Having a house wrecked by a flood can be devastating for homeowners. What could be even more devastating is finding out that home insurance will not cover any of the damage.
As a homeowner, you should be proactive in learning what your insurance does and doesn’t cover, so that you can prepare for the worst. If you are living in a high-risk area for floods, you might need to get flood insurance.
Home insurance is something very basic and is often required when taking out a mortgage. It usually covers any damage done to the house and bodily injuries sustained. It is likely going to cover any damage done by water due to a burst pipe or heavy rainfall. However, it won’t cover any damage if there is a flood in your area.
Flood is defined as a large body of water from lakes, streams, rivers and oceans rising in dry land, and any damage it does to the house will be covered under flood insurance alone. If your home is located in a high-risk flood area, it will be compulsory for you to get flood insurance along with home insurance when taking out a mortgage.
Mainly, flood insurance is offered by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and has the following coverage:
- Building damage coverage that covers up to $250,000
- Private property coverage of up to a $100,000
However, if this coverage seems inadequate, you will need to buy additional flood insurance from private insurance companies, as NFIP does not offer insurance above these limits.
The insurance provided by NFIP will cover the building damage through ‘cost to rebuild’ or ‘actual value’ of the home—whichever is less. It would mainly include:
- Removal of debris
- Electrical system
- Plumbing system
- Foundation of the house
- Permanent cupboards
- HVAC system
- Water heater
- Kitchen appliances
The personal property coverage will cover:
- Electrical equipment
- Any other valuable items up to a $2,500
Our experts thoroughly guide you—if you need flood insurance, whether your house is in high-risk flood area, and how flood insurance will be adequate for you. We also get you instant quotes.