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Sudden Death Cleanup: What’s the Cost?


Unattended deaths often occur at home in bed.

If you or somebody you know is in need of unattended death cleanup services, contact Pacific Decontamination Services 24/7 for immediate assistance in Nanaimo, Duncan, Parksville, Qualicum, Courtenay, Campbell River, Port Alberni and all other locations on Vancouver Island.

Unattended death is an unfortunate, but often unavoidable part of many people’s lives. Whether left to deal with the aftermath of a loved one, tenant, roommate, etc., the cleanup can be a distressing, and often times traumatic experience.

Pacific Decontamination Services is available 24/7, to assist in the remediation process, however the thought of paying for this service can frequently prevent people from reaching out and getting the help that they need. Here we’ll take a look at the myth that Crime and Trauma Cleanup companies are too expensive for ordinary people to utilize, along with the methods in which the service can be paid for.

What is an Unattended Death?

By definition, an unattended death occurs when a person passes away without a witness. This situation lends itself to a variety of issues, due in large part to the fact that if nobody is around to witness the death, there is a great possibility that nobody is made aware of this person’s passing in a timely manner. In some instances, the deceased individual is found relatively quickly, possibly in a matter of hours.

That being said, far too often is the individual not discovered for days, weeks, months, and in rare instances, years. If not properly sanitized by a professional cleanup company, the area in which the death occurred is subject to odors, pests, dangerous pathogens due to blood, and the frightening chance of coming across solid matter or stains after the initial cleanup.

Upon coming to the realization that a professional company is a necessity for the cleanup, the next concern for many is the cost of the service. There are many factors that are taken into consideration when determining the cost of the unattended death cleanup.

Factors That Affect Unattended Death Cleanup Costs

When it comes to a professional biohazard remediation company assessing the final cost of the death scene cleanup, the primary conditions can be broken down into 2 groups.

Cause of Death

Natural causes



Accidental death



Location on property

Time lapsed since death

Death by violence


Pre-death condition of body



Severe saturation

Once these factors have all been accounted for, the company providing the service is typically capable of offering a fairly accurate estimate of the final cost. The following decision to be made is how the service will be paid for.

Who Pays?

When an individual is in the unenviable position of being left to deal with a death scene aftermath, the last thing that this person needs is the added anxiety of worrying about coming up with the money required to hire a company. Luckily, there are several viable methods of payment that are available to aid those going through this difficult time.

Paying for death cleanup

Homeowners Insurance

Homeowners insurance commonly covers the cost of unattended death cleanup. Contact your insurance company if you are unsure if you have this coverage. Many companies will work with your insurance provider directly to ensure that the claims process is as simple and beneficial to you as possible.

Renters’ Insurance

If you have renter’s insurance, and the landlord of the property where the death occurred carries insurance, it is likely that you can cover the cost of cleanup services.

Credit Card

Most legitimate crime scene cleanup companies accept all major credit cards.

Call Pacific Decontamination Services Today

If you are in need of unattended death cleanup, but worried that you will not be able to afford the cost, do not hesitate to call for help. The longer that the problem is not resolved, the more it will snowball. With many different ways of alleviating the financial burden of the service, professional service providers are more than happy to work with you.

Companies should not be in the business of turning people down due to reasons outside of their control. We are here to help.

What do you do next?

Call Pacific Decontamination Services at 778-269-0208 or email us!
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