To help us learn more about how hoarding affects loved ones, 793 family members and friends of people who hoard provided us with information.
As clutter develops and is maintained, it becomes impossible to remove the accumulated dust from the spaces effected primarily because people are not able to vacuum or dust their homes, sometimes for years.
Additionally, the spilling of liquids, such as, soda, juice and water are often not cleaned up and cause mildew or fungus.
Clutter causes fire hazards, including the inability to leave the home quickly in case of fire or other emergencies.
The inability to locate a fire extinguisher when needed and blocked doorways is dangerous.
These results show us that living with hoarding has adverse effects on the quality of the family relationships.