Biohazards are typically found in the homes of hoarders. Because large quantities of items obstruct areas in the home that must be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis, typical biohazards like mold, bacteria, and animal mess could lurk beneath mounds of hoarded objects. However, when the hoard itself consists of biohazard materials, even greater danger.
Trash and Garbage
biohazard cleaning experts have devised a list of biohazards to monitor within a hoarded home. This list is broken down into four categories, each with its own unique set of dangerous characteristics.
The old adage may still ring true to this day: “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” Though, the philosopher who so eloquently documented that famous quote would probably agree that some trash should be left in the bins going to the dump heap.
Trash and garbage like spoiled or rotting food, or items contaminated by residues that will attract vermin, rodents, and insects should be disposed of without hesitation.
The spoiled food and the soiled items themselves can cultivate bacteria and allergens strong enough to cause serious health issues. Couple that danger with the attraction of creatures that carry a variety of pathogens, bacteria, and allergens, and hoarders can be putting themselves in a potentially fatal situation.
The attraction of rodents, insects, and wild animals cannot only cause serious health risks but risks to the overall integrity of the property as well. These creatures can destroy property by building nests, eating away at support beams and insulation, and attracting more of their species to live in the home.
Feces, Urine, and Vomit
When people think of waste material like feces and urine in a hoarded home, they tend to think of waste left behind by pets and animals. While it is very common for animal hoarding cleaning services to uncover animal waste in a hoarded home, many will be surprised to learn that homeowners and family members themselves may also contribute to the presence of unattended feces, urine, and vomit in a home.
People who hoard feces, urine, and vomit will usually blame faulty plumbing for keeping waste inside the house. Others will not offer an excuse at all, stockpiling their waste in cans, canisters, and boxes. Whether the waste is hoarded intently or because of neglect, hoarders must understand that feces, urine, and vomit in the home are unacceptable.