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When Collecting Becomes Hoarding & How Bio-One Can Help You in These Situations

When Collecting Becomes Hoarding & How Bio-One Can Help You in These Situations

Some people enjoy collecting things as a hobby. This can be a fun and rewarding activity, providing a sense of satisfaction from acquiring interesting or valuable items to the collector. 

However, collecting goes beyond being a hobby for some people and becomes a compulsion. These individuals may feel an irresistible urge to acquire certain items and may be unable to control their impulses, even when the collection is causing problems in their life.


At this point, one could say that the person is dealing with hoarding tendencies. It can lead to several difficulties, both for the individual and family member and people around them. Hoarders may have difficulty keeping their living space clean and organized as it becomes cluttered with their possessions. The result is a dangerous environment filled with multiple health and safety hazards.

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What does being a collector mean?


Collecting refers to acquiring items that are of interest or value to the individual, typically for personal enjoyment or as an investment. Collecting can be a rewarding activity, providing a sense of satisfaction from acquiring items with a special meaning for the collector and those who share the same interest in these things.


Collectors often pride themselves on the things they acquire because, most of the time, it's about things that have a special value or were highly valuable during history.

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Crossing a fine line: When collecting turns to hoard behavior


Hoarding is a mental disorder characterized by the inability to let go of belongings, even when they are no longer needed or wanted. The hoarder may feel a need to save these items and may be unable to throw them away or give them away.


Many people wonder if collecting is the same as hoarding or if collecting inevitably leads to hoarding tendencies. The answer: hoarding is different from collecting. Collecting is a hobby that can provide satisfaction, whereas hoarding is a compulsion that can cause problems, as people have lost control over their lives. 

Hoarding can also strain relationships, as it may be difficult for family and friends.


How Can You Help Someone Who Is Hoarding?


If you know someone who is hoarding, there are many ways you can help them. Before anything, you need to educate yourself about what hoarding is and how it may be affecting their lives. Try to talk to them about their behavior and how it affects you and other people in their lives. It is important to be understanding and non-judgmental when talking to the hoarder.

Part of helping someone make their way into a better life is helping them get the professional help they need. Offer to help them find resources and professional help if they are willing to seek treatment for their disorder.


You can also offer to help them clean up their living space and get rid of some of their things. This can be a difficult task, so it is important to be patient and understand that the hoarder may not be able to part with certain things.


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Bio-One  - Professional Hoarding Cleanup Service


Bio-One is a professional cleaning company specializing in hoarder and biohazardous cleaning. We understand the challenges associated with hoarder cleanup and can help to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible.


Our team of experienced and compassionate professionals will work with you to develop a customized plan for a successful hoarding cleanup. We will also provide support and resources throughout the process to help you or your loved one get the treatment they need.

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We are focused on helping people get their lives back on track


Whenever Bio-One is called for a hoarding cleaning service, it's our utmost importance to make the individual and their family members as comfortable and safe as possible. A hoarding situation is a tough job, emotionally and physically.


Hoarders tend to save all kinds of items. In the process of losing control, they begin facing many unexpected hazards like rotten food, dead animals, mold growth, rodents, and other pests infestations. Our job is to tackle the clutter removal while keeping all of their personal belongings safe.

We tend to deploy 2-3 professional cleaners/technicians during the cleanup process, as we know it can be difficult to let strangers into their personal struggles. Our specialists are trained to carry out the hoarding cleanup as efficiently as possible.

Lastly, we always want to make sure everyone is satisfied and happy with our job. We always keep up with the victims and at least one family member to make sure they're moving forward with the recovery process.


If you, someone you know, or a member of your community is dealing with hoarding, do not hesitate to call Bio-One. Our hoarding cleanup services are available 24/7/365. Schedule a call with us to get a free estimate of the situation and trust us to take care of the situation.

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Bio-One is always ready to respond to unforeseen circumstances such as death, severe accidents, and hazardous situations. We provide industry-leading cleaning and restoration services in the following areas of San Diego County:


Recovery Services


  • Crime scene cleaning services

  • Blood and bodily fluids cleaning services

  • Suicide cleaning services

  • Homicide cleaning services

  • Unattended death cleaning services

  • Biohazard cleaning services

  • Feces and bodily fluids cleaning services

  • Mold remediation services

  • Odor removal services

  • Virus Disinfection services

  • Fentanyl cleaning services

  • Emergency vehicle decontamination services

  • Sewage backup cleanup services

  • Medical Waste disposal services


Hoarding Cleanup Services


  • Hoarding cleanup services

  • Animal hoarding cleaning

  • Junk removal

  • Deep cleaning 

  • Gross filth cleaning

  • Hazardous waste removal

  • Homeless encampment cleaning

Your Local Last Responder for Life’s Most Difficult Situations


Bio-One is the finest choice for assisting victims and their families if a suicide, homicide, unattended death, crime scene, or traumatic situation occurs. In addition to emergency services, Bio-One, a locally-owned company, also offers biohazard cleanup services for commercial and residential properties.  


We understand that biohazardous material can be a great source of stress for property owners, so we work quickly and efficiently to minimize the disruption it causes.


We collaborate with local law enforcement, neighborhoods, emergency services personnel, victim support organizations, hoarding task forces, apartment complexes, insurance company carriers, and others to provide the best service possible.

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Proudly Serving San Diego County & Surrounding Communities


We proudly serve the following San Diego County, CA cities and surrounding communities: Cardiff, Del Mar, Descanso, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Julian, La Jolla, Lakeside, Mount Laguna, Poway, Ramona, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, Santee, and Solana Beach.

Bio-One of Poway is a proud member of the Poway Chamber of Commerce. We are available 24/7 to provide a trustworthy, reliable hoarding cleanup service. 


Our hoarding cleanup specialists have the expertise and equipment necessary to remove and safely dispose of mold from your home or office. Give us a call at 858-261-4527. Bio-One is here for you.

Published by:

Rafael Alemán.

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