Each water damage loss is unique, therefore your water damage restoration estimate may vary. There are no standardized costs for any sort of water damage restoration, but there are five basic factors that can help to explain the pricing associated to the work that may be required for each project.
Let’s review what goes in to restoration pricing so you can be prepared on what to expect:
The Type of Water Loss
- Clean water: Category 1 – this is less “risky” water that comes from indoor plumbing and is the least expensive sort of damage to deal with.
- Grey water: Category 2 – this is the type of water that comes from areas that might contain physical, chemical or biological contaminants. This sort of water might come from laundry or kitchen appliances. It is a bit more difficult to handle because it may contain materials that will easily make inhabitants ill if they are exposed to it.
- Black water: Category 3 – this is the worst and most expensive flooding to deal with because it is highly toxic and contains such things as sewage or toxic debris. It is the most expensive type of water damage.
The risk of contamination of building materials and exposure to pathogenic bacterial, fungal or viral organisms increases as the classification of water increases. The cost of water damage remediation increases with it.
The Size of the Area Affected
The height of the water is significant and so too is the size of the space that it contaminated. Your water damage restoration estimator will calculate the cost of any project using the square footage of the structure as a base.
The Extent of the Damage
The extent of the damage will guide the cost of the project. Changing out carpet is much more expensive and requires additional time as opposed to restoring a carpet that has sustained clean water damage. Restoring a water damaged wall that already shows signs of dry rot and mold infestation will be costly and time consuming.
Type of Building Materials Required
Your water damage restoration estimate will reflect costs associated with restoring each type of building material within your home. If you need your imported Italian tile replaced, it’s going to cost a great deal more than using a most standard material.
A restoration company should follow the standards of care of either the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification or the Restoration Industry Association.
Some Additional things to expect:
- Before entering a house filled with standing water, turn off the power but never turn the power off while standing in water.
- A company representative will inspect and evaluate the affected area, often using water-sensing equipment to determine the source of the problem and the extent of the damage.
- Restoration includes pumping and drying the affected areas, and drying, sanitizing, removing or deodorizing materials as needed and this should be reflected on your estimate.
- If the house and furnishings are not quickly dried and restored, there can be additional problems with mold or dry rot. Your restoration company will help you determine what is needed on their initial estimate.
- Have your restoration company explain what they plan on doing and how they plan to do it, with an estimated timeline. Check references; make sure the company is properly bonded and insured.
A quick note on insurance:
Water damage might be covered by insurance. Flood insurance typically covers damage from a natural disaster, when outside water or mud overflows an otherwise dry house. Homeowners insurance does not cover floods, but may cover water damage caused by minor individualized disasters, such as a hailstorm smashing a window or a broken water pipe spewing water — as long as the problem wasn’t caused by a lack of standard maintenance. If the insurance company can prove negligence on the part of the homeowner, then they can refuse to pay.