Water Damage Insurance – Get, File, and Claim.

Water Damage Insurance – How To Get, File, And Claim

by TheOsmund
As with most insurances, it is necessary to file water damage insurances, since this can help you save a great deal of money in the event that water damage wrecks your home. Generally, water damage is part of the homeowners insurance. In fact, it is one of the reasons why people make home insurance claims. However, not all types of water damages can be covered by your home insurance. Hence, it is essential to know the things that are covered by your water damage insurance before making any claims.

The following is a list of examples of what your water damage insurance does and does not cover:

* The damage caused by water is covered. For example, a leaking dishwasher hose causes your carpet to become soaked in water. The carpet is covered by the water damage insurance, but you have to repair the leaking hose yourself.
* Anything that is considered to be accidental, like a burst pipe, is covered by your water damage insurance.
* Bathtub overflows are considered accidental, hence it is covered by the insurance.
* Water damage due to floods is not covered, that is why you need to get separate flood insurance for this.
* Water damage due to neglect and poor maintenance is also not part of the water damage insurance, since the water damage is caused by your own carelessness.
* Sewage backups are generally not covered by water damage insurances.
* Water seepage is not covered, since this is considered to be a maintenance problem and is not accidental.

Filing water damage insurance claims should be done as soon as you have experienced water damages. You must notify your insurance company about the damages that you are going to claim. Your agent will then instruct you on the step-by-step procedure that you need to follow to claim your water damage insurance policy. During this stage, it is advisable to keep all contact numbers of your insurance company close to you, and take note of all communication that transpires between the two of you.

The next step in filing your insurance claim is to assess and document the extent of water damage to your property. You can make use of a camera to take pictures of your properties, or better yet, a video camera. Make sure there is written documentation accompanying these, and always keep those handy.

It would also help to repair the properties that you think you can fix. Remember that poor maintenance or neglect is not covered by your insurance policy, so you might as well do everything you can to restore the items. Preventing future damage is part of your responsibility, as well as keeping all the receipts you used for these repairs for reimbursement.

You must also create a list of missing and damaged items for replacement. If you have replacement cost coverage on personal properties, you can just buy new ones. This job will be much easier if you have kept an updated inventory of all your properties before the water damage occurred.

Finally, you just have to wait for your insurance claim. Keep in touch with your insurance company so that you are updated with the latest news on your water damage insurance claim. If you have objections on your insurance company, you can also file a complaint in your state insurance commissioner.

Filing a homeowners or water damage insurance can be tedious, but it can help you a great deal in getting your pre-water-damaged life back.

About the Author

Osmund Aft speaks about homeowner issues for water damage restoration blog and residential water damage restoration company


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1 comment so far

  1. Eddy on

    Great information you have here. I’m looking for any other insurance info, especially homeowner insurance. Keep on posting !

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