It depends on many factors, including the extent and type of water damage. However, estimates suggest that restoration of water damage will cost approximately $5100. Let’s look at where this figure came from. Drying out water damaged areas of your property after it has suffered clean water damage costs approximately $2700. This meant that the only thing needed was to dry up the water. There was no need for restoration.

Water damage restoration costs an average of $7,500 for areas like carpeting and drywall that have suffered water damage. The restoration process involves more than just water removal. It also includes cleanup, drying and decontamination.

Water damage restoration costs should be between $2700 to $7500 for the purposes of quoting a range. There are many factors that can impact the cost of repairing a water-damaged area.

Factors that Determine the Cost

The type and category of water damage that you are dealing with is one of the main factors that will determine the cost of water damages.

Water damage in different categories

There are three types or classes of water damage.

  • Category 1 water damage refers to water that is not contaminated by water, such as a leaky faucet or broken pipe. It is the most affordable type of water damage.
  • Category 2 water damage refers to “gray water”, which can be slightly contaminated as the source of the water leak could be a washing machine, or a dishwasher.
  • Category 3 water damage is the most costly to repair. This category includes “black water,” which can include bacteria, sewage and other harmful contaminants.

The extent of damage and the area affected

The extent of damage is another factor that can impact water damage restoration costs. It will be cheaper to restore water damage if the damage is minimized and mitigation and restoration efforts are taken promptly. A leaky roof, for example, will need to be repaired. This area will have less water damage and therefore, it will cost less.

Similar to the above, if the carpeting, furniture or drywall were not damaged by a leak, restoration will typically require the cleanup of the affected area. It will not usually cost too much.

It will be more expensive to repair if water seeped into other areas. Flooding situations are a common example of this. Often, water damages many items, making it necessary to throw away many. Storm water and natural floods can cause enormous damage. In some cases, restoration costs can reach $7800.

Here are some additional estimates for water damage restoration

Drywall restoration costs $1.40 per square foot

Cost of plaster repair for damaged walls: $18.75/sqft

Hardwood flooring restoration costs: $10.45/sqft

Carpet restoration costs: $5.50/sqft

Gray water removal costs: $4.50/sqft

Backup sewer cleanup costs: $7 per square foot


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