AVERAGE COST OF
WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION
If your home were to flood, how much would you expect to pay? How would that be different if the flood was from a burst water pipe versus a river bursting its banks? What if water permeates the walls or the brickwork? Each of these will greatly shape the final bill for repairs.
The cost of water damage repairs primarily comes from two main sources:
The cleanup refers to the actual act of removing the water, drying out the space, and generally undoing the immediate damage the water caused (including mold remediation). The structural repairs involve making sure that the walls, the wiring, and other fixtures and fittings are replaced.
In serious cases of water damage, it is the structural repair that really drives up the final total. There are, of course, ways you can save money throughout the whole process.
This guide will provide you with a ballpark figure of what you can expect to pay for an average amount of flooding, followed by a breakdown of each of the costs involved. Think of the ‘headline’ figure as a rough estimate, followed by a more accurate picture depending on your specific circumstances.
THE OVERALL COST
Overall, if you have water damage in your home, you can expect to pay between $1,100 and $4,500. However, this represents only a ‘typical range,’ meaning that, in some extreme circumstances, your bill can come in outside of this range. A lot of times, home insurance will pay for this.
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT
The cost per square foot of water damage will be between $3.75 and $7.00. For a typical 500 square foot room, therefore, you would pay between $1,875 and $3,500 in total.
|1||$3.75 - $7|
|10||$37.75 - $70|
|100||$375 - $700|
|500||$1,875 - $3,500|
|1,000||$3,750 - $7,000|
The exact figure within here depends on the type of water that has caused the damage:
This is water that is safe for drinking (i.e. leaking faucets), you can expect to pay the lower end of the spectrum, or $3.75 per square foot.
Water that is clean but may contain things like detergents or other contaminants, you will pay $4.50 per square foot.
Water that contains toxic materials, or other materials that can cause serious harm (such as sewage), you will pay $7.00 per square foot.
ROOM BY ROOM COSTS
Here are the costs of water damage restoration in different parts of your home. Basement restoration costs are usually the highest.
$350 - $1,400
$325 - $1,100
$500 - $85,000
$275 - $785
$200 - $500
$150 - $350
BREAKING DOWN THE PRICE
Below is a breakdown of the different costs that can be included in the water damage restoration pricing.
One of the biggest costs involved in water damage restoration is labor. Generally, you will expect to pay between $70 and $200 per hour for every laborer working in your home.
Call Out Fee
If you need a professional in an emergency (i.e. they need to come immediately) you will be charged a call out fee of between $50 and $100.
Portable Pump Rental
If you decide to do some of the work yourself, you will need to pay to rent materials. The most common of these are portable pumps and dehumidifiers. Renting a pump for your home will cost between $120 and $350, assuming you also decide to rent the hose. You can save $50-$100 if you use your own garden hose, although the process will be slower, potentially leading to more water leaching into the carpet and walls of your home.
A dehumidifier is crucial in removing water from the walls of your home. For a standard dehumidifier, you can rent from a hardware store for around $200 for a week. For an industrial dehumidifier, the costs are around $1,000 for a week. For comparisons of dehumidifiers you can purchase, check out our best dehumidifier guide.
QUICK AVERAGE PRICE BREAKDOWN
|Labor||$70 - $200 / hr|
|Call Out Fee||$50 - $100|
|Rentals||$320 - $1,350|
|TOTAL||$720 - $2,450|
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DIFFERENT CLASSES OF DAMAGE
In addition to the different types of water, there are also four different classes of damage. These will play a major role in shaping the labor and materials needed, and therefore the overall cost of the project.
An example of Class 1 damage would be a leak in a sink pipe or an overflowing sink, resulting in a wet carpet. Class 1 can usually be fixed without the need for professional help, or with minimal professional involvement, therefore resulting in a cost of less than $200.
The big damage here is that water is in the structure of the walls, and therefore will require additional materials. The cost for this type of damage is usually between $500 and $1,000.
This will require serious professional help, in terms of both addressing the flooding, and the structural damage. The cost for Class 3 is usually $1,000-$3,000.
In this class, water has saturated brick, stone, or hardwood – materials that usually don’t absorb water quickly. The cost for class 4 repairs can be anywhere from $2,000-$10,000, depending on how quickly you can catch the problem.
TYPES OF DAMAGE
The actual manner of damage falls under five different categories:
Cosmetic damage refers to things like stained and discolored ceilings, tarnished metals, and damaged furniture. In most cases, the damage can be repaired for less than $200.
Structural damage involves the destruction of things like drywall and plaster, as well as warping of the floor and sagging of the ceiling. Replacing damaged drywall is $1.40 per square foot, plaster walls are $6.25-$18.75 per square foot, and hardwood floors are $10.45 per square foot.
Although price, therefore, depends on the scope, this can come in at between $500 and $1,000.