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Hoarding Cleanup - What You Should Know Before Starting

Hoarding Cleanup - What You Should Know Before Starting

Hoarding disorder is a condition that affects millions of people in the United States, and it often results in dangerous and unsanitary living conditions. If you're thinking about cleaning up a hoarded home, it's important to be aware of the dangers and hazards often found in these areas.

Though it's a manageable condition, hoarding disorder can pose an emotional challenge for the hoarder and their loved ones. If you or someone you know needs help with hoarding cleanup service, consider reaching out to Bio-One of Chula Vista. Our specialists are trained to tackle even the most severe cases of extreme hoarding and clutter.3

Introducing the Dangers of Hoarding

Most people think of hoarding as an annoyance. Maybe it's that one family member who can't seem to throw anything away or the neighbor with a yard full of junk. But while it may be frustrating to live near or deal with a hoarder, it's important to remember that hoarding can pose serious risks - both to the hoarder themselves and their family members.

Squalor - Overwhelming and Unsanitary Conditions

The first and most obvious danger of compulsive hoarding is the cleanliness or lack thereof. Hoarders often live in squalor, with piles of garbage and refuse taking over their homes. This creates an unsanitary environment that can lead to serious health hazards, including the spread of disease.

Must read: IOCDF - Is it Hoarding Disorder, Clutter, Collecting, or Squalor?

Mold and Mildew in Hoarder Homes

Mold growth and mildew are common problems in hoarder homes. The combination of damp, cluttered conditions creates the perfect environment for mold to thrive. Inhaling mold spores can cause a variety of health problems, including respiratory issues, headaches, and fatigue.

Fire and Physical Hazards

Another hazard associated with hoarding is the increased risk of fire. Piles of paper and other combustible materials provide fuel for fires, and the cluttered conditions make it difficult to spot and extinguish flames before they cause serious damage.

Hoarding Disorder - A Challenging Condition

Hoarding is a condition characterized by the persistent difficulty of discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Individuals with hoarding disorder often accumulate a large number of items and may struggle to keep living spaces clean and organized.

Common symptoms associated with hoarding include:

  • Excessive attachment to possessions
  • Difficulty discarding or parting with possessions
  • Extreme difficulties organizing living spaces
  • Excessive acquisition of items, even if they are not needed or have no value

Emotional Consequences from Hoarding Situations

A hoarding situation can also have a serious emotional toll on the hoarder and their loved ones. The condition often leads to feelings of shame, isolation, and anxiety. Hoarders may also suffer from depression and other mental health issues.

The Cleanup Process

Once a hoarder finally decides to clean up their act, they often don't know where to start - or how to do it properly. This can lead to dangerous situations, such as using harmful chemicals without proper ventilation or dealing with sharp objects without proper protection.

That's where we come in. The team at Bio-One of Chula Vista is specially trained to handle clutter and gross filth, and we have the experience and equipment to do it safely and effectively. We'll work with you to create a customized plan that meets your unique needs, and we'll make sure the job is done right!

Hoarding Cleanup - Before and after.
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Hoarding cleanup and recovery services

Locally owned, Bio-One of Chula Vista works closely with emergency responders, hoarding task forces, public service agencies, and other organizations to provide the most efficient service possible:

  • Hoarding cleanup
  • Animal hoarding cleanup
  • Decluttering
  • Gross filth cleanup
  • Deep clean
  • Junk removal
  • Hazardous waste disposal


We serve the San Diego County location and surrounding cities and communities, including Chula Vista, San Diego, National City, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, El Cajon, Santee, Lakeside, Coronado, La Mesa, Imperial Beach, Bonita, and Alpine.

We are members of the National City Chamber of Commerce and an approved HomeAdvisor company. Contact us 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.

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!


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.

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