Swimming Pool Maintenance

A Swimming Pool Maintenance Company has unique risks only the right insurance can take care of

A Swimming Pool Maintenance Companies are fairly unique businesses that exist within a specific niche. Because of the specialization of this niche, there are unique risks that only small businesses within this industry face. Businesses within this industry help clients maintain a cleanly and healthy pool environment during the warmer months of the year. The local lifeguard might be able to put chemicals in the water on a regular basis, but service technicians are trained professionals who can fix problems that exist among all types of swimming pool facilities. This expertise brings about a tremendous amount of risk that a business needs to be protected from. Here are ten types of insurance all Swimming Pool Maintenance Companies should consider.

Outdoor Pool near a beach setting displaying the need for a Swimming Pool Maintenance Company.

General Liability Insurance

General Liability Insurance is designed to cover basic property damage and bodily injury claims that your business may be liable for to third parties. It provides broad liability coverage for both personal injuries and property damage that occurs as a result of the actions of your business. Some common claims include advertising errors, libel, slander, defamation, as well as common slips, trips, and falls caused by your employees. It is important to remember that general liability insurance is not all encompassing. There are exclusions included in all general liability policies and there are additional coverages needed by nearly all swimming pool maintenance companies.

Workers Compensation

For purposes of Workers Compensation, a Swimming Pool Maintenance Company is given NCCI Class Code 9014. In most states, workers compensation is required by law for most businesses who have employees. There are some states who have exclusions based upon the size and structure of your business. even if your business is allowed to not carry coverage, it is not a wise decision to go without coverage if you have employees. Workers Compensation Insurance provides medical benefits and some lost wages to employees when they are hurt on the job. A business benefits from not being able to be sued for most employee injuries that occur as a part of normal business operations.

Lap Swimming Pool

Commercial Property

No matter if your business owns or rents a property, you need to secure some form of commercial property insurance in order to protect your business from property damage. Commercial property insurance protects your businesses physical assets from risks including fire, explosions, bursting pipes, hail storms, tornadoes, theft, and even vandalism. Natural disasters including hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods commonly are not covered by this coverage. These perils are typically not covered unless added to the policy. Commercial property insurance also covers most things inside your property including:  computers, furniture, equipment, exterior signs, fencing, landscaping, important documents, and inventory.

Commercial Auto Insurance

A Commercial Auto Insurance Policy is needed for a swimming pool maintenance company if they have any employees who operate a motor vehicle while on the job. Some form of commercial auto insurance policy is needed by a business regardless of whether the vehicles are owned or leased by the business. If the automobiles are owned, a traditional commercial auto policy will suffice. If a business has employees who use their personal vehicles, the business needs to secure a Hired and Non-Owned Auto Insurance Policy. This type of policy will also need to be secured if a business has employees who operate rented vehicles while on the job.

Inland Marine Coverage

Inland Marine Insurance is designed for equipment that is frequently in transit or stored at a third party location. If a business uses a trailor to transport equipment to a clients location, the trailor and all of the equipment loaded on the trailor are not covered by the businesses commercial auto insurance policy. This is why an inland marine insurance is necessary. This policy is best to be added to a suite of policies in order to avoid gaps in coverage.

Indoor swimming facilities need the specialization of a Swimming Pool Maintenance Company.

Cyber Insurance

If a swimming pool maintenance business accepts credit and debit cards as a form of payment, it needs to consider some form of cyber insurance. This is especially true if any of the information is stored for any period of time. Data Breaches are becoming more prevalent and small businesses are a prime target as most enterprise level businesses have put in place adequate cyber security measures. Cyber Insurance is almost always sold in a package of two policies. One deals with the first party damages to the business and the other deals with the third party liability a business faces to third parties damage as a result of a data breach.

Business Income and Extra Expense

Business Income and Extra Expense Coverage helps cover the cost of lost income a business experiences when it has to be closed for a period of time after a covered loss. The key to the policy is that the underlying claim has to be a covered loss. If a business is closed due to an earthquake and the proper insurance was not in place, this coverage will not be activated. This coverage can be used if the business is entirely closed or the normal business operations are interrupted.  In many instances, this coverage is the difference between a business being closed for a short time period and never opening the doors of the business again.

