After a detailed inspection it is difficult for final costs to be determined. Other factors that can impact the overall cost include the water type and how long the items have been wet. Let’s first get a better understanding of the costs involved in water damage repairs.
Category of Water Damage
The water’s category is an important factor in determining how severe the damage has been. The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), lists three types of water that could cause damage to your house.
- Category 1 water: Water from a clean source that poses little risk to cause sickness. The water cannot have been left unattended for too long and the affected materials must be well-maintained.
- Category 2 water: This water (also known as graywater) contains a large amount of contaminants. Water from your outside water source, such as a dishwasher or washing machine discharges, are examples.
- Category 3 Water: water that is not from a safe source. It could be sewage water or sea water or even water from below a drain trap. This is the most harmful category of water. Professional assistance is required to clean it.
Clear water damage is the easiest, and it requires less remediation and repairs. Grey and black water damage require more structural material, extraction, and sanitization. The costs of remediation and repairs can rise quickly.
Costs affected by water damage
Another important factor to consider is the extent of the damage. You should also consider the extent of the damage. The longer materials remain wet, the more water will migrate into previously unscathed areas. After 72 hours has passed, certified restoration firms almost always remove any items that were wet. This is especially true if the water is of category 2 or 3.
You must understand that there are big differences between small water losses in basements and large flooding on your main level. Costs are influenced by the extent of damage.
Another important aspect is the type and material of your home. Because carpeting is easily cleaned and/or repaired, it’s much more manageable. Hardwood floors, however, take more time and require more effort. They also tend to be more costly.
Hopefully you have the right homeowners’ insurance. Check with your agent every so often to make sure all types water damage are included in your policy. You shouldn’t have hurricane insurance if your home is in the Midwest. But, other than that, you will be required by your insurance company to take necessary actions to prevent further damage. If you fail to act quickly, your insurance company might claim negligence and deny your whole claim.