Jun12TueJune 12, 2018 L.D. Dermody Insurance Team
Water damage is now the number one cause of claims for Ontario homeowners. The amount of damage can be so devastating that it’s prudent to know what’s covered by your home insurance policy. Many people just assume they have coverage but there are many different kinds of water damage and not all of them are covered.
In general, policies only pay for the accidental and sudden escape of water. This includes a burst pipe, overflow from a toilet or sink or a broken hose to a washing machine.
Types of water damage not covered include:
Note that insurance is not a maintenance contract. It’s not designed to respond to water damage caused by gradual wear or tear, lack of maintenance or a continual event. Examples of these would be:
Homeowners may think that since they are seeing the damage for the first time it should be covered, but often the damage is the result of something that has been on going over time and therefore it may not be covered.
There are a number of optional coverages that you may add to your policy in order to obtain the best water damage protection possible:
Coverage in the event water accidently backs up from the sewer system and flows into your home
Overland Water or Surface Water. This coverage will vary from one insurer to the next. In general it may include damage caused by lake and river overflow, heavy rain or rapid snow melt that enters your home from a point at or above the ground surface.
Water & Sewer Lines
Coverage to repair or replace your water service and/or sewer line due to a loss resulting from a leak, break, tear, rupture or collapse of the line.
Damage caused by water entering your home suddenly and accidentally through a basement wall, foundation or floor.
As nobody wants a costly water damage claim we suggest the following:
Bottom line … know what your policy covers and what your options are. Do regular maintenance of your home every spring and fall and make any repairs needed immediately in order to avoid surprises.