Concerned about flooding? Ensure your home and belongings are protected


Many homeowners assume that flooding is included in their homeowners insurance policy when in fact, most homeowners policies do not cover flooding. (c) Image Source / iStock via Getty Images Plus

StatePoint - According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency 
(FEMA), floods are the most frequently occurring natural disaster in 
the United States, which is why it is important to understand the 
risks and costs associated with flooding, and what you can do to 
protect your home.
Rampant storms and hurricanes are not the only causes of flood damage 
– leaky pipes can cause just as much water damage and put a huge hole 
in your wallet, too. According to FEMA, just 1 inch of water in a 
home can cost more than $25,000 in damage.
What can you do to protect your home in the event of a flood? First, 
make sure you have flood insurance. Some people may think they don’t 
need flood insurance because of where they live. Many may also assume 
that flooding is included in their homeowners insurance policy when 
in fact, most homeowners policies do not cover flooding.
Why is that?
A string of flood disasters occurred throughout the ‘40s, ‘50s and 
‘60s that put tremendous financial strain on private insurers, so in 
response, the federal government created the National Flood Insurance 
Program (NFIP) to protect homeowners, renters and businesses.
Talk to your insurance agent about getting flood insurance through 
NFIP. Some companies offer additional unique options. For example, 
Erie Insurance recently began offering a coverage called Extended 
Water that covers damage caused from flash floods, inland flooding, 
storm surges, snow melt and more. It covers the home and its 
foundation, electrical and plumbing systems, air conditioning 
equipment, furnaces and heaters, appliances and personal possessions, 
such as clothing and furniture. It even offers coverage if you need 
to temporarily relocate while your home is being repaired.
“As the frequency of flooding increases, homeowners need to 
understand that flood insurance is typically not included in their 
standard homeowners insurance policy, but there are options 
available,” said Michelle Tennant, vice president of product 
management, Erie Insurance. “Even if you don’t live in an area that 
you think is flood-prone, if it rains or snows, it can flood. That’s 
why it’s so important to talk to your agent about your home and your 
neighborhood, to make sure you have the coverage that’s right for you.”
To learn more about flood insurance, contact your agent.
As flooding becomes more frequent, make sure that you have the 
insurance you need to protect your home and belongings.

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