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FAQs During a Hoarding Cleanup - How Can Bio-One Help?

FAQs During a Hoarding Cleanup - How  Can Bio-One Help?

Making the decision to change a person's life by helping them clean and declutter their homes is not always easy. Many people feel hesitant about moving forward with hoarding cleanup because they fear being judged and insensitive to the reality they're facing.


The truth is that hoarding situations require help from professionals in several areas, including mental health professionals, social service organizations, and professional cleaners, to ensure the person is reinserted into a healthy, safe environment. Bio-One of Orange is a professional hoarding cleanup company specializing in safe decluttering hazardous waste removal services. Our desire to help people overcome hoarding and work with them throughout the process makes us stand out from others.

Hoarded home - Bedroom. Photo credit: Bio-One of Orange.

Each one of our employees is trained to handle hoarding with a caring, compassionate, and understanding approach while ensuring the property is rid of all the hazards commonly present in these scenarios (clutter, rotten food, mold growth, water damage, rodent, and other pests among others).

FAQs about Hoarding Cleanup and How Bio-One can help


If you know someone struggling with hoarding and probably doesn't know what the process might look like, here are some frequently asked questions that may arise during a hoarding cleanup. If you're the one dealing with hearing in your home, please, give us a call. Our team is available 24/7 to help you.

Q: What is hoarding?


A: Hoarding is classified as a mental disorder that causes a person to excessively collect and save items, even if they are of no value and pose a danger to the individual's health and safety. After years of research and study, the American Psychiatric Association recognized hoarding as a mental health condition in 2013.


Q: How can I tell if someone is hoarding?


A: Several signs may indicate that someone is hoarding, such as:

  • An excessive number of items fill the living space, making it difficult to move around.

  • An inability to throw away or donate possessions, even if they are no longer needed or used.

  • A compulsiveness around acquiring new items, even if they are not needed.

  • Difficulty organizing and managing belongings.

  • Excessive attachment to belongings.

  • Anxiety or discomfort when discussing possessions with others.

Hoarded home - Bedroom #2. Photo credit: Bio-One of Orange.

Q: How do I know if I'm a hoarder?


A: There is no easy way to know if you or a family member might be dealing with hoarding because the hoarder is not likely to admit they have a problem. Some common signs of hoarding include difficulty throwing away or giving away possessions, feeling overwhelmed by the stuff in the home, and being unable to use rooms in the house or property because they're so full of stuff.


Q: What are some biohazardous materials in a hoarder's home?


A: Hoarding can pose several dangers to the individual and those around them, such as:

  • Fire hazards from excessive clutter.

  • Trip and fall hazards from cluttered living spaces.

  • Risk of injury from sharp objects hidden in the clutter.

  • Poor sanitation and hygiene due to rotting food and garbage.

  • Dead animals and other forms of animal waste.

  • Infestation of rodents, cockroaches, and other pests.


Hoarding can also lead to social isolation and strained relationships with family and friends.

Hoarded home - Hallway. Photo credit: Bio-One of Orange.

Q: How can Bio-One help with hoarding?


A: Bio-One of Orange is a professional cleaning company. Our team is trained to handle these situations with care and compassion. We work closely with each of our customers and have the resources to help them overcome your hoarding.


Q: What does the hoarding cleanup process look like?


A: The process will vary depending on the severity of the situation. Our team will first assess the property to determine the scope of work that needs to be done. Bio-One emphasizes removing hazardous materials, cleaning up garbage and rotten food, and treating for infestation of pests. Once the area is decluttered and cleaned, we focus on developing a plan to keep the space clean and organized.


Learn more about of Bio-One in our Services section.

Q: How much does hoarding cleanup cost?


A: The cost of a hoarding cleanup will vary depending on the severity of the situation. Bio-One always offers a free estimate to determine the cost of the cleanup.


Q: How can I be sure Bio-One will not throw away anything valuable?


A: At Bio-One, we work with the families and victims to determine what items are to be kept, donated, or thrown away. We understand that it can be challenging to let go of certain belongings, but our goal is to help you declutter the living space and eliminate any hazardous materials.


Q: Is Bio-One prepared to handle animal hoarding situations?


Yes. Our team is experienced in handling all types of hoarding situations, including those involving animals.

Q: What if the victim does not want help?


A: Many times, family and friends will contact us for help with a loved one who is hoarding. In these situations, we work with these individuals to develop a plan to get everyone the help they need. Our goal is to help the individual get the resources and assistance they need to overcome the hoarding problem.


Q: I don't want people looking through my belongings. How can I be sure Bio-One will handle the situation privately?


A: Whenever Bio-One is called for a hoarding cleaning service, we employ 2-3 employees to ensure the process is carried out with the utmost respect and privacy for everyone involved. 

Hoarded home - Bedroom #3 piles of cardboard boxes. Photo credit: Bio-One of Orange.

Q: I'm embarrassed about the condition of my home. How can I be sure that Bio-One will not judge me?


A: The team at Bio-One is here to help you through the entire process. We will never judge you or your situation, and our goal is to help you get your life back on track and provide resources and assistance to help overcome hoarding disorder.


Q: I'm not sure who I should reach out to help me with a hoarding situation. How can you help?


A: At Bio-One, our goal is always to #HelpFirstBusinessSecond. Hoarding is, in fact, a mental health disorder that requires help from professionals to overcome. We work closely with hoarding task forces, victim service groups, and organizations to help hoarders get the help they need.


Check our Resources section to learn more.

Hoarded home - After hoarding cleanup. Photo credit: Bio-One of Orange.



Bio-One of Orange offers solutions to life's most challenging and unexpected situations. We guarantee a quick response time, so you can rest assured that help is always on the way. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Bio-One prides itself on providing top-quality service and support. If you're facing a difficult situation, don't hesitate to contact the Bio-One team. We're prepared to help you every step of the way, all the time.


Our customers' well-being and peace are always our priority, and business comes second. We want to ensure that customers who need our help know what to expect from our services. 

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Our certified, professional hoarding cleaning technicians are ready to help. Bio-One of Orange is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Contact us at 714-397-8375.

Published by:

Rafael Alemán.

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