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Food Lost During a Power Outage


If you have homeowners insurance, food that has to be thrown out during a power outage may be covered by your policy. Check with your insurance company to be sure. Some insurance policies will cover up to $500.00 per appliance if you provide a general list of what was lost and its replacement value.


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By Marna (Guest Post) 03/01/2007 Flag

Generally homeowners insurance has a $500 or more deductible so it'll be a wash and not worth filing a claim for.

Editors Note: I recently had this happen and my insurance company had a food replacement policy that was not part of the deductible. They covered up to $500 for a refrigerator and $500 for a freezer. It's worth checking with your insurance company.

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By Lewissan 40 232 03/01/2007 Flag

Food lost is exempt from the deductible for my insurance. So it's well worth looking into. All they needed was a broad list of items I had lost and the replacement cost.

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By (Guest Post) 03/02/2007 Flag

Thank you! I would have never thought of doing this!

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By Jeanne (Guest Post) 03/05/2007 Flag

After the hurricanes, we found that it really helped to take a snapshot of the spoiled food as we emptied the freezer and refrigerator as well as listing it.

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By Gina (Guest Post) 12/27/2008 Flag

I lost all my food and checked with my insurance company they said I had a 500 dollar deductible I had to pay.

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How do I make the best possible list of spoiled food from my fridge and freezer after a 26 hour power outage on a 42 degree C (107F) hot day? I need it for insurance claim purposes.

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By Frugal Sunnie 11 1,688 02/02/2012 Flag

Read through your policy to make sure you follow their rules in the policy for making claims; every company has different rules on what and how they allow claims. Some require receipts, some a spreadsheet, others just an estimated value.

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