If your home or business has been affected by storm floods, a leaky pipe, or a malfunctioning appliance, then it’s likely you have water that needs to be removed. If the water is not cleaned up immediately, the structure and contents of your home can suffer further damages.
What is Water Damage Restoration?
Water damage restoration is the process of restoring a property to its pre-damaged condition. It involves identifying the source of the water, removing the water, cleaning all contents affected by the water, removal of unsalvageable contents, drying the area, removing mold and bacteria if necessary, and finally reconstructing damaged structures.
It can be a lengthy process, but with an experienced water damage restoration company, it is manageable.
The Cost of Water Damage Restoration
The main question after water damage has occurred is how much will it cost to restore the premises? There are several factors to consider that help determine the costs involved with water damage restoration.
1. Source of Water
The water could come from a broken pipe, heavy rainfall, or sump pump failure. Plumbing or drainage issues require repairs that will cost to get fixed. Flood damage caused by heavy storms can impact flooring, drywall, and structural components. The location of the source of water must be considered which can impact the cost of repairs. If it’s in an area that that is difficult to access, more work is needed, thus costing more in labor.
2. Amount of Water
The volume of water impacts the extent of water damage. Water spreads horizontally first, and then vertically. The deeper it gets the more structures and contents it can damage. The amount of water leaking from the washing machine does not compare to the amount of water from a burst pipe. As the volume of water increases, so does the cost of water damage restoration.
3. Size of Affected Area
The size of the damaged area directly affects the cost of water damage restoration. Leaking water contained in the kitchen will usually be less expensive to clean up than floodwaters in a basement.
4. Category of Water
There are three categories of water differentiated by their potential health risks.
- Category 1: Clean water that poses no immediate health risk.
- Category 2: Grey water that contains chemical, biological, or physical contaminants that pose a slight health risk.
- Category 3: Black water is grossly unsanitary and likely to cause significant health risks.
If left unattended, clean water will become grey water, and grey water will turn into black water. That’s why it’s important to begin water damage cleanup as quickly as possible. Cleanup of grey or black water requires extra safety precautions to prevent contaminating other materials in your home and to keep the technicians from getting sick.
As water sits, the chances of it causing more damage and becoming contaminated increases. The sooner cleanup can begin, the lower the costs of water damage restoration. More items can be salvaged if the water is removed immediately.
Some areas of a home or business are more difficult to access than others. Restoration technicians may have to use special equipment to reach a crawlspace or attic to remove the water.
7. Types of Materials
The materials of items affected by the water have different levels of water resistance. For example, drywall can absorb more water than cardboard. While some items can be dried and salvaged, others may have to be disposed of and replaced which increases water damage restoration costs.
8. Mold Removal
The longer water sits the chances of mold growth increase. If mold removal is necessary, water damage restoration costs will go up. More time will be needed to remove and remediate the mold from the area. It will also have to be cleaned and sanitized.
The amount of remodeling required after water cleanup will affect the cost of water damage restoration. This can include installing new drywall, carpeting, flooring, furnishings and other major components.
10. Insurance Coverage
Most standard homeowners or business insurance policies will cover water damage caused by any sudden and accidental event. This usually includes toilet overflows, water supply line issues, and hot water tank failures. However, floods and water damage caused by other acts of nature typically are not covered.
If you want to lower the cost of water damage to your property and begin cleanup immediately, act quickly by contacting St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration. The longer you delay, the more likely the cost of cleanup and restoration will go up.
Our certified technicians will assess your property for free. We are available 24/7 for emergency service.
We are also experienced in working with insurance companies. If you are unsure about what is covered by your policy, we can call them together.