THE COST OF WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION
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The Cost of Water Damage Restoration
The number one question after a water damage event is how much is this going to cost. While you are likely worried about the cost of water mitigation, the damage will only get worse if you delay cleanup and restoration. In order to understand the cost of water damage restoration, you need to understand the factors that determine the price.
The Average Cost of Water Damage Restoration
- Category 1 Clean Water: $3.75 per square foot
- Category 2 Gray Water: $4.50 per square foot
- Category 3 Black Water: $7.00 per square foot
Again, there are a number of factors that impact the total cost of restoration and these are rough estimates. Also, your insurance is likely to cover damage caused by a sudden and accidental water event.
If you are looking to limit the price of water damage repairs, act quickly to start water damage cleanup. The longer you delay, the more likely the cost of cleanup and restoration will go up.
Factors that Impact the Cost of Water Mitigation and Water Damage Restoration
Unfortunately, water damage restoration isn’t like picking out a new pair of shoes. In addition to the labor rate, there are a number of different factors that go into determining the cost of water damage restoration.
Source of the Water
The cost of repairing the cause of the water will vary depending on the materials involved. Replacing a piece of pipe is likely to be cheaper than replacing your hot water heater.
Amount of WaterExtracting and restoring a space after a small water leak is less expensive than a huge flood. The volume of water is usually directly related to the extent of the damage.
Size of the Area AffectedThe size of the area is usually directly related to the cost of water damage restoration. A basement flood is usually more expensive to clean up and restore than a dishwasher flood contained just the kitchen.
Category of WaterWater is categorized by the level of contaminants it contains. Clean water is low risk, while grey water and black water are more dangerous and costly to clean up.
Length of TimeThe longer water sits in a given space, the greater the damage. Items may only need to be dried if work begins within a few hours, but the same materials will need to be replaced it the water sat for days.
Type of Materials InvolvedThe items and materials involved will impact the cost. An unfinished basement with just a few cardboard boxes is usually less expensive to restore than a basement with a home theater system.
Level of AccessibilityCertain spaces are more difficult to access than others, making them more difficult to clean and dry than others. For example, it’s much easier to access a kitchen than a crawlspace.
If Mold Removal is NecessaryThe category of water and the length of time the water sat can contribute to mold growth. If mold removal is necessary, the cost of cleanup will likely be higher.
Amount of ReconstructionExtracting and drying the water, then removing the damaged materials will be cheaper than having new drywall and carpeting installed. Additionally, you may choose to remodel the space as well.
Understand How Each Factor Affects the Cost of Water Damage Restoration
Each one of the factors plays a role in the price of water mitigation. Depending on the circumstances, they may decrease or increase the total cost.
Source of Water
Every water damage event starts with a source. The source of the water could include both malfunctioning plumbing fixtures as well as nature. When it comes to a plumbing problem, there is likely a repair cost involved.
For example, replacing a hot water tank is more expensive than repairing a burst pipe. In addition to just the repair costs, the location of the plumbing fixture also affects the cost of water damage restoration.
A burst pipe in an unfinished basement is less expensive to repair than a burst pipe in a wall on the second floor. The burst pipe in the second-floor wall is also likely to cause greater damage, potentially impacting drywall, flooring, and cabinets.
When it comes to water damage caused by nature, there are different considerations. Storms can damage the exterior of your properly, allowing rainwater in. Heavy rains and flood can cause sewage backups.
Storms and other natural events may require structural repairs to prevent further damage. In the case of flooding or sewage backups, you may also consider installing a sump pump or backwater valve.
Amount of Water
While a malfunctioning dishwater may only leak a few gallons of water, a burst pipe has the potential to release hundreds, if not thousands, of gallons of water. As the amount of water involved increases, it’s likely that the cost of water damage restoration will as well.
Regardless of the source, as water does two things as it enters your property. First, it will spread as far as it can horizontally until it reaches some type of barricade. This includes a wall, cabinet, or door that holds it back.
