What Is the Average Cost of Water Mitigation Company Service?
In the aftermath of a water damage event, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Unless the damage is very minor, most homeowners aren’t equipped to tackle this kind of problem on their own. Your first question will probably be: How much is this going to cost me?
At Restoration Local we understand that cost is important to our customers. This is why we provide a FREE quote too all our customers at no obligation. If you have water damage don’t hesitate any longer and give us a call. We will provide a FREE Estimate to give you the exact cost of your water damage.
Although there are many factors that determine water damage restoration cost, most homeowners pay $2,700.00 for a water mitigation company to remove the water. The $2,700.00 is for the removal of the water only. Depending on the extent of the damage, rebuilding could cost much more. Rebuilding could include flooring, structural elements, drywall, banisters and paint. Below are some of the main factors that can adjust how much the water mitigation will cost.
Factors to Consider When Calculating Water Mitigation Cost
*water damage costs will vary by state and even at the county level. Be sure to ask your technician during the inspection process.
- Size of Affected Area: Of course, the size of the affected area will influence the cost of cleanup… the bigger the area, the bigger the bill. This includes the depth of the water and it’s spread.
- Time: The longer you wait to remove the water, the more time the water has to creep and soak into harder to
- Type of Water Involved: The type of water involved will affect the cost as well. There are three categories of water.
- Category One (clean water): Is the easiest to dry. Clean water is just that…clean, drinkable water. It refers to the water damage that occurs when a faucet or pipe that is a conduit for clean water leaks or bursts.
- Category Two (grey water): This kind of water includes water from appliances that may have cleaning agents or chemicals in it such as a malfunctioning dishwater or washing machine.
- Category three (black water): This refers to a backup of raw sewage or other toxins into your home. Any water containing waste is dangerous and requires special equipment and process to remove which might increase the cost of restoration.
Water Mitigation Cost by Depth:
Depth of the water plays a significant role in determining this cost. The National Flood Insurance Program estimates that if standing water reaches one to four inches, the average water damage cleanup cost is $7,800.00. If your interior flood level is nine to twelve inches, you’ll be looking at a bill of almost $19,000.00. At eighteen inches of water, you can expect to pay over $26,000.00. (4in=$7,800.00 | 12in=$19,000.00 | 18in=$26,000.00).
Water Damage Cost By Water Category
- Category One (Clean Water): The average price to dry a category one event is: $3.75 per square foot.
- Category Two (Grey Water): The average price to dry a category two event is: $4.50 per square foot.
- Category Three (Black Water): The average price to dry a category three event is: $7.00 per square foot.
The good news is that homeowners’ insurance sometimes covers the cost, even if you don’t have flood insurance. There generally remain two caveats here, however.
First, since time is of the essence, don’t delay. Postponing the cleanup, even by a day, can add to the end cost. Water damage is an ongoing event. It spreads. It hides. It corrodes and corrupts building materials, both those that are seen and those that are unseen. Materials such as wood, plaster, insulation, and drywall are all at risk for dry rot. In addition, water plus air, when combined at a certain temperature, promotes mold growth. Then you’ve got another serious problem to deal with. Mold infestation requires trained cleanup technicians with industry-approved safety gear. This is why insurance companies want to be reassured that the water eradication process begins quickly.
Second, most insurance policies require homeowners to take timely action to minimize secondary, or further, damage to the premises. For example, if you can, remove affected furniture, clothing, or books immediately. This preventative action will help put a halt to further damage.
If you’re unsure what your insurance covers, check your homeowner’s insurance policy carefully or call your insurance agent.
Your water damage restoration expert can explain these steps in greater detail. For a free water damage estimate and inspection, call us 24/7 at 1-888-443-3110.
It’s no fun sustaining a water damage event, but there’s information out there and water damage restoration companies that will help you get your life back to normal.
Because water damage can be elusive, the water mitigation company may not be able to give you an estimate over the phone. There are many variables covering all sorts of water damage events, so they need to see what you’re dealing with. You’ll need to schedule a free estimate as soon as possible. After they inspect the premises, they’ll be able to give you a general estimate. That estimate may be broken down into parts. If it isn’t, feel free to ask for more details.
A good water damage mitigation company will explain the steps needed to get your house back to normal. Typically, there are several steps that need to be followed to restore your home to its pristine condition. You’re right if you already guessed that the first step is to get the water out. This is called water mitigation or water eradication. It is not the whole story, however, but it is step one.
The most important factor is time. Water damage acts like a chain reaction. The sooner you can interrupt that chain and halt the damage being done by the water, the better. In other words, the faster the premises are dried, the lower your overall cost will be. Then, even after the drying process has begun, moisture can still cause damage. Water, by its nature, is drawn into other areas during the drying process. Drying time varies depending on several factors, most of which you have no control over. Weather plays a part. Outside air temperatures and humidity levels will affect the drying time needed. Then, too, some materials dry faster than others. For example, drywall dries faster than plaster. That’s why you may want to opt for a company that uses industrial-sized pumps and fans.