If your home has had water damage of any kind, you should consult a water damage restoration professional to have the damage evaluated. The cost of remediation will depend on a number of factors, but as a rule of thumb, the cost of remediation can range from $3.75 to $7.00 per square foot. Depending on the extent of damage and the amount of time that has passed, the cost could be even higher.
Factors That Affect Water Damage Restoration Costs
A number of factors affect the total cost of clean-up and restoration. They include the parts of the home damaged and the classification of the damage, as described below.
Area of Water Damage
The first consideration is identifying the various parts of the home that suffered damage. We’ll begin at the top of the house and work down the areas of common water damage.
Roof. Water damage to the roof is usually due to missing shingles, damaged or improper flashing, ice damming, and inadequate roof sloping. The average nationwide cost for a simple roof repair is $850, but the cost will increase if there is water damage to the roofing structure itself.
Ceiling. Water damage to the ceilings can occur when water leaks into the house through the roof, leaky windows, or overflowing gutters. It can also be caused by leaky plumbing, inadequate ventilation, and condensation in ductwork, or problems with upper-level air conditioner equipment. The cost to repair can range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, depending on the extent of the damage.
Drywall. Water damage to drywall is often the result of the same water events that damage the ceiling. Drywall is also damaged when one or more rooms of the home are flooded. When drywall gets wet, it usually cannot be repaired and must be replaced. Moisture ruins the drywall, and once wet, it is easily infested by mold. The cost of remediating water damaged drywall depends on the amount of drywall that must be replaced.
Flooring and Hardwood. The cost of remediating water damage to the flooring depends on the type of flooring and the length of time water sits on it. Damage to the subfloor is more likely with flooring materials like carpet and laminates. In contrast, hardwood that has not been saturated may be repairable, but it will depend on the wood materials. If the subflooring structures under tile floors are not damaged, the tiles and grout can usually be cleaned and do not need to be replaced.
Basement Flooding. Water damage in the basement is a common problem for homeowners. Basements suffer water damage for many of the reasons described above, but they also are more prone to flooding, drainage problems, and sewage backups than any other part of the home. The cost of remediating the damage is difficult to estimate because the cost depends on a wide range of variables, including the size of the damaged area, the amount of damage, the amount of mold remediation that is needed, and whether the water was contaminated. You will have a much higher repair bill if the water that caused the damage was contaminated, such as sewage water, storm surge, or river flooding.
Category and Class of Water Damage
Water damage and remediation is evaluated by category and class of the damage. A licensed professional will categorize the source of the water that did the damage and how clean it is. It will also be classified as a way to describe the severity of the damage itself. The category and class of water damage primarily determine the cost of cleanup and removal of the water and mold, exclusive of the cost of repair of the damage to the structures.
Categorization of Water Damage
A licensed professional will categorize the source of water in one of three categories: Category 1 — Clean Water (leaky plumbing and plumbing fixtures, leaky toilet tanks, rainwater, leaky appliances such as water heaters and air conditioning condensation); Category 2 — Grey Water (contains detergents or mild contaminants from leaking dishwashers, washing machines, or toilets containing urine or cleaning agents but not fecal material); and Category 3 — Black Water (contains contaminants that will cause serious health issues and possibly death, such as sewage backups from drains and septic systems, flooding from rivers, lakes, or contaminated groundwater, or storm surges).
The cost of clean-up ranges from about $3.75 per square foot for Category 1 to $7.00 per square foot for professional clean-up of Category 3 water.
Classes of Water Damage
Classes of water damage range from Class 1, being the easiest and least expensive to clean up, through Class 4, being the most extensive damage caused by long-standing water from river flooding or storm surges.
Reach Out to a Reputable Water Damage Restoration Company for more information
If you have noticed any water damage to your home, contact one of the experts at Monumental Contractors. Their technicians are licensed professionals when it comes to water damage remediation and repair. They can work with your insurance company as needed to restore your home to mint condition. Contact them to schedule an appointment.