Austin Waste Management: Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Hoarders

Posted: August 19, 2013 in Uncategorized
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As an Austin waste management company, we’re asked about hoarders a lot, which isn’t very surprising given the success of the television show Hoarders. So how do we deal with hoarders? What’s a hoarder’s home really like? And what’s the craziest thing we’ve seen in a hoard?

We’ll answer all those questions and more here! And if we don’t answer a question you want to know the answer to, find us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. We’ll be happy to answer it there.

Question #1 – Are real life hoarders like the ones on TV?

Simply put, yes. The show does a good job of showing the extent to which hoarders are imprisoned by their junk.  It accurately portrays the struggles hoarders face in going about their day to day life while surrounded by an overwhelming mess as well as the extreme safety hazards associated with hoards.  But the show does feature more sensational hoards than we usually encounter. For example, we often clean up hoards that are full of trash, but we’ve never encountered a case of a hoarder hoarding bags of poop, like the one featured on Hoarders that we choose for one of our top five “Most Insane Hoarders’ Moments.

Question #2 – How do you clean up a hoard?

To clean up a hoard, we’ll send over a team of our junk removal experts. Different hoards will require different levels of safety precautions. For example, pet hoarders often have toxic levels of ammonia in their homes, which would mean our team would have to wear masks. After preparing, we’ll start moving stuff out of the home, where we will separate everything in the home that can be recycled or donated from the trash. Unfortunately, a lot of the time the items in a hoarder’s home are so damaged and dirty, they can’t be donated.

Question #3 – How prevalent is hoarding?

We don’t see extreme cases of hoarding that often and that’s pretty consistent with national data on the frequency of hoarding. According to researchers, there are less than 1.4 million hoarders in the United States.

Question #4 – What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen in a hoard?

Hate to disappoint you, but as I mentioned earlier, the show Hoarders showcases sensational cases of hoarding. The ones we see are much more mundane. There’s usually nothing there but a bunch of junk and trash.

Want to learn more about hoarders?

Check out our other blog posts and Squidoo pages:

The Truth About Hoarders

What is Squalor Syndrome?

The 5 Worst Things to Say to a Hoarder

The 5 Best Things to Say to a Hoarder

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