What Does Water Damage Repair Really Cost? – 6 Factors to Consider

photo-cost March 10, 2017 6:25 pm

It’s practically impossible to know the exact figure it will cost you to repair damage caused by water simply by just looking at the issue. Since different companies and professionals will quote different prices, it is wise to choose a provider that offers quality service at a fair price.

If it is extensive water damage and you have insurance, the insurance company will often recommend you use their preferred vendor. These are usually national franchises contracted by insurance carrier to provide services in your home. You have the right to hire any professional restoration company to fix your home. Keep in mind the insurance company is not contracting with you to do the work it is the restoration contractor that you choose who you have the contract with. Insurance companies do not guarantee the work performed by their preferred vendors.  We highly recommend you contact your local restoration professional first to discuss your claim prior to contacting your insurance carrier. We will review the factors you should look at when assessing water damage, to help you get a fair estimate on the cost to repair.

The factors:

1. Amount of water that caused the damage – it goes without saying that the more water, the more damage and vice versa. Normally, companies will charge according to how much of your home or contents have been affected by water and how much water or moisture actually needs to be removed.

2. Size of the area affected – a small area means less water damage has been done, and that translates to lower costs however, a small water loss can create a lot of damage and all the minimum fees to handle and dry a small loss can really add up similar to a slightly larger loss.

3. The extent of the damage – it is good to know that damage can stretch further than the naked eye can see. Therefore, it is good to do a thorough assessment of the damaged area with the use of a hand held electronic moisture meter and a thermal imaging camera when necessary. These devices will help tell you how much of the affected area is wet or not and whether or not the walls, ceilings and floors may need to be removed or not. It is common to open up these areas to access broken or damaged water pipes or electrical wires that may need to be fixed or replaced.

4. Furniture that can be recovered – often with water damage, most furniture, especially those constructed out of wood may not be saved if it is not dried properly or fast enough. However, some companies are trained in fast drying of carpet and upholstery so most often you do not need to pay for expensive replacement or recovering. Often just quality cleaning of the carpet and upholstery is all you need to bring your contents and furniture back to pre-loss condition.

5. Level of cleanliness of the water – if the water causing the damage was coming from a broken sewer line, (non-Clean)  the damaged property will have to be cleaned and disinfected or replaced. Clean water coming from taps or supply lines is easier to clean and most likely will not need to be removed or replaced.

6. Cost of reconstruction – proper assessing of the damage to the structure of the home is required to see if there is any need for wall re-plastering, dry wall repair or replacement or if you will need to relay damaged floors.

The factors listed above are some of the major considerations that should be accounted for when assessing how much the water damage repair will cost you. It is good to have water damage or flood insurance to avoid liability when an extensive damage occurs in your home. It is only logical to claim for insurance if the damage is extensive; however, minor damages are best handled by paying out of pocket to avoid paying higher premiums or the risk of being canceled in the future.

The above are all factors that need to be taken into account when assessing how much water damage repair will cost? If you would like to learn more about the factors mentioned or if you would like to discuss your own water damage case, contact Coastline Environmental Solutions, Inc. today. Our experts are available to answer any questions and provide a fast, no obligation repair estimate.

Author: Vince

Vincent J. Attardo is the President/CEO of Coastline Environmental Solutions, Inc. He provides Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) investigations, mold and bacteria testing, water damage/mold remediation and repair, and is available for consultation and public speaking. For more information please visit www.coastlineclean.com. Readers may contact him at 800-847-3867 or email at vince@coastlineclean.com.