The Insurance Information Institute reports that one in every fifty insured homes submits a claim for water damage annually. It is crucial to handle water damage immediately to prevent further damage.
With this in mind, it’s often tempting for property owners to perform do-it-yourself water removal, but when a job isn’t properly executed, water damage is only aggravated further. Trust the professionals at ServiceMaster of the Upstate in South Carolina. We have the experience and equipment to properly remove water and repair damage
Factors Affecting Water Damage Restoration Costs
Estimating water damage restoration costs can be complicated when considering the several factors involved and restoration costs vary on a case-to-case basis. It is important to understand the factors affecting water damage restoration.
Factor No. 1: Size of the Affected Area
The larger the affected area, the more time and money required to be repaired.
Factor No. 2: Quantity of Water
The amount of water involved impacts the extent of the damage. If you have more water, the risk of it spreading to the other parts of the house is high, thereby worsening the damage and adding up to the standing water already present.
For example, leaks from the toilet supply system can deliver 300 gallons per hour, while a washing supply line can let go of 600 gallons of water per hour. Large-volume leaks like these are extremely damaging.
Factor No. 3: Type of Water
Flood or leak water varies from clean to hazardous. The dirtier and more dangerous the water is the more precautions, treatments, and costs the repair will require.
- Category No. 1: Clean water – no health risk (rainwater, water from sink overflows)
- Category No. 2: Gray water – slight health risk (chemically, biologically, or physically contaminated water)
- Category No. 3: Black water – significant health risk (water from sewer backups, flooding from rivers and streams, toilet overflows, and stagnant waters)
Factor No. 4: Origin of Water
Water damage is the result of a variety of sources, including broken pipes, sump pump failures, or heavy rainfall, all which will affect the type of cleanup required.
- Blocked drains
- Clogged gutters
- Faulty appliances
- Leaking pipes and water heaters
- Malfunctioning sprinkler systems
- Natural events (flooding or hailstorms)
- Plumbing issues
- Sewer backups
Factor No. 5: Presence of Water
If water is still present on-site, immediate removal should take place to prevent further deterioration in the area. Standing water is removed by using dehumidification equipment, moister absorbent materials, and water pumps. Excess moisture is eradicated to avoid mold growth and additional damage.
Factor No. 6: Type of Materials Damaged
Materials have differing reactions when exposed to water. Some materials can be easily dried and recovered while others may have to be discarded and replaced.
Factor No. 7: Growth of Mold
Mold removal and remediation requires more time and money. The combination of standing water and mold poses severe health risks. Mold growth can begin in as little as 3 days and take root within weeks.
Factor No. 8: Home Location
The cost of living and climatic humidity in an area affect recovery time and overall price of a water damage restoration. Because of this, hiring local remediation experts who understand the climate in the area is recommended.
Factor No. 9: Necessary Repairs and Reconstruction
Property owners favor repairs over reconstruction in order to save money and materials. However, the repair is not always possible. Reconstruction is necessary when:
- contaminated water is present
- damages have been left untreated for an extended period of time
- destruction is the result of storms
- mold growth invades
Factor No. 10: Accessibility to the Affected Area
Hard to reach areas make restoration more demanding, time-consuming, and costly. Restoration specialists with special equipment can access difficult areas more effectively and efficiently.