What is Covered by Insurance When You Have Had Fire, Smoke or Odor Damage?

If you own the home your insurance policy typically will cover all of the following in order to get you back to “pre-loss” condition.

  • Board up and tarping
  • Temporary power
  • Temporary heat
  • Winterizing the property
  • Water removal and dry out
  • Cleaning for all contents
  • Cleaning the affected parts of your home
  • Cleaning and sanitizing your HVAC
  • Odor removal
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Items that should be replaced if affected by your loss and cannot be cleaned or deodorized:

  • Kitchen cabinets and countertops
  • Appliances
  • Personal contents
  • Mattresses
  • Furniture
  • Clothing
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Items that should be replaced due to health concerns:


We strongly suggest contacting your pharmacy and alert them of your situation. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action. Please all of your medicine in a Ziplock bag if they smell so you don’t bring the odor with you.

Food Covered in soot North NJ


Any opened food should be discarded. If other items have soot residue on them you should also consider discarding those items as well. If you have any concern, discard it! Before you discard any items line up like items and take pictures. Most insurance policies will reimburse you for the food. It is better to be safe then try to save a few dollars.


  • Repairing damage building materials.
  • Sealing, caulking and repainting all affected areas.
  • Replacement of affected flooring such as carpet and wood floors.

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PDQ had a complete cleaning team come in to bring John's home back to a safe and liveable condition. All surfaces were wiped down and disinfected. Hydroxyls were placed throughout the house to help neutralize odor.

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PDQ fully contained the source room of the fire. Installation of air scrubbers and hydroxyl equipment was put in to begin the cleaning process. PDQ prepared the source area for inspection by the insurance adjuster. The remaining rooms in the hom...

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PDQ secured and then proceeded to demolish the fire-ravaged garage. A generator, air scrubbers, Hydroxyl Unit, fans, and cleaning supplies were all utilized to clean out and completely dry space. Removed bed and box springs from the master bedroom an...

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Excellent work ethic and very thorough. My house had a fire and we didn't know how we could remove the soot and fire smell. These guys came in, wasn't pushy, have me the options and completed the job. Great work.

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Quick, excellent responce after we experienced a fire in our home. Cheryl and her team did a wonderful job in assisting us through a very bad situation. Highly recommended!

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