When everything has gotten out of hand from an accident or natural disaster leading you to needing to restore your home from water damage or even a flooded house answers can be had. There are several things you need to know. Speed is an important factor in limiting or preventing more harm. Also know how much you can put towards fixing the problems. So, where to begin water damage restoration? To begin you are going to need an experienced professional contractor. You really need someone who is quick and reliable, so check their reviews to get an idea how they work. Call several find out their plans of action, timing and cost. The contractor should set up a consultation to check the level of water damage that may need refurbishment. If you are dealing with a flooded house, foundation cracks, water damage from putting out a fire, or one of the many other ways that a house can become water damaged. Call in the proper people to do the work. Once again, timing is imperative. If the damage is not dealt with promptly it could lead to wood rot in addition to mold and further structural issues depending on the scale of damage.
When it comes to pricing the median nationwide price to do a refurbishment on a basement that is around 700 square feet is close to $2700. The source of the water can also cause difficulties such as a sewer leak can be difficult to find and grow mold. So the average cost is relying on a clean water source. Additional renovation such as carpeting and drywall would bring the cost closer to $7500 depending on circumstance.
Dangers from this damage depend on the amount of water and the extent of the destruction if not taken care of quickly it may lead to more dangerous situations. Such as fires, rot in certain materials, mildew growth as well as staining. Not to mention the smells brought by the bacteria and growth that has occurred. All of which crank up the restoration costs.
Always call in a specialist, within 48 hours. Defining the issues in costs can be based off of the source of the water if it is clean water from rain or fresh water pipes. These sources cost far less around $4 a square foot, however the cleanup needed for gray water is more extensive and ranges around $5 per square foot. Gray water is water that may contain chemicals while black water contains sewage and is the most expensive to deal with coming in at about $7 for a square foot.
Then you need to figure out the extent of the problem. The building materials of your house may be an issue and how they may have been affected. If the only problem is it being damp from a clean water source the cleanup should go smoothly and at the best price. However any damaged drywall will need to be replaced and there will be charges for removal in addition to replacement. Plaster walls are even more costly because of the amount of work and skill needed to take it out and put in the new ones.
The location and area that have been spoiled will be a factor in the cost of cleanup. An affected space of 100 square feet in an accessible place can cost as low as $230. Conversely a basement with water standing over an inch can cost $4000 to restore. Speed is as repeatedly said of main importance, so there are a few things you can do while waiting for your contractor. To prevent possible electrical fires turn off all power to damaged areas. Move any furniture or decorations you are able. You can even mop or remove as much or the water is possible without electric devices. Open up the windows and or doors to increase airflow wipe everything down.
Even though contractors may approach the restoration of your house differently, they will work around your house's individual quirks. The basic walk through will let the contractor point out trouble areas while deciding on the proper course of action. Make sure to get a written estimate before any work is started. The property will be dried out and reexamined. Items such as furniture, drapes, and rugs may be sent out to be deep cleaned. The house will be disinfected as well as freshened with treatments and air scrubbers.
This all depends on the extent of the problem renovation may be required to repair the damage. So that will be in the estimation of costs to fix walls, floors or any needed restoration. Plaster repair is almost $20 a square foot, while drywall is only about $2. Hardwood floors are around $11 to carpets $6 per square foot. Mold is also $5 a square foot. A Carpenter needed for woodwork depends on the company and whether or not the carpenter is an outside hire, but it will be about $70 per hour.
So at this point any repairs will depend on your budget. There will be decisions that you will need to make with your contractor. You need to tell them what you can afford and what you cannot go over. They may be able to give you alternatives or more economical options they should be straight forward. Hopefully some of your items or rooms can just be repaired instead of replacing. Be careful of contaminants and if the contractor says a thing needs to be replaced side with experience. There are additional costs to restore documents, deal with any leftover mold depending how long things were saturated.
Depending on the cause of your flood you may need to watch out for any future leaks and have preventative care done. Some of these costs may be covered by your insurance make sure you know what is covered. Do not try to deal with the mold you close it up and let the contractors take care of it to prevent spread which can be harmful to your family’s health.