Once water has spread as far horizontally as can, it will begin to fill up vertically. As it gets deeper, it can damage walls, cabinets, and appliances. If it gets deep enough, it can even short out your electrical outlets.
Size of Area
Like the amount of water, the size of the area also impacts the price of water damage restoration. Again, water will first fill horizontally then vertically. The larger the area, the lower the overall water level. In some cases, this can actually lower the cost of restoration. However, larger areas and large volumes of water or sewage can cause significant damage and higher restoration costs.
Category of Water
Water is classified into three categories that outline their potential health risks.
- Category 1: Clean water that poses no immediate health risk.
- Category 2: Grey water that contains chemical, biological, or physical contaminants that pose a slight health risk.
- Category 3: Black water is grossly unsanitary and likely to cause significant health risks.
As water sits, the chances of it becoming contaminated increases. Over time, clean water will become grey water and grey water will become black water. For that reason, it’s important to being water damage cleanup and restoration as quickly as possible.
When it comes to the cost of water damage restoration, the category of water impacts the cleanup process. While it may be possible to dry out materials affected by clean water, those same materials will need to be replaced if the water is grey or black.
Cleanup of grey and black water requires additional safety precautions to prevent contaminating other materials in your home. Restoration professionals also need to take extra precautions to keep them from getting sick.
Length of Time
The length of time that materials are exposed to water impacts both the level of damage and the cost of water damage restoration. The sooner that water mitigation begins, the lower the cost of water damage restoration. Plus, it’s more likely that carpeting, drywall, cabinets, and furniture can be dried and salvaged.
However, the longer those items sit in the water, the greater the damage. Drywall will eventually begin wicking water up the wall. Wood will absorb water and warp or sag. Carpeting will start to fall apart. The damage will continue to increase the longer that materials are affected, which will drive up the cost of water damage restoration.
Type of Materials Involved
From laminate flooring to ceiling tile, every material has limitations. Each has a different level of water resistance and some are easier to dry than others. In some cases, replacing that material is the only option.
While a section of drywall is relatively resistant to water and somewhat easy to dry, cabinets made of particle board are likely to absorb water quickly and usually require replacement. Drying instead of replacing a certain material plays a role in water damage restoration costs.
Level of Accessibility
Extracting and drying water can be more difficult in some areas. For example, extracting water from a bathroom is easier than from an attic. Confined or difficult to access areas like a crawl space and attic requires special techniques and equipment.
Some areas are too confined for traditional equipment or inaccessible to the technician, which makes extracting and drying water more difficult. These situations may require special equipment and, in rare cases, it may be necessary to dismantle portions of your property to access them.
If Mold Removal is Necessary
Both the category of the water and the length of time the water sat can lead to mold growth. If mold removal is needed, additional precautions need to be taken to prevent contaminating other surfaces which can increase the cost of water damage restoration.
Not only will mold removal take longer, but it’s also likely additional materials will need to be replaced. This may include removing additional drywall, wall studs, subflooring, or cabinets. Once those materials are removed, the area also needs to be cleaned and disinfected to prevent a recurrence.
Amount of Reconstruction
The amount of reconstruction or remodeling required will also impact the cost of water damage restoration. Hanging drywall, installing carpeting, and refinished hardwood floors each come with their own cost.
Depending on the extent of the water damage, it may be necessary to completely replace all of the major elements in the room. Some property owners also choose this time to remodel the space, which may also increase water mitigation costs.
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Why Estimates Over the Phone are Inaccurate
Considering all of the factors that determine the cost of water damage restoration, it’s impossible to provide an estimate without surveying the situation. Any estimate for water mitigation services you receive over the phone will be inaccurate at best.
For that reason, the restoration contractors in the Restoration Local do not provide estimates over the phone. Instead, they offer a free assessment of the property and no-obligation estimate. This ensures something isn’t overlooked that could lead to further water damage or a mold problem in the future.
