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'Hoarders' helps create industry

July 2, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA — A&E''s show, "Hoarders," has helped to launch a new industry, dedicated to cleaning up filthy, hazardous homes, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Patrick Conley, the marketing manager for Hadad Real Estate Services, says his company has been cleaning up after hoarders "since before hoarding was cool," the article stated.

According to the article, Hadad Services, which mainly performs routine restoration and cleaning services, has seen an increase in "hoarding jobs," which can bring in anywhere from $5,000 to $40,000, depending on the severity of the case.

Craig Delaney, owner of biohazard cleanup company Dash Bio-Recovery, estimates that hoarding cleanup jobs now make up 30 percent of his business, the article noted.

Hoarding jobs require specialized services that basic cleaning companies may not be able to provide: Trash is collected, not in bags but 30-foot dumpsters; walls may need to be power-washed and soft furniture disposed of; and hoarders'' homes can be filled with hazardous waste — everything from hidden needles to animal and human feces, the article added.

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