Residents of Andersonville are an eclectic group of people. From the young up-and-coming executives commuting to jobs in the Loop to the new families buying and restoring older properties, it’s a flourishing gem in the Chicago area. With vibrant boutiques, locally-sourced restaurants, and craft distilleries and breweries, it’s a neighborhood where people want to live.
Behind some of the bright lights on Clark Street, however, live people who are shuttered in their homes surrounded by extreme clutter and filth with a psychological disorder called hoarding. You’ve probably seen cases of extreme hoarding on TV, but it’s a very real problem. ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons is committed to providing compassionate and caring hoarder clutter cleaning services in Andersonville, Chicago.
Evaluating whether the problem is hoarding or a case of uncontrolled clutter can be a difficult task. We have the experience to evaluate the dwelling and assess how much remediation is necessary. The different levels of hoarding are simplified as follows:
Level 1: The home is a fairly safe environment with working heating, electrical, and HVAC systems. It may be cluttered and have sub-standard cleanliness, but does not present health hazards. Animals are in good health and not overcrowded, and there are no obvious presences of rodents or insects. This level may be suited for clutter removal services.
Level 2: Chronic disorganization is obvious, and one or more major exits are blocked. Large appliances or plumbing systems may not be operational. Odors and unclean surfaces are present, including pet waste. Blockage of doorways or thresholds and permanent covering of windows is often found.
Level 3: The transition from uncleanliness and clutter to hoarding is defined at this level. Indicators include neglected sanitation, rodent or bug infestation, with at least one room in the dwelling not able to be used properly. Structural damage is almost always present at this level along with limited access to bedrooms, showers, and passageways. Appliances are broken or barely usable, and the site has serious odors.
Level 4: Diminished use of vital living areas, poor electrical service, broken windows, plus audible or visual evidence of rodents and pests are characteristic of this level. Site reeks of pungent odors that require masks and biohazard equipment to clean up. At this level, a collaborative team of service providers likely needed.
Level 5: At this stage, there extreme filth and unusable living areas, rotted or leaking floors and ceilings, and there is very little, if any, working plumbing. Severe rodent and insect contamination is visible, and as the potential for animals in poor health or already deceased. This level requires a collaborative team of health and social services and may necessitate legal counsel as well as involvement of fire and safety agencies.
ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons is a trusted company with years of handling all levels of these delicate hoarding clutter cleaning situations in Andersonville and across the Chicago metro area. Our hoarder clutter cleaning services include tagging items, thoroughly cleaning the residence, transporting unwanted items and more.
We understand this is a highly personal and difficult decision to make and we are here to help you. Call us to talk over your situation and get the help you need at 773-376-1110.