If My House Floods, Will Insurance Cover the Damage?

Depending on where you live, you may be experiencing a lot of rain and other types of severe weather this season. These weather events can lead to flooding, which can lead to water damage.

If you’re dealing with this unfortunate situation, you’re probably wondering whether your homeowner’s insurance will cover the damage.

The answer, unfortunately, isn't as easy as a yes or no. Let's delve into the complexities of homeowner’s insurance and why sometimes it covers flood damage – and sometimes it doesn’t.

Why Your Insurance May Cover Flood Damage

Flood insurance policies: If you live in a flood-prone area, chances are you've invested in a separate flood insurance policy. These policies are typically offered through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) or private insurers. If you have one of these policies, it's likely that your flood damage will be covered up to the policy limit. These policies are specifically designed to protect against flood-related losses, offering you a safety net when disaster strikes.

Comprehensive homeowner's policies: Some homeowner’s insurance policies may include coverage for certain types of water damage, such as damage caused by burst pipes or a malfunctioning appliance. If the flood was caused by something that was covered within the policy, your homeowner's insurance might kick in to help cover the costs of restoration.

When Your Insurance Doesn’t Cover Flood Damage

There are a few common reasons why your insurance might not cover flood damage, though.

READ MORE: What to Do With a Loss That’s Not Covered

Lack of flood insurance: Many homeowners mistakenly believe that their homeowner's insurance covers flood damage, only to find out the hard way that it doesn't. If you don't have a separate flood insurance policy, you may be left to foot the bill for the extensive repairs needed to restore your home to its pre-flood condition.

Exclusions in homeowner's policies: Standard homeowner's insurance policies often exclude coverage for flood damage. If your house floods due to rising water levels from a river, storm surge, or heavy rainfall, you may find that your homeowner's insurance won't provide any financial assistance for the repairs. You’ll need to review your policy carefully to understand what is and isn't covered.

How to Navigate the Claims Process After a Flood

Regardless of whether you have flood insurance or not, navigating the claims process can be daunting. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

  • Document everything: Take photos and videos of the damage before beginning any cleanup or restoration efforts. Documenting the extent of the damage will provide evidence to support your insurance claim.
  • Contact your insurance company: Notify your insurance company as soon as possible to start the claims process. Be prepared to provide detailed information about the cause of the flood and the extent of the damage.
  • Work with restoration professionals: Enlist the help of a professional restoration company to assess the damage and provide an estimate for repairs. Having professionals on your side can streamline the claims process and ensure that your home is restored to its pre-flood condition.
  • While having flood insurance offers the most comprehensive protection against flood-related losses, you still need to understand the limitations of your coverage and take proactive steps to protect your home and finances in the event of a flood. Remember, preparation is key when it comes to safeguarding your home against the unexpected forces of nature.

If you’re dealing with the aftermath of flood damage, give STOP Restoration a call today.