Statistics will tell us that, every year, 2% of households will experience water damage serious enough to require professional help.
Most people want to avoid filing an insurance claim unless it is absolutely warranted. Filing a claim can cause your insurance rates to rise and you may even loos coverage in some cases. So most people want to know what it will cost to repair water damage.
PuroClean Disaster response provides a free assessment to homeowners to aid them in estimate the total cost of damage restoration and repair.
Nationwide, the average cost for flood damage restoration is $2,700. That only covers the cost of drying the property and making it safe. It does not include the cost of any replacement or repair of drywall, carpets and other household fixtures. A small clean water break can be as low as $1,000 while black water damage, sewer backups of floods from ground water, can easily exceed $5,000. Again this only covers the cost of drying and cleaning. It does not cover any rebuild costs for flooring, walls, painting, doors or trim.
Before we can give you an estimate we need to understand a few things:
- The category of the loss:
- “Clean water” that contains little or no contamination. It could come from a leaking or broken tap, pipe or hose or possibly rainwater that came through an open window. It is the cleanest and safest water to handle and remove. In a clean water loss, a professional can often save almost everything that was damaged.
- “Grey water” has more contamination and could come from malfunctioning or broken appliances like washing machines and dishwashers. The increased contamination presents some health risks. Many things can be saved in a grey water loss, but not carpet pad.
- “Black water” is extremely contaminated and therefore requires the greatest care in handling. It typically comes from sewers, as well as from the outside – over the ground from rivers, streams or the ocean. Porous materials damaged by “black water” cannot normally be saved.
- The length of time the water sat affects the restoration costs. A clean water loss or a grey water loss will degrade to a black water loss over time, depending on the temperature. Also, the longer a water loss sits before restoration begins the more likely the water damage will begin to develop mold and other contaminants. Mold specifically will start to grow as quickly as 48 hours after the damage occurs if left untreated. As contamination progresses costs go up.
- The size of the affected area – the total square footage of the water-damaged area and surfaces: floors, walls, and ceilings.
- The affected surfaces – costs are related to the different materials damaged: floor coverings, furniture, wall materials, etc. Second and third floor losses can often damage floors below as well.
- The extent of the damage – how much water is involved in the total loss.
- The type and amount of equipment needed to properly dry the property. The type and extent of the damage also determines what tools and equipment are needed to restore your property.
PuroClean Disaster response uses standard pricing as approved by the insurance companies so whether you file a claim or not you will be charged a fair price for the work we do. If you have filed a claim we will work directly with your insurance company to ensure everything we do is approved by the adjuster. This ensures that none of us get surprised by unexpected costs or issues.
We also provide on site assessments of water damage costs to aid homeowners in making a decision about filing a claim. Call us at 720 773 3400.