What Is Service Line Coverage On A Homeowners Policy?
Large and mature tree roots can cause damage to underground utility lines and pipes.
What Is Service Line Coverage?
As a homeowner, you are responsible for the utility and service lines and pipes going from your home to the street or utility connection. Service lines are buried deep in your yard and include; water & sewage lines, gas lines, and electrical/power connections. Should any of these be damaged from a tree root or weather conditions, you are responsible for the repair and replacement these lines as the homeowner. Unless your homeowners policy adds service line coverage to your policy, this type of damage outside your home is not covered. You can also purchase this coverage directly from your local utility or water company. However, many times it is easier and more cost-effective to add the coverage to your homeowners insurance policy.
How Can Exterior Underground Utility, Water, and Sewer Lines Be Damaged?
If you have mature trees around your home, the tree roots can grow and damage the lines and pipes around your home, causing a backup of the water and sewage lines. To excavate and repair this damage, the cost can be upwards of $10,000. We have seen this type of damage happen in all types of homes; however, older homes with aging underground utility lines and pipes tend to be more susceptible. The seasonal weather changes can also make the lines and pipes more prone to damage.
How Much Does Underground Service and Utility Line Coverage Cost?
On average, the cost to add this coverage to your homeowners policy should be approximately $30 annually. The cost of the coverage is relatively inexpensive as opposed to the cost of repair should a utility line be damaged.
Is Service Line Coverage Worth It?
Should your exterior utility and service lines be damaged or back up, the cost to excavate and repair or replace an external underground utility and service line can cost $10,000 + depending on your property. The cost to add this coverage to your homeowners insurance policy is very inexpensive, and in our experience, we recommend you add service line coverage to your policy.
How Do I Add Service Line Coverage To My Homeowners Policy?
This is easy; you can contact your independent insurance agent or access your homeowners policy to add this coverage directly to your policy.
What If My Homeowners Policy Does Not Provide This Coverage?
If your homeowners policy does not provide service line coverage, you might be inclined to shop around for coverage. Rather than searching endless insurance companies online, you should contact an independent insurance agency such as The Overmyer Insurance Agency who works with many insurance companies and knows which companies offer service line coverage and will recommend the appropriate coverage for you.
Contact our agency at 908-476-8685 or our website to review your policy or if you have any questions.