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What Is the Average Cost of Water Mitigation Service?

Feeling overwhelmed after water damage.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?

A little preparation will help you get the answer. Start by arming yourself with information.

Call a reputable water damage restoration company at 1-888-443-3110. Because water damage can be elusive, most likely, they 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.

Then, a good water damage restoration 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.

This article will concentrate on the cost of this initial step.

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.

Factors to consider when calculating cost.

Of course, the size of the affected area will influence the cost of cleanup… the bigger the area, the bigger the bill.

The type of water involved will affect the cost as well. There are three categories of water.

Category one is clean water, and it’s 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.

*The cost to dry out water damage will vary by state and even at the county level.  Be sure to ask your technician during the inspection process.

The average price to dry a category one event is: $3.75 per square foot.

Category two refers to gray water. This kind of water damage event includes water from an appliance that may have cleaning agents or chemicals in it, such as a malfunctioning dishwasher or washing machine.

The average price to dry a category two event is: $4.50 per square foot.

Category three is black water. This refers to a backup of raw sewage or other toxins into your home. This water is dangerous. It’s obviously the most challenging of the three categories for health and safety reasons.

The average price to dry a category three event is: $7.00 per square foot.

Other factors affecting cost include the depth of any standing water left in your home. The National Flood Insurance Program estimates that if standing water reaches one to four inches, the average 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.

For most homeowners, the average cost of water mitigation—the eradication of the water—is $2,700.00. Remember, this is just step one in the water damage restoration process. The removal of water is followed by the sanitizing and deodorizing. Depending on the extent of the damage, rebuilding is the next step: replacing the flooring, for example, and structural elements of the premises: support beams, drywall, and banisters. Finally, new wood trim and a fresh coat of paint will make your house feel like your home again.

Does homeowners insurance cover the cost of water damage restoration?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 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.

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