Water damage is a big problem on the property. It can happen to anyone, for any number of reasons. Some common causes of water damage include:
Water damage can destroy everything from furniture, rugs to studs (the wood your home is made of) and even electrical wiring if submerged for an extended period of time. If left untreated, even a little water damage will inevitably worsen over time and can cause major problems such as structural damage, warped floors, damaged walls, and mold growth. That’s why water damage restoration services like ServiceMaster of Cobb are essential. We stop the water damage immediately to prevent further damage.
What is Water Damage Restoration?
Water damage restoration is the process of restoring a property to its pre-disaster condition. It involves identifying the source of the water, removing and extracting the water, drying and dehumidification, cleaning all contents, removal of unsalvageable contents, mold removal if necessary, and finally reconstructing damaged structures.
10 Factors That Affect Water Damage Restoration Cost
ServiceMaster of Cobb discusses the factors that affect the cost of water damage restoration.
Water restoration is complicated. With all these factors affecting the cost estimate, imagine how much more goes into the cleanup itself! That’s why calling a professional immediately is so important. Read on to understand how and why each factor affects the cost, and how these factors affect each other. That way, you understand what goes into the estimate that you’ll receive from the experts.
Size of the Area Affected
The larger the area affected, the more dehumidification will be necessary before the other work can take place. Likewise, more widespread damage typically means that more materials will need repair and replacement.
Amount of Water
The amount of water and the area affected can be related, but they aren’t the same thing. For example, an inch of water from a broken sink pipe on the first floor could be an easy cleanup, while a tiny drip from an upstairs shower that’s been unnoticed for 20 years could be a major mold or home safety issue.
On the other hand, the more water you have, the more likely it is to spread, worsening the damage and increasing the likelihood that there will still be standing water when the experts arrive for cleanup. A leak from a toilet supply line can deliver 300 gallons/hour, while a washing supply line can deliver 600 gallons of water/hour. High-volume leaks like these can cause severe, costly damage.
Source of Water
We mentioned earlier that water damage can arise from a variety of places. The origin of the damage will affect the kind of cleanup required.
For example, a leaky HVAC unit might go unnoticed for a while, if it isn’t being serviced properly. If an HVAC leak is left alone for too long, that can allow mold and mildew to grow and spread, requiring mold remediation. On the other hand, floodwaters can cause widespread damage, requiring floor replacement. A small sewer backup may not cover an enormous area, but it will require special treatment because it’s Category 3 water.
If Water Is Still Present
Is there still water at the damage site? If so, that’s going to affect the restoration process. The experts you call in may need to use pumps or other special equipment to clean the water out before they can even begin doing anything else.
Other factors play into this one, as well. Is the standing water in a large or small area? How easy is it to reach? These things can affect how easy it is to pump the water away, and how bad the overall damage is.
Time Since the Water Damage Started
We’ve already mentioned that water damage left untreated causes worse and worse problems over time. Here’s what that looks like as it develops.
Taking care of water damage quickly isn’t just a question of preserving your property, it’s a question of health and safety. That’s why it’s so important to call a restoration service right away.
Types of Materials Affected
Different materials react to water in different ways. Take flooring, for example. Different floors are affected by water differently. On top of that, some floors are easy to replace in bits and pieces, while others must be ripped up entirely and replaced, regardless of how widespread the damage.
Of course, flooring is just one example. All over your house, there are materials that will affect how resistant your home is to water damage, and whether the repair is possible, or replacement is necessary. A good expert can help you make sense of what your home’s materials mean for the cost of your water damage restoration.
We know that the longer your water damage lasts, the more you’re at risk for mold and bacterial growth. We talked about how it can start within as little as 3 days, how it can take root within weeks, and how it can cause severe health problems as it goes.
The good news is that in addition to water damage restoration, ServiceMaster of Cobb has residential mold remediation experts who can take care of this threat to your house and health.
The place that you live can affect your recovery time, as well. The basic cost of living in your area will affect water damage restoration cost, but that’s not the only way that your location factors in. If your home is in an area where the climate is more humid, dehumidifying your home will require more time and effort, and cost more.
That’s why ServiceMaster of Cobb uses a network of local professionals. If you live in a state where the humidity is always high, you know that the person coming in to help you probably lives there, too, and knows how to handle it. Humidity may not be your friend when it comes to water damage repair, but you can at least ensure that you have a professional working with you whose experience you can trust.
Generally, repair is preferable to replacement. Opting to repair instead of replace saves money and materials. But that isn’t always an option. We’ve already talked about some of the factors that can necessitate reconstruction. But to recap, they include:
Reconstruction can be an important part of getting your life back on track, but it can also affect both the timeline and the cost of your repair.
Contact ServiceMaster of Cobb Professionals in Tennesse and Georgia
A lot of different things affect the cost of water damage restoration. And the cost isn’t the only thing about fixing water damage that’s complicated. This kind of restoration work is as complex as it is crucial. That’s why it’s so important to call the experts at the first sign of trouble.
Trained, qualified, local ServiceMaster of Cobb Professionals are ready to help. Our IICRC certified technicians are experts at assessing, controlling, and restoring property after water damage. Our experts know how to deal with dangerous mold and mildew causes.