Top 3 Biggest Risk Factors For Hoarding?

Top 3 Biggest Risk Factors For Hoarding?

Unfortunately, many risks accompany hoarding behaviour and can affect a wide range of people. Hoarding can also negatively extend into the lives of many surrounding individuals including property managers, neighbours, family members and friends. The most common risk factors of hoarding include mental illness, isolation, and physical health risks, including sickness and disease. In most situations, professional hoarding cleaners are required to break the cycle and allow the individual to start fresh in a clean environment. Specific hoarding cleaning services can be difficult to find as correctly trained hoarding cleaners are necessary to clean the area effectively and safely. Depending on each risk factor there will be different levels of a hoarding clean up and the right hoarding cleaners for the job.  

Mental Illness and Hoarding Behaviour 

There is, in fact, a hoarding disorder that is an on ongoing difficulty of throwing away items or parting with possessions, as it is believed they need to be saved.  Individuals will often experience distress at the thought of getting rid of items. Individuals will then eventually gather a huge number of items, regardless of value. 

 Hoarding will create extremely cramped living spaces with areas no longer being able to be used for the intended purpose. For example, the kitchen will be too cluttered to cook. Individuals with a hoarding disorder may also not see it as a problem, making it difficult to propose treatment or bring in hoarding cleaners. 

Causes of hoarding behaviour can range from genetics, brain function and stressful life events. Hoarding disorder is linked with other mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  Hoarding cleaners have experience in these situations, working compassionately with all individuals involved for the best outcome.  


In many cases, people with hoarding disorder will become isolated from society due to embarrassment of their living conditions. Once hoarding reaches a certain severity, it is often overwhelming for individuals and the effort it would take to clean the property. Professional hoarding cleans are big jobs with many individuals involved. 

The Health Risks: 

Health risks include falls or accidents with the inability of emergency personnel to enter or remove an ill person from the property. Unsanitary environments with exposure to garbage, animal or human faeces will also result in infestations of insects and rodents. This will then create extremely unsafe environments for immunocompromised individuals and the risks of bacterial infections and disease exposure from rodents. 

Blocked exits or vents will create a fire hazard with the excess weight of hoarded items also possibly creating structural dangers and damage. The hoarding of dangerous or flammable items poses great health and safety risks. 

Why choose AllAces as your professional hoarder cleaners? 

A professional hoarding clean Sydney with AllAces Cleaning and Restorations has over 30 years of experience in the industry. Our Sydney hoarding cleaners work with compassion and understanding for all individuals involved. The AllAces hoarding clean Sydney cleaners appreciate the overwhelmingly delicate, and often traumatising, balance needed to navigate such difficult situations. Our professional hoarding clean Sydney service also often involves the inclusion of property managers, family members and social workers to ensure the best possible result. It is not uncommon to include mental health professionals and RSPCA representatives throughout the course of proceedings. 

AllAces has specifically IICRC trained hoarding cleaners who will work with you, and all stakeholders, to restore liveability to homes and workplaces subjected to the habits of hoarders. We are here to help you reclaim your space, no matter the state. Rely on a professional hoarding clean Sydney to break the cycle of hoarding behaviour. 

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 Hoarding cleans are best undertaken by trained hoarding cleaners to ensure safety and effective remediations of possible underlying issues, such as mould, odour and restoration needs. AllAces Cleaning and Restorations services across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Northern NSW. Contact us today on 1800 00 10 10.


What triggers hoarding? 

Hoarding can be triggered by traumatic experiences or mental health related issues. Hoarding can often help an individual cope with other mental health issues or can act as a distraction from feeling anxious upset or afraid.  

How many types of hoarding are there? 

Hoarding can take on many different forms which will lead to different outcomes depending on the items being hoarded. Common hoarding categories include animal hoarding, book hoarding or food hoarding.  

When is hoarding a problem? 

Hoarding can become a problem at different stages depending on the items being hoarded and the size of the location. Fire hazards are created with blocked doorways and covered vents, while unsanitary hoarding of garbage and animals quickly causes health and disease risk.  

How hoarding effects mental health? 

Hoarding disorder is often linked with other mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).   

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