Water Damage Restoration Costs
In a Hurry? Here are Quick Points to Take Away:
- In most cases, homeowners or their insurance will pay $1,500-$5,000 for water damage restoration
- Water damage restoration costs are determined by water damage category, extent, severity, location in homes, and types of materials damaged, along with the scope of work required to repair the property
Need more explanation? Keep on reading!
Average Water Damage Restoration Costs
Noticed signs of water damage in your house and wonder how much will it cost to restore it? We’ll not hold back, water damage restoration can get costly. How costly, of course, depends on the situation and that’s exactly what we’re going to explore in this quick article – average water damage restoration costs and what determines them.
As mentioned above, average water damage restoration costs range from $1,500 to $5,000. Low end projects can cost only $400-$500 while higher end ones can go up to $15,000, with extreme cases even hitting 6 figures.
Big advice to you is to try obtaining water damage insurance coverage. In a perfect world, your restoration company will help you deal with insurance.
Note that extreme cases are, well, extreme and rare so you don’t have to worry about paying tens of thousands of dollars for your restoration project. This is only at times when a home or its foundation is flooded with several feet of water and the property is almost completely destroyed.
However, your quote can still get pretty high so let’s now cover what determines that quote in a little bit more detail.
Water Damage Restoration Costs - Factors
Water damage extent and severity
The most obvious factor – or two factors – extent and severity. Let’s start with the extent.
Simply put, the bigger the area that’s affected, the higher the costs. One room restoration will obviously cost less than an entire floor restoration.
And then comes the severity. Some might think that higher extent automatically means higher severity but that doesn’t always have to be the case.
Higher severity means a lot more work and materials involved. Sometimes all you have to do is fix the moisture source, extract the water, and dry out the area but at other times you might have to remove and replace drywall and hardwood floors. In the case of the latter, not only is there more work involved, but also, as we’ve said, more materials.
If your water damage has been standing for a while, chances are mold has grown. In this case, you can add mold removal costs – which by themselves are already pretty high – to your overall project quote.
Water damage category
Here we have a subfactor of the previous. Water damage “category” simply refers to the type of water that has spread through your property and damaged your materials. There are 3 water damage categories according to IICRC’s S500 Standard:
- Clean water – uncontaminated or less contaminated water usually coming from supply line leaks, toilet tanks, rain, and snow
- Gray water – contaminated water coming from appliance overflows, toilet overflows, AC leaks, and other similar causes
- Black water – highly contaminated and dangerous water coming from sewage and natural disasters like floods and hurricanes
The more dangerous the type of water damage, the higher the restoration costs. This is because more work will be required to extract the water and disinfect the area and also partially due to increased risk of contamination for our technicians.
Type of materials damaged
Fixing or replacing drywall or flooring tends to be the most affordable, with ceiling and roofing leaks being somewhere in the middle (usually above $1,000). However, burst pipes and plumbing can cost a few thousand dollars to restore.
Also, is furniture cleanup involved? Is the electrical system damaged and therefore posing dangers of electrocution? These factors play a role too.
All of this information so far will be explained by your restoration professional. If they don’t bring it up for some reason, make sure to ask questions.
Location in property
Water damage location plays a big role in quotes, with basement flooding restoration sometimes being on the lower end of room restoration costs – a few hundred dollars – while at others being at the very highest due to severe structural damage – this can cost thousands upon thousands, with a chance of the damage being irreparable.
Bathroom restoration tends to cost multiple thousand dollars in a lot of cases as well, while living rooms with minor floor and wall damage usually not going as high.
Mold in any room will add to your costs too, with crawlspace mold being the most expensive to remove.
How to Repair Water Damage
Regardless of what we say, you’ll likely try to DIY first. Before trying, keep this in mind – water damage frequently goes beyond what is visible. This means that you might clean up all of the visible water but still be left with water damage behind your walls. This is why restoration professionals are here – to clean up and repair something you don’t even see.
Call us to repair all of the water damage for you in a fast, efficient, and professional manner.
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- What Happens if Water Damage is Left Untreated
- Mold Prevention After Water Damage
- How to Deal With Water Damage from Clogged Gutters