Water damage can occur in many ways in your home. Whether it is a burst pipe, a leak from your refrigerator or freezer, your house is flooded due to weather conditions, and more. It is important to understand what type of water damage is covered under your standard home insurance policy. Not all water damage would be covered in the event of a flood claim for a standard home insurance policy.
What type of water damage is most likely covered under your standard home insurance policy?
Most home insurance policies address water damage the same way as many claims and that is “sudden and accidental.” For instance, if freezing temperatures burst a pipe in your home and water leaks into the wall and causes damage or your water heater fails and contacts the surrounding drywall. Another example would be if your supply line on your toilet suddenly burst and caused damage to your bathroom.
What type of water damage is not covered under your standard home insurance policy?
If water damage occurs to your home over time, for instance, a leaky faucet or supply line that had clearly been ignored, this would not be covered by insurance as this is a maintenance issue.
When do you need flood insurance?
Water that enters your home from outside due to severe weather conditions would be considered flood damage and is not covered by a standard home insurance policy. For flood damage to be covered, you would need to carry a flood insurance policy. A flood insurance policy can be obtained possibly through your existing insurance company, or by calling our office. The cost of flood insurance will vary depending on your elevation risk. Quotes are simple and take just minutes.
Water Sewer Backup
Another water damage type of coverage that is not included in your standard home insurance policy is “Water Sewer Backup” coverage. This coverage is for when your drain lines get water forced back up them and into the home. This can occur from several different scenarios including municipal water drainage being overrun or a blocked pipe. When this occurs, you need a specific type of insurance policy to cover the damages.
If you have a question about your home insurance policy, please feel free to reach out to a licensed agent in our office. While each claims scenario is unique, prevention can oftentimes be the best course of action.
Protect your home from water damage with new technologies. Water leak alarms are a great way to ensure you don’t have water damaging your home. These small devices can be installed under sinks, near water heaters, and behind toilets easily. It is an inexpensive way to keep an eye on things in your home.