Mold is one of the more complicated forms of property damage, in part because it is not always easy to determine whether the damage was caused by the mold itself or by the water that caused the mold.
What you should know when trying to get compensation for mold damage. Specifically, we will discuss the two policies that are most likely to provide coverage, as well as what to do if an insurance company denies your claim.
Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Mold?
There is no such thing as a “mold claim.” Instead of writing policies specifically centered around mold damage, insurance companies sell policies that can compensate for mold damage when the mold results from a peril that is covered under your policy.
Mold in and of itself, it not a covered peril. Homeowners insurance will usually cover mold damage if it is caused by a covered peril for which you have coverage. For instance, let us say that your home was damaged when a water heater unexpectedly leaked. If the damage caused by the water heater is covered, and mold occurs as a result of the water damage, you will be covered.
It is important to note that homeowners insurance does not provide coverage for lack of maintenance or wear and tear to your property. If the mold grew slowly over a period of time as a result of a leaky faucet, you will not be covered nor will you receive compensation if you file a claim.
Does Flood Insurance Cover Mold?
Much like homeowners insurance, there are some situations where a flood insurance policy will cover mold. The key is that you do everything in your power to prevent the mold from occurring.
Under a flood insurance policy, it is sometimes difficult to get compensation for mold if you have access to your property but did not dry it timely. However, if your property was not accessible as a result of the flood, or there was no power and you were not able to remove the moisture and mold starts growing, it is possible you can get compensation for mold damage.
It is important to understand that every insurance policy is different so it is ideal to speak with an insurance expert who can review your policies and explain your coverage.
What If Your Insurance Company Denies Your Claim?
Denied claims can be upsetting if you expect your insurance company to pay for damage to your property. A claim denial does not necessarily mean that the process is over. Instead, it is a good idea to find an experienced and knowledgeable public adjuster to review your policy and explain your coverage.
If it is determined that your policy covers the damage, a knowledgeable public adjuster can reopen your claim. There are many methods we use to document and prove the damage is covered to help you get compensation for your claim. We have been successful in overturning many claim denials for our clients.
Looking for Public Adjusters in Palm Beach County?
You have come to the right place. At Reliant Insurance Adjusters, we work with property owners who want to understand their policy better and get the compensation they deserve. Our backgrounds, coupled with many years of experience, give us an advantage when dealing with insurance companies.
We provide free policy reviews whether you have a claim or not. If you have been underpaid or denied for your insurance claim, please do not hesitate to contact us today.
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