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The Importance of Sewer Backup Insurance

By February 8, 2024Personal Insurance
Photorealistic image of a sewer backup in a small, modest unfinished home basement, featuring a narrow space with water covering the floor. The scene shows minimal debris floating in the water, simple concrete floor, basic exposed pipes, and a few stored items, reflecting a smaller home's basement environment. The area is dimly lit, emphasizing the confined space and creating a grim atmosphere indicative of the distressing situation caused by the sewer backup.

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For many homeowners, understanding the nuances of their insurance policy doesn’t become a priority until unexpected damage occurs. One often overlooked aspect is the risk of sewer backup, which can lead to significant damage and financial loss. Today, we’re highlighting the importance of adding sewer backup coverage to your homeowners’ policy, ensuring you’re protected against this potential hazard.

Understanding Sewer Backup Risks

Sewer backups can happen due to various reasons, such as heavy rainfall overwhelming the sewer system or tree roots obstructing the pipes. This can result in water and sewage flowing back into your home, causing damage to your property and possessions. The responsibility for the maintenance of the pipes up to the main sewer line lies with the homeowner, making it essential to have adequate coverage for such incidents.

The Financial Impact of Sewer Backups

The cost of repairing damage from a sewer backup can be more than most homeowners anticipate. With potential damages in the tens of thousands, the financial impact can be significant. Sewer backup insurance coverage can mitigate these costs, covering water damage, personal property loss, and the expenses of professional cleanup and restoration.

Why Consider Sewer Backup Coverage?

  1. Specific Coverage: Standard homeowners policies typically do not cover sewer backup without an additional endorsement.
  2. Cost-Effective Protection: Compared to the potential out-of-pocket expenses for cleanup and repair, sewer backup insurance is an affordable and sensible addition.
  3. Comprehensive Support: Beyond just the cleanup costs, this coverage supports the repair or replacement of damaged property and possessions.

Adding sewer backup coverage to your homeowners’ insurance provides an extra layer of security, protecting you from unexpected and costly damages. At Wedgwood Insurance, we’re committed to helping you understand all aspects of your policy and ensuring you have the comprehensive protection you need. Don’t wait for disaster to strike to find out you’re not covered; let’s talk about how you can secure your home against sewer backups today.

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Author Jamie Ross

Jamie Ross leads the Marketing and Communications team at Wedgwood Insurance, renowned as one of Atlantic Canada’s premier independent insurance brokers. Bringing a wealth of experience amassed over many years at some of Canada's most esteemed advertising agencies, Jamie transitioned to the insurance industry in 2017. This pivotal move has marked a period of significant professional growth and contribution to the field. A native Nova Scotian, Jamie has been a resident of St. John's, NL, since 2011, where he has become an integral part of the local community. Learn more about Jamie.

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