Written by Rasadul

March 10, 2022

Wind-Driven Rain Damage Claim

Wind-Driven Rain Damage Claim

If rain, snow or sleet has damaged your home or business, you may assume that your property insurance company will cover the storm damages. However, after you file an insurance claim, the insurance company may deny coverage. The reason? The carrier may tell you that your claim was a wind-driven rain damage claim. Therefore, the water damage you incurred is not covered by your commercial or homeowners’ insurance policy.

What is a Wind-Driven Rain Damage Claim?

Tropical storms, hurricanes, wind or hail storms-they all can cause damage to homes, buildings and personal property. And if your home or commercial building has water damage or hail damage after such a storm, you will likely file a claim and expect your insurance carrier to cover damage caused by the storm.
However, your policy may exclude water damage caused by wind-driven rain. Whereas hurricanes, tornados and severe storms usually involve both wind and rain, property insurance companies view wind-driven rain damage as different. Often, they deny coverage when the adjuster feels that the property owner poorly maintained their property, resulting in wind-driven rain damage to the property.

For instance, the adjuster might feel the roof of a home was in bad shape. Wind damaged the roof in a storm six months ago. Or there were hail damages from prior storms. In any event, the owner never got the roof repaired.
As another example, there could be old, broken or missing shingles on the roof. During the storm, the wind drove rain onto the roof. As a result, the poor condition of the roof permitted rain to enter the structure through the roof or wall of the building.

Is Wind-Driven Rain Damage an Issue with Flood Insurance?

It can be.
Typically, homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover flood damage claims. Consequently, people who live in flood-prone areas get flood damage coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

For example, let’s say a severe storm resulted in heavy flooding in your area. Wind from the storm damages windows and doors. As a result, the wind drove the rain into your house, causing the rainwater to seep through the broken windows and/or doors.

Under those circumstances, the flood damage carrier may believe the water damage to your property is due to rainwater that entered your house because of the wind, not flooding. Accordingly, the carrier may deny your flood damage claim as a wind-driven rain damage claim.

If You Need a Public Adjuster for a Wind-Driven Rain Damage Claim, Call AllCity Adjusting

We are a family-owned claims company with five decades of combined adjusting experience. Consequently, if there’s one thing we understand, it’s that you need 100% of your claim value.
Insurance companies undervalue your claim 8 out of 10 times. They hire expensive claims adjusters to ensure they maintain a strong profit margin. Additionally, they have experienced actuaries that help their team of agents to challenge your insurance claim’s validity and value.
Of course, you have already gone through a tumultuous event. Therefore, get an agency that gets you more during the claims process.

If your insurance company tells you they denied your claim because it was a wind-driven rain damage claim, call us. First, we will review your policy. Next, we will review all the damage reports and see if wind-driven rain did, in fact, cause the damage. Then we will inspect your property to see if there was a pre-existing defect.

We will then negotiate a resolution most favorable to you.

At AllCity Adjusting we work to ensure you get 100% of your claim value. Indeed, with over 50 years of combined adjusting experience, we know insurance companies and understand where they cut corners. Moreover, we help you build a larger claim and maximize your claim value.
Lastly, we get you back to normal fast.

Don’t get fooled, get the company that gets you more. Call us today at 844.692.3587 or visit our website to find an office near you.

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Salvageable v. Non-Salvageable Property After a Fire

Salvageable v. Non-Salvageable Property After a Fire

If a fire has occurred at your home, your first concern, of course, is the safety of yourself and your family. However, depending on the extent of the fire damage, you will have to resolve the issue of salvageable v. non-salvageable property after a fire. Homeowners’ insurance protects your home itself (Dwelling Coverage) and its contents (Personal Property Coverage). High heat, smoke, and soot can cause extensive damage to your personal property, such as clothes, furniture, hardwood floors, and appliances. For instance, smoke damage causes fabrics, clothes, and soft goods to reek of the smell of smoke. Additionally, smoke and soot can discolor objects and reduce the life span of electronics and machinery. Consequently, you and your insurance company will have to determine which personal property is salvageable v. non-salvageable property after a fire.

Actual Cash Value v. Replacement Cost Value

Actual Cash Value v. Replacement Cost Value

Many homeowners never read their homeowners’ insurance policy. Then a covered loss, like a fire or hurricane, causes extensive damage to the home and contents. Of course, the homeowner files a claim with her insurance company. Eventually, the homeowner gets a claim settlement offer from the home insurance company. However, only then does the homeowner learn the difference between actual cash value v. replacement cost value coverage.

What is an Appraisal Clause in an Insurance Policy?

What is an Appraisal Clause in an Insurance Policy?

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Homeowners’ Property Damage Claim-Do You Need an Attorney?

Homeowners’ Property Damage Claim-Do You Need an Attorney?

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How to Negotiate a Fire Damage Insurance Claim

How to Negotiate a Fire Damage Insurance Claim

One of the most traumatic events experienced by homeowners is a fire in their homes. Certainly, the potential for serious injury can be significant. However, the relief that no one was harmed soon fades away as the reality of the property damage sinks in. Now, one key question for the homeowner will be how to negotiate a fire damage insurance claim settlement.

Insurance Claims for Poorly Installed Stucco

Insurance Claims for Poorly Installed Stucco

Stucco is a popular siding used on new developments, homes, and businesses since the early 1900s. Manufacturers make it of cement, limestone, and silica. In fact, it has become very popular in the last 20 years. However, when not installed properly, it can lead to several problems. Therefore, some homeowners will have to file insurance claims for poorly installed stucco.

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