If you’ve experienced any sort of water damage event in your home, one of your first questions is probably going to be, “How much is this going to set me back?” That’s understandable, because we all know that home repair can get pricey, and that water can do a lot more damage than you would think!

But unfortunately, there’s no set method of answering that question without knowing more about the damage. Factors that can impact the final amount of damage, and therefore the price of restoration, can include…

What “type” of water caused the damage? Was it “clean” water, such as water from rainfall, fire hoses, or a broken pipe under the kitchen sink?

Or was the water “gray water”, meaning it was the outgoing water from a dishwasher, washing machine, or other appliance? This type of water isn’t the messiest to clean up, but some items will be damaged beyond repair. For example, carpet pads need to be replaced after being soaked with gray water.

Or, did the event include “black water”? Most things contaminated by sewer water, or water from rivers or oceans, cannot be saved. Black water events are by far the most expensive to remedy.

How long did the water sit before you called for help? There can be an enormous difference in the amount of damage done to internal structures, depending upon hours versus days or weeks. Mildew and mold become secondary issues over time, too.

How large was the affected area? More area involved, and more damaged materials such as hardwood flooring, carpet, ceilings, and walls will equal a higher price of restoration.

How much water was there?  A slow drip from a ceiling might not cause as much damage as a gushing, burst water pipe.

What type of equipment is required to clean up the mess? Tools and equipment aren’t cheap. The final cost of your restoration will depend, to some degree, on the equipment required to do the job correctly.

Of course, the best way to learn the final cost of water damage restoration is to simply call us. We’ll come take a look at the situation, offer you an estimate, and help you communicate with your homeowner’s insurance company when necessary.