Why should I consider buying flood insurance?

Flooding can occur during any season in Michigan. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) estimates that 90 percent of all natural disasters involve flooding. A small amount of water can bring a tremendous amount of damage, and many property owners are unaware that their properties are at risk for flooding. A home located in the floodplain has a four times greater risk of flooding than burning during the course of a 30-year mortgage.

What's worse: many property owners don't realize that their homeowners' or property owners' insurance doesn't cover flood damage. To be covered from flood damage, one must purchase National Flood Insurance through an insurance agent. Consider that even just an inch of water can require a property to replace carpet, drywall, floor boards, moldings, doors and other belongings. Additionally, clean-up of mud and residue can be costly, as can repairing any mold and mildew damage that may occur.

To help calculate flood damage that might occur to your home, visit FloodSmart.gov, and click on the link to learn more about "What Could Flooding Cost Me?"

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1. Why should I consider buying flood insurance?
2. Is flood damage covered by my homeowners insurance?
3. Where do I get flood insurance?
4. Is there a waiting period before my flood insurance policy becomes effective?
5. Do I need to live in a floodplain to get flood insurance?
6. Is water back up in basements covered by a flood insurance policy?
7. Can I get coverage for water back up in basements?