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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.

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 01, 2021

Rodents can become a serious problem for your house or property if not treated by professionals. During wintertime, they seek protection from cold in dark places. Rodents can reproduce very quickly, creating a dangerous environment for you and your loved ones.

Rodents can transmit over 35 different types of diseases, and the most common is the Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (also known as HPS). It’s a very dangerous disease that can be transmitted directly (from bite wounds and direct contact with urine and feces) or indirectly (by breathing contaminated air and dust).  Residential properties are most affected by mice and rats. Rodent feces and droppings are known to be very infectious so, it’s important to turn to a professional in disinfection and sanitation to remediate areas where rodents might have been present.

Rodents carry bacteria and diseases that can transmit to humans from direct contact or indirectly, by being in the presence of highly infected areas. Rodents usually look for shelter indoors, primarily in dark areas like crawlspaces, garages, and attics. Cluttered spaces create a perfect environment for mice and rats to create nests. Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists follow strict guidelines and procedures to remediate houses and properties if they’re involved in hoarding scenarios.

If by any chance you chose to take care of rodents  by yourself and need help with cleaning and disinfecting your house or property from dead mice and rats, Bio-One of Chula Vista can also provide you with professional, guaranteed disinfection and sanitation. Dead animals can carry multiple bacteria, which is usually airborne. So, mice and rats died in crawl spaces or inside your HVAC System, you might need help from Professionals to get to these areas and remove any biohazard.

Rodents usually hide in garages and highly cluttered areas.
Image shows rodent droppings in HVAC System (heater).

HOW CAN RODENTS COME TO YOUR HOUSE OR PROPERTY?

Filling gaps and entryways is the best way to prevent rodents from coming to your house or property. Rodents can squeeze through the smallest spaces, whether it’s through doors, windows or even small cracks on the floor. 

According  to the CDC, you can look for gaps or holes outside your property in the following spaces:

-Around windows and doors.

-In the roof (gables, rasters and eaves).

-In the building foundations (this is a specially delicate area for rodents and other plagues to nest)

-Attic vents.

-HVAC systems (if rodents have been in these areas, you might be struggling with infections and other afflictions associated with rodents' feces and urine).


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BIO-ONE OF CHULA VISTA CAN HELP YOU

If you need help with disinfecting and sanitizing your house or property from rodents and other household pests, let Bio-One of Chula Vista specialists help you.

Our technicians will thoroughly look through the areas where rodents might have been present and caused damage. We will also make sure to discard any items that might represent a biohazard for everyone in the house, including pets.

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.

Rodent urine and droppings in a crawl space, near the HVAC system.

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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