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What Is the Typical Cost for Water Damage Restoration?

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

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The average cost for home water damage restoration is around $3,000. With that said, there are many factors that affect the cost of water damage restoration, and the total cost can range anywhere from $1,000 for a minor repair to more than $5,000 for the most severe restorations. 

The best way to determine how much your water damage restoration, in particular, will cost is to call a professional to come for a home inspection. However, by understanding the factors that affect the cost (see below), you might be able to get a sense of how much you can expect to pay during the restoration process. 

Factors That Affect the Cost of Water Damage Restoration

Every water damage restoration is unique. Water damage is a rather broad term that can range from a small leak that is caught quickly to the result of severe flooding. In determining the cost of a water damage restoration, there are certain factors that a professional company will consider. These factors include but are not limited to the source of the water damage, how severe the damage is, the rooms that are the most affected and the type of water that caused the damage. 

Source of the Water Damage

There are a variety of ways in which water can enter and damage a home. One of the main factors that affect the price of the restoration is why exactly the damage occurred in the first place. Several of the more common sources of water damage include:

  • Roof 
  • Basement
  • Bathroom
  • Floor 
  • Drywall
  • Plumbing

While water damage that results from an issue with a bathroom fixture may not lead to the need for an extensive or lengthy repair, significant damage to the basement may require quite an investment to fix the concern and restore the results of the water damage. 

In addition to finding out where the water entered, water damage restoration professionals will also consider how exactly the water damage occurred (missing shingles, busted pipes, etc.) and seek to treat the underlying concern. 

Extent of the Damages

The extent of the water damage also depends on a variety of factors and plays a direct role in how much the restoration will cost. One of the main considerations in how severe the damage is to the home is how long the problem existed before it was detected and properly inspected. 

Also, the amount of material that is damaged is an important assessment to make as well. While minor damage to the floorboard may not be expensive to repair, severe damage to both the walls and floors can lead to a significant bite out of the wallet. 

When assessing the extent of the damage, a professional company will also check for signs of mold, bacteria, asbestos and other signs of concern. 

The Area of Damaged

Certain areas of the home have more value than others. If the damage takes place in a room such as the living room that has expensive flooring, furniture, and well-insulated walls, then the repair and replacement cost will likely be higher. If the damage is to a sunroom, laundry, or another area that requires a less expensive replacement cost, then the cost might be lower. 

Additionally, if the roof or plumbing is damaged, then the cost may increase as well. A professional company will also look at the total area that is damaged. Restoring a small section will obviously be less expensive than replacing entire walls. 

The Category of Water That Caused the Damage

There are actually different categories and classes of water. The type of water plays a role in how expensive the water damage restoration will be as well. There are three main categories of water damage.

  • Category 1 refers to clean water. Category 1 damage is the easiest and often least expensive to fix. Clean water can result from leaky faucets, sprinklers, burst pipes, water heaters and other clean water sources.
  • Category 2 involves “grey water,” which can be more expensive to clean up and may result from washing machines, dishwashers, etc. Grey water can carry microorganisms and human waste.
  • Category 3 carries the most potential harm in “black water.” Black water is also the most severe and expensive to fix and typically results from flooding, storm surges, and other complex issues. This category includes harmful bacteria, sewage, seawater, and Category 2 water damage left untreated.

Speak to a Professional Water Damage Restoration Company

If you have found water damage inside your home, then feel free to reach out to us to start the water damage restoration process. Our friendly professionals are happy to provide you with information about the restoration process and arrange a time for the home visit to inspect the damage.

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