Debris Removal Insurance After a Fire

>> Saturday, February 09, 2008

After a fire or other insured damage to your building, there will likely be debris that needs to be removed. Coverage for this is usually limited to 25 percent of the loss. The amounts paid for debris removal do not increase the total limit of coverage for the whole claim. It is therefore possible that you can run out of coverage. To help, insurers provide an additional amount of coverage (usually $10,000) to pay for the cleanup. Some insurance companies increase the additional amount to $25,000 or $50,000. Review your buildings. Will special disposal of rubble and debris increase the cost of reconstruction? Asbestos or other hazardous substances (found in older buildings) may point to the need for additional insurance.

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