Surety Bond

A Surety Bond is an agreement between three parties, The three parties involved include the swimming pool maintenance company, the client, and the insurance company. The agreement insures the insurance company will pay your client an agreed upon amount if the business cannot deliver up to the standards of the contract. Many times a bond is required as part of a contractual agreement. The difference between a bond and a insurance policy is that the business is required to pay the insurance company back instead of just a deductible. Not all businesses are eligible for a bond depending upon the insurance carrier they are partnering with. Carriers prefer to offer bonds to established companies with a clean claims history.

Lifeguard Ring left out for the Swimming Pool Maintenance Company to clean up.

Umbrella Insurance

An Umbrella Insurance Policy is a cost effective way to ad to the limits of any existing policies. the way an umbrella policy works is that it will kick in only when the limits of another covered loss have been met. Take for example is a commercial property insurance policy has a limit of $500,000 on a property that is worth $400,000. There are additional cost associated with cleanup and removal of all debris. Also, there may be new ordinance or laws that are required int he state, county, or city that were not existent when the property was previously built. In order to bring the new building up to code, the cost of the new property may exceed the $500,000 of the commercial property insurance policy. In this case an Umbrella Policy would kick in to cover the additional costs up to the limits of the Umbrella Policy.

Business Owner’s Package (BOP)

A BOP is a suite of insurance policies designed for a specific industry and they are created to save a business money while preventing any gaps in coverage. Insurance carriers have decades worth of claims data to determine what types of claims certain businesses within certain industries are likely to face. Because of this information, carriers design a recommend package of policies for businesses within a particular industry and a specific classification code. Partnering with an independent insurance agent is a great way to determine which package of products is best for your business.

Chimney Cleaning

Chimney Cleaning is part of NCCI Classification Code 9014

The Chimney Cleaning Industry for purposes of workers compensation is given NCCI Classification Code 9014. This industry has many unique exposures unique to just this industry. Some common types of claims for businesses in the chimney cleaning industry include: client property damage, damage to your specialized equipment while out on a job, an employee causing a car accident while on the job, and stolen supplies or equipment. Because of these risks it is important to get an insurance package that is right for each individual business. Here are five insurance policies all chimney cleaning businesses should consider in order to protect the business properly.

Old Home with a Large Chimney.

General Liability Insurance

General Liability Insurance will cover a business for normal insurance claims that arise from the business of cleaning, repairing, and installing chimneys. This type of insurance will cover a business in the event an employee damages a client’s roof, chimney, or other property. It will also cover the cost of a lawsuit that arises up to the limits of the policy. These legal costs can be incurred because of a third party lawsuit related to property damage, bodily injuries, and even advertising injuries. The important part to remember in relation to general liability insurance is that it is not all encompassing. There are additional policies nearly all chimney cleaning companies need to secure.

Black and White Photo of a man cleaning a chimney. Commercial Property

Commercial Property Insurance is needed by a chimney cleaning business only if they operate a physical location. This includes a facility a business rents and it may impact the business owner’s homeowner’s policy if the business operates out of the owners house. Common claims related to commercial property insurance include fire, theft and natural disaster.

Commercial Auto Insurance

Commercial Auto Insurance for a chimney cleaning business is needed by any business who has an employee drive a car as part of their work. This is the case whether the employee is driving a car the business owns, a rented vehicle, their personal car, or even if the owner is driving their personal vehicle for work. If the business owns the vehicle being used for work, a traditional commercial auto insurance policy is the correct policy. If the business has employees who drive their personal vehicle or a rented vehicle, the business will need to include an additional hired and non owned auto insurance policy. This will cover the liability the business faces to third parties for accidents that occur because of the actions of the employee while on the clock.

Laborer who works for a Chimney Cleaning Company. Umbrella

An Umbrella Insurance Policy is a affordable way to add to the limits of other existing policies. An Umbrella Policy kicks in only when the limits of the underlying policy are met and it only kicks in on loss that are covered by another underlying policy. If the claim is not covered, an umbrella policy will not kick in in place of the missing policy.

