Hoarder Houses


Hoarding is excessive collection and retention of things or animals until they start interfering with day to day living. We provide removal of such unwanted trash and help disinfect the site and restore to its original state.

Hoarder houses are dwellings still occupied which are cluttered with things that should be usually thrown away but, are accumulated because the inhabitants suffer from a compulsory hoarding syndrome. Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.

2% to 5% of Americans may meet the criteria for being hoarders, says psychologist David Tolin, Ph.D., a hoarding specialist, and author of Buried in Treasures.


People may hoard objects for many reasons, including

  • An intense emotional attachment to objects that others see as trivial or even trash. They’d feel a sense of major loss if they had to throw this stuff away.
  • A sense that many items have an intrinsic value, like others might see in artwork or driftwood.
  • The assumption that an item might be useful someday, which compels them to save far more than “the drawer of hinges, thumbtacks, string, and rubber bands” that many of us keep.

As you see, cleaning up hoarder houses is more than just picking up and throwing away trash. It involves careful screening and assessing of items to decide as to whether it has to be disposed of or not. Often, the “hoarder” cannot or will not participate, and specialized psychologists may be brought in.

CleanScene technicians are thoroughly trained by the American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA) and the National Institute of Decontamination Specialists (NIDS). They are adept at following all guidelines laid down by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA), apart from local and state guidelines.


Why Choose Specialists for Hoarder Houses?

The hoarding site presents a health risk as there is a lot of clutter which may have led to mold, accumulation of dust, filth and strong odor. If the family members try to do it, they may end up contracting an infection or a respiratory disorder. Also, if the hoarder house is of a departed soul, the cleaning up of the place may add to the emotional trauma of losing a loved one. The entire activity may be emotionally draining as filth is to be separated from items that have nostalgic value and the memories of your loved one may keep on reminding you of the person who has passed away.


How CleanScene Technicians Can Help? – Know Our Process

We carefully separate the items that can be termed as trash from those items that can be having value, like photos, documents etc. The area is then sanitized by using EPA-registered disinfectants and finally, the refuse is disposed of safely and properly.

We operate in Columbus/Central Ohio and are a group of experienced, compassionate and professional people who understand the pain and trauma of cleaning up messed and cluttered up hoarded dwellings. Do contact us for more information on our hoarding cleanup services.



"After my father took his life with a shotgun, my family didn’t know WHERE to turn. We especially didn’t want my mother to see “the remainder” of the event, so we called CleanScene who responded immediately. They developed a plan where they would take care of my dad’s home while we were making funeral arrangements. Once we came back to my dads house, we could not even tell that something so traumatic had occurred. THANK YOU…THANK YOU, THANK YOU for helping us out in our time of need."

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