Floods can happen at any time and can cause significant damage to homes and businesses. Unfortunately, many people are unaware that their standard homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover flood damage. This is where flood insurance comes into play. In this article, we will discuss what flood insurance is, who needs it, and the coverage options available.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
What is Flood Insurance?
Flood insurance is a specialized insurance policy that covers damage caused by flooding. Flood insurance is separate from a standard homeowner’s insurance policy and must be purchased separately. Flood insurance policies are backed by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Who Needs Flood Insurance?
Flood insurance is required for homeowners in areas designated as high-risk flood zones by FEMA. However, homeowners in moderate-to-low-risk areas are also eligible for flood insurance, and it is recommended that they purchase a policy as well. Floods can occur anywhere, and just a few inches of water can cause significant damage to a home or business.
There are two types of flood insurance policies: building coverage and contents coverage. Building coverage covers the physical structure of the building, including the foundation, walls, floors, and roof. Contents coverage covers personal belongings such as furniture, electronics, and clothing. It is important to note that building coverage and contents coverage are separate policies and must be purchased separately.
The maximum amount of coverage available for a building is $250,000, and the maximum amount available for contents is $100,000. It is important to note that these are the maximum coverage amounts available through the NFIP, and private flood insurance policies may offer higher coverage amounts.
Flood insurance policies also have a waiting period before coverage begins. For most policies, the waiting period is 30 days. This means that you cannot purchase flood insurance just before a flood is expected to occur and expect to be covered.
Flood insurance is an essential type of insurance that homeowners and business owners should consider purchasing. Floods can happen anywhere a few inches of water can cause significant damage. There are two types of coverage available: building coverage and contents coverage and policies must be purchased separately. It is important to note that flood insurance policies have a waiting period before coverage begins, so it is important to purchase a policy well in advance of a flood event. Contact your insurance agent to learn more about flood insurance options and to determine the best policy for your needs.