Obtaining Business Insurance

Obtaining Business Insurance

Think of business insurance as the copper solder that fuses a plumbing joint together; if the joint leaks, there can be major ramifications. The same holds true with business insurance; if you don’t have the coverage that a backflow prevention contractor business really needs – you’ll watch those profits flow right down the drain. You personally cannot control or eliminate every potential risk that threatens your livelihood, but business insurance can provide the added protection against these risks … if you carry the right kinds.

Choosing the right policy with all of the appropriate coverages can be a challenge when you are a backflow contractor/technician. Bob Smart, commercial lines director of Compass Insurance in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, states: “Everybody wants to lump each backflow contractor/tester/tech into the plumbing category, when in fact they are not all plumbers; that was my point of contention with the insurance carriers. I explained to Hartford [insurance carrier] that the backflow techs test the backflow apparatus – then they make a report on the valve they tested or they repair or replace the valve. They are not going in and tearing out water lines or sewer lines.

“What Hartford did…was to cover these backflow techs under an engineering class because it’s obviously more about reports and paperwork,” he continues. “I had over 30 backflow techs insured through Hartford under this engineering