of discarding things gets overwhelming. Serving San Diego County and surrounding communities, we understand that it might be scary to ask for help and feel judged. Bio-One is a small family that will help you get through these difficulties, you don’t have to fight alone.

Bedroom area with clutter and trash all over the floor and the bed. These inadequate living conditions are dangerous!

IDENTIFYING A HOARDING SCENARIO

According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA), the common symptoms and behavior of a person struggling with hoarding disorder include:

-The inability to throw away possessions - The thought of letting go of items like newspapers, magazines, clothing, and other elements that don’t seem to have a major purpose in their life, can cause anxiety and stress. An individual struggling with hoarding disorder has a different perception of these items, the value is not related to how much they cost but how emotionally important are for them.

-Severe anxiety when attempting to discard items - Even if they don’t admit to having a problem, you can identify if a person is struggling with hoarding when you ask them about discarding random items in their possession. If they react abruptly to this request, they shut themselves or become aggressive, you could say the individual is struggling with hoarding.

-Difficulty organizing or categorizing possessions - This is an important sign that helps identify if a person is struggling with hoarding disorder. A person who collects items is usually proud to display these possessions. They’re a reward for his efforts. It’s different for someone struggling with hoarding. They usually isolate themselves from others to avoid feeling ashamed or embarrassed about the mess in their house or property.

-Functional impairments - An individual struggling with hoarding is in a constant fight to get the easiest things done. Their quality of life is severely affected by the clutter and trash. Furthermore, studies show that hoarding affects people over 60 years of age, and people struggling with other mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and OCD. These data and these symptoms make up for a very dangerous living environment. 

You can read more about the signs of hoarding + the difference between hoarding and collecting by visiting ADAA’s Hoarding - The Basics article here.

In the face of a hoarding situation, Bio-One of Chula Vista has one clear goal in mind: getting the help that the person deserves. Many times, as we mentioned, people might be struggling with other mental health conditions.

Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists are here to help you or your loved ones!

Bio-One works closely with Law Enforcement, Public Service Agencies, Victim advocates, and other organizations that can assist the individual in getting their life back on track.

We also strive to make the house or property a safe place for them to return. We’ll take care of any potentially hazardous situations that can put their lives at risk. 

Locally owned, Bio-One of Chula Vista proudly serves the following San Diego County cities: Chula Vista, San Diego, National City, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, El Cajon, Santee, Lakeside, Coronado, La Mesa, Imperial Beach, Bonita, Alpine, and surrounding communities. 

We offer Free Estimates for our services, and we are available 24/7! Give us a call at 619-892-1744.

Aug 24, 2021

Hoarding is a delicate condition that must be approached with care and compassion. People struggling with hoarding disorder are in a constant battle between their possessions and the compulsive need to buy, collect and save items, regardless of their economic value.

People struggling with hoarding disorder usually face a diminished quality of life, due to the clutter and accumulation of possessions. These possessions get in the way of performing normal, routine activities like using the kitchen, sitting on the couch in the living room, or even going to the bathroom.


Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists have assisted numerous families and customers struggling with hoarding disorder, as the house or property of the individual can turn into a hazardous environment. These are the most commons signs and facts about hoarding disorder. Identifying these signs is useful to anyone who might be struggling with hoarding, directly (the affected individual) or indirectly (family and community members).

Basic Facts about Hoarding Disorder

-Hoarding affects an estimated 2 to 6% of the U.S. population - Some researches indicate that it’s also more common in males than females. Also, individuals usually live alone, and the elderly are more likely to struggle with hoarding disorders.

Image shows a living room completely block by trash and clutter. There are empty egg cartons, empty water bottles, food, various bottles, boxes and bags.

-Hoarding is not the same as collecting - A person who collects (baseball cards, coins, art, magazines) is usually proud to showcase these items, as it might represent hours and research time to put a “collection” together. A person struggling with hoarding is usually embarrassed by their situation and they’re likely to isolate themselves from family and friends.

-Hoarding can lead to dangerous living conditions - People struggling with hoarding disorder accumulate things without being conscious of the dangers that come with this compulsive behavior. Houses and properties usually show signs of deterioration, due to the clutter and waste. 

-People struggling with hoarding disorder will save all kinds of things - For someone struggling with hoarding disorder, items have a different meaning. Things have a strong emotional value and it has nothing to do with the item itself. Hoarders can save magazines, newspapers, books, food, home appliances, household items, clothing, even animals.

-While the cause of hoarding is unknown, several risk factors can help identify it - Medical experts have said that hoarding disorder can be triggered by a traumatic life event; or by a history of mental illness such as depression, anxiety, and OCD. Anyone is capable of developing a hoarding disorder.

What is the Outlook for someone struggling with Hoarding?

Hoarding disorders must be treated by a doctor. Hoarding is a condition that can be controlled and treated in a way that the individual will be able to live a normal, functioning life. Individuals learn to manage their possessions and the right treatment can reduce the need for saving and accumulating things. 

People struggling with hoarding can turn their life around, but they need help and support to overcome this situation.

Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists are caring, understanding, and have a desire to help people with these difficult and, sometimes, overwhelming situations. Our goal is to help individuals get their life back on track and turn their house or property into a safe, hazard-free environment

Bio-One also works closely with the homeowner or their loved ones to make sure everyone is comfortable during the remediation process.

Image shows a before-and-after scenario of a living room. Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists cleared the clutter and trash.

Locally owned, Bio-One of Chula Vista proudly serves the following San Diego County cities: Chula Vista, San Diego, National City, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, El Cajon, Santee, Lakeside, Coronado, La Mesa, Imperial Beach, Bonita, Alpine, and surrounding communities. 

We offer Free Estimates for our services, and we are available 24/7! Give us a call at 619-892-1744.

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