Can my flood insurance cover personal belongings

Flooding is the most pervasive and expensive natural disaster in America. It affects homes, business buildings, and other properties in Canby, OR and other parts of the country. Despite floods affecting your home structure and personal belongings, homeowner’s insurance does not cover any damage related to floods. At Oliver Insurance, we recommend buying separate flood insurance to cover personal belongings. So, does flood insurance protect your belongings? 

Yes. Flood insurance is a separate policy that protects your home and its content from damage from water damage.

What does flood insurance cover?

If you suspect or found out that you live in a flood zone area, your first step should involve seeking coverage to protect your home and loved ones from flood damage. According to NFIP, flood insurance covers the following:

  • Water heaters and furnaces
  • Plumbing and electrical systems 
  • Permanently installed carpet
  • Window blinds
  • Cooking stoves, refrigerators, and other inbuilt appliances like the dishwasher
  • Permanently installed bookcases, paneling, and cabinets
  • Detached garage
  • Well water tanks, fuel tanks, and solar energy equipment 
  • Anchorage systems, foundation walls, and staircases

What is not covered by flood insurance

Like you may have already guessed, flood insurance does not cover everything in your home. It is also essential to keep in mind that the cause of flooding heavily determines whether your belongings are covered or not. Flood insurance covers losses directly caused by flooding. For instance, if you left your tap water open and allowed water to flood your home, flood insurance may not cover the damage. The falling water has to come from the sky and nowhere else. If the flooding in your home were as a result of an overflowing creek, flood insurance would only come in to help if the overflow was a direct result of flooding.

For all your insurance needs, quotes, and policy discussions, contact Oliver Insurance or visit us at Canby, OR today.