When is hoarding a problem? We can help!
Each hoarding situation is different:
The way they started hoarding, the items they collect, the reasoning behind it, the conditions it is in.
Because each situation is different we handle each case on a case by case scenario. A hoarder home is one of the most difficult types of jobs to handle. Not only do we need to make sure that the contents are packed and boxed in order for us to do our job (handle the water damage/fire) but we also have to be mindful that these contents more than likely holds significant value to our customer.
How does one get into the situation where their home is completely full of contents and they are to the extreme buried alive?
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Hoarding is the persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value. The behavior usually has deleterious effects—emotional, physical, social, financial, and even legal—for a hoarder and family members.
For those who hoard, the quantity of their collected items sets them apart from other people. Commonly hoarded items may be newspapers, magazines, paper and plastic bags, cardboard boxes, photographs, household supplies, food, and clothing.
Hoarding can be related to compulsive buying (such as never passing up a bargain), the compulsive acquisition of free items (such as collecting flyers), or the compulsive search for perfect or unique items (which may not appear to others as unique, such as an old container).
SYMPTOMS AND BEHAVIOR
Someone who hoards may exhibit the following:
- Inability to throw away possessions
- Severe anxiety when attempting to discard items
- Great difficulty categorizing or organizing possessions
- Indecision about what to keep or where to put things
- Distress, such as feeling overwhelmed or embarrassed by possessions
- Suspicion of other people touching items
- Obsessive thoughts and actions: fear of running out of an item or of needing it in the future; checking the trash for accidentally discarded objects
- Functional impairments, including loss of living space, social isolation, family or marital discord, financial difficulties, health hazards
I know that embarrassment can keep people from seeking help but REGARDLESS OF THE REASONING WE ARE HERE TO HELP.
If you know of someone in this situation this website is a very informative website and can help :
SERVPRO of North Arlington, SERVPRO of South Arlington, SERVPRO of Grand Prairie is trained in assisting you in getting your life/home back on track.
972-602-1112~ 817-557-1447~ 817-557-1505
With the summer time here and the heat increasing daily let's remember to conserve our water usage.
Did you know that 50% of water used outdoors is wasted from inefficient watering methods.
The City of Arlington has teamed up with an irrigation company and is offering 100 free irrigation system checkups to Arlington homeowners.
Watering outdoors is not allowed between 10am and 6pm.
Water Conservation Tips for inside the home:
Practice Water Saving Techniques:
- Scrape food from plates instead of rinsing.
- Operate automatic dish washers only when full.
- Don't use running water to thaw meat, defrost food in the refrigerator.
- Wash vegetables and fruits in a bowl, don't let water run.
- Capture tap water while waiting for hot water.
- DO NOT IGNORE WATER APPLIANCE LEAKS
Stay Safe during this storm season!
While there are a number of other dangerous weather situations that can pop up two of the most severe are hurricanes and tropical storms. These are storms that can cause property damage, flooding and if people are not prepared could cause a loss of life.
Both hurricanes and tropical storms originate in tropical areas and are differentiated by severity. Both have heavy winds and rain. However, hurricanes are generally stronger storms with more rain and stronger wind. Regardless of the severity, they both are dangerous and people need to prepare in the event of being in the path of a strong storm.
In the event of hearing that a hurricane or tropical storm is coming to your area, there are a few things to be prepared in order to remain safe. If you find yourself in the path of a major storm the first thing is to make sure you get inside a secure building. Also, securing any doors and windows in advance of the storm may prevent any injury.
BEFORE A HURRICANE:
- Have a disaster plan ready. List SERVPRO of South Arlington as a contact to assist after the storm has hit, 817-557-1505
- Have a pet plan. Before a storm threatens, contact your veterinarian or local humane society for information on preparing your pets for an emergency.
- Board up windows.
- Bring in outdoor objects that could blow away.
- Make sure you know which county or parish you live in.
- Know where all the evacuation routes are.
- Prepare a disaster supplies kit for your home and car. Have enough food and water for at least 3 days. Include a first aid kit, canned food and a can opener, bottled water, battery-operated radio, flashlight, protective clothing and written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water.
- Have a NOAA weather radio handy with plenty of batteries, so you can listen to storm advisories.
- Have some cash handy. Following a hurricane, banks and ATMs may be temporarily closed.
- Make sure your car is filled with gasoline.
DURING A HURRICANE:
- Stay away from low-lying and flood prone areas.
- Always stay indoors during a hurricane, because strong winds will blow things around.
- Leave mobile homes and to go to a shelter.
- If your home isn’t on higher ground, go to a shelter.
- If emergency managers say to evacuate, then do so immediately.
AFTER A HURRICANE:
- Stay indoors until it is safe to come out.
- Check for injured or trapped people, without putting yourself in danger.
- Watch out for flooding which can happen after a hurricane.
- Do not attempt to drive in flooding water.
- Stay away from standing water. It may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
Don’t drink tap water until officials say it’s safe to do so.
LIGHTNING/ HAIL... What do you do?
What do you do when you have checked the weather, it states no rain in the forecast and then you wake up to pouring rain, lightning strikes, and hail? This was our issue this morning.
So I checked my phone last night there was no rain in the forecast! As I am getting ready to come to work it's pouring outside and the thunder is so loud that my dogs are going crazy. Then I open garage door and there is hail coming down like crazy. Obviously the weatherman didn't get it right today.
If you woke up this morning to the same situation then it is highly possible that you extremely frustrated because of the traffic and because everyone seems to be driving irrationally.
Did your home get struck by hail? If so we are here to help.
Hail damage can lead to roof damage and roof damage to water damage. If you experiencing water damage in your home or business due to our unexpected storm please call us we are here to get you back in preloss condition as soon as possible. Do not leave what can be taken care of today for tomorrow. Leaving a water damage unattended can be very pricey in long run. What may seem very minimal can lead to mold damage. Who wants to deal with MOLD?
Did your home get struck by lightning? If so we are here to help.
When lightning strikes it can be very devastating. Lightning striking sometimes causes fires. SERVPRO can assist you in helping tarp your roof, determining between salvageable and non-salvageable contents, tree removal, cleaning soot, packing out contents, etc. We are a phone call away!
972-602-1112~ 817-557-1447~ 817-557-1505
FUN FACT! THE BRAIN IS A WONDERFUL THING!
The brain is AMAZING
Your brain contains billions of nerve cells arranged in patterns that coordinate thought, emotion, behavior, movement and sensation. A complicated highway system of nerves connects your brain to the rest of your body, so communication can occur in split seconds. Think about how fast you pull your hand back from a hot stove. While all the parts of your brain work together, each part is responsible for a specific function — controlling everything from your heart rate to your mood.
Try to read the paragraph below, then consider what it actually says.
The brain is a wonderful thing isn't it?
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Adopt A Street Program
SERVPRO North Arlington, South Arlington, & Grand Prairie has adopted a street in Mansfield. We are going to pick up trash monthly on a 1 mile stretch to help keep our city clean.
SERVPRO Storm Team
SERVPRO working on a school during an ice storm.
Did you know that SERVPRO has the largeset inventory of drying equipment in the United States. We use that equipment when storms come do the most damage. We have served in New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Louisianna, and Oklahoma in the last 12 months.