MEMPHIS, TN - (Marketwired - May 28, 2015) - Up to 5 percent (15 million) of Americans are estimated to suffer from hoarding, which is now recognized as its own mental health disorder by the American Psychiatric Association. With the issue becoming more widespread, today ServiceMaster Restore, one of the largest residential disaster recovery and hoarding cleanup service companies in the United States, has renewed its partnership with hoarding cleanup expert and television personality Matt Paxton to expand its hoarding cleanup services.
Paxton and ServiceMaster Restore, a business unit of ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), are continuing their relationship to help more people across the country who are impacted by the effects of hoarding.
"Hoarding is more common than you might think," says Matt Paxton, one of the stars of Lifetime's "Hoarders" series. "Dealing with hoarding cleanup requires specialized training, and I've teamed up with ServiceMaster Restore to assess hoarding situations, develop action plans and help clients comfortably return to healthy living environments."
While extreme clutter is a symptom of hoarding, dealing with hoarding cleanup requires expert help from both cleaning and mental health professionals. Clutter created by hoarding can result in serious threats to the well-being and safety of the person suffering from this disorder, as well as those close to them.
"Together with ServiceMaster Restore, we'll be able to help more of those in need and have a real impact on the lives of those suffering from this mental health disorder," said Paxton.
For more than 60 years, ServiceMaster Restore has provided professional cleaning and disaster restoration services. Paxton, now serving as the in-house expert on hoarding cleanup for ServiceMaster Restore, provides specialized hands-on training to the company's franchisees across the country.
ServiceMaster Restore services include clutter and debris removal, assistance in locating lost valuables, recycling and shredding coordination, distribution of donated items, and assistance with paperwork required by government agencies, lawyers and trusts. ServiceMaster Restore also has relationships with local mental health professionals across the country to help ensure those who suffer from a hoarding disorder are connected with assistance from these professionals.
"We take a very comprehensive approach to our hoarding recovery cleanup program," said Gary Bauer, chief operating officer for ServiceMaster Restore. "Not only do we leverage our expertise in how we manage cleanup operations, but we're also heavily focused on the individual hoarder, understanding the emotions they're experiencing and sharing what resources are available in the community. We're not just removing clutter and debris; we're helping families regain their lives."
To increase awareness of the mental health disorder and ServiceMaster's unique offerings to support hoarding cleanup across the country, ServiceMaster Restore and Matt Paxton will be featured on Lifetime's "Hoarders: Family Secrets" premiering on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
As trusted leaders in the hoarding cleanup space, ServiceMaster Restore and Matt Paxton will be featured regularly throughout the season as onsite professionals providing quality cleanup service and care to those affected by hoarding disorders. For more information on ServiceMaster Restore hoarding cleanup services and to find a local franchise that can help, visit www.servicemasterrestore.com.
With more than 1,800 franchised and licensed locations around the world, ServiceMaster Restore and ServiceMaster Recovery Management serve customers through a global network of franchises available 24/7/365 to provide residential and commercial restoration services resulting from damage caused by water, fire or smoke. ServiceMaster Recovery Management (SRM) is the large scale commercial catastrophic disaster restoration unit of ServiceMaster Restore. ServiceMaster Restore and ServiceMaster Recovery Management have operation and consulting experience on countless disasters, including clean-up after Hurricane Katrina and the Pentagon after September 11, 2001. More information can be found at www.servicemasterrecoverymanagement.com. ServiceMaster Restore is a business unit of the Memphis-based ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, which brands include Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Restore, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec.
ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV) is a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, operating through an extensive service network of more than 7,000 company-owned, franchised and licensed locations. The company's portfolio of well-recognized brands includes Terminix (termite and pest control), American Home Shield (home warranties), ServiceMaster Restore (disaster restoration), ServiceMaster Clean (janitorial), Merry Maids (residential cleaning), Furniture Medic (furniture repair) and AmeriSpec (home inspections). During the last 12 months, the company served approximately 5 million residential and commercial customers through an employee base of approximately 13,000 company associates and a franchise network that independently employs an estimated 33,000 additional people. The company is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn. Go to www.servicemaster.com for more information about ServiceMaster or follow the company at twitter.com/ServiceMaster or facebook.com/TheServiceMasterCo.
Matt Paxton is a cleaning expert, author and star of the hugely popular Lifetime series "Hoarders: Family Secrets." Paxton has built his career on cleaning the dirtiest, most shocking and stomach turning messes in the world. He combines humor, honesty, and tips from his clients to create a message that will help any family cut through the clutter and remove stress from their lives. Paxton uses his "tell it like it is" approach to help others learn about the paralyzing world of hoarding. His cleaning expertise has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Forbes, Washington Post, Good Morning America, Yahoo and more. For more information, visit www.iammattpaxton.com.
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