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Things To Know About Water Damage Restoration

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Whether it's a burst pipe, a backed up sewer, or a flood caused by a natural disaster, water can wreak havoc on a home. Not only can water damage flooring, drywall, and other parts of the home, it can also lead to dangerous mold growth and other health hazards. Fast clean up is a must after water damage occurs. Water damage restoration professionals can repair the damage caused by rising waters. However, not all water damage restoration is the same. Here are a few things to know about water damage restoration.

It Can Be Expensive

The first thing to consider when it comes to water damage restoration is the cost. Water damage restoration requires the services of the professionals. First, the water in the home must be removed and the entire home needs to be dried out. This can be achieved with pumps, vacuums, dehumidifiers, heaters, and other equipment. Then the affected areas must be sanitized and cleaned before the damaged areas are replaced. The cost of this can add up quickly. The average cost is $2,436, however, the cost can be much higher depending on the size of the home, the area affected, and the type of flooding that occurred.

The Type Of Water Plays A Role

When it comes to water damage, the type of water that inundated the area plays a big role in how easy cleanup will be and how expensive it will be. The type of water is designated into three different categories. Category 1 is clean and sanitary water and usually comes from a leaking faucet, pipe, or toilet. Category 2 is often referred to as grey water and includes contaminants that could lead to illness if ingested. Category 3 is often referred to as black water and contains contaminants that could lead to severe illness or death. Examples of this include sewer backup and flooding from rivers, streams, or other outside sources. Cleaning up after flooding from a natural disaster is also more expensive. The cost of repairing the damage from 18 inches of flood water is $26,285.

Insurance Coverage Varies

Another thing to consider when it comes to water damage restoration is that insurance coverage may vary depending on the type of flooding. Homeowner's policies may cover flooding due to things such as busted pipes or malfunctioning appliances, however, flooding due to natural disasters are not covered by these policies. For this type of flooding a separate flood insurance policy from the National Flood Insurance Program is required. 

Water damage restoration is something that many homeowners find themselves needing at some point whether it's due to a burst pipe or a natural disaster. Water damage restoration can be pricey, however, insurance will often cover some of the cost. It's also important to note that the cleaner the water, the faster and easier it is to repair the damage.