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At a time when our homes should be a place of refuge, polluted homes can become a real nightmare. Hoarding and neglect is unfortunately becoming more common and before this problem builds up it is important to ensure that it stops so that it does not cause a nuisance.

Let's take a closer look at the consequences of a highly polluted home, from health risks to fire hazards, and what you can do if you find yourself confronted with this problem.

Risks and health hazards of a highly polluted home

A polluted home not only brings discomfort, but also poses serious health risks for the residents. This includes the presence of mold, pests and a build-up of waste, which can lead to respiratory problems, allergies and even respiratory infections. Unfortunately, these health problems can also affect the neighbors and it is of course extra important to put the house back in good condition. 

Health risks of a highly polluted home and fire hazard

In addition to the direct health hazards, a contaminated home also increases the risk of fire and this obviously entails risks. Accumulations of materials and waste increase the risk of fires, which can pose a life-threatening situation for residents and local residents. As you can see, the urge to collect not only has an effect on health, but a contaminated home can often also cause other problems. 

Pests and odor nuisance due to polluted homes

A polluted home not only attracts vermin, but also causes serious odor nuisance. Rats, mice and other pests thrive in such an environment, which can burden not only the residents, but also the environment. When pests are present in the home, it is extra important that the problem is solved quickly. This is due to the fact that pests can unfortunately also carry diseases.

What to do if a house is seriously contaminated?

When you are confronted with a seriously contaminated home, it is crucial to act quickly and decisively. It is advisable to seek professional help from a specialized cleaning company such as ZSM house clearance. We have the necessary expertise and resources to thoroughly clean the home. Do you have a home to vacate? Please contact us as soon as possible so that we can assist you, your friend or family member as quickly as possible.

Report to GGD or other caregiver

In addition, it is essential to report it to the Municipal Health Service (GGD) or other relevant authorities. They can assess the situation and, if necessary, take further steps to help the residents and improve the living environment. Just as there are different types of contaminated homes, there are also different causes for the problem. For example, the tenant may be confused, have mental problems or perhaps have autism. In all cases, it is important to take action quickly and care providers know how to approach this in all cases.

ZSM Woningontruiming can help you clear and clean

A contaminated home not only poses physical dangers, but can also have a profound impact on the well-being of the residents and their environment. It is therefore of the utmost importance to act quickly and effectively, both for the safety of residents and for the quality of life in the neighborhood. At ZSM Woningontruiming we are ready to assist you with specialist knowledge, so we can tackle any type of pollution for you.

Request a free quote

Would you like to receive a quote for clearing your home or building? Then request a free quote. This is completely without obligation and you are not committed to anything. By requesting a quote you will get a better idea of the costs and services we can offer you.

Do you have any questions or would you like advice before requesting a quote? Then you can always call us on 070-2116102. You can also send us an email at: We will then respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

Help Center 

Let's look at some frequently asked questions about contaminated homes and their answers:

What are the signs that my home is seriously polluted?

If you notice a strong and unpleasant odor, often caused by mold, garbage or animals, this is a telltale sign. Accumulations of items and a generally unsanitary environment also indicate serious contamination.

Can a polluted home cause health problems?

Absolute. A contaminated home can lead to respiratory problems, allergies, infections and other health problems, especially with long-term exposure.

What should I do if I think my home is contaminated?

It is important not to hesitate. Contact Housing Clearance ASAP. We have experience in cleaning seriously contaminated homes and almost always do this in consultation with the GGD or other relevant authorities.

How can I prevent my home from becoming polluted again?

A thorough cleaning is essential, but tackling the underlying causes, such as hoarding or mental health problems, can also help prevent recurrence.

Should I worry about my neighbors' reaction if they know my house is contaminated?

It's understandable that this may be a concern, but your health and safety is always a priority. Neighbors can be informed in a discreet manner if necessary.

Can I clean my dirty house myself?

In some cases, professional help is absolutely necessary due to the severity of the contamination and the risks associated with it. For example, are there vermin or other types of serious pollution? Then it is better to leave the evacuation to the professionals of ZSM Woningontruiming.

How long does it take to clean a contaminated home?

The time required depends on the severity of the contamination and the extent of the cleaning. It can vary from a few days to weeks depending on the situation.

Will my home insurance cover the costs of cleaning my contaminated home?

This may vary depending on your policy and the specific circumstances. It is best to consult your insurer for specific information.

How can I pay for the costs of cleaning my contaminated home?

Some municipalities offer financial support for cleaning contaminated homes. It is also worth looking at any possible grants or loans that are available.

Will cleaning my house solve underlying problems, such as hoarding?

Although cleaning the home is an important step, it is also important to address the underlying causes. This may require professional guidance to address the long-term issues.