With over $20 billion in claims over the past 10 years, floods are the most costly natural disaster in the United States. Yet many real estate owners, from businesses to homeowners, often forgo the purchase of flood insurance when not required to by their mortgage company. Unless you live in a flood-prone area, the thought of your property flooding may not be top of mind. Unlike fires which can occur anywhere, or large storms such as hurricanes or blizzards, floods tend to take property owners by surprise. Flooding can be caused by a number of circumstances. In some instance, the primary

Practically every business depends on equipment to keep their operations running and revenues flowing. Equipment breakdown coverage insures all kinds of equipment types. Most common breakdown exposures include air conditioning systems, elevators, point of sale equipment, and more. Coverage can also be purchased for more complex machinery such green energy and telecommunications equipment to generators and even robots. In today’s digital world, equipment breakdowns are more common and have a higher risk. Equipment now contains fragile and delicate computer components which can easily get d

One of the most important coverages within your automobile insurance policy is for uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. In the United States, it is estimated 12.5 percent of drivers are uninsured. This is in light of all states requiring at least a minimum amount of coverage. As a way for individuals and business owners to protect themselves from these risks, insurance companies offer uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage, or UM & UIM for short. The additional coverage provides financial security when your fellow motorists do not abide your state laws or did not purchase

With an overactive hurricane season, 2017 brought devastation across the Gulf Coast and north along the Atlantic seaboard. The year saw a total of seventeen tropical storms, of which ten became hurricanes. Ending a 12-year span, where not one hurricane made landfall in the United States, hurricanes Harvey and Irma broke the streak and caused billions of dollars in property damage. They also left policyholders wondering how their deductibles would apply after the wind died down. The difference between a tropical storm and a hurricane is only a few miles per hour in wind speed. In the insu

For millions of years, mold has been a part of the environment. As mankind became more civilized, people became more concerned about the possible negative health effects of living with mold. In fact, the Bible even references mold as being “unclean.” Although we have been exposed to mold from the very beginning, the financial impact of mold contamination has increased dramatically in recent years. For anyone who owns, occupies, manages, maintains, or builds any type of structure, the risk of financial loss has significantly increased. What is Mold? Scientifically speaking, mold is

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