Dumpster Rental and Hoarding: The Facts
If you have ever seen television shows about hoarding, you know just how terrible it can be. Hoarding is a debilitating action that causes serious damage not only to the property but to the individual as well. The act of hoarding can cause serious health concerns for everyone on or near the property. When you are the owner or manager of a property that is facing hoarding, you must get a handle on the problem.
Removal of the hoarded material is paramount to fixing the problem. The best way to approach this is to rent a dumpster and have it placed on the property. The following are some things you should know about hoarding and how to clean the mess.
How Does Hoarding Impact a Property?
Hoarding is a mental health condition in which a person has a hard time letting go of items, to the point that they allow things to stack up and create dangerous conditions. Some of the items hoarded may not make sense to most people, but those who hoard tend to have major emotional attachments to certain items.
Whether it is newspapers, food, dishes, clothing, or household cleaning supplies, hoarding any items can be dangerous and cause damage to a property. As the items pile up, rodents can invade the property. When hoarding takes over a home, the person who hoards cannot adequately clean the home. In bad hoarding cases, some people are even unable to sleep in their own bed.
What Can You Do?
If you are the owner or manager of a property in which a person is hoarding, you do have some steps you can take. The first step is to evict the person from the property and provide them with a deadline to get their items out of the home.
Next, check the rental insurance of the individual who lived in the home. There may be some options to check into that will help pay for the cleanup of the property. Afterward, you need to develop a cleaning strategy to get the home back in a safe condition.
How Do You Adequately Remove the Mess?
Before you begin the cleanup, go into the property and assess just how much trash requires removal. This will help you determine the size of the dumpster you need. The best thing to do is have a representative from a dumpster rental company come to the property. The representative evaluates the amount of garbage and can advise you on dumpster size.
Once you know the size dumpster you need, think about where it will sit while the cleanup job happens. Let neighbors know what is going on so they are aware of any noise they may experience.
As the job begins, make sure you and anyone assisting you are wearing masks, gloves, thick boots, jeans, and long-sleeved shirts if at all possible. You do not know what exactly you may encounter and everyone needs to be safe.
Start moving the bulkiest items first. This will help you maximize the space in the dumpster. Collect any hazardous materials, but do not put them into the dumpster. Make sure you dispose of them properly based on the substance.
After the dumpster is full, call the rental company and have the dumpster removed. If you need it longer than you estimated or if you need to have the dumpster emptied during the cleanup, be sure to call in advance so arrangements can be made.
If you are dealing with a hoarding situation and you need a dumpster to aid in the cleanup, please contact us at Tiger Sanitation. We look forward to working with you.