When Do I Call My Insurance Company For Smoke Damage?

A common misconception amongst homeowners is that when faced with smoke damage, the first thing they need to do is call their insurance agent. Unfortunately, your insurance agent can’t get smoke or odor out of your home or business and that is ultimately the most important first step because it is a big health concern.

We see this a lot when discussing some of the common mistakes homeowners make when dealing with smoke damage. You need to eliminate the smoke before calling your insurance agent because your home’s health is your responsibility. And ultimately, no one cares more about your home than you do, and that includes PDQ Restoration.

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Must I File a Claim Before Starting the Smoke & Odor Cleanup Process?

The order of filing the claim is not as important as making sure you stop the damaging effects of the acidic nature of smoke in your home as well as the severe health effects it will have on you and your family. While you’ll certainly want to file a claim in a timely manner, you do not need to go through the process of filing a claim before calling for help.

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When My Property has Soot Damage or Odors, What Do I Do First?

Call in a certified professional to evaluate the extent of the damage to determine how best to go about getting your home back to a healthy condition ASAP. You will be surprised by how far it has traveled.

Who Should I Call for a Smoke & Odor Clean-Up?

Call a certified smoke & odor cleanup company like PDQ Restoration. There are a couple of main accreditations that restoration companies can have. The primary association is IICRC, which offers accreditations for a variety of different trades, such as Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT), Odor Control Technician (OCT), Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT), Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD), and a host of others. Companies and individuals can also become certified through RIA.

It’s important to use a company certified to perform the work you need to be done. Not only do they know how best to clean up the smoke damage and remove the odor, but you’re less likely to deal with any issues/concerns from your adjuster during the claims process. They’ll typically have a list of reputable, certified contractors in the area that deal with smoke damage losses, so they’re familiar with their level of service and professionalism.

If your home or business is in Northern NJ, we’re a company that can provide the expert help you need to clean up and restore your home from your smoke & odor loss.

We are here to help, call PDQ today at 973-447-3363 to speak with one of our smoke cleanup and odor removal restoration experts.