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Backup of Sewer or Drain Coverage

Backup of Sewer or Drain Coverage

Floods can cause sanitary sewer lines to back up into houses and businesses through drain pipes. Backups can cause health hazards and repairs can be expensive.

Does homeowners’ insurance cover sewer backup?

Most homeowners policies do not cover damage from sewer backups. Water backup coverage may need to be added to a homeowners’ policy to cover the risk of sewage or drain overflows or backups.

What should be covered in water backup coverage?

Coverage should include the risk of damage to items such as flooring, furniture, and personal belongings.

What is not covered in water or sewer backup coverage?

Coverage typically does not include the repair or replacement of a sump pump or damage due to a sump pump that has not been maintained. Damages due to issues such as flood or an overflowing body of water also might not be covered.

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