Our water damage restoration contractors will be ready to being work once you review and sign off on the estimate. Additionally, you can discuss all of your options for water mitigation including restoration and remodeling.
How to Get the Best Price on Water Damage Restoration
While you may be tempted to call around to a few dozen companies looking for the best price, the simple truth is that most water mitigation and restoration contractors use the same pricing software. Calling around is less likely to save you money than it is to cause more damage.
If you really want the best water damage restoration price, call a professional at the first sign of water damage. The technician will be able to stop the flow of water and begin extraction quickly. This will limit the contact time, preventing some materials from soaking up water.
Because time is critical to limiting the cost of water damage restoration, Restoration Local offers 30-minute response and 24-hour emergency service. Call 1-888-443-3110 now for water mitigation and restoration services.
Why Location Isn’t a Factor In the Price
Many people assume that location is an important factor in the overall cost of water mitigation and cleanup. The common misconception is that a restoration company in your immediate area will offer a more competitive rate.
The truth is that most restoration companies don’t factor location into their estimates. Water damage restoration is a specialty industry and most restoration companies will service an entire county or several counties.
Since most restoration companies offer 24-hour emergency services, technicians will take their trucks home. The company may be located in the next town over, but the technician could live in a development just down the street.
Understanding What Your Insurance Will Cover
Most standard insurance policies will cover water damage caused by any sudden and accidental event. This usually includes toilet overflows, water supply line issues, and hot water tank failures. However, floods and water damage caused by hurricanes typically are not covered.
Our water damage restoration contractors are experienced in working with insurance companies and claims adjusters. If you are unsure about what is covered by your policy, we can call them together to ensure you don’t say something that could result in your claim being denied.
Steps to Take While Waiting for a Water Damage Restoration Contractor
Once you’ve called a restoration professional, there are a few steps you can take to limit the damage and lower the cost of water mitigation services.
Secure Children and Pets
Depending on the category of water, it could be hazardous to your health.
Shut Off the Power
If the level of water is getting close to electrical outlets, you should shut off the power to prevent electrocution and electrical fires.
Move Your Possessions
From throw rugs to furniture, begin moving items that could be damaged. This includes heirlooms, artwork, and keepsakes.
Take Down Draperies
If you have curtains, sheers, or draperies, take them down and move them to a dry space to prevent damage.
Bail Out the Water
Use a mop, bucket, or towers to remove as much water as possible.
Understanding the Restoration Process
Every water damage event is different, which impacts the overall restoration process. While the process for water damage restoration in your situation may differ slightly, the basic water mitigation process is as follows:
- Perform a free assessment of the water damage on site. This includes a thorough evaluation of the damage and providing a detailed written estimate.
- Extract the standing water using pumps or vacuums, then dry your property using dehumidifiers and air movers.
- Remove and restore your possessions, including furniture and personal items.
- Decontaminate and deodorize the affected area using antimicrobial treatments, ozone machines, air scrubbers, and fogging equipment.
- Rebuild the affected area, restoring your home to its original state or even remodeling it.
The Average Water Damage Restoration Cost By State
Alaska: No data
District of Columbia: $3,250
Hawaii: No data
New Hampshire: $3,000
New Jersey: $3,350
New Mexico: $2,710
New York: $3,180
North Carolina: $2,950
North Dakota: No data
Rhode Island: $2,500
South Carolina: $2,940
South Dakota: No data
Vermont: No data
West Virginia: $2,500
Start the Water Damage Restoration Process Now
If you have water damage, call Restoration Local to be connected with the closest on-call water damage restoration contractor in your area. We offer 24-hour emergency service, 30-minute response, and a free, no-obligation estimate on any water damage restoration service. Let our compassionate and dependable water mitigation and restoration specialists give you peace of mind in an emergency. Call Restoration Local now at 1-888-443-3110.
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