It is hard to estimate final costs without a thorough inspection. The overall cost of repairs can be affected by factors such as the type of water used and how long they have been wet. Before we get into the details of water damage repair costs, it is important to understand what is involved.

Category of Water Damage

In determining the extent and type of damage, it is important to consider the category of water. The IICRC, states that there are three types of water that can cause damage to your home.

  • Category 1 Water: This water is from a clean source and has virtually no risk of causing illness. The water should not have been in contact with the material for an extended period of time.
  • Category 2 Water: This water is known as gray water and contains significant amounts of contaminants. Water from a dishwasher, washing machine, or aquarium discharges are some examples.
  • Category 3 Water: water from a highly unsanitary source (referred to as “black water”), such as sewage water, water from the sea or lake from a flood or water from outside a drain trap. This category is the most hazardous. You should seek professional help to remove it.

Water damage that is clean and simple to repair or remediate is easier than those that are more complicated. Gray or black water damage requires more structural material to be removed, as well as extraction and sanitization. It is possible for the total cost of repairs and remediation to escalate rapidly.

Costs are affected by the extent of water damage

The extent of damage is another important aspect. The extent of the damage is also important. Water will eventually migrate to previously unaffected areas or materials if it remains wet for too long. Certified restoration companies will almost always remove any materials that have been wet after 72 hours. This is because mold can develop within 48 to 72 hours, particularly if there is category 2 or 3 water.

It is important to realize that it is possible for a basement water loss to cause a flood and not have your main home level flooding. Costs are determined by the extent of damage.

Materials Involved

Another factor to consider is the material used in your home. Because carpeting can be easily cleaned and/or changed, it is easier to handle. Hardwood floors, on the other hand, are more labor-intensive and take longer to repair.

Insurance considerations

You should have homeowner’s insurance. Your agent should be consulted regularly to ensure that all forms of water damage are covered under your policy. Your insurance company may require you to take the necessary steps to minimize any additional damage. Your insurance company may deny your claim if you do not act quickly.

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