BOP Insurance

A Business Owner’s Policy allows a business to bundle all policies together in to one package. This is beneficial to the business for two main reasons. First, it prevents any gaps in coverage from occurring. A gap in coverage is when a claim occurs where two policies associated with the claim have exclusions related to the particular claim in question. When a business bundles all policies together in a BOP is beneficial to a business is because carriers are more likely to dig deep for additional credits and discounts when they know a business is purchasing multiple coverages. These two benefits make sure a business gets comprehensive coverage at rock bottom rates.

 

Exterminator

6 Insurance Policies an Exterminator Should Secure

An Exterminator is someone whose occupation is primarily the extermination of troublesome rodents and insects. They attempt to rid a property of multiple types of insects for both personal residents and commercial dwellings. For purposes of workers compensation insurance exterminators are classification code 9014. Because the essence of an exterminator business is keeping unhealthy critters out of people’s lives. With this business, comes an enormous amount of risk. Here are six types of insurance all exterminator businesses should consider securing.

Exterminator

General Liability

General Liability Insurance is designed to cover basic liability a business faces to outside third parties. It covers common slips, trips, and falls that occur because of the actions of your exterminator business. It is crucial to remember the policy is not all encompassing. There are several types of liability that are not covered within a general liability policy. For this reason, it is important to partner with an independent insurance agent to make sure your business covers all risks.

Workers Compensation

Workers Compensation Insurance is required by law for most businesses in most states. Some states have exceptions for businesses depending upon industry, revenue, and number of employees. Even if your business is not legally required to carry coverage, it is usually in your best interest to secure coverage. Workers Comp covers employees when they are injured for medical costs and some lost wages when they are hurt and not able to work. It covers the business in the form of not having to risk being sued when an employee is hurt within normal business operations.

Professional Liability

Professional Liability Insurance will protect an exterminator business from the expert advice and services it offers. If an exterminator overlooks termite damage or misapplies a chemical, the business may be liable to damages resulting from those mistakes. Without professional liability in place, these are damages the business is liable for if a lawsuit is brought by a third party.

Pollution Liability

Pollution Liability Insurance is offered on either a claims made or occurrence basis. This means a Claims Made Policy covers insurance claims based upon the time period the claim was filed. An Occurrence Policy covers a company based upon when the claim occurred.  Pollution Liability provides coverage for third party bodily injury, property damage, defense, cleanup, and related defense costs as a result of pollution conditions.

Commercial Auto

If an exterminator business has employees who drive from location to location as a part of their job, some form of commercial auto insurance is necessary. If the business owns the vehicles being used, a standard commercial auto policy is all that is necessary. If the business has employees who use leased vehicles or their own personal vehicles, a hired and non-owned auto insurance policy should be added to the businesses Business Owner’s Package (BOP).

Umbrella Coverage

Umbrella Insurance is a cost effective way to ad to the limits of existing policies. The key portion of this policy for business owners to remember is that an Umbrella Insurance Policy only kicks in if the underlying claim is covered. This means that if a business has property damage that is covered by an in place commercial property policy and the damages are larger than limits of the policy, the umbrella policy will cover the additional damages up to the limits of umbrella policy. For this reason, it is a good idea to have an umbrella policy added to a business owner’s package.

Pet Services

Pet Sitting, Pet Waste Removal Services, and Dog Walking Companies 

There are many types of businesses related to pet services. Pet services companies all have unique risks that need to be protected. Not all insurance packages are created equal and it is important for packages in this industry to be designed specifically for each individual business. In today’s busy world, many pet owners do not have enough time to both play with their pet and also care for the dogs many needs. Some pet owners simply don’t want to deal with grooming and waste removal. Depending upon what services your business offers, the business can create an enormous amount of liability concerns. In order to properly insure your business, it is important to take an adequate amount of time to determine exactly what type and amount of insurance your business should secure. Here are three types of companies who are included in Class Code 9014, four tips to remember when purchasing coverage, and five types of coverage businesses in this industry need to secure.

Dog running along a trail.

Pet Sitting

Pet Sitting businesses are booming in many metro areas throughout the United States. Some provide services to walk a dog during the day while a person is at work, but most specialize in offering services for when a pet owner is away on vacation. Many pet owners like the idea of leaving their dog at home in a familiar setting as opposed to a boarding house.

