Flood Insurance2022-11-28T12:57:39-05:00

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Flood insurance is an important level of protection, especially for Floridians.  To best understand the benefits of Flood insurance, there are a few things you need to know first.

Standard Renter’s or Homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover flood damage at all.  These policies may provide limited coverage from damage caused by rain or a leaky pipe, but if your home is filled with water as a result of rising bodies of lakes, rivers, streams, or oceans, then those damages are not covered.

The most common Flood insurance is offered through the federally regulated program, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  You cannot purchase this coverage directly from the NFIP, but rather through an insurance agency.  There are two types of policies available, and you can buy one or both policies:

    1. One that covers your actual home (building property) up to $250,000*
    2. One that covers your personal property up to $100,000

*If you need more than $250,000 worth of coverage, then you will need to purchase Excess Flood insurance.  This is a separate policy not regulated by the NFIP, but by your insurance carrier.

You may be legally required to purchase Flood insurance. Congress has mandated federally regulated or insured lenders to require Flood insurance on properties located in a high-risk flood area (also called a “Special Hazard Flood Area”) before granting the loan.  Even if your property is not in a high-risk flood area, your mortgage lender may still require you to have Flood insurance.  You can also choose to purchase Flood insurance without being required to by your lender as an extra precaution.

What Our Customers Say

My agent is Matthew Wink, and he has provided me with excellent service for many years. I am very satisfied with his professionalism and customer service.
Bryan Mion
00:56 24 Feb 24
I would highly recommend Fearnow Insurance (Seffner, FL) if you not only want the quickest results to your home insurance needs, but also the best value given your personal circumstances.Our family has been made to feel prioritized, given the fast return response times to all of our questions/concerns.Our representative, Joseph Boyle, with nearly 30 years of experience, is adept in his field, and with this added value, being extremely knowledgeable follows as should be expected.He carries himself with the utmost professionalism, yet is also very personable, and explains our questions thoroughly, so we are not left in the dark.He will thoroughly review all options that best suit your family needs to get you most affordable policy. With his military background, it is clear that this has most likely contributed to his organizational skills, as well as extreme promptness.I would recommended Fearnow as my first choice, when comparison shopping.Best of luck and happy insurance shopping. Fearnow is sure to make it painless!
Kendal Donohoe
18:18 22 Feb 24
Gracias Jennifer por el excelente servicio como siempre. May profesional y amable.
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03:52 22 Feb 24
Been using Fearnow for a few years now and they're great. Melanie is amazing and very helpful whenever I have any questions or issues
David Campbell
14:37 21 Feb 24
Jennifer Rubio helped us save! Thank you for all your help!
Brittany Bush
14:08 21 Feb 24
We have had a very nice experience with JOSEPH!Very helpful!
Carol Valvo
21:59 20 Feb 24
Lydia was/is my contact with Fearnow Insurance. I have never had such a nice experience when dealing with an insurance agent at a large insurance agency. Lydia was very nice , pleasant and knowledgeable. She listened to what I was inquiring about ( a new policy ) and asked relevant questions. She had a quote for me within 24 hours and it was a better policy than what I was leaving behind and for much less money. Everything was done over the IPHONE. Fantastic experience, HIGHLY recommend Fearnow Insurance and Lydia. I will be telling family & friends to give them a try.
Steve Doyle
20:08 06 Feb 24
Joe's service went above and beyond my expectations. He works quickly and thoroughly with great attention to details. I recommend Joe as a great agent to serve you well!
James Reed
20:43 03 Feb 24
I have nothing but praise for this company. I have dealt with Matthew Wink for several years and he is knowledgeable, attentive, and professional. He jumps right on my requests and puts forth maximum effort to save me money where possible. I'm his customer for life!!
Ron Clemmons (illconsumed)
02:40 02 Feb 24
Fair is fair, If you are going to write a review on a business then you should write a good one if they have somewhat redeemed themselves. Since writing this review I have had to contact the office regarding my dads buisness. The office has been very responsive to my questions in a timely way. Believe me I am not looking for a response within the hour but with in a day. Both Matt and Madrianne have been very responsive. I also appreciate the fact that they were and have always looked for better coverage and less expensive coverage opportunities for my Dad. Thank you.My parents have several policies with this company and they have had good experience, wish I could have said the same. A few years ago I asked to get a quote on new car insurance. I sent Matt all of the information and never heard back. I called several times and emailed - again no response. Recently my dads homeowners insurance renewed and I called because I had a question, Jennifer was very helpful. I asked her to look into new homeowners insurance for me (to give me a quote) never heard back, no follow up. I then sent my daughter to this company to get comparison quotes on new car insurance, because they have been very good for my parents and their policies. My daughter called, left multiple messages and again emailed Matt. No response from him, so she went elsewhere. So one last chance for me. I again contacted them (Matt) via email. I keep going back to him because he has been helpful to my dad. I emailed him all of the documents and waited all day, I did get a call back from him but that was after I had called and spoke to Amanda because I hadn't heard back from Matt at all. I sent her all of the documents and I let Matt know that I sent them to her to get a quote on new homeowners insurance. She stated "I will get back with you later today" That was 2 days ago. Maybe I should have read the review earlier because this seems like a trend with this company of no response or communication with potential clients. So I am done! I think I have given this insurance company many opportunities to get my business and they failed me every time. I have been reluctant to use a company, instead of me going and researching each company I thought I would save myself some time, but to no avail! Sorry, Fearnow insurance, you lost me! I hope that you will still be good for my dad.
Theresa Hickie
10:16 26 Jan 24

