One of the things that homeowners should prepare for is the cost of maintaining the house. Acts of nature or those caused by natural calamities are often unforeseen and inevitable. However, financially preparing for these things should be a very important move for the individual homeowner.
With that, let us look at some of the costs of water damage restoration services.
What are the Costs?
There are different costs associated with water damage. Most of these costs depend primarily on many different factors. For some, the minimum cost may be at an average of $1000 while the maximum cost would be an average of up to 8,000 dollars. Again this depends on many different factors and this section will look at them one by one.
Size and Location of Water Damage
The size and the location of the water damage or two of the most important factors that affect the pricing. How much you will pay for the restoration service depends on how hard the work required would be, much like anywhere and in anything. If you are looking at a small area, say one that is 150 square foot area the cost may only be around 500 to 1,000 dollars. It gets bigger depending on many other factors.
If the flooding is in a basement that needs cleaning up and there is untreated or black water that needs to be removed, the true total cleanup cost would be very different from the restoration cost and could be upwards of 5,000 to 6,000 dollars.
Source of the Water
Another determining factor would be the source of the water damage. Given that in the United States different types of water are involved in flooding there are also different types of costs associated with cleaning up the water damage.
Typically, if the water damage is caused by clean water, which could be water coming from a pipe that burst or some causes that are not related to dirt, the costs around $4 per square foot 5 to clean up;
If the water damage is caused by gray water, it costs an average of $4.75 per square foot 5; and
If there is black water, which is water related to dirt such as fecal matter or sewage water, the most expensive cost would be at $7.25 per square foot 5.
How does one prevent water damage?
It is inevitable to have water damage especially when the problem is related to acts of nature. The best way to prevent water damage is to make sure that you have properly maintained pipes and that you are always maintaining the structure of the home. For acts of nature, the best way to work therefore would be to have money that is liquid and available for use in case of any damage to your household.
What are the types of water damage?
To better prepare for any kind of water damage, you need to first know about the types of water damage that could happen at any time if you fail to properly maintain your home.
First, there is the most common one that is caused by a poorly maintained roof. When you have leaky roofs, it can be due to a handful of reasons such as the following:
Missing shingles – if you live in a typhoon prone area or where there is a high chance of a hurricane, then you should know how to deal with your roof and make sure that your roof is always taken care of by having it checked once every three months.
Damaged flashing – you may also be facing some roof damage because of some damage around pipes, chimneys, skylights, and in valleys.
Ice dams created by snow may also cause some problems.
Another kind of water damage may be caused by drywall. The thing is that drywall should be dry and that is just common sense. Once it gets wet, problems occur and water damage will most probably come after it.
Perhaps the most preventable kind of water damage is that which is caused by leaky or burst pipes. When a pipe bursts, the problem may cause up to a $4000 repair. Hence, it is better if you are careful about your pipes and make sure that everything is in order to prevent such problems from occurring.
Prepare for anything
You should always keep in mind that preparation is the key to surviving anything. Even if the water damage is far from the circumstances of your house’s location, being prepared is still a better idea than just letting things be.