Pet Waster Removal Services

Pet waste removal services help customers when they need one time cleanings or ongoing periodic cleanings. Some people may want cleanings when they buy a new property that has been used by a pet owner. Most customers are regular ongoing customers who have both indoor and outdoor pets and the pet owners need periodic deep cleanings.

Dog Walking Companies

Unlike pet sitting companies, dog walking companies specialize primarily on walking a dog during the day when a pet owner is away at work. As people work more hours and metro commutes get even longer, these services are needed by more pet owners.

Pet Services Companies include companies that walk dogs during the day or when pet owners are away on vacation.

How Pet Services Companies save on Insurance?

Partner with an Independent Agent

Partnering with an Independent Agent is one of the best ways to secure insurance for your business. This is because an independent agent is not connected to any one insurance carrier. An independent agent sells the products and services of many carriers. Because of this independence, an independent agent can tell you the positives and negatives of each policy and each carrier. A captive agent sells the products of only one carrier and they are only able to tell you the positives of that one carrier. In the long run this will get your business better coverage at a lower price.

Communicate Long and Honestly With Your Agent

It is important to speak long and honestly with your independent insurance agent. No one knows your business as well as you do and because of that it is important to talk about the ins and outs of your business with your agent. It is equally important to express to them your level of comfort with risk and what you value in a relationship with your insurance agent. Remember, your agent speaks with many people from many different walks of life throughout the day.  not all of those business owners value the same things in an insurance relationship as you do. Tell them what you value and set expectations on the front end in order to prevent many headaches down the road.

Shop Around Your Policy

It is important to shop around your policy periodically. It is not a good idea to switch carriers each year based on a slight drop in price, but it is important to make sure your carrier is competitive with the marketplace. Establishing a long term relationship with your carrier is important because when you experience a year when you have a severe claim or a large number of small claims. If you have purchased insurance from a carrier multiple times, they are more likely to work with you on premium after you have a bad year claims wise. At the same time, it is important to make sure your business is getting a fair price on premium.

Create a Safety Plan

A Safety Program can have an immense amount of impact on a businesses experience modification rating. This rating is the single most impactful aspect of what a carrier looks at when they are determining what to charge a business for commercial insurance. Setting a safety program for your organization can keep the frequency and severity of claims low. This will have a positive impact on what you pay for insurance.

What Insurance should a Pet Services Company Secure?

General Liability

General Liability Insurance is required by law for most business in most states. General liability covers the basic liability a business faces to third parties who are damaged by the actions of the business. This coverage is not all encompassing and it is important to speak with your agent to determine what it does and does not cover. When having this conversation, your agent should be able to help you determine what additional coverages your business needs.

Workers Comp

Workers Compensation Insurance is also required by law by most businesses in most states across the United States. There are some exceptions in each state depending upon the industry a business operates in, the state you operate, the number of employees, and revenue of a business. Workers comp covers a business for injuries that occur to employees on the job. It is referred to as the ‘Exclusive Remedy’ because it provides wage replacement and medical expenses to injured employees while businesses get the peace of mind that they cannot be sued for injuries that occur because of normal business operations.

Lost Key Liability

Lost Key Insurance covers a business who is responsible for keeping up with the keys of another person or businesses property. This coverage will pay to replace the locks of a client if you or an employee lose their keys. One thing to remember is that this coverage is specifically for the replacing of locks, but not other losses that occur because of the lost keys. For instance, if an employee losses a key and is forced to leave a clients property unlocked over night. This coverage will not cover losses that occur if the residence is broken in to over night and possessions are stolen. Also, lost key coverage does not cover criminal activity, like if your employee intentionally takes a key or has a copy made while in possession of the key.

Animal Bailee

Animal Bailee coverage provides covers your business in the event you are held legally liable for injuries or damages sustained by an animal in your care. It also can include a business personal property extension which covers loss and destruction of your property by others’ animals under your care. The bodile injuries that can occur to the pet may occur from fire, wind, theft, escape, flood, vandalism, and attack from other animals. It is important to speak with your agent about the specifics of your particular policy. Each carrier has their own exceptions to each policy. Some common exclusions include:  any criminal or dishonest acts by you or your employees,  theft of animals left in vehicles overnight, sickness, disease or natural causes, or neglect to use all reasonable means to save and preserve the pets.

