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Does Builder’s Risk Insurance Protect Construction?

Any builder or contractor knows about the risk exposure in the construction business. It’s essential for those in the industry to purchase Builder’s Risk Insurance because this policy can protect from losses and damages, including:

  • Building collapse
  • Damage from a fire
  • Vandalism or malicious mischief
  • Damage from water, snow or ice
  • Building material pilfering

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Builder’s Risk Claim Scenarios

  • A home was being built In the center of a prairie where the land grade sloped toward a construction site. While the roof had already been completed, the gutters and downspouts were not yet in place. Unfortunately, there was a month’s duration of heavy downpour. The rainwater gathered about the home’s foundation, causing a basement wall collapse. The ensuing repair work caused a month’s interruption in the construction, plus further expenses.

  • Employed as a general contractor, a policyholder worked on a three-story office building that was already undergoing construction. While a sub-contractor busied himself with welding a staircase leading to the roof, a spark from the torch he was using flared up, causing a fire. There was much roof, sheetrock, insulated ductwork and heating unit fire damage, as well as some water damage following the firemen’s water-drenching fire-quenching techniques.

 

  • A construction company worked on building three homes at one site. The corner home with a finished basement was to go up for purchase within two weeks. Earlier in the day, a subcontracting plumber had put in a fire hydrant at the location. No one was prepared for the emergency complaint the company received in the evening: there was a flood at the construction site. It appeared as if the plumber had failed to utilize the correct retainer to secure the hydrant because the cap became loose and let out 40,000 gallons of water. Each of the three homes now had four to six inches basement water flooding. The finished house incurred added damage to basement fixtures and carpeting.

  • A home under construction on a vacant lot was almost complete. All it needed was window installation. Then, a clandestine night theft occurred: two ovens, three refrigerators, a water meter, copper pipes, and two gas-fired boilers! In addition to this theft, there was damage to the basement steel door that the thieves had broken through, as well as to parts of the interior walls. All this resulted in a two-week postponement of the home’s sale.

  • A building was just about to be completed. Even though the door and window locks secured the property, vandals managed to break through a second floor window pane by hurling a fire hydrant cover at it and shattering the glass. The fire hydrant also damaged the second story floor-tiles.

For more information about coverage features and associated insurance quotes, contact an experienced independent insurance agency.

 

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Summary: From laying the foundation to the finished building product, a construction project is vulnerable to risks. A tailored Builder’s Risk Insurance policy will provide the protection from all sorts of losses and damages.  


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