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Did you know? Homeowners Insurance Does Not Cover Floods.
As Florida residents, it is imperative that you protect your home from flood damage. One storm surge could dramatically impact your life. Don’t over look this straight-forward, yet crucial piece of coverage. Our experts can walk you through your options.
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Flood: What It Is and What It Isn’t
Water from broken water pipes, overflowing bathtubs, flash floods, or storms can cause extensive damage to your home, contents, and other assets. As a homeowner, you need to determine whether the damage constitutes a water damage insurance claim or a flood claim.
What Does Flood Insurance Cover?
According to The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), flood insurance can protect your home in two ways.
- Building property coverage: Buying flood insurance can cover can help protect the physical structure of your home and its foundation. The policy also covers electrical and plumbing systems, central air systems, and furnace, cabinets and paneling. The maximum coverage limit is $250,000.
- Personal contents coverage: Contents inside your home such as freezers, electronics, clothing, curtains, and certain valuables like art can be protected. The maximum coverage is set at $100,000.
When purchasing a flood insurance policy, ensure that you identify the individual categories of the contents in your home and their estimated value. This is because some categories can have limits set below the total value of the possessions you own that qualify. For example, if you own high-value items such as art, you might consider purchasing additional protection for this category.
What’s Not Covered in Flood Insurance?
Before purchasing a flood insurance cover, it’s equally important to know what’s not covered. Here’s NFIP’s summary of the types of property and expenses that are not covered under the basic flood insurance policy.
- Avoidable damage that could have been controlled by the homeowner such moisture or mold/mildew damage.
- Property such as fences, retaining walls, seawalls, bulkheads, wharves, piers, bridges and docks.
- Outdoor property such as swimming pools and hot tubs.
- Living expenses due to flood damage.
According to the NFIP, flood insurance provides limited or no coverage for underground rooms and their contents. Items such as the furnace which are normally found in the basement are covered under building coverage. Others such as the washing machine are insured under personal contents cover.
Do I Need Flood Insurance?
Whether a property owner needs a flood insurance cover is highly dependent on how prone the area they live is prone to floods, and whether the government or the mortgage lender deems it necessary. Generally, FEMA determines and updates the nation’s Flood Insurance Risk Maps (FIRMs). You can visit FEMA’s Flood Insurance Rate Map to check your flood zone and determine whether you need a flood insurance cover.
The various flood zones fall into one of the three categorical areas below:
High-Risk Areas: Also known as Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs), the federal government requires that homes or properties located in these areas with mortgages from federally insured lenders to have flood insurance. Most of these properties are located along the coastlines and other water bodies such as rivers and lakes. If you live in any of these areas, you should consider getting a flood insurance cover.
Moderate-To-Low Risk Areas: The probability of flooding in these areas is minimal. However, approximately 20-percent of all flood insurance claims come from this category, according to the NFIP. While it’s not mandatory to have flood insurance in these areas, purchasing a policy can save you from unprecedented occurrences.
Undetermined-Risk Areas: As the name suggests, no flood analysis has been conducted in these areas. However, this is not to mean that these areas are risk free. Purchasing a flood policy is recommended.
While every property owner has unique insurance needs, understanding what your standard homeowner’s insurance policy entails is very important. For any questions on homeowners and flood insurance, please contact us 904.224.7000.
Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover floods. For about $300 per year, you can ensure you are protected from water-related damages.