What to Know About Flood Insurance: A Comprehensive Guide by Schuetz Insurance - Schuetz Insurance
Jun 2024

What to Know About Flood Insurance: A Comprehensive Guide by Schuetz Insurance

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Floods are the most common and costly natural disasters in the United States, making flood insurance a critical consideration for homeowners and business owners alike. Schuetz Insurance is dedicated to helping you understand the ins and outs of flood insurance, ensuring that you are well prepared and protected. Here’s an in-depth look at what flood insurance covers, what it doesn’t, and why it’s a necessary safeguard for your property.

 

Understanding Flood Insurance

Flood insurance is a specialized policy designed to protect property owners from the financial devastation caused by floods. Unlike standard homeowners’ insurance, flood insurance is typically provided through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which offers coverage to communities that participate in NFIP’s floodplain management requirements.

 

Coverage Under Homeowner Insurance

One common misconception is that flood damage is covered under a standard homeowner’s insurance policy. This is not the case. Flood insurance must be purchased separately, and Schuetz Insurance can guide you through selecting the right coverage based on your location and risk.

 

What Flood Insurance Covers

Flood insurance policies cover a variety of areas that are critical during a flood event:

  • Building Coverage: Includes the structure of your home or business, electrical and plumbing systems, central air and heating equipment, water heaters, and permanently installed carpeting and cabinetry.
  • Contents Coverage: Protects personal belongings such as clothing, furniture, electronic equipment, and other valuable items typically found inside the home.
  • Cleanup Reimbursement: Covers the costs associated with cleaning up after a flood, including mold removal and floor replacements that are not covered under basement improvement exceptions.

 

What Isn’t Covered by Flood Insurance

It’s equally important to know what is not covered:

  • External Properties: Landscaping, wells, septic systems, and vehicles are not covered by flood insurance.
  • Temporary Living Expenses: Expenses such as temporary housing are not covered by flood insurance policies.
  • Currency and Precious Metals: Cash, stock certificates, and other valuable papers or property stored in the home are excluded.
  • Basements and Crawl Spaces: While some essential items in basements are covered, personal property or finished areas like walls and floors are generally excluded.

 

The Importance of Flood Insurance

Schuetz Insurance emphasizes the importance of flood insurance given that floods can occur anywhere and at any time. Even if you are not located in a high-risk flood zone, obtaining coverage is prudent, as 20–25% of all flood-related claims come from areas with lower risk. The cost of not having flood insurance can far exceed the annual premium, especially since federal disaster assistance is often a loan that needs to be repaid with interest.

 

Flood Insurance Requirements and Rates

The requirement for flood insurance is largely dictated by the location of your property in relation to established flood zones. Properties within high-risk zones (Special Flood Hazard Areas) with mortgages from federally regulated or insured lenders are required to have flood insurance. Schuetz Insurance can help you understand these requirements and find the most cost-effective policy based on your specific circumstances.

 

The Flood Insurance Claims Process

Filing a claim can be straightforward with Schuetz Insurance guiding you. After a flood, document all damage with photographs and video, list all damaged or lost items, and contact us immediately. An adjuster will evaluate your claim, and we will work closely with you to ensure that the claims process is smooth and that you receive the compensation you deserve.

 

Partner with Schuetz Insurance for Comprehensive Flood Protection

At Schuetz Insurance, we understand the challenges and stress involved with flood risks. Our team is committed to providing personalized service and expert advice to ensure that your property is protected with the right flood insurance coverage. Don’t wait for the next flood warning; contact Schuetz Insurance today to discuss your flood insurance needs and ensure that you are fully prepared for any eventuality.

By partnering with Schuetz Insurance, you gain more than just coverage—you gain peace of mind knowing that your property is protected by experts who care about your safety and financial security.

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