A hoarding tenant covered their rented home in so much rubbish that professional cleaners had to burrow their way inside to clear it out.
Wayne Moran and cousin Lee Moran were dispatched to clear out the two-bed terraced house near Wigan, Greater Manchester, last week.
But the pair were stunned when they realised the enormity of the task when they were unable to get through the front door, and were forced to tunnel their way in.
The co-owners of ASAP Clearances had to wade through the waist-deep mess throughout the property, consisting of bottles of fizzy drink, clothing, household items and smelly rotting food.
The mounds of “horrendous-smelling” rubbish were so overwhelming in the living room that the sofa was almost completely submerged, with just the headrest peeking out.
After two days of back-breaking work that involved hauling rubbish to the tip in four van trips, the pair said they were “relieved” to see the floor and go home for hot baths.
Wayne Moran, from Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, said: "We couldn't get in the front door, we just had to squeeze in. We had to start from outside the house and pass things out just to make a space to get in.
"We had to wade our way through each room.
"[On the sofa] they just left a small gap so they could sit on one seat I think. It was up to our waists – about 3ft deep.
"There were a lot of different kinds of bottles knocking around – alcoholic ones and fizzy pop ones.
"There was also general food waste, clothes and general household items."
The rest of the house was just as cluttered, with teetering piles of rubbish also found in the kitchen, bathroom and the two bedrooms.
Wayne Moran said: "The kitchen sink was piled up, there's no way anyone could be washing dishes in there.
"In the bathroom the bath was full of clothes and food. The food was full of flies, it smelt horrendous...
"The kitchen was the worst room, the floor was thick with cat food wrappers and food waste that had just been walked all over.”
The cleaning expert said the pair were proud of what they'd achieved and once it's undergone a deep clean it can go back on the market.
He added: "This is probably up there in one of the top five that we've done.
"There was a real sense of satisfaction of getting it clean.”