In Madison, winter weather is only one cause of serious water damage. Sometimes a broken pipe floods the washroom; sometimes an oversized load overflows in the laundry room. Maybe a storm sent a branch through the roof, or a crazy flood sent dirty water deep into the basement. These types of disasters need more than a shop vac and some rolls of paper towels– these require a professional water damage restoration team. At this moment, you have so many questions but the first is “how much will this cost me?” is probably top on the list.
There are so many factors at play but here are some inexact, general averages. Nationally, the average homeowner spends between slightly more than a grand to more than $5k to restore or repair water damage, with an average of $3,187. The two largest factors in figuring the final bill are 1) the original cause and extent of the destruction and 2) the type of water that entered your home.
For instance, it will be less expensive to restore a basement with an inch of clean water from a burst pipe than to tackle an extensive sewage backup. A simple category 1 flood might cost a thousand dollars to pump out and thoroughly dry. However, the price of dirty category three clean-up could be three times, four times, or even more expensive.
The amount of time that water damage is left untreated increases the scope of the damage and potential for mold– both increasing the price to repair and restore. The good news is that White Knight will be able to come to investigate your situation and present a quote for repairs– today.
The most common cause of residential water damage is a plumbing leak of clean water. Whether you had a sudden burst or a slow leak hidden in the wall, the cost will be twofold. One is the cost to fix the cause of the problem. The second is the cost to repair and rebuild any damaged items.
Washing machines, dishwashers, ice makers, and water heaters are likely to cause water damage when damaged hoses or connections fail. Water from broken plastic and metallic connectors flowers out onto the floor. If you don’t catch it right away, materials can rot and mold can grow in these rooms. The response will be to dry the moisture, remove wet sheetrock and damaged floors. Then everything will need to be rebuilt to match the existing material. The cost will be a factor in the size of the damaged area and the materials required.
Many winter water damage situations are caused by frozen pipes that burst when the temperature of the house drops drastically. The ice in the pipes will expand rapidly, which makes the pipes burst.
Depending on the insulation in your home, all pipes are at risk. Plastic, old and rusty pipes are even more likely to burst. Again, the clean-up costs will be the cost to retrofit the plumbing (pipes, faucets, and fixtures) plus the repairs. You might need to replace the ceilings, repaint, and replace the floors. Rely on the White Night team to guide you to the best solution and the lowest price that keeps your home in character with the original.
Of all the water damage emergencies, this is definitely the most unpleasant. And if you delay, the costs will rise exponentially. When the septic tank fills up, or excessive rain sends the municipal water backflow into your home, category three water can flood your home. The toxic, organic matter in the sewage lines will contaminate all the surfaces involved. You’ll need the expertise and tools of professionals to safely restore your home back to code. Extra costs will come from sanitizing the home, protecting unaffected areas, and saving your possessions.
Another common source of water damage in the summer is your HVAC unit. Air conditioners remove excess moisture from the air in your house, then drain it outdoors. If the AC ducts clog, the moisture will accumulate, backup, and overflow. This water then trickles out around the unit.
Usually, a leak in your A/C is caused by simple maintenance issues, not a unit failure. So the cost of this repair is just the damage from water on the walls, floors, or ceiling. However, act right away. This hidden moisture will lead to mold and mildew if not properly restored.
If you have any water damage in your home, don’t panic but don’t ignore it. Worrying about the price won’t change the facts. According to EPA.gov, it is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. You need to contact a competent and trusted water damage restoration team right now.
White Knight Carpet Rescue responds to residential customers within an hour. Qualified water damage restoration experts in Madison will protect your home with intense cleaning, refinishing, and emergency flood response.