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What Constitutes a “Flood”?

In order for the damage to be considered to be caused by a “flood”, the excess water has to cover at least 2 acres of land that is normally dry, or has to have damaged two or more properties, one of which must be your home.  Also, the water must come from one of the following sources:

  • Overflowing inland or tidal waters
  • Unusual, rapid accumulation or runoff of surface water from any source
  • Mudslide
  • When shorefront land collapses or sinks due to waters above “anticipated cyclical levels”

You are not covered, however, if the excess water seepage comes from a sewer or drain backup, or a sump pump that overflows.

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Who Can Buy Flood Insurance?

Just about anyone can purchase a policy.  You can purchase a residential policy as a renter or homeowner, or a non-residential policy if you are a business owner.

What is Covered Under Flood Insurance?

The property policy will cover the cost to rebuild your home or pay the actual value of your home, whichever is less.  This can include damage to the following areas of your home:

  • The structural walls and beams of your home
  • The foundation
  • Electrical and plumbing systems
  • HVAC equipment such as air conditioning, furnaces, and water heaters
  • Kitchen appliances, including your refrigerator, stove, and built-ins such as your dishwasher
  • Permanently installed carpeting over an unfinished floor
  • Permanently installed wallboard, paneling, bookcases, and cabinets
  • Window blinds
  • Detached garages (limited to 10% of your home policy)
  • Debris removal

The personal property policy will cover the replacement costs (based on actual cash value, and not what you may have originally paid) for the following items:

  • Clothing
  • Furniture
  • Electronic equipment
  • Curtains
  • Window A/C units
  • Portable microwaves and dishwashers
  • Carpets not covered by your building policy
  • Washer and dryer
  • Your freezer and frozen food
  • Up to $2,500 in valuables, such as art or furs

Like any insurance policy, there are limitations to coverage.  Flood insurance does not cover loss or damage to:

  • Precious metals
  • Stock certificates
  • Bearer bonds
  • Cash
  • Landscaping
  • Wells
  • Septic systems
  • Walkways
  • Decks
  • Patios
  • Fences
  • Swimming pools or hot tubs
  • Boathouses
  • Retaining walls
  • Storm shelters
  • Temporary housing and other living expenses
  • Loss of income
  • Cars
  • Post-flood mold damage
  • Sewer backups

Although basements are not common in Florida, they do exist.  The following are not covered for basements (including walkout basements), crawls spaces, or any living space below ground level:

  • Bookcases
  • Window treatments
  • Carpeting, tile, and other floor coverings
  • Some drywall, depending on how far below ground level it is
  • Paneling
  • Walls and ceilings not made of drywall
  • Most personal property such as clothing, electronic equipment, and furniture

Other Facts About Flood Insurance

There’s a Limit to How Often You Can Collect:  If you make four (or more) claims that are over $5,000 a piece; or two claims that cost more than your home when added together, then the NFIP will offer you a grant to make your home less vulnerable to floods.  If you refuse to take the grant money and make the improvements, then you can expect your premiums to increase substantially.

If a Flood Severely Damages Your Home:  NFIP may give you $30,000 to use to raise, tear down, or move your home; which is in addition to any other claim NFIP pays you.  However, the total paid cannot go above the $250,000 coverage limit.

Don’t Wait for An Impending Storm to Purchase Flood Insurance:  There’s usually a 30-day waiting period before a claim will be accepted, although, some private policies offer a 15-day waiting period.

Make a Home Inventory:  Making an inventory of the possessions in your home (include all covered items) to make filing a claim easier.  Also, if you have any major valuables (such as art or furs) be sure to have the appraisal available for the claim.

How Much Does Flood Insurance Cost?

The average cost of a Flood insurance policy is around $600 for the year but the final cost will depend on factors such as the level of coverage, your deductible, the risk level of your flood zone, and the age of the building.

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