Water Damage to Your Home? Don't Call Your Insurance Company...Yet!

Water Damage to Your Home? Don’t Call Your Insurance Company….YET!

Water damage is one of the most common problems that homeowners face. It can cause significant damage to your property, leading to costly repairs or even total loss. That’s why having water damage insurance is so important. In this article, we will discuss the basics of water damage insurance claims and what you need to know to protect yourself in case of water damage.

First, it’s important to understand what water damage insurance covers. Most standard homeowners’ insurance policies will cover water damage caused by sudden and accidental events, such as burst pipes, appliance malfunctions, or severe weather. However, not all policies cover all types of water damage, so it’s important to read your policy carefully and make sure you understand what is covered.

In the event of water damage, the first step is to assess the extent of the damage and take steps to prevent further damage. This might include turning off the water supply to your home, drying out the affected area, and taking photos or videos of the damage. It’s also important to keep any damaged items or materials, as your insurance company may need to see them as part of your claim.

Once you’ve taken these initial steps, you can file a claim with your insurance company. This typically involves contacting your insurance agent or company and providing them with information about the damage, including the cause, the extent of the damage, and any repair or replacement costs you’ve incurred. Your insurance company will likely send an adjuster to your home to assess the damage and determine how much your claim is worth.

It’s important to note that not all water damage claims are approved. Your insurance company may deny your claim if they determine that the damage was caused by negligence or lack of maintenance on your part. For example, if your pipes burst because you failed to properly winterize your home, your claim may be denied. That’s why it’s important to take steps to prevent water damage in the first place, such as regular maintenance of your plumbing and appliances.

If your claim is approved, your insurance company will provide you with a payout to cover the costs of repairs or replacement. However, it’s important to keep in mind that there may be limits to how much your insurance company will pay out, as well as deductibles and other fees that you may be responsible for. You should also keep track of any expenses you incur related to the damage, such as hotel stays or meals if you’re unable to stay in your home during repairs.

In addition to standard water damage insurance, there are also specialized policies that may be worth considering. For example, flood insurance is a separate policy that covers damage caused by flooding, which is not typically covered by standard homeowners’ insurance. If you live in an area prone to flooding, it may be worth investing in this type of insurance to protect your home and belongings.

In conclusion, water damage insurance claims can be complex and stressful, but they are an important part of protecting your home and property. By understanding what is covered by your policy, taking steps to prevent water damage, and filing a claim promptly if damage does occur, you can minimize the financial impact of water damage on your life. If you have any questions or concerns about your water damage insurance coverage, be sure to talk to your insurance agent or company for guidance.

My name is Mike Keeler, I’m a licensed Public Adjuster in Florida.
If you have any questions or need help with a claim, please feel free to contact me.
(754) 252-5438
Email:  theclaimsquad@gmail.com
Website:  www.theclaimsquad.com