Determining the cost of water damage repair

According to the Insurance Information Institute, 1 in 50 insured homes has a water damage claim each year. Water damage results in thousands of dollars in claims. In addition, costs of repair can be pricey. There are several factors that will affect the costs of water damage repairs, and different categories of costs. In order to understand the water damage repair process, we at Southeast Restoration want you to understand the breakdown of damages and what that will look like financially.

Several factors need to be taken into account when determining the cost of water damage repair, including:

  • Size of the affected area
  • Type of water damage (category 1, 2, or 3 water)
  • How long the water has been present
  • Extent of damage
  • Cost of labor
  • Cost of materials
  • Location

These factors will fall into three sets of costs: 

1. The cost of water removal, cleanup, dehumidification, ventilation, and decontamination

2. The cost of structural repairs

3. The cost of replacement of personal property 

We will break down these factors and show how they can cause prices to vary, starting with the size of the affected area. The more square footage that has sustained water damage, the more costly repairs will be. Depending on the type of water that has entered the area, the cost will be more or less expensive. Category 1 clean water damage is the easiest and least expensive to cleanup, estimating around $3.75 per square foot. Gray water, or category 2 Water, may have chemical contaminants that makes cleanup more expensive. Damage sustained from gray water estimates around $4.50 per square foot for cleanup. The third category of water, black water, is grossly contaminated water and is deemed hazardous to health. Cleanup from this type of water estimates $7.00 per square foot. 

Along with the type of water, the amount of time the water sits will also affect repair costs. The longer water sits and moisture is present, the more damage will be sustained. Delaying drying and repairs after water damage could end up costing thousands of dollars more because water damage escalates very quickly. FIXR Cost Guides estimates that repair costs can increase by $10,000 when 1 inch deep or more of water is not dried out or cleaned up in a timely manner. The extent of damage will only increase the longer the water is left to penetrate and seep into materials in the home. 

Upon finding water damage, quick action should be taken to get the water removed, dried, and cleaned up. Professional restoration crews will come and extract the water using pumps, and then begin drying. With commercial grade air movers, and the use of dehumidifiers, all the water and moisture can be completely removed from the area. The water extraction and drying labor costs will be given once the restoration team has inspected the area, extent of damage, and water source. After drying is complete, repair and rebuild can begin. Repair costs will vary depending on your location, but there are some ballpark prices for basic home repairs following water damage that can be used to help calculate costs. Here are some estimates to keep in mind when it comes to replacing water-damaged materials:

  • Replacing carpet: $4.00 – $5.00 per square foot
  • Replacing drywall: $1.40 per square foot
  • Repairing plaster walls: $6.00 – $18.75 per square foot
  • Refinishing hardwood flooring: $10.45 per square foot
  • Remediation of mold: $5.00 per square foot

All of these costs add up, and it can become a pricey affair to repair water damage. Because your home and possessions have more than just monetary value, it is important to make sure the right people are handling your water damage cleanup and repairs. The right restoration team can make all the difference in saving you time and mitigating costs of water damage repair. Southeast Restoration is who you should trust to handle all your water damage repair needs. We service the Athens area, and are available to immediately dispatch a team to your home to begin extracting and drying any water affecting your property. We will work directly with your insurance company on covered losses so that your property can be restored back to normal as quickly as possible. Don’t leave repair expenses to anyone else, let us ensure that you are taken care of the right way while mitigating repair costs as much as possible.

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