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How Hoarding Affects Health

Hoarding is about much more than a messy house. It presents a serious health and safety risk to anyone who enters the property and is especially dangerous to those who live in it. Cleaning a property in which hoarding has been taking place requires the use of dumpsters and a careful waste disposal plan to make the home habitable again. Here is a closer look at some of the health and safety issues associated with compulsive hoarding.

Air Quality

Poor indoor air quality is a significant issue associated with compulsive hoarding. The abundance of items stores in the home creates more surfaces for dust to accumulate, while decaying material release ammonia into the air. Mildew, mold, and fungus are also prone to growing in homes in which hoarding is occurring. The polluted indoor air can lead to respiratory problems and a host of other health issues, and it is particularly dangerous for people with asthma and allergies. Pets in the home can also suffer because of the polluted air.

Pest Infestations

Hoarding creates the perfect environment for cockroaches, mice, rats, flies, and other pests. Decaying paper materials, spoiled food, and animal waste all attract these pests, while hoarded belongings offer plenty of hiding places. Many pests can transmit diseases and leave behind waste that increases the risk of exposure to dangerous bacteria. Rodents hiding within the walls can chew through wires and cause fires.

Building Safety

Hoarding prevents necessary home maintenance work from being performed, which means that HVACs, water heaters, and other systems and appliances in the home could become a safety issue. Hoarding can also block exits, making it difficult to escape the home in an emergency and present trip hazards that can lead to injuries.

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