Commercial Property

Commercial Property insurance is needed if you have a facility where you care for pets, but also if you use your residence for business purposes. Many claims that could arise while doing business are not covered under a personal home owner’s policy. Therefore, it is necessary to secure a commercial property insurance policy in order to properly protect the facility you are operating.

NCCI Workers Compensation Class Code 9014

Let’s Break Down NCCI Workers Comp Class Code 9014

NCCI class code 9014, like most workers comp class codes, includes many different operations.  NCCI stand for the National Council on Compensation Insurance.  It is the main governing body for workers comp codes.  These classification codes generally include a variety of operations.  The classification manual from NCCI is written to include specific operations. It is called the Scopes Manual.   Over time, additional operations are added to each individual classification code.

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Commercial janitorial services is the primary operation contemplated by NCCI class code 9014. Janitorial Services are specifically defined as keeping a building clean.  The businesses do this by routine dusting; mopping, vacuuming, waxing, or polishing floors.  The janitorial businesses also empty trash; clean and wash interior walls; clean, sanitize, and deodorize restrooms.   Office cleaning companies are the easiest operations to get insured (at the most favorable pricing).  It is reasonably easy to get favorable workers comp insurance for commercial janitorial companies.  Especially commercial janitorial companies that clean at retail and other light commercial spaces. It is difficult to get workers compensation insurance for commercial janitorial companies which specialize in cleaning at industrial settings.  Industrial settings frequently lead to the business having to purchase coverage from the state’s assigned risk provider.

Difficult Operations to Quote For Code 9014

Favorable workers comp insurance is more difficult to get for certain operations. For typical commercial janitorial companies, the NCCI class code 9014 allows for maintenance and minor repair work. Most insurance carriers will allow up to 10% of operations to fall into this arena. Floor waxing is another operation which underwriters consider. Some carriers allow as much as 25% of the business activity to be floor waxing.  If it is this amount or less the carrier will still quote accounts. Power washing is disfavored, and most carriers will decline to quote companies offering power washing.  Although it is an operation included in code 9014, at least if performed at ground level.

Code 9014 allows for residential cleaning if it is less than 50% of operations. A different workers comp class code is used for primarily cleaning companies.  That code is  0917. However, the majority of workers comp carriers will decline any account which does any residential cleaning as it is a less controlled work environment.   With that said, at least in some states, The Hartford will still quote commercial janitorial companies with some level of residential cleaning.  Having several years in business is generally an eligibility requirement in this case.

Insurance carriers favor interior operations over exterior operations.  A small amount of exterior operations can be allowed, but work from heights or power washing usually lead to declines from insurance carriers.  NCCI class code 9014 allows for ground level window cleaning.  Class code 9170 must be used for businesses that partake in any window washing above ground level.  This is much more difficult to get quoted by insurance carriers.

Other operations which are included in NCCI workers comp code 9014 include:

Exterminators

Some carriers will offer coverage to these businesses, but many will not.  If there is any live animal trapping provided in services almost all of the insurance carriers will refuse to provide workers comp insurance.

Chimney Cleaning

This function is acceptable to most insurance carriers if the service is performed using the vacuum suction method at ground level.  If the service includes work at heights for any employees, it becomes much more difficult to find a carrier who will quote workers comp coverage.

Residential Boiler Cleaning

This type of service frequently involves using vacuum suction equipment.  Any work involving boilers is difficult to get quoted by nearly all insurance carriers.

Swimming Pool Maintenance

A few carriers will quote swimming pool maintenance companies.  When the swimming pool maintenance company adds construction to their list of business operations, it becomes much more difficult to find a carrier willing to quote the business.

Pet Waste Removal Services

Pet waste removal businesses need to have sufficient payroll to find many carriers willing to quote coverage.  There is a small possibility to get this quoted by carriers on the voluntary market.

There are many different operations that can be included in NCCI Class Code 9014.  Especially for purposes of workers comp.