Dealing with a burst pipe, flood, leaky roof, toilet overflow, or other water emergency is never a pleasant experience.  Once the damage is done and cleanup has begun, the next question probably crossing your mind is, how much is this going to cost to fix?  That’s not an easy question to answer as there are many factors that go into determining costs on restoration.  Each situation is unique.  There are four factors that are considered when looking at possible costs for an overall restoration project.

Size of Area Affected

  • The total square footage of an affected area plays a large roll in determining the costs for water damage repair and restoration.  Square footage will include floors, walls, and ceilings.  Typically, homes with more square footage encounter more damage due to a larger area needing water extraction and more personal belongings in the space destroyed.  Bigger homes often have more bedrooms and bathrooms which can also increase overall costs with more rooms being affected.

Degree of Damage

  • How much damage has occurred is another factor in overall costs.  Larger amounts of damage may require more extensive repairs and will typically cost more than smaller water damaged areas.  Time is critical as even small damages, if not taken care of quickly, can lead to larger problems.  Standing water can quickly affect wood on floorboards or on carpet and proper drying and repair is essential.  Mold will set in if areas are not dried completely or not checked properly for water damage.

Replacement Cost

  • Water causes damage within minutes and anything that comes in contact with it will typically deteriorate if not taken care of.  Original materials that are more expensive will cost more to replace.  Areas with varying degrees of costs for materials may include floors, walls, and furniture.  In most cases, hardwood is more expensive to replace than carpet and carpet is more expensive than linoleum.  Time and costs for labor may also vary with different materials used in the repair and replacement process.

Type of Water Involved

  • When determining water damage, three water classifications are used to distinguish levels of safety and cleanliness for the repair process.  Water classifications are relevant because hazardous water is more expensive to remove and disinfect than clean water.  The classifications are clean water, grey water, and black water.
  • Clean water is the least expensive to clean up because it contains little to no contamination.  It is the cleanest and safest water to handle and remove.  Examples include water from a leaking faucet, pipe, or hose or an overflowing bathtub.
  • Grey water has minor contaminants from things like overflow from a dishwasher or washing machine.  Increased contamination poses a slightly higher health risk.
  • Black water has high levels of hazardous contaminants that may come from sewage or floodwater.  Typically, all belongings that come in contact with this classification of water will need to be replaced.

Restoration jobs are different for each situation.  When trying to determine water damage repair costs, there is no general price.  The best thing to do is to get itemized price estimates from reputable water restoration companies.


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