Water damage is one of the most common home insurance claims. Determining whether your home is covered for water damage usually depends on the policy type, damage source, and type of damage.
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What will your home insurance cover?
Standard home insurance policies cover damage when it is sudden and accidental, meaning it happens without warning. In most cases, this covers:
- Appliance overflows
- Burst pipes
- Water damage after a fire
- Water damage from a roof leak
- Water damage from a storm
If this happens, be sure to take pictures and document the damage for your insurance agent.
What type of water damage is not covered?
Damage that happens due to wear and tear or gradually is excluded from most home insurance policies. Gradual damage includes water damage due to a lack of HVAC and plumbing maintenance.
Examples of gradual damage can include:
- Unmaintained broken, frozen, or corroded pipes
- Leaky toilets, faucets, and other fixtures leading to mold and mildew growth
- Roof leaks, not including ones caused by age, inadequate maintenance, infestations, rot, and deterioration.
It is important to note that floods, sewage backups, earthquakes, and foundation seepage usually require separate insurance policies.
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What can you do to prevent water damage?
It is important to avoid costly expenses with regular maintenance. Even if the damage is covered by insurance, it is always better not to have any water damage to deal with.
- Check out the following tips on preventative maintenance, or call our plumbers for more information.
- Fix issues promptly – ignoring or postponing repairs can cause mold, mildew, rot, and structural damage to your home.
- Have your furnace and air conditioning units inspected yearly
- Inspect, clean, and replace hoses going to and from washing machines, dishwashers, water heaters, and refrigerators.
- Keep water supply lines clear and open
- Drain water heaters regularly to prevent buildup.
- Prevent frozen pipes by keeping them warm and insulated.
- Track your water bill for spikes that water leaks might cause.
- Know where your home’s main water shutoff is.
- Sign up for a maintenance plan with your local plumbers